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The 20 Biggest Stories on Eater Vegas in 2016

Relive the year in Eater

Rick Harrison
Rick Harrison
Susan Stapleton

1. The Hottest Restaurants in Las Vegas Right Now
More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. We offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

2. Exclusive: Rick Harrison Sets The Record Straight on Pawn Plaza
Rick Harrison wants to clear up some things about Pawn Plaza, his container park shopping center next to Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, where Pawn Stars is filmed.Last year in October, the retail center opened with a bevy of tenants, including Rick’s Tavern, Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Inna Gadda di Pizza, Pawn Donut & Coffee, Rita’s Water Ice and other several other non-dining establishments.

3. The 38 Essential Las Vegas Restaurants
It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and price points and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs from where to go for a reliable quick bite to where to go when you want to blow half a paycheck on dinner.

4. Las Vegas Dining 101: A Guide for Eating and Drinking in Sin City
Everything you need to know about feeding yourself, from classic cheap eats to essential splurges, in Las Vegas.

5. Where To Eat Brunch in Las Vegas
If any city serves up a decadent brunch, it has to be Las Vegas. Whether you want a buffet with every indulgence, a chance to try Jamaican, Asian or French fare, or just the best eggs you can find, the weekend is the time to indulge in all that's wrong for your diet. Make it a buffet, order a la carte, maybe switch it up with some butlered dishes, then add some bottomless bloody Marys or endless mimosas. Stay on the Strip or head out to Summerlin, Henderson, Downtown or any of the other neighborhoods. Las Vegas has everything you can dream of when it comes to brunch.

6. Where to Drink in Las Vegas Right Now
Whether grabbing an after-work cocktail, making it a night out on the town with the boys or girls or trying to lubricate that special someone, why not imbibe in good taste? Here's a list of 53 of the slightly more interesting cocktail bars in Las Vegas. Hot newcomers and old standbys make the list of places to imbibe.

7. Vital Breakfast Spots To Know in Las Vegas
Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Las Vegas has its fair share of great places to start the day or even recuperate from the night before. Some even serve breakfast around the clock.

8. The 17 Iconic Burgers in Las Vegas
Iconic burgers have a few things in common. Some of these burgers are insanely popular or very well-executed. Others have stood the test of time, or have a significant place in Las Vegas burger history. Still others are newer burgers that have already made a splash after a relatively brief time on Las Vegas menus. What they have in common: they're all worth a try. Here, the 17 iconic burgers that you can always turn to in Las Vegas, in alphabetical order.

9. Your Guide to Special Dinners in Las Vegas
Las Vegas restaurants are fond of putting together special dinners that might highlight a spirit, a wine or even a style of cooking. To keep those dinners on your radar, meet the dining calendar of special dinners, updated as frequently as the dinners pop up. As always, call or click on the web address to make a reservation.

10. Two More Restaurants Close at Pawn Plaza
Inna Gadda di Pizza and Pawn Donut & Coffee shutter.

11. The 17 Coolest Las Vegas Ice Cream Shops
Ice cream, gelato, custard, shave ice. Whatever you want in the creamy dairy product world you can find in Las Vegas. Here, 17 killer spots to fulfill your ice cream needs, all presented in alphabetical order.

12. Behold, the Wahlburgers Las Vegas Menu and Prices
You’ve seen the A&E reality show, now try the Wahlberg family burgers.

13. Your Mammoth Guide to Happy Hours in Las Vegas
One of your best bets in Vegas is happy hour, that time of day when restaurants and bars offer up discounted food and drink specials. Find these deals all up and down the Strip, in Summerlin, Henderson and at points in between. Get deals early in the day, late at night, on certain days or even seven days a week. Then prepare to eat and drink your way through an afternoon or night with deals that are too good to pass up.

14. Steve Wynn on the Addition Worth Tens of Millions to His Resort
The chairman updates on Wynn Plaza, zoned to include new bars and dining.

15. Bad Owl Coffee To Cast a Harry Potter Spell on Henderson
All aboard the Hogwarts Express to Henderson for coffee.

16. The 21 Essential Las Vegas Pizza Restaurants
Where do Las Vegans turn for their pizza? Here now, a look at the essential pizzerias of Las Vegas, including those that have been around forever and a day and those with that have amassed a dedicated local following in that time. Newcomers such as Tony Gemignani, who now has three locations in Las Vegas, the Detroit dish specialists at Northside Nathan's, long-timers Metro Pizza and even culinary stars such as Wolfgang Puck, Shawn McLain and Scott Conant make the list. Want something late at night and by the slice? We have that too.

17. Where To Eat at McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Your comprehensive guide to every restaurant and bar at McCarran.

18. IRS Busts Caesars Palace’s Serendipity 3 Owner Rowen Seibel
The Gordon Ramsay partner will serve one month in prison.

19. Wahlburgers Las Vegas Finally Debuts on The Strip
The first Vegas home of Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg is now serving.

20. The 17 Essential Las Vegas Sushi Restaurants
Despite being in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas sure knows how to source its sushi. And we’re not talking all you can eat. Quality sushi is just that. You should eat it without chopsticks. You should forgo dousing it in soy sauce (did you really just want rice soaked in soy sauce?). And you should try freshwater types of sushi whenever you can. Here, 17 of the essential sushi restaurants in Las Vegas where you can find some of the best fish you will ever wrap your mouth around. Go to the Strip for sushi at Yellowtail or Tao Asian Bistro, or find some of the best sushi in the world at Yui Edomae or Kabuto.

Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)

5757 Wayne Newton Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89111 (702) 261-5211 Visit Website

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

713 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 530-4959 Visit Website

Bad Owl Coffee

10575 S Eastern Ave Ste 160, Henderson, NV 89052 (702) 483-3331

Strip Side Cafe & Bar

3570 Las Vegas Boulevard S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-731-7266 Visit Website

Pawn Plaza

725 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89101 (702) 385-7912

Yui Edomae

3460 Arville St, Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 202-2408 Visit Website


5040 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146 702-676-1044 Visit Website


3635 Las Vegas Boulevard South, , NV 89109 (702) 405-9090 Visit Website

Metro Pizza

6720 Sky Pointe Drive, , NV 89131 (702) 564-6726 Visit Website

Tao Asian Bistro

3377 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-388-8338 Visit Website