Las Vegas has long had quality Middle Eastern restaurants, but it's had few eateries focused on Egyptian food. Enter POTs.
POTs is a small eatery in a strip mall complex on Rainbow Boulevard. The dining area, comprised of a couple of tables and a few couches, feels more like a living room than a restaurant, which is probably the intention.
The crew here proudly serves tastes from their homeland. Start with charred baba ghanoush ($7) from the mazza section. The eggplant retains a smoky flavor from charring, and mixed with tahini and roasted red pepper, it’s as texturally pleasing as it is delicious. Or take your eggplant game to the next level with the pickled version ($7), which has an acidic wallop courtesy of a garlic, jalapeno, lime and vinegar bath. The arugula salad ($7), which features the peppery green along with feta, radish, walnut and pomegranate dressing, is perfect for cleansing the palette before moving on to bigger plates.
From the Egyptian street food section, koshari ($11) is a specialty. Rice, lentils, elbow pasta and chickpeas are topped with crispy onions and spicy tomato sauce. It’s a light and tasty way to carbo-load. The cauliflower shawarma ($8) is a pita pocket as good as any in town, with fried cauliflower served with salad baladi (think chopped Egyptian salad), arugula and labna dressing.
You might have noticed that none of the dishes contain meat, as POTs specializes in vegan and vegetarian fare. Whether you’re an adventurous eater or not, there’s plenty to like here.
POTS 1745 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite A, 702-754-6200.; Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.