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Secrets of the Vegas Strip (Mall)

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Lotus of Siam

The Scene: At Commercial Center, stores run the gamut from Serge's Showgirl Wigs to a Filipino Christian church to a variety of sex clubs licensed (but poorly disguised) as novelty shops and health spas. But there's also the best Thai food you'll eat in Las Vegas, if not in the U.S. Easy-to-miss (just left of Serge's), this diminutive dining room has walls plastered with hundreds of press clippings that justifiably praise chef Saipin Chutima's cooking.

What to Order: Ask for the Chiang Mai menu (it's a special request) to sample Chutima's northern specialties. Try sai ua, the country pork sausage full of basil, or kai soi, curry noodles garnished with pickled vegetables, red shallots, and lime. (A warning: Trust the waiters on the heat levels. After insisting on "Thai spicy," we left with seared taste buds.) From the main menu, try seared spicy scallops with mint leaves; tangy beef jerky; and fried, salted fish chunks. Cool down with the other big surprise: Lotus's incredible wine list, full of hard-to-find Rieslings that perfectly douse the flames.

953 E. Sahara Ave.; 702/735-3033

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