Because there are so many residents who weren’t originally from Las Vegas, when restaurants and stores expand into the valley, Las Vegas likes to welcome them with open arms.
With an IKEA on the way, Chick-Fil-A coming next year and Shake Shack and White Castle opening up shop, Las Vegas is finally starting to close the gap on places it’s missing out on. However, there are still a few places locals wouldn’t mind having in the valley.
Founded in 1935, Friendly’s has been a staple on the east coast for decades. Although they have an extensive menu that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, Friendly’s has built their delicious reputation on their glorious ice creams. There has been a very limited selection of Friendly’s packaged ice cream pop up around town at a few Albertsons locations.
However, there’s no comparison to experiencing the real thing, because as anyone who has ever had Friendly’s can attest, you haven’t lived until you have tried their “Forbidden Chocolate” ice cream.
Known for their iconic location on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Boudin has been gracing California with their mouth-watering breads, soups and sandwiches since 1849. Unfortunately for Las Vegans, currently, to reach this Bay Area sensation, you would have to travel a whopping 226 miles to get to the closest location.
Las Vegans tend to be a lot more outdoorsy than they get credit for, which is why Cabelas would be a great addition to the valley. From hunting gear to boating and camping accessories, they have it covered.
Fans of “Sex and the City” will instantly recognize the world-renowned bakery. Although it originated in New York City’s West Village, they’ve since expanded their operations all over the world. In the meantime, until Las Vegas gets a location, to fill your Magnolia Bakery Banana Bread Pudding craving, look to Los Angeles.
Crate & Barrel/CB2
Believe it or not, Las Vegas doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to home decor. Outside of Pottery Barn, West Elm and a few others, the valley is kind of lacking. Residents were hopeful that the construction of Downtown Summerlin would bring a Crate & Barrel or CB2, but it hasn’t happened.
Although Town Square played host to a pop-up shop during the holidays a few years back, it was non-comparable to a real, full-sized store.
Las Vegas had a Bloomingdales Home Store in the Fashion Show Mall, but we’re not counting that. We’re talking a real, full-on department store. And while we’re at it, to up the ante, locals wouldn’t complain if said Bloomies included one of their coveted Forty Carrots restaurants.
Albeit similar to White Castle, to fans of the southeastern mainstay, the two chains are distinctly different — those from the southeast tend to be team Krystal, whereas northeast residents sway toward White Castle.
Based on the reception White Castle received when it debuted in town, Las Vegans have a liking for little square hamburgers and could use an off-Strip restaurant to grab them at.
For golf fanatics, PGA Superstore has become the unofficial “holy grail” for all things golf. You name it, they have it. Because the store hasn’t expanded into Las Vegas, golfers are forced to drive to its Arizona or California locations, and they do.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
For those who haven’t experienced the wonder of a Dylan’s Candy Bar, Dylan’s is the brainchild of Ralph Lauren’s daughter Dylan. If you ever wondered what Willy Wonka’s actual chocolate factory would be like, Dylan’s is the closest real-life comparison you’ll ever find. Las Vegas is clearly lacking on fun, kid-friendly places, so Dylan’s would be a nice addition to the valley.
With locations all over California, Lemonade has established themselves as a go-to resistant. Lemonade sets themselves apart from their competitors with their decadent seasonal menus. Not to mention, from watermelon rosemary to Arnold Palmer, they offer a wide (and delicious) selection of lemonades.