June 25, 2009

Dining off the Las Vegas Strip

Most people go to Las Vegas and never venture off the three mile strip of neon lights. The bright lights, noise, action, and entertainment keep most tourists distracted from noticing the rest of Las Vegas and the surrounding subburbs. Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In addition to the obvious rise of mega hotels and casinos along the strip, the rest of the city is growing too.

The other side of Vegas is filled with crowded and expanding suburbs, strip malls, and pawn shops. Police patrols and broken dreams are the norm. This is the side of Sin City the tourist agency does not want you to see – but it's also the side of the city where many of the estimated 1.8 million residents live their lives.

But, it's not all dark, there are many local spots – for cafes to restaurants to parks and churches where the local Las Vegas community thrives and shines.

About two miles from the neon drenched strip on Maryland Parkway is Paymon's Mediterranean Cafe and Lounge. It is located in an unassuming strip mall, this restaurant is easily missed!

At the end of May my husband and I were in Las Vegas visiting family and need a quick and good place to have dinner and relax. After a short search using my iPhone Yelp application we were at a table by the window at Paymon's. And dinner was great! The food was fresh, very good and plentiful. The wine was also good. And the atmosphere was relaxing – a perfect alternative to the hectic pace of the strip!

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