Mid-century vintage diners
Restaurants come and go, especially in Las Vegas, which is why true diner culture connoisseurs can appreciate a little mid-century authenticity. Unlike the Vegas kitsch of the stand-alone Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge, these “lunch counters” are old-school and can all be found inside other establishments, which was the norm back in the day. We’ve listed the following from east to west… click on addresses below for Google Map locations.
Huntridge Soda Fountain (1144 E. Charleston Ave.) – The Huntridge Pharmacy & Soda Fountain has been in business since 1962 and prides themselves as a hub for the local community; a place where neighbors can meet and socialize like they did in the old days. The “soda fountain” has your traditional lunch counter stools and booths with menu fare such as grilled cheese, burgers and tomato soup. Plus, the Soda Fountain is 100% Dairy Kosher! PERMANENTLY CLOSED
Vickie’s Diner (1700 Las Vegas Blvd. South ) – Located inside the White Cross Drugs complex and previously known as Tiffany’s Cafe until 2014, this iconic downtown joint boasts a classic lunch counter, bar stools & red leatherette booths, and has been providing customers with wholesome coffee shop comfort food since 1955. Patty melt or chicken fried steak, anyone? It’s also said to be the longest continually operating 24/7 diner in Las Vegas.
Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery (1 Fremont Street ) – Formerly the Bay City Diner, located inside the historic Golden Gate Hotel & Casino since the mid 50s, California-based Du-par’s (since 1938) took over this space in 2011 and offers the classic diner-style lunch counter, stools and red leatherette booths layout while serving up the original Las Vegas shrimp cocktail, invented at the Golden Gate in 1959. Du-par’s is also said to have the best pancakes in America, so if you like them hot & fluffy and saturated in butter, then this place is for you! Open 24/7. CLOSED – Du-par’s closed this location on February 7, 2017, but there’s another Du’par’s located inside the Suncoast Hotel & Casino.
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