It’s a little disappointing that there aren’t more local places in town dedicated to good, regional American fare. There are a lot of great ethnic restaurants in town but any places dabbling in American classics are generally in casinos and charge an arm and a leg. One favorite, however, has a nice mainstay that very few seem to be aware of and it’s a place that knows its exact clientele: Pop’s Cheesesteaks.
Pop’s is a place open 24/7 that serves cheesesteaks and fried things. This is a good thing. You can’t have a place like this that’s only open till 10 PM in a town where most nights out end when the sun is coming up. In winter. This place will never earn a Michelin star but for the price you get something freshly made right in front of you with classic ingredients made with love (and grunts) from the men working the grill. This is a favorite hangout by the media team (SUP BJ) who work at the World Series of Poker and for good reason. Good food doesn’t mean fine dining or ethnic or whatever. Good food means it satisfies you and has you excited to come back. I can’t speak to how this fares against the real Philly steak places but if you want something greasy and delicious at 3 AM, there aren’t many better places.
Specifically, I went for the cheesesteak with Whiz, peppers and onions and my compatriot opted for a chicken cheesesteak and some Whiz fries. The fries are a little thick and nothing crazy but there’s something satisfying and nostalgic about gooey Cheese Whiz. The chicken is more than just a health nut’s option, it’s actually just as good as the beef and probably a little lighter.
All told, this isn’t a place to write home about. However, if you have a car and are coming from a night of partying, staying outside in the brisk desert air and eating some quality cheesesteaks is a good experience and a good one to cap off a night in Vegas. All the above food and a few drinks were enjoyed for $25.
Address: 501 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Phone: (702) 878-6444