POKER LIFESTYLE

The Poker Player’s Ultimate Guide to Keeping Kosher in Las Vegas

By Robbie Strazynski
December 22, 2021

I’ve been attending the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas annually since 2016. In the past, I released a list of 50 tips that has become an extremely popular resource. As would behoove a comprehensive listing of that nature, I dedicated almost half a dozen tips within that article to discussing food and beverages.

Beyond being a great way to save money, part of the reason I almost always brown bag my own food is because, as an observant Modern Orthodox Jew, I adhere to a strictly kosher diet. Whereas keeping kosher might be tough in far flung places like Sochi, Russia, it isn’t particularly difficult in a sizable U.S. city like Las Vegas. With that said, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked over the years — both by Jews and non-Jews alike — “so, what do you do about food when you’re there?”

While you’d think that this question, like so many billions of others, could be easily answered with a little bit of Googling, I’ve never found a single online site that provides a full cache useful information. This, then, is meant to be a comprehensive guide to keeping kosher in Las Vegas. Of course, it’s applicable both during the World Series of Poker each summer, as well as throughout the rest of the year.

A final note, kosher products comprise a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States, and they’re most certainly not exclusively consumed by observant Jews. As such, I hope this guide, comprised of reviews of all Las Vegas kosher dining establishments as well as supermarket locations at which to purchase kosher foods, proves helpful.

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Las Vegas Kosher Restaurants (Meat)

Kosher Chinglish

My favorite meat restaurant at which to eat out in Las Vegas, Kosher Chinglish is a true diner’s delight. Authentic Cantonese cuisine, the menu is chock full of delicious dishes that’ll make your mouth water. While, many of them are detailed in Tripping Kosher’s video review below, my personal recommendations would be the Hong Kong-style crispy noodles, with beef & chicken or the sliced beef rib with green beans. The sweet and sour chicken also deserves honorable mention, and with steamed white rice on the side it definitely hits all the spots. If you’re particularly inclined, the egg drop soup is also excellent.

Address: 8704 W Charleston Blvd Suite 103

Telephone: (702) 935-2055

Website: https://kosherchinglish.com/

Burnt Offerings

One of the newer kosher restaurants in Las Vegas, this is a dinner-only establishment. Boasting one of the most creative and unique menus of any kosher establishment I’ve ever been to, it’s impossible to leave this place hungry. The portion sizes are fit for a king, and the prices are quite reasonable as well. I highly recommend the hamburger on a latke bun (yup, really!).

Be advised that you should absolutely make reservations, as the place fills up quickly each night. If for some reason you can’t make it for the in-person dining experience, you can still enjoy their dishes via Uber Eats, Grub Hub and Door Dash.

Address: 3909 W Sahara Avenue, Suite 10

Telephone: (702) 848-2876

Website: https://www.burntofferingslv.com/

Burnt Offerings

Jerusalem Mediterranean Chef’s Table (formerly Jerusalem Grill)

Conveniently located just down the street on Flamingo from the Rio Hotel and Casino, this restaurant offers a slightly more upscale experience of Israeli cuisine and ambiance that will give you an authentic taste of Jerusalem’s Old City. While the menu is rather pricey, the taste of the food will not disappoint.

Start your meal off right with some appetizers. Especially palatable are the Moroccan cigars and their smooth authentic Israeli humus. A hot vegetable soup also hits the spot, especially if you’ve spent all day playing tournament poker in the frozen tundra of the Rio’s ballrooms. For main entrees, “Jerusalem” offers an assortment of savory meat dishes, including the Jerusalem Burger, beef shawarma, and my personal favorite, the crispy schnitzel on a pretzel bun. Be sure to order a hot basket of French fries on the side; they’re to die for! Rumor has it this locale is Eli Elezra’s favorite kosher spot in Vegas!

Address: 4825 West Flamingo Road Suite 10

Telephone: (702) 341-5555

Website: https://www.jerusalemgrillvegas.com/

Jerusalem Grill Las Vegas

Sababa

Although Sababa is a bit of a trek off the Vegas Strip, you may find this Israeli joint well worth the 15-20 minute drive. Order and “build” your own pita or laffa wrap at the counter, where you’ll have a vast assortment of options to fill your bread, starting with falafel, shawarma, grilled chicken or schnitzel, beef or chicken kabobs, and topped with hummus, techina, Israeli salad, pickles, French fries (“chips”) … anything you choose! The owners are a little wacky but super friendly, in true Israeli fashion!

Address: 3220 South Durango Drive

Telephone: (702) 547-5556

Websitehttp://www.sababamediterranean.site

Sababa Mediterranean Grill Las Vegas

King Solomon’s Table (formerly Bereshit/Genesis)

While King Solomon’s Table offers a very diverse menu, it’s a bit pricey. That said, it’s a great place to have a fancy meal, say, after a great cash game session. “Solomon’s” offers an assortment of Mediterranean, Chinese, steaks and burgers. Additionally, the ambiance is quite soothing, as they offer live piano music to enjoy while sipping from their wide array of kosher wines.

Often, the establishment’s owner will visit your table in person to inquire if you’re enjoying your meal. He may even offer you a free glass of wine (that’s experience talking 😀).

Address: 4561 West Flamingo Road

Telephone: (725) 244-4034

Website: http://www.kingsolomonslv.com/

King Solomon's Table Las Vegas

Hummus Vegas and Grill

This meat restaurant should get your taste buds working overtime. This restaurant is especially notable for their fresh baguettes, which greatly compliment shawarma, steak kabob, or crispy schnitzel. Also recommended are the fried, crispy eggplant chips. It’s a relatively limited menu of options, but they’re all tasty. Another plus is the price tag, fairly reasonable whatever you order. The location is pretty good, relatively close to the Strip; specifically the Westgate and Sahara resorts are nearby. With all of the above said, be advised that this restaurant is as “bare bones” as it gets. Plain white walls, no “atmosphere”; come to eat… or better yet, perhaps consider ordering take out.

Address: 318 West Sahara Avenue

Telephone: (702) 385-0006

Hummus Vegas Grill

Ace of Steaks (Temporarily closed due to relocation)

Persian cuisine as well as great barbecue and, of course, steaks. A bit on the expensive side, the food at this establishment is quite good, but it will cost you a pretty penny. It’s an excellent place to have a business lunch or, perhaps, celebrate a special occasion. In addition to the steak, we can give a solid recommendation for the sweet chili poppers, barbecue beef flatbread, and the ribs are “super delicious.”  For dessert, the parve crème brulee comes highly recommended.

Address: 5825 West Sahara Avenue Unit M

Telephone: (702) 899-4223

Websitehttps://www.aceofsteakslv.com/

Ace of Steaks

Shawarma Vegas

The food at this Israeli establishment is pretty decent and tasty, but not what would be called a “gourmet dining experience.” It’ll fill you up if you’re hungry, and the staff is always happy to serve you with a smile. Moreover, this place definitely does not disappoint on their signature shawarma. They’ve also recently remodeled, which makes for a far more enjoyable ambiance when sitting down for a quick bite.

Other menu items include your typical Israeli cuisine available in a pita, laffa wrap (served hot out of the oven), or on a plate, including schnitzel, kabob, margez, and even rib eye steak. As mentioned, this place also has a reputation for friendly customer service, which is certainly refreshing, plus it’s one of the more inexpensive restaurant options on this list.

Address: 2521 South Fort Apache Road

Telephone: (702) 703-7700

Website: https://shawarmavegasgrill.com/

shawarma vegas

Las Vegas Kosher Restaurants (Dairy)

Ariela’s Pizza Kitchen

My favorite dairy restaurant in Las Vegas by a country mile, this is THE place to go for the best kosher pizza in the city. You’ll have well over a dozen different types and styles of pizza to choose from as well as a number of salads, sandwiches, and side dishes. Other alternatives to pizza include the super cheesy baked ziti, plus if you still haven’t ingested enough cheese into your system, you can’t go wrong with the mozzarella sticks.

Drink-wise, the milkshakes are nothing short of legendary and are available in multiple flavors (do yourself a big favor and splurge for a large one; thank me later), and if you’re just in the mood for a little snacking, their seasoned fries are absolutely fantastic.

Ariela’s also works with Uber Eats, Grub Hub and Door Dash, so if you can’t make it out to eat there in person, their awesome food can come to you!

Arielas Pizza

Address: 7595 W. Washington Avenue

Telephone: (702) 944-4042

Website: https://www.arielaspizza.com/

Simon & Joe’s

A family-friendly pizza joint just five-minutes west of the Strip on Tropicana, this restaurant offers a vast cultural variety of options off its dairy menu. You can’t go wrong with their piping hot cheesy pizzas, with an assortment of optional toppings including eggplant, grilled onions, garlic, and even albacore tuna. If you’re in the mood for Israeli cuisine, you can order up some falafel and humus, malawach, and shakshukah.

You can also take advantage of their breakfast menu any time of day, which includes items like eggs, breakfast burritos, and cheeses. Also on the menu are Italian (paninis, pasta) and Mexican (burritos, nachos) fare. The service could be improved, so while you may have to wait a while for your food to emerge from the kitchen, once it does you won’t be disappointed.

Address: 3720 West Tropicana Avenue Suite 3

Telephone: (702) 759-0333

Websitehttps://www.simonandjoes.com/

Simon and Joe's

Las Vegas Kosher Supermarkets

Albertson’s (Kosher Marketplace)

While their selection of kosher products isn’t as extensive as what you can find at Smith’s, Albertson’s Kosher Marketplace has plenty to choose from as well as a far tastier variety of ready-made kugels on offer, including potato, broccoli, and onion flavors. Their bakery section is nothing to sneeze at, either; tons of tasty treats at your fingertips.

It makes for a great place to do your food shopping especially if you’re first eating out at the Panini Café or Shawarma Vegas, located just across the street.

Address: 2550 South Fort Apache Road

Albertson's kosher

Smith’s (Kosher Experience)

Like Albertson’s, Smith’s is a major grocery chain in Las Vegas. This specific location offers a vast “kosher experience” to serve the local Summerlin community. It’s a true one-stop shop for fresh and frozen kosher meats and poultry, which are directly imported from Los Angeles. We’re big fans of the ready-made sushi, plus they’ve got an excellent variety of other ready-made foods that gets even bigger on Thursdays and Fridays before shabbat.

You can also pick up kosher cheeses, fish, and deli sandwiches, as well as plenty of great side dishes. Additionally, you’ll find some nice freshly baked goods at this store. For those interested, from Sunday-Thursday, you can also order yourself a freshly-made burger + fries meal to go directly at the deli counter.

Address: 2211 North Rampart Boulevard

Smith's kosher experience

Thanks so much to my friend Mike Burgher for his assistance in putting this blog post together.

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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded Cardplayerlifestyle.com in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on Twitch.tv/poker featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities, as well as the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]

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