Never one to disappoint, when we asked him where he goes for a great lunch or an excellent dinner, Chef Tila gave us the inside scoop on his three "go to" spots -- Antojos DF and Bachi for lunch, and Raku for dinner -- including why to go and what to order.
3430 E. Tropicana Ave.
TravelsinTaste.com: How did you discover Antojos DF?
Tila: Being from L.A., I have a natural affinity toward Mexican food and culture, but mine goes deeper than my native city to my family tree. When my uncle moved to the U.S. from Thailand, he fell in love with a woman named Dora Lucero and married her almost instantly. Soon there were Thai/Chinese/Mexican cousins running around. My first exposure to real Mexican home cooking came when Aunt Dora would watch and feed us kids.
Soon after moving to Las Vegas, my colleague, Alex Stratta, pointed me to Los Antojos for some excellent Mexican food. I went back to one of my cooks, who is from Mexico, and told him about my meals at Los Antojos, and he mentioned another similarly named restaurant that might be related to it where he eats. I was intrigued! So on his recommendation, I found Antojos DF.