Here comes the rain again, and Las Vegas needs some comfort food.
With some of the most talented chefs in the world working here, Las Vegas has pretty much any type of food you might want. But during the rainy season, we’re all about the comfort food. There’s just something about your favorite foods lifting your spirit when the weather is gloomy.
And if you’re a Las Vegas local headed into a rainy week, you don’t want to have to go to the Strip to find a culinary comfort. So we’re tracking down the best places to get comfort food without having to pay for parking or navigate a casino. Yes, Las Vegas Boulevard is home to some of the most famous restaurants in the world. But we have found some food treasures off the strip too.
So why do we crave comfort food anyway?
Well, there have been many reasons named behind our craving of comfort foods. From eating dishes that are traditional to our family or heritage, satisfying our nostalgia. To plates consumed more for a celebratory event. And when it comes to craving comfort food during bad weather, well there’s a reason for that too.
Comfort food is unique to each individual. But they usually have a few commonalities. Most notably, a high fatty acid content. And usually combined with high sugar and high carbs as well. This delightful combination, when consumed, triggers the brain’s reward system. Meaning it activates the same pleasure systems that are activated with drug or alcohol addiction (thenutteryny.com).
So when most of us are craving comfort food after a stressful day, or during gloomy weather, it’s because our mood needs a boost. And what a tasty way to get it. Comfort foods don’t always have to be unhealthy. There are fishes and nuts high in fatty acids as well, without the increased carb levels.
Whatever your comfort food of choice, here are five more to add to your list. This is NOT EVEN CLOSE to be an exclusive list in Las Vegas. These are just a few to try this weekend when the bad weather hits us. And they’re all available off the Strip in the Las Vegas area. – Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ