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Make This Year’s ISA Expo a Food Adventure

(March 2013) posted on Wed Feb 27, 2013

Hit up these seven off- 'the-strip' eateries while at ISA Expo 2013.

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By Craig Miller

There is no place on this planet that has more wonderful outdoor adventures within a days drive. It is amazing what you can see in about an hour or less one way from Mandalay Bay. ISA is over at 4 p.m. on Saturday so you have time to get away and see some sights before it gets dark, or even stay Sunday after the show. In that hour range you have Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Mount Charleston. However, if you want to parse lots of options go to

I am going to focus on making this trip an epicurean adventure for you. If you will be in Las Vegas for the duration of ISA you will have the opportunity to eat over a dozen meals. I am going to recommend seven neighborhood restaurants you must try.

Remarkable eateries

My wife Sue and I have lived in Vegas for 34 years and are self-proclaimed “foodies.” There are two great sensual pleasures in life and food is one of them. Sue and I ONLY frequent restaurants that have remarkable food, friendly wait staff, and prices that won’t break the bank. The longest drive to get to one of these seven remarkable eateries is 20 minutes from Mandalay Bay, most are in the 10- to 12-minute range, all close enough to take a break from the convention floor for lunch.

My top recommendation is lunch or dinner at the Samosa Factory ( for Indian cuisine. I don’t care if you don’t think you like Indian food; just try it. If you only go to one off-strip restaurant, go here. (They are closed Sunday). Samosa Factory is very small, quaint, and may be one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, bar none.

Here is the drill. Wave off the menus. Rick is the proprietor and chef and also waits tables. Tell him, “Craig says we don’t need a menu.” Simply ask Rick to feed you. The only thing he needs to know is how hungry you are, if you happen to be vegan, vegetarian, or pescetarian, and if you are sensitive to hot spicy. For me it’s simple: “Feed me Rick, I am hungry.”