Desert Companion

DEALicious drive thrus


Camille by Manon
Brent Holmes

Camille by Manon


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Juice ’N’ Go

1735 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Drive-thru grub on the go usually entails a heatlamp-tortured yuckburger or a limp burrito filled with wrenching suicidal anguish. Usually! Juice ’N’ Go offers convenience and health-conscious eats out of its colorful little hut off Oakey


and Rainbow, cheerfully dispensing salads, wraps and, their signature items, juices and smoothies blended from actual, real-world food. Cars quickly wrap around the kiosk come lunchtime, so a little patience is in order. You could always pass the time by smoking. Ha, ha! Wouldn’t that be funny? AK (702-242-5842,


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Archi's Thai KitchenArchi’s Thai Kitchen

6360 W. Flamingo Road

If you’re headed down Flamingo Road and you get the hankering for some top-notch koowah kai (wide rice noodles stir-fried with squid, chicken and egg and served over Romaine lettuce), roll into Archi’s Thai Kitchen, just east of Torrey Pines. The Southeast Asian eatery’s main sit-down location on West Sahara is known as one of the best places in Las Vegas to enjoy the cuisine of the former Kingdom of Siam. The Flamingo locale, however, makes ferrying cartons of savory Panang curry with rice and fresh papaya salad to your personal palace royally easy with its drive-thru window. But please, don’t try to fork into your order of pad Thai while operating your vehicle. Noodles and driving can tie up traffic in a bad way. GT (702-880-5550,


Farm BasketFarm Basket

6148 W. Charleston Blvd.

I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that the eerily uniform crispy poultry slabs sandwiched up at Farm Basket have some esoteric hipster-gourmet cred. They don’t. They’re edible salt sticks that are basically sex toys for your dopamine receptors. However, I want you to know you can augment the experience of such shameless, unapologetic fast-food pleasure by driving through a barn. Thank you. AK (702-878-6343,

Camille by ManonCamille by Manon

2170 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Of all the unlikely cuisines to take the drive-thru route, French had to be
at the top of the non! list. But au contraire, mon frere, you can get a croque-monsieur (open-face bread broiled with ham, Gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce) from your auto at Camille by Manon — it doesn’t even have to be a Citroën! While Americanisms like croissant sandwiches aren’t revolutionary for vehicular gastronomy, window-bagging viands like beef Bourguignon or quiche Lorraine are not common to say the least. One can almost imagine millions of Frenchmen falling off their bikes and breaking their baguettes when they heard what Las Vegas was doing to their venerable foodways. Sacrebleu! GT

Sammy’s L.A. Pastrami & Burgers

4035 S. Decatur Blvd.

You’ll need three things at Sammy’s L.A. Pastrami & Burgers. First would be well-functioning shock absorbers as you heft bags of cured meat-laden buns into your car’s passenger seat. Second is a hollow leg to find room for insane combinations like the 502 Fry. It’s a pound of French fries loaded-up with grilled rib-eye steak, cheddar cheese, chili and, of course, pastrami. You’ll also need time at this small shack, as your Black & Bleu burger will be griddled to order. By the way, the menu is voluminous, running into gyro, hot wing, custard shake and beyond territory. GT (702-644-8747,

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