Let’s jump in our car and head out to Boulder City, just 30 minutes from our usual list of dining spots. After walking down Main Street and seeing numerous little antique and ice cream shops, there are a whole slew of new, unique, great dining places that have arisen over the last couple of years. I’ll start with my favorite, the Boulder Dam Brewing Company. It’s right next to the Chamber of Commerce and across from the Boulder Dam Hotel, built in 1933, and a total vintage treasure filled with hundreds of pictures of history.

Photo courtesy Boulder Dam Brewing

Back to Boulder Dam Brewing, where a continual movie about building the dam plays inside. The video never fails to amaze me. There is plenty of history here with a courtyard filled with original shovels, dumpsters and wagons, all from building the dam. They are a brewing company and at all times have 6 different brews to pick from. Boulder Dam Brewing has some of the largest sandwich wraps around, with great sweet potato or regular fries. The Greek salads are always a perfect choice. Burgers are huge and juicy. I never fail to leave without a takeout order for the next day. Great prices and good service along with music in the courtyard most nights. Located at 453 Nevada Hwy. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week.

Photo courtesy The Dillinger

Head down the street and you will find The Dillinger. Both historic and classic, they serve a mean beef brisket. Their smoky bacon burgers are one of the hottest items, with crinkle cut sweet potato fries. There are Philly cheesesteaks and onion rings, and a huge burger, naturally called the Dillinger. Perfectly messy!!!! Try a black bean burger, or the jalapeno bacon cream cheese burger. Be sure to order one level below what you want, as they slightly cook them more than I would expect. Lots of free parking and outside seating. Located at 1224 Arizona St. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week. 

Photo courtesy Evan’s Old Town Grille

Evan’s Old Town Grille right down the street at 1129 Arizona St. serves Greek and Italian food. House wines run in the $5 range. Lamb gyros with Greek salad and French dips are extremely good. Surprise! They also serve T-bone steak with all the trimmings, along with trout. Now that’s a varied menu. It’s a pretty local hangout as service is good, and once again free parking, something we are fast losing in Las Vegas. I tried the stuffed shells on one occasion and was very happy. I’ve heard a couple people refer to the bar as like the one in “Cheers.” Evan, the owner, loves to chat if you’re open to hearing about Boulder City. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday.