Eat was one of the first restaurants to open during the recent period of gentrification Downtown, and fortunately, has managed to stay open, unlike others in its class. Chef Natalie Young cut her teeth at restaurants on the Strip for many years before finding this opportunity. She created a restaurant she knew the area needed; a place that doesn’t seem like it belongs in Las Vegas at all. The storefront features funky decor, local art, and an herb garden near the front, welcoming guests in to dine. Only open for breakfast and lunch, the place always seems to be bumping with guests there for her Southern-influenced fare. Shrimp and grits are outstanding, and hearty egg dishes like the flavorful truffled egg sandwich with chives, feta, and bacon are served all day. For lunch, I’m a huge fan of the classic reuben sandwich, along with the shrimp po’ boy with spicy kimchi slaw. Brunch is worth the wait, especially for the proper beignets blanketed in powdered sugar, but as they have live music, when you’re in such a small space, you might be shouting to be heard by the person next to you.
- Grace Bascos