Las Vegas is filled with some great dining options, most of which are located within steps of wherever you are staying. But true foodies know that to find the best culinary experiences you need to get away from the tourist areas, and that’s most definitely true of Todd’s Unique Dining. Located in a boring strip mall in Henderson, about 20 minutes from the Strip, this small bistro is the brainchild of Chef Todd Clore, former chef de cuisine for the Sterling Brunch at Bally’s. It’s intimate and friendly—a family restaurant where you’ll often find the chef’s wife waiting tables. The menu changes almost daily, focusing on the freshest ingredients Clore can get his hands on, which is most obvious in the seafood selections that rival—and in many cases, beat—the fish you’ll find at much more expensive restaurants on the Strip. Genius items like the lobster-wrapped sole, dressed in a simple yet flavorful butter sauce, prove that you don’t need the backing of a big hotel to get the best catches. Signature items include grilled skirt steak “on fire,” so spicy delicious it’ll make your eyes water (in a good way) and served with fun chili-cheese fries; and a boneless braised short rib, slow-cooked for days and served in a red-wine gravy atop a bed of jalapeño mashed potatoes. The latter is like the best, most tender, most mouth-watering pot roast you’ll ever have and is the reason you should put down this book, get in a cab, and head here for dinner right this second. Hint: Join their mailing list on the website and you’ll get frequent special offers and notices of events.
- Rick Garman