A mix of bar and restaurant, the west side’s BG Bistro serves as a casual gathering point for the Vegas Valley’s surprisingly large Bulgarian community and a showcase for Eastern European cuisine. Hidden among the difficult-to-pronounce dishes is gyuveche, an addictive Bulgarian cheese dip. A ceramic bowl hanging from a metal frame provides unexpected showmanship, transporting the mixture of mild feta cheese and over-easy egg atop layered tomatoes for a simple, appealing selection. This vegetarian dish also mixes in peppers and mushrooms, but don’t fret: Meat upgrades are available. I suggest the addition of lukanka, a sharply flavored Bulgarian salami to introduce crispness to the otherwise mildly-textured gyuveche. This now-enhanced crucible of gooey goodness is best eaten with complimentary hot bread, and you’ll be surprised by how filling a meal that can be. So, what are you waiting for?
BG Bistro 6160 W. Tropicana Ave. #E8, 222-9003. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, noon-midnight.