In recent years, Las Vegas has become almost as famous for its restaurants as it is for its casinos and shows. Visitors can enjoy fine and casual dining, and sample many of the world’s most beloved and innovative cuisines.
Sometimes, the options include fusion cuisine – food that melds flavors, ingredients, and preparations from more than one culture. That’s the case with one of the newest casual dining options in Las Vegas, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.
Where Mexican Food Meets Brazil and Asia
When you think of tacos, you probably think of Mexican food. While tacos started as a street food in Mexico, they’ve become popular around the world. They’re available at fast food eateries like Taco Bell and Del Taco as well as at high-end restaurants that add expensive ingredients like Kobe beef or caviar to elevate them.
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos brands itself as a “fast, casual restaurant.” That means that the food is prepared to order – unlike in fast food chains – but still prepared very quickly and simply.
The history of Wahoo’s tells the story of its unique flavor combinations. Founded by brothers Eduardo Lee, Renato Lee, and Wing Lam, it fuses flavors from the family’s native China and their adopted home, Brazil. The famous tacos were the result of combining those flavors with foods the brothers tried on their travels in Mexico.
The first Wahoo’s Fish Tacos opened in 1989 in Costa Mesa, California. Since then, they have opened dozens of additional restaurants in California, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and even Japan.
Fish Tacos and More
As you might expect, fish tacos are the signature dish at Wahoo’s. The original restaurants sold tacos with wahoo (a type of tropical fish) and mahi mahi. However, the protein selections have expanded.
In the 4,885 square foot location at the Centennial Center, the protein options include:
- Wild-caught fish (wahoo or mahi mahi)
- Chicken breast
- Carne asada
- Crispy Alaskan flounder
The chicken and fish options are available either grilled or with Cajun seasoning. But fish tacos aren’t the only thing on the menu.
Some of the signature appetizers include the expected (chips and salsa, taquitos, and nachos) and the surprising (Baja rolls with chicken, cream cheese, spinach, and salsa; and Cajun-spiced French fries.)
Asian influence is apparent in dishes like the Banzai Veggie Bowl, which combines the protein of your choice with fresh vegetables sautéed in teriyaki sauce, and the Salmon Bowl, with Polynesian-grilled salmon and a refreshing citrus slaw.
In addition to these choices, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos has a kids’ menu with quesadillas and kid-sized enchiladas and burritos.
Fun for Kids and Adults Alike
The new Wahoo’s at the Centennial Center is split into two distinct dining areas. Near the front entrance, there’s a casual dining area where you can place your order at the counter. For patrons over the age of 21, there’s a tavern section with video gaming. If you prefer to be outside, you can opt for the 550-square-foot outdoor patio.
Wahoo’s is open around the clock to accommodate Nevada’s “up all night” tradition. Patrons can head there for a quick bite before or after a show, or while taking a break from a night of gambling.
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos opened at the end of August 2018 and has quickly become a popular destination. With vegetarian and kids’ options available, it’s a good, affordable dining choice for both singles and families.