The culinary scene in Las Vegas tends to center around the high-profile chefs on the Strip, but plenty of off-the-Strip places are serving up original, delicious food. Le Thai, in downtown Las Vegas's growing East Fremont area, is one of the small, non-celebrity chef restaurants garnering praise for its food and atmosphere. One of the most heard comments about this unassuming little restaurant is that you'd almost think you weren't in Vegas when you're eating at Le Thai, which many local foodies take as a positive sign.
Authentic Food at Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas — Photo courtesy of Le ThaiThai food is supposed to be spicy, and while the heat level is enough to clear out most people's sinuses, you can also ask the staff to turn the heat up if you're a customer who loves very hot food. Popular dishes include 3 color curry and homemade Thai noodle soup. The waterfall sauce (fish sauce with vinegar) wins points for being a well-balanced blend of flavors. The menu here is traditional Thai, inspired by Chef and owner Dan Coughlin's family. Look for classic dishes here, along with original creations that Coughlin was inspired to create by watching his mother and grandmother cook.
A beer garden offers a late night menu and features performances by local DJs.