Contributed by: Mark Medetsky | Last Date of Travel: May 2008
Kosher Info: The lights, the nightlife, the attractions, the casinos. For a person who has never been to this region of the U.S., it is very easy to get lost while taking everything in. Where to start? Where to go with families? Shabbat accommodations?
I’ll start with the “strip” itself. The main strip in Las Vegas is where majority of all the casinos and hotels are located; so you will not find any kosher food on this strip. It is best that you hail a cab and take a few minute drive to Adar Kosher Pizza located at 318 West Sahara Ave. 702-385-0006, good pizza, large menu and has a lot of different things that would interest kids such as baked ziti, lasagna, etc. Prices are reasonable.
If your in the mood for meat, one of my favorites is a Middle Eastern place called Sababa. It’s a 15 minute drive but well worth it. The best falafel outside of Israel hands down!!! And they do deliver to the hotels (as does the pizza store). Sababa is located at 3220 S Durango Dr. 702-547-5556.
If you find yourself staying in Las Vegas over Shabbat you can order food from a local kosher restaurant or I recommend ordering your food from a local supermarket that carries kosher food. One of them is Albertsons: they have a kosher take-out section with all salads, appetizing, roasted chickens, challah, wine, etc. Buy all your Shabbat needs here. Ask them to double wrap it, and when you get back to the hotel room service can pick it up and heat it at any designated time and bring it to your room when you are ready to eat! Albertsons is located at 2550 S Fort Apache Rd. 702-242-1138.
Tourist Info: Go up and down “the strip”. Enjoy the evening rush, the pirate show which is showcased by Treasure Island, which usually runs every hour or so in the evenings only.
Walk from there to the Venetian which is located across the street. Here you can see the beautiful artwork in the hotel. You can go on a gondola ride or check out the hot nightclub called Tao located inside the Venetian. All along the strip each hotel has its own unique theme. Take your time to see each one.
Besides for these themes which can take a entire night to go through, you can enjoy a nice show. Treasure Island offers Cirque de Soleil playing most nights. Tickets are available inside the hotel or you can find cheap tickets at the mall across from Treasure Island. Other hotels offer magic shows or comedy acts for your entertainment. If none of these satisfies your need for entertainment you can always sit down by the roulette table and let it all ride on 18!
Jewish Info: If your staying on the strip you aren’t going to find any synagogues there. If you want to go away for a Shabbos and get a feel for the Las Vegas Jewish community you can try the Young Israel of Las Vegas located at 9590 W Sahara Ave. 702-360-8909. There are approximately 19 synagogues of various denominations in Las Vegas.