By Yvonne Newman
The local food movement is making a mark on downtown Las Vegas. Many restaurants are using seasonal produce and other regional ingredients on their menus. Not only is this environmentally admirable, but it also means the flavors are as fresh as you can get them!
A canteen-style coffeehouse, PublicUs sits at the southwest corner of Fremont Street and Maryland Parkway. It uses locally sourced produce, honey and organic eggs to create mouthwatering breakfast dishes, sandwiches and even “Inspired Toasts.” PublicUs patronizes places such as Cowboy Trail Farms in Las Vegas, Oak Lane Herb Farm in Pahrump and Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente. Although the menu changes depending on what crops are in season, one regular standout is The McPublicUs, an organic egg with bacon and cheese on a house-made English muffin. Complementing the décor of lush greenery and leafy trees, most of the dishes are served with dressed greens. Call 702.331.5500.
Located at 616 Carson Ave. (next door to Glutton), VegeNation has a menu that reads like a love letter to veggies. All of its foods are plant-based and on the back patio there are vertical towers for growing ingredients like Swiss chard and herbs. VegeNation sponsors and gets produce from two local school gardens. The restaurant also buys foods from local farms and farmers’ markets whenever possible. From the pizzas and East West Tacos to the Save the Tuna sushi and Italian Dumplings, no matter what you order, you can’t go wrong! vegenationlv.com.