Is it sushi? Or is it a burrito? It’s both. Really. I’m not going to lie, I was a little thrown off by the concept but I love sushi and I love burritos so I was all ears. Taking a trip to find the coolest places to dine- I knew we needed to be adventurous. This funky sushi-burrito concept kept popping up all over social media so why not give it a shot. JaBurritos is the hottest west coast trend to make it to the strip featuring giant burritos stuffed with your favorite sushi fillings. Patrons have the choice of bowl style or to wrap their burrito in a tortilla, rice paper, or my favorite: traditional seaweed. The “Long Beach” was a group favorite featuring spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, crab, guacamole, chipotle mayo, eel sauce, lettuce, cucumber, and crunchy tortilla strips. Heavenly! We were so impressed with the freshness of the fish so of course we had to ask about it. Turns out, Jaburritos has the benefit of flying fish in daily due to the large demand in Vegas for sushi grade seafood. Sushi burritos are all the rage and I totally get it-plus you don’t need mad ninja chop stick skills to eat here! Make sure to stop by this fast casual gem located at The Linq shops on your next visit to Vegas and say hi to the man behind the concept Ken if he’s around!
When I was younger my parents played in a steel drum band that opened for Jimmy Buffet every time he rolled through Arizona so the “parrot head” lifestyle was instilled in me at an early age. 30 some years later, I am a sucker for anything Jimmy Buffet, including his namesake Vegas restaurant- Margaritaville. A stop at this tropical paradise is always on my list of must visits while in Sin City and this time did not disappoint. We munched on coconut shrimp, crab and shrimp mac and cheese, and of course molten lava cake that was to die for. Being a native of Arizona pretty much makes me an expert margarita connoisseur and Margaritatville makes the best one hands down (not to mention you can get it to go- it is Vegas after all!) If you’re looking for a quiet restaurant removed from the action of the strip, go somewhere else. If you’re looking for a fun crown, great music, delicious food, flowing drinks, and an unpretentious casual island atmosphere- come to Margaritaville and remember- “if life hands you limes, make margaritas”-Jimmy Buffet
With so many Japanese restaurants in Vegas, it’s difficult to decide which one to visit. After extensive research, I decided on Kumi- a Japanese establishment with a Korean American twist housed at Mandalay Bay. Not only is Kumi gorgeous with a room that makes you feel like you’re dining under a million cherry blossoms but the food is divine. Famed chef Akira Back is the genius behind the extensive menu it’s no wonder he was named Best Chef in Las Vegas. Everything was incredible but my stand out dishes included ahi tuna pizza with truffle oil, sizzling fillet mignon with mushrooms, and the most perfect perfect strawberry soufflé. Another highlight was the non-traditional sushi rolls. Have you ever eaten a sushi roll that makes noise? Don’t let the pop- rockin roll scare you it’s just the watermelon pop rocks working their magic with the fresh salmon! Besides the outstanding food and décor, I have to mention the impeccable service. Overall, Kumi is one of Vegas’s best kept secrets but once you know about it, you will want to share the secret with everyone you know!
While I enjoyed a ton of cool experiences in Vegas, nothing came close to the cool factor of Minus 5 Ice Experience…literally. Minus 5 is not your run of the mill bar due to the fact that every feature of the bar is made of ice. The seats, the tables, the glasses, the chandeliers, the walls….everything! Before stepping into this trendy igloo, guests are greeted with faux fur coats, parkas, and gloves to protect you from the freezing temperatures that await. Once inside, visitors are encouraged to grab a cocktail (served in an ice glass of course!), roam the various themed ice rooms and enjoy the frozen architecture and sculptures that come alive to a music fueled LED light show. The cocktails are delicious (I recommend the orange creamcicle) and the staff couldn’t be more hospitable. Minus 5 makes the perfect late night destination or midday stop if you’re taking in the warm Vegas weather. For my AZ readers: I tried to convince them to bring Minus 5 to AZ since we will do almost anything to chill out most of the year but we’ll see if we get that lucky. In the meantime, Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay is a short flight away for a truly memorable and unique experience that should be added to your Vegas bucket list ASAP!