Savvy Vegas diners know the area along Spring Mountain Road referred to as Chinatown is about much more than cheap Chinese food. It offers supreme Asian eats of every variety, and it’s the hottest off-Strip afterhours in the entire Vegas Valley. Restaurant and nightclub industry staffers instinctively flock to Chinatown favorites when their shifts are over, and trendy tourists have followed.
Even though it’s a bit farther west along Spring Mountain—all the way to Jones Boulevard—modern Vietnamese eatery District One has joined the short list of Chinatown restaurants beloved by locals and industry folks and getting discovered by Vegas visitors. That’s because the space is big and warm and jovial, and the menu is stacked with shareable, super-satisfying eats like grilled whole squid with togarashi pepper, oxtail fried rice with soy sauce and fried egg, and mountainous bowls of noodles.
D1 is known for its whole Maine lobster pho, an over-the-top dish if there ever was one, but we like to start with icy oysters, devour the shaken beef salad and finish with the ultra-rich bone marrow noodle soup. No matter where you’re coming from, where you’re headed next or what time the clock says, this food hits the spot every time. District One at 3400 S. Jones Blvd. #8, 702-413-6868; Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.