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 is 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 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.

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 always have six different brews to pick from.

Boulder Dam Brewing has some of the largest sandwiches and wraps around, with delicious sweet potato fries or regular fries. The Greek salads are always a perfect choice, and the burgers are gigantic and juicy. I never leave without a take-out order for the next day. Great prices and good service along with music in the courtyard most nights.

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 cheeseburger. Be sure to order one level below what you want, as they cook them slightly more than I would expect. Lots of free parking and outside seating.  Located at 1224 Arizona St. Open from 11 to 10 p.m. 7 days a week.

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 of 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. 1-9 closed on Sunday and Monday.