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Friends of Eater Pick 2014's Best Dining Neighborhood

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered Best Standbys, Top Newcomers and 2014 in one word. Now it's time to pick the best dining neighborhood. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.

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YIE2014dark_small.0.png Q: What was the best dining neighborhood in 2014?

Jim Begley, freelance food and drink writer for Las Vegas Weekly, Desert Companion, Las Vegas Magazine and sundry publications: As always, Chinatown remains the Valley’s premiere dining destination, while Cosmopolitan is still the Strip’s best food casino. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Louis Hirsch, Foodservice Designer, former GM of First Food & Bar and writer for Vegas Burger Blog and the upcoming Vegas Reuben Blog: The best dining neighborhood continues to be our Chinatown. Anyone that argues does not have a car to take a worthwhile drive down Spring Mountain.  The addition of such diverse offerings at District One, Omae, & Q Bistro, combined with staples such as Thai Style Noodle House 2, Joyful House, Ichiza, and even Hot N Juicy. It's really quite easy to make a decision for a group of 10 or a couples night.  There are great options all around town, but no neighborhood comes even close.

JoAnna Haugen, Las Vegas contributing editor, Travel Weekly: Downtown.

Mitchell Wilburn, VegasChatter: Downtown, no doubt.  You can spend many days just eating and drinking your way through downtown now, like never before.

E.C. Gladstone, (Guest Contributor); (Dining & Drinking Editor); (Titanium Overlord): Summerlin certainly came into its own, Downtown improved, The South West and Henderson reward the peripatetic, Spring Mountain contains the most revelations per square foot... But The Strip, if you're being dispassionate, is still the best ‘Neighborhood' for dining overall.

Bob Barnes, Editorial Director of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional,
Las Vegas Reporter for Gayot and Regional Correspondent for Celebrator Beer News: Summerlin—The opening of Jacques Café, Setebello, and Downtown Summerlin with Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, CRAVE American Kitchen and Sushi Bar, MTO Café and Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla’s soon-to-open Andiron Steak and Sea; as well as established standbys like Marche Bacchus and Vintner Grill are solid reasons to venture to the west quadrant of the Vegas Valley.

Michael G. Uzmann, Doctor, Blogger, Wandering Diner: The Strip.

Scott Roeben, Vital Vegas: Downtown Las Vegas. I work downtown, so I'm biased, but honestly, the quality and variety just keeps getting better, and there's a lot more bang for your buck. Everything from Le Thai to Perch at Container Park, Carson Kitchen to Eat, with more on the way. Endless options and these restaurants are changing downtown in a fundamental way, for the better.

Robin Leach, gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Sun: AFTER THE STRIP IT HAS TO BE THE EMERGING SUMMERLIN.

Don Chareunsy, Senior Editor, Arts + Entertainment, Las Vegas Sun: The Strip continues to rule.

Brock Radke, food and drink editor for Las Vegas Weekly: Downtown continues to generate hype but there are just too many good or great restaurants already in and around Summerlin. Add Mercadito, Hearthstone, Made L.V., Wolfgang Puck B&G, MTO Cafe and others and it isn't close. We all make fun of Summerlin and it does lack edge, but it's the best.

Amelinda B Lee, photographer for Eater Vegas: The Strip.

Susan Stapleton, editor of Eater Vegas: Sticking with my answer from last year. The three and a half miles of the Strip is the most egalitarian, welcoming but delivering eating neighborhood in any major North American city.