Originally Posted by emptym
So true about the signs. Have you been to the neon sign graveyard?
Weird. I'd never heard of Carluccio's. The mob (rumored) place I know is Piero's. Was just at Frankie's Tiki Room w/ a friend I've known since first grade. Definitely a local's place, like the Peppermill. For great Mexican food, you might try Dona Maria's on Las Vegas Boulevard. The place is at least 30 yrs old. When I was growing up it was just "Tia" Maria's. And of course, Luv-it Custard is a staple of old LV. The donut shop between Luv-it and Olympic Gardens is worth a detour too imo.
Other unique shops include Sam's Town's western emporium. Although, i might be a Shepler's now. Mad Men Army Surplus has an interesting selection. I like the cheap, plain fitted baseball caps. The owner's a real character too. My favorite thrift store in LV, though, has to be a one-of-a-kind place (not like Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) on the east side of Boulder Highway. Not sure if its there now, since I can't find it on Google maps. Haven't been there for maybe four years. Huge place w/ an amazing selection of ties and belts.
Oh yes - I've done 8 tours of the neon boneyard, now known as the neon museum with the new park / display area, and the La Concha motel lobby serving as their entrance soon (if not already). I go there practically every time in Vegas even though it doesn't change much, because I'm a believer in what they're doing, plus I've been collecting things related to the La Concha for years now (room postcards, ashtrays, room keys, original vintage vacation photos etc). An amazing bit of Googie, that motel was.
Frankie's - that's the place I need to hit up next time - thanks for the name reminder. Have been to Luv-It; it's a must-have every time. Ate at the Heart Attack grill last time, which was an experience - everything to an excessive extreme - fits right in. Flavor Flav opened up a chicken & waffles restaurant that I have to check out as well - the thought of it just amuses me.
Have been up & down Boulder & Charleston many a time (I also like taking photos of old motels & signs, of which there are plenty along those routes); don't recall seeing any thrifts at all but I wasn't really looking - thanks for the tip - will keep an eye out next time...which will probably be October, if I let my gal-friend talk me into it again. I want to go to Belize, she wants to go back to Vegas already. Oy.