Already home to second locations of homegrown favorites Babystacks Café and KoMex Fusion, the unassuming Flamingo Village Plaza now has the first generation of another Vegas-born restaurant: Off the Hook, a clean, barebones space delivering a variety of deep-fried delicacies.
Unsurprisingly, seafood is the main attraction, with particular focus on fish and chips. Orders range from one to five rather sizeable pieces of cod ($8-$28) with an ample amount of chips. The seafood is clean and flaky and the batter is crisp—although a little more seasoning wouldn’t hurt—while the accompanying fries are straightforward, lightly fried and receptive to the readily available malt vinegar. If you’re in a shellfish mood, combos offer up shrimp and scallop options, and the scallops are the way to go. I didn’t know deep-fried scallops were a thing, but I’m glad they are.
Not everything is battered and deep-fried. There are Cajun prawns ($9), deep-fried but without batter. Their sharp spice blend makes for a mesmerizing handful of bite-sized treats, a fantastic precursor to your heavier main course. If you’re still hungry, a variety of deep-fried sweets ($7) such as cheesecake, Oreos and Twinkies await. As long as your cardiologist doesn’t find out, you’re home free!
Off the Hook 4155 S. Buffalo Drive #105, 702-222-3474. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.