I get asked this a lot, usually when I’m hanging out on the Strip and someone blows my local cover, or while on vacation and making small talk with the folks on the beach or at the bar. And despite having made a career out of telling people the best places to go (as if editing Best Places Las Vegas wasn’t too obvious), these kinds of questions are difficult to answer without probing deeper. Don’t believe me? Try sifting through the Yelp reviews of your favorite pizza joint and see how many one-star diatribes there are about it—some longer than this column!
So, when someone asks, “What’s the best restaurant in town?” my reaction is usually, “I can tell you what I like, but what do you like?” It’s critical to know, for example, whether they prefer undiscovered holes-in-the-wall or Michelin-starred, multimillion-dollar dining rooms. And it’s unlikely that if I send someone who prefers the former to one of the latter, or vice versa, that they will enjoy their meal. Is service and atmosphere critical (and what are “service” and “atmosphere” anyway?), or is it all about what’s on the plate? Thus, what starts as a simple question turns into a conversation—about them, about Las Vegas, about the places I love and the places I think they will, too. For those who won’t take a conversation for an answer, we at Vegas Seven have asked you to help us define the Best of Las Vegas.
Was there ever a White Castle at Charleston and Decatur in the 1980s?
Nope. That East Coast chain—the one that serves mini-burgers and fries that, as the Beastie Boys taught us, only come in one size—has never had a store here. Perhaps you were thinking of Whataburger, another family-owned burger chain that pulled out of town decades ago. You’ll have to travel to Peoria, Arizona, for the closest Whataburger, and to Chicago for White Castle—a plane ride that’s about as long as the lines were at April’s Las Vegas Foodie Fest, where White Castle had a tent.