Hidden gems in Las Vegas include more than just fancy casino hotels. Great restaurants are everywhere. Venture off of the strip and you’ll find an amazing restaurant to try! Check out Honey Salt – my latest restaurant visit!
Disclosure: We were guests of the Honey Salt restaurant and received a complimentary dinner, but thoughts and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
If you’re read this blog since the beginning, you’ll know that our trip to Las Vegas in 2010 was the catapult into the food blogging world. Since then, we’ve been back three times and every time we visit, we discover some hidden gems in Las Vegas that make us want to come back for more.
Don’t stop reading if you think Vegas is all about gambling and crazy nightlife!
I’m here to tell you that if you love to eat incredible meals and enjoy fantastic service, Las Vegas offers just that. It’s a heaven for foodies, since almost every celebrity chef has a restaurant in this cosmopolitan city, and in the same city, there are incredible restaurants catering to your every desire. Surely, the Strip has a good amount of offerings, but get off of the Strip and head to Honey Salt (about 20 minutes away) and discover the amazing food it offers.
Long-standing pillars of the Las Vegas culinary scene, chef Kim Canteenwalla and “uber-restaurant maven” Elizabeth Blau have spent their impressive careers building spectacular restaurants around the world. And this power couple know what they are doing – the fresh, creative food at Honey Salt is unlike anything you’d think a Las Vegas restaurant is.
Chef cooks up some incredible dishes showcasing a variety of flavors, textures, and colors that not only draw the eye in, but once tasted, make your heart swoon. I had a chance to dine at Honey Salt with fellow food blogger and Las Vegas local, Shanna of Pineapple & Coconut, and our meal was quite impressive, starting with the cocktails, packed with a punch!
Next up were a couple of appetizers, like this Squash Salad. Roasted butternut squash, served with a large dollop of burrata in the center, sprinkled with toasted hazelnuts, petite mustard greens, and a maple sherry vinaigrette was the perfect way to kick off our meal. The hearty squash was roasted to perfection and the creamy burrata – oh heavenly and divine! The sweet maple vinaigrette was just the ideal dressing to bring it all together.
When Shanna and I saw the octopus on the menu, we KNEW we had to order it. Octopus lovers unite – because rarely do you come across it on menus, and most of the time, the disappointment of rubbery mollusk deters you from ever ordering it again. But thanks to the recommendation of our server, this grilled octopus was brought to the table and devoured within minutes. Served atop fingerling potatoes, fresh green beans, briny crushed olives, crunchy frisee, and a red wine vinaigrette, this octopus was by far one of the best we both had ever had.
Chef sent out their tuna tartare and I’m so glad he did. Some of the freshest tuna, finely diced topped with fresh cilantro, crunchy radish an edamame, all coming together with a black truffle vinaigrette. The flavors melded so well together – if you’re here, you might as well splurge!
Their dinner menu entrees offer a variety of great dishes, including seared ahi tuna, grilled Scottish salmon, brick oven chicken breast, and herbed “gnocchi”, among others. What called my attention the most were their scallops. Caramelized Sea Scallops served with Cauliflower, Vanilla Bean, and Truffle Sauce that was out of this world! Perfectly seared scallops with that unctuous sauce….I’m still dreaming of it.
Eating away from the Las Vegas Strip has its own perks, too. You get away from the crowd and the hustle and bustle of the never ending tourists. The sounds of the penny slots go away and in drifts the calm of a tucked away restaurant. When visiting Honey Salt, make sure not to miss their desserts: the Brookie and their Brown Bag Pie were sublime choices!
There really are some amazing hidden gems in Las Vegas, and Honey Salt is definitely one of them!
p.s. Elizabeth Blau, Honey Salt Restaurant Owner, is also a judge on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, where she joins Tim Love and Joe Bastianich this season as an investor. Meet Elizabeth in this video by CNBC and discover what drives her passion!
Honey Salt is located in the Rampart Commons at 1031 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145 and can be reached for reservations at (702) 445-6100.