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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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1. Al’s Donuts & Cafe Burger

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280 W. Azure Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130 

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.

2. Eis Cream Cafe

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9711 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89183 

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.

3. Fiesta Chips & Salsa

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1780 N. Buffalo Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89128
This new Mexican grill features Mexican dishes, but surprisingly not a huge variety of chips or salsa.

4. Hooligans Bar & Grill

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1750 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146 

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

5. Ice Monster Cafe

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7729 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139 

702-202-4300
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.

6. Ichiban West

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5025 S. Fort Apache Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148 

702-474-0343
Find inexpensive sushi and Japanese dishes at this new location. Lunch deals are in the $10 range.

7. J Sake Bar

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4459 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
This Japanese sake bar features more than 100 different varieties of sake, perhaps the largest number off-Strip in Las Vegas.

8. The Kitchen Clams & Crabs

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5125 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89146 

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

9. Moko Tapas Bar

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6350 W Charleston Blvd Ste 120
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Moko Tapas Bar serves up Asian fusion tapas inspired by Korean cuisine with beer, wine, sake, and music.

10. Nem Nuong Bistro

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4632 W. Spring Mountain Rd. Ste 2
Las Vegas, NV 89102
702-413-6666
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.

11. Oriental House

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8560 W. Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89117 

702-550-4260
Casual Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes make the menu at this family-owned restaurant.

12. Skinny Chick Fat Chicken

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3137 Industrial Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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.

13. Sticks and Shakes

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1300 W Sunset Rd Ste 2433
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 478-8866
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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.

14. Viva El Salvador Restaurant & Pupuseria

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1745 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
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.

15. Z Chicken

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8846 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123 

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.

16. Zizzy

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4355 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102 

702-257-9499
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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1. Al’s Donuts & Cafe Burger

280 W. Azure Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130 

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.
280 W. Azure Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130 


2. Eis Cream Cafe

9711 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89183 

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.
9711 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89183 


3. Fiesta Chips & Salsa

1780 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128
This new Mexican grill features Mexican dishes, but surprisingly not a huge variety of chips or salsa.
1780 N. Buffalo Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89128

4. Hooligans Bar & Grill

1750 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 

This always-open bar features dishes such as meatloaf, chicken and waffles and Hawaiian kalua pork.
1750 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146 


5. Ice Monster Cafe

7729 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89139 

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.
7729 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139 


6. Ichiban West

5025 S. Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas, NV 89148 

Find inexpensive sushi and Japanese dishes at this new location. Lunch deals are in the $10 range.
5025 S. Fort Apache Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148 


7. J Sake Bar

4459 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
This Japanese sake bar features more than 100 different varieties of sake, perhaps the largest number off-Strip in Las Vegas.
4459 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

8. The Kitchen Clams & Crabs

5125 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146 

This new Asian fusion restaurant features pasta, steamed seafood and more.
5125 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89146 


9. Moko Tapas Bar

6350 W Charleston Blvd Ste 120, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Moko Tapas Bar serves up Asian fusion tapas inspired by Korean cuisine with beer, wine, sake, and music.
6350 W Charleston Blvd Ste 120
Las Vegas, NV 89146

10. Nem Nuong Bistro

4632 W. Spring Mountain Rd. Ste 2, Las Vegas, NV 89102
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.
4632 W. Spring Mountain Rd. Ste 2
Las Vegas, NV 89102

11. Oriental House

8560 W. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV 89117 

Casual Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes make the menu at this family-owned restaurant.
8560 W. Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89117 


12. Skinny Chick Fat Chicken

3137 Industrial Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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.
3137 Industrial Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

13. Sticks and Shakes

1300 W Sunset Rd Ste 2433, Henderson, NV 89014
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.
1300 W Sunset Rd Ste 2433
Henderson, NV 89014

14. Viva El Salvador Restaurant & Pupuseria

1745 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146
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.
1745 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146

15. Z Chicken

8846 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123 

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.
8846 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123 


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16. Zizzy

4355 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102 

New ownership took over this Korean karaoke joint. Find happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. with a rotating selection of specials.
4355 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102 


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