Eat | The Breakfast and Lunch Joint | Downtown Las Vegas
Eat is the culinary brainchild of professional chef, Natalie Young. With 20 years of experience under her toque, Natalie has long dreamed of bringing the skills she honed pleasing the palates of refined foodies, chefs, and critics in some of the nation’s most celebrated kitchens, home—literally.
In light of the tragic event on Sunday, October 1st, the eat. crew will be volunteering their time for this event, and all proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims Fund. Join and break bread with the community. #VegasStrong
Chef Natalie Young presents her famous monthly Fried Chicken Pop-Up Dinner at chow. DTLV. Her spontaneous way of celebrating with the community. This unique event provides the perfect opportunity to gather family and friends for a memorable experience and enjoying mouth watering delights.
For those who can’t dine-in with us, we are also taking Pre-Orders for $10 Picnic Box Dinners (Two piece chicken, fries, corn on the cob, and watermelon salad) to be picked up at chow. Thursday 6pm-8pm.
*$35 ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIED CHICKEN & PBR!
* Family style meal with all the sides included.
*All tickets and Picnic Boxes must be prepaid with cash at eat. downtown (707 E Carson Ave) or eat. Summerlin (1910 Village Center, Ste. 1).
*Donations will be accepted the night of the event.
Serving classics with a modern twist, everything on Eat’s menu is made with fresh, locally sourced, ingredients, opting for organic whenever possible. Order dishes like the Huevos Motulenos, Truffled Egg Sandwich, Black Bean Veggie Chili, or a good ol’ Shrimp Po’Boy.
Don’t be fooled by Downtown’s old rap. This part of town is getting seriously gourmet, seriously hip and still maintaining its “local Vegas life” feel. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to enjoy breakfast, the most important meal of the day, in Downtown Las Vegas.
“The Breakfast and Lunch Joint” has gained quite the reputation for creative (and delicious) dishes from chef Natalie Young. The chef, whose previous struggle with addiction was the focal point of an inspiring American Express commercial during the Super Bowl, serves up some serious breakfast eats to delight the masses. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, diners can nosh on cinnamon biscuits topped with a smattering of warm strawberry compote, golden pancakes, huevos motulenos, chicken fried steak and much more. If 11 a.m. is a little too early for you, don’t worry, eggs are served all day!
When we heard that Anthony Bourdain had filmed and eaten at Eat, we had to check it out. After all, if it’s good enough for Bourdain, it certainly is good enough for us! Eat is the dream-vision of Colorado native chef Natalie Young made a reality by Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project. This hip breakfast and lunch spot located on the corner of 7th and Carson is just across the way from the Container Park. The interior has a rustic/industrial-chic vibe complete with exposed ductwork, decorative reclaimed wood wall features, metal chairs, black and white photography, and concrete flooring. It is a cozy restaurant that was pretty hoppin’ when we went mid-week around around 1:00pm.
If you’ve watched even ten seconds of TV this year, you’ve likely seen Natalie Young. An award-winning Las Vegas chef and flourishing restaurant owner, Young has become one of the key faces of American Express’ “Journey Never Stops” spots, which highlight individuals who have defeated underdog odds to achieve triumph in their respective careers and professions. Alongside such esteemed luminaries as Aretha Franklin, Mindy Kaling, and GoPro founder Nick Woodman, it is Young’s success story that has resonated deepest of all.
First things first: no, Las Vegas doesn’t begin and end with its infamous Strip. Enticing, casino-packed, and neon-lit as it may be, the Strip is only one part of this city’s urban buzz. And for those looking to explore a different side of Sin City, there’s never been a better time to visit.
Take Downtown Las Vegas. Found northeast of the Strip, the area is host to a flourishing Arts District, has seen the launch of many leading restaurants, and has established itself as a new cultural nexus in Vegas. And then there’s the North Strip, which, after years of being considered a veritable no-man’s-land, is seeing new stirrings of life. Once you’ve clocked in the requisite time seeing the Strip’s sights, then, be sure to veer off the main path. There’s a whole different side of Vegas to see.
“I look around at everything I have now and it seems absolutely unbelievable.” When Natalie Young says those words near the end of the American Express commercial first broadcast during February’s Academy Awards, you can feel the sincerity.
That commercial allowed the rest of the world to get to know Young, the veteran kitchen pro and soulful force we know as Chef Nat, proprietor behind Downtown’s insanely popular Eat breakfast and lunch restaurant. Now that she’s shared her inspiring story of overcoming substance addiction—and considering her second Downtown restaurant, Chow, is coming soon to Fremont East—we dropped in for an early morning coffee chat with Nat, just to catch up on things, and get a little inspiration, too.
For hungry Las Vegans who can’t get enough to eat at Eat, Chef Natalie Young is putting a new entrée on the downtown restaurant menu: a nighttime concept called Chow.
“I really enjoy the creative aspect of opening restaurants…I love designing the space and the menu, and I love giving people jobs,” says the experienced chef.
Her new dining space, planned for sometime later this year, will be another chance for the community to come and really connect, but at night.
What drove her decision she says are the people who keep saying the success of Eat is an anomaly. “I’ll figure that out with Chow if I know what I’m doing, or did I just get lucky.”
After beating addiction and getting sober, Young opened Eat almost three years ago as a breakfast and lunch “joint.” With the help of a Downtown Project-assisted loan, and a supportive community, it was a big hit from the start – this March was their busiest month ever – and allowed her to pay off her debt in just over a year. Her success even caught the attention of American Express. She recently starred in one of their commercials during the Oscars!
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