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16 New Restaurants To Try in Las Vegas Right Now

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgLas Vegas is home to many new restaurants. Some of the smaller ones that open with less than a shebang go unnoticed. Here's a look at 16 of the new smaller restaurants that opened recently all over the Las Vegas valley, including three strictly dessert spots, ethnic food galore, a sake joint and a Korean karaoke bar.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Al’s Donuts & Cafe Burger

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This restaurant combines UNLV staple Al’s Donuts and brings with it Cafe Burger, meaning breakfast treats and burgers alike make an appearance on the menu. And they combine them into dishes such as the Maple Bacon Kronut Burger. Do try.

Eis Cream Cafe

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This new ice cream shop features small batches of flavors such as bubble gum, burgundy cherry, coconut pineapple, cookie mint crunch, and pralines and cream. Be sure to ask for a sample.

Fiesta Chips & Salsa

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This new Mexican grill features Mexican dishes, but surprisingly not a huge variety of chips or salsa.

Hooligans Bar & Grill

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This always-open bar features dishes such as meatloaf, chicken and waffles and Hawaiian kalua pork.

Ice Monster Cafe

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This new dessert spot has pastries such as a chocolate ganache tart and rose raspberry macaron, boba tea and “snow slush” in flavors such as red bean, green apple, honeydew, milk tea, orange and lemon. Sorbets and ice creams also make the menu. guests can play games such as Jenga and Uno, and the WiFi is free.

Ichiban West

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Find inexpensive sushi and Japanese dishes at this new location. Lunch deals are in the $10 range.

J Sake Bar

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This Japanese sake bar features more than 100 different varieties of sake, perhaps the largest number off-Strip in Las Vegas.

The Kitchen Clams & Crabs

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This new Asian fusion restaurant features pasta, steamed seafood and more.

Moko Tapas Bar

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Moko Tapas Bar serves up Asian fusion tapas inspired by Korean cuisine with beer, wine, sake, and music.

Nem Nuong Bistro

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The owners of Brodard Restaurant in Orange County opened a branch in Chinatown featuring the namesake nem nuong, a Vietnamese pork meatball dish. Pho, banh koht (rice patties) and noodle dishes with vermicelli.

Oriental House

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Casual Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes make the menu at this family-owned restaurant.

Skinny Chick Fat Chicken

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This new trend of a healthy menu and a fattening menu extends now to Skinny Chick Fat Chicken. Find a breakfast menu with chicken and waffles and a PB&J pancake as well as pizzas, wraps, chicken wings and tenders in a variety of flavors and more.

Sticks and Shakes

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The Galleria at Sunset has a new dessert spot with all natural gelatos and sorbets while the fruit sticks has real fruit pieces inside. Also on the menu, shakes galore that can be made with candies, biscuits, chocolates, sweets, fruits, toppings and more.

Viva El Salvador Restaurant & Pupuseria

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This Salvadorian restaurant served up pupusas, thick corn tortillas filled with a choice of ingredients like chicharron (pork), frijoles (beans), queso (cheese) or revueltas (mixed) covered with curtido (pickled cabbage slaw) and tomato sauce.

Z Chicken

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Head here for broasted chicken, wings and tenders. The chicken is marinated overnight, lightly floured and then pressure fried. Find barbecue, Buffalo, ranch, bleu cheese, ranch and honey mustard sauces.

New ownership took over this Korean karaoke joint. Find happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. with a rotating selection of specials.

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Al’s Donuts & Cafe Burger

This restaurant combines UNLV staple Al’s Donuts and brings with it Cafe Burger, meaning breakfast treats and burgers alike make an appearance on the menu. And they combine them into dishes such as the Maple Bacon Kronut Burger. Do try.

Eis Cream Cafe

This new ice cream shop features small batches of flavors such as bubble gum, burgundy cherry, coconut pineapple, cookie mint crunch, and pralines and cream. Be sure to ask for a sample.

Fiesta Chips & Salsa

This new Mexican grill features Mexican dishes, but surprisingly not a huge variety of chips or salsa.

Hooligans Bar & Grill

This always-open bar features dishes such as meatloaf, chicken and waffles and Hawaiian kalua pork.

Ice Monster Cafe

This new dessert spot has pastries such as a chocolate ganache tart and rose raspberry macaron, boba tea and “snow slush” in flavors such as red bean, green apple, honeydew, milk tea, orange and lemon. Sorbets and ice creams also make the menu. guests can play games such as Jenga and Uno, and the WiFi is free.

Ichiban West

Find inexpensive sushi and Japanese dishes at this new location. Lunch deals are in the $10 range.

J Sake Bar

This Japanese sake bar features more than 100 different varieties of sake, perhaps the largest number off-Strip in Las Vegas.

The Kitchen Clams & Crabs

This new Asian fusion restaurant features pasta, steamed seafood and more.

Moko Tapas Bar

Moko Tapas Bar serves up Asian fusion tapas inspired by Korean cuisine with beer, wine, sake, and music.

Nem Nuong Bistro

The owners of Brodard Restaurant in Orange County opened a branch in Chinatown featuring the namesake nem nuong, a Vietnamese pork meatball dish. Pho, banh koht (rice patties) and noodle dishes with vermicelli.

Oriental House

Casual Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes make the menu at this family-owned restaurant.

Skinny Chick Fat Chicken

This new trend of a healthy menu and a fattening menu extends now to Skinny Chick Fat Chicken. Find a breakfast menu with chicken and waffles and a PB&J pancake as well as pizzas, wraps, chicken wings and tenders in a variety of flavors and more.

Sticks and Shakes

The Galleria at Sunset has a new dessert spot with all natural gelatos and sorbets while the fruit sticks has real fruit pieces inside. Also on the menu, shakes galore that can be made with candies, biscuits, chocolates, sweets, fruits, toppings and more.

Viva El Salvador Restaurant & Pupuseria

This Salvadorian restaurant served up pupusas, thick corn tortillas filled with a choice of ingredients like chicharron (pork), frijoles (beans), queso (cheese) or revueltas (mixed) covered with curtido (pickled cabbage slaw) and tomato sauce.

Z Chicken

Head here for broasted chicken, wings and tenders. The chicken is marinated overnight, lightly floured and then pressure fried. Find barbecue, Buffalo, ranch, bleu cheese, ranch and honey mustard sauces.