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Updating the Eater Heatmap — April 2013

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgMore 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. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

May 3: Added D.O.C.G. Enoteca, Layers Bakery Cafe, Mashisoyo, Naked City Pizza Shop, Trattoria Nakamura-Ya

June 7: Added Kabuto, KJ Dim Sum, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Mizumi

July 5: Added: Chocolate & Spice Bakery; Deleted: Old Homestead Steakhouse, Le Thai, East Ocean Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant

Aug. 2: Added: Wine 5 Café, Kyara Japanese Tapas, Bachi Burger, Sugar Bee's Bakery; Deleted: Great Bao

Sept. 6: Added Allegro, Culinary Dropout, Tetsu; Deleted: Central Michel Richard, Mashisoyu

Oct. 4: Added: Eat, Bacchanal Buffet; Deleted: Crab Corner, Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria & Bar, Honey Pig, I-naba Japanese Soba Noodle Restaurant, KJ Dim Sum, Sugar Bee's Bakery, Wine 5 Café

Nov. 1: Added: Chada Thai & Wine; Deleted: Ko-Mex Fusion Express, Bachi Burger, Trattoria Nakamura-Ya, Layers Bakery, Bread & Butter

Dec. 6: Added: Honey Salt, Meatball Spot, Rattlecan; Deleted: Allegro, DOCG Enoteca, Kyara Japanese Tapas

Jan. 3: Added: Those Guys Pies, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Andrea's; Deleted: Kabuto, Naked City Pizza, Mizumi

Feb. 7: Added: Fat Choy, Poppy Den

March 6: Added: Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, Nosh & Swig, Novecento Pizzeria 900, Yonaka Japanese Restaurant & Lounge; Deleted: Rattlecan (closed), Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Those Guys Pies

April 4: Added Vic's; Deleted Chada Thai & Wine

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Andrea's

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Andrea's combines nightlife and dining with pan-Asian fare from chef Joseph Elevado and music curated by Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia. Dubbed vibe dining, the menu reflects the hip dishes nightclubbers can dine on before hitting Surrender Nightclub.

2. Abriya Raku

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5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ask any chef in Vegas where to dine and the magical phrase Aburiya Raku slips off their lips. Mitsuo Endo simply makes some of the best Japanese food in town with nary a sushi on the menu.

3. Bacchanal Buffet

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3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Already USA Today has named the nine-kitchens at the new Bacchanal Buffet the best in Vegas. About 80 percent of the 500 items is cooked right in front of guests.

4. Chocolate & Spice Bakery

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7293 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Pastry chef extraordinaire Megan Romano comes back with a fire. Her tarts, pies and cakes are available for pick up and can be custom ordered to suit any occasion. But don’t ignore the savories such as breakfast frittatas, soups, sandwiches and more.

5. Culinary Dropout

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4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Sam Fox’s long-awaited gastropub just opened mid-August at the Hard Rock Hotel with antipastas, a raw bar with mussels and King crab legs and shared plates such as smoked salmon rillettes, house potato chips with onion dip, soft pretzels and provolone fondue and grilled artichokes make the menu. Seven sandwiches such as the warm Italian grinder with Genoa salami, tavern ham and provolone, the M.A.C. Burger and the shaved Prime rib dip show up along with a crispy shrimp Caesars salad and seared tuna salad.

6. é Bar by José Andrés

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Reservations are nearly impossible to get at this private dining experience inside Jaleo, José Andrés’ tapas spot. But those who do swoon over the 18 or so courses that come out at this intimate dining experience for eight.
707 Carson St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Natalie Young’s new breakfast and lunch spot in Downtown Las Vegas has become the go-to spot. Already the restaurant that opened in early August is garnering rave reviews for its creative fare.

8. Fat Choy

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595 East Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 794-3464
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Sheridan Su's Asian fusion fare finally has a permanent home inside the Eureka Casino. Look for some holdovers from the former Teddy's, but order the bao, short rib grilled cheese and Fat Choy burger to savor Su's imaginative cooking.

9. Forte European Tapas Bar & Bistro

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4180 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tapas take a twist with a little Bulgarian, Romanian and Ukrainian thrown into the mix by Nina Manchev. The vodkas, infused and Russian, are worth a visit.

10. Gordon Ramsay Steak

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3655 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The shouty chef’s first venture in Las Vegas has been selling out routinely with his take on the American steakhouse.

11. Honey Salt

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1031 N. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Vegas' first couple of food Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau bring this interpretation of dining at their family home to the Westside. Look for recipes from their many travels on this seasonally changing menu.

12. Meatball Spot

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6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Carla Pellegrino's new restaurant gives diners a reason to head to Town Square. Fans like the variety of meatballs that range from beef and turkey to vegetarian, chicken and lamb.

13. Nobu Restaurant & Lounge

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3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Nobu Matsuhisa opened his largest eponymous restaurant with his usual dishes along with three teppanaki tables, a first for the chef. Expect to pay an arm and a leg for his compositions though.

14. Nosh & Swig

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3620 E. Flamingo Rd Suite 5
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702-456-6674
Small plates are the name of the game at this new restaurant from former Stirling Club executive chef Steve Piamchunter. Look for a menu that covers the globe with dishes from Thailand, Japan, Italy, France, Mexico and the United States. The eight-page menu though is divided by the main ingredient, be it pig, cow, chicken or more. [Photo: Chelsea McManus]

15. Novecento Pizzeria 900

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5605 Centennial Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89149
(702) 685-4900
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Chef Marc Sgrizzi, who already has Parma, just opened a new Neapolitan pizza joint that uses wood-burning ovens, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour and mozzarella from Campania, Italy, in his 900-degree ovens that cook a pizza in 90 seconds.

16. Poppy Den

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440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 802-7480
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Angelo Sosa's Poppy Den gives west-siders another reason to visit Tivoli Village with its Asian tapas dishes. Try the Poppy Den Burger, a variation of the burger that won the best burger on Eater National.

17. Tetsu

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3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Chef Masa Takayama reinvented Shaboo into Tetsu, a teppanaki restaurant inside BarMasa. It features six grills with two at communal tables and another four at blackjack-style tables seating about 40 total. Within, a produce table offers up the day’s selection of meats, seafood and vegetables. Guests choose what they want to eat, which is weighed and then cooked in front of them.

18. Vic's New American Cuisine

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2450 Hampton Road
Henderson, NV 89052
Vic "Vegas" Moea's new restaurant in Henderson will probably be better known for it's view of the valley. The Food Network Star just opened Vic's with his own take on American fare in the former Trumpets space in the Sun City Anthem Center.

19. Yonaka Modern Japanese Restaurant

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4983 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, nv 89103
(702) 685-8358
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Now the west side has a new sushi restaurant that isn’t rough on the budget. Yonaka Modern Japanese features staples such as sushi, sashimi and makimano as well as fried dishes including baby tako, anago and kabocha, a Japanese pumpkin. Cool plates include the crudo of seabass, sake orenji with Atlantic salmon and Nippon Nicoise with bigeye tuna and fingerling potatoes.

1. Andrea's

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Andrea's combines nightlife and dining with pan-Asian fare from chef Joseph Elevado and music curated by Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia. Dubbed vibe dining, the menu reflects the hip dishes nightclubbers can dine on before hitting Surrender Nightclub.
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

2. Abriya Raku

5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Ask any chef in Vegas where to dine and the magical phrase Aburiya Raku slips off their lips. Mitsuo Endo simply makes some of the best Japanese food in town with nary a sushi on the menu.
5030 W. Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

3. Bacchanal Buffet

3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Already USA Today has named the nine-kitchens at the new Bacchanal Buffet the best in Vegas. About 80 percent of the 500 items is cooked right in front of guests.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

4. Chocolate & Spice Bakery

7293 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Pastry chef extraordinaire Megan Romano comes back with a fire. Her tarts, pies and cakes are available for pick up and can be custom ordered to suit any occasion. But don’t ignore the savories such as breakfast frittatas, soups, sandwiches and more.
7293 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117

5. Culinary Dropout

4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Sam Fox’s long-awaited gastropub just opened mid-August at the Hard Rock Hotel with antipastas, a raw bar with mussels and King crab legs and shared plates such as smoked salmon rillettes, house potato chips with onion dip, soft pretzels and provolone fondue and grilled artichokes make the menu. Seven sandwiches such as the warm Italian grinder with Genoa salami, tavern ham and provolone, the M.A.C. Burger and the shaved Prime rib dip show up along with a crispy shrimp Caesars salad and seared tuna salad.
4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169

6. é Bar by José Andrés

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Reservations are nearly impossible to get at this private dining experience inside Jaleo, José Andrés’ tapas spot. But those who do swoon over the 18 or so courses that come out at this intimate dining experience for eight.
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

7. Eat

707 Carson St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Natalie Young’s new breakfast and lunch spot in Downtown Las Vegas has become the go-to spot. Already the restaurant that opened in early August is garnering rave reviews for its creative fare.
707 Carson St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

8. Fat Choy

595 East Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Sheridan Su's Asian fusion fare finally has a permanent home inside the Eureka Casino. Look for some holdovers from the former Teddy's, but order the bao, short rib grilled cheese and Fat Choy burger to savor Su's imaginative cooking.
595 East Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89104

9. Forte European Tapas Bar & Bistro

4180 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tapas take a twist with a little Bulgarian, Romanian and Ukrainian thrown into the mix by Nina Manchev. The vodkas, infused and Russian, are worth a visit.
4180 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89103

10. Gordon Ramsay Steak

3655 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The shouty chef’s first venture in Las Vegas has been selling out routinely with his take on the American steakhouse.
3655 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

11. Honey Salt

1031 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Vegas' first couple of food Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau bring this interpretation of dining at their family home to the Westside. Look for recipes from their many travels on this seasonally changing menu.
1031 N. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

12. Meatball Spot

6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119
Carla Pellegrino's new restaurant gives diners a reason to head to Town Square. Fans like the variety of meatballs that range from beef and turkey to vegetarian, chicken and lamb.
6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

13. Nobu Restaurant & Lounge

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Nobu Matsuhisa opened his largest eponymous restaurant with his usual dishes along with three teppanaki tables, a first for the chef. Expect to pay an arm and a leg for his compositions though.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

14. Nosh & Swig

3620 E. Flamingo Rd Suite 5, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Small plates are the name of the game at this new restaurant from former Stirling Club executive chef Steve Piamchunter. Look for a menu that covers the globe with dishes from Thailand, Japan, Italy, France, Mexico and the United States. The eight-page menu though is divided by the main ingredient, be it pig, cow, chicken or more. [Photo: Chelsea McManus]
3620 E. Flamingo Rd Suite 5
Las Vegas, NV 89121

15. Novecento Pizzeria 900

5605 Centennial Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89149
Chef Marc Sgrizzi, who already has Parma, just opened a new Neapolitan pizza joint that uses wood-burning ovens, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour and mozzarella from Campania, Italy, in his 900-degree ovens that cook a pizza in 90 seconds.
5605 Centennial Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89149

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16. Poppy Den

440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Angelo Sosa's Poppy Den gives west-siders another reason to visit Tivoli Village with its Asian tapas dishes. Try the Poppy Den Burger, a variation of the burger that won the best burger on Eater National.
440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

17. Tetsu

3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Chef Masa Takayama reinvented Shaboo into Tetsu, a teppanaki restaurant inside BarMasa. It features six grills with two at communal tables and another four at blackjack-style tables seating about 40 total. Within, a produce table offers up the day’s selection of meats, seafood and vegetables. Guests choose what they want to eat, which is weighed and then cooked in front of them.
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89158

18. Vic's New American Cuisine

2450 Hampton Road, Henderson, NV 89052
Vic "Vegas" Moea's new restaurant in Henderson will probably be better known for it's view of the valley. The Food Network Star just opened Vic's with his own take on American fare in the former Trumpets space in the Sun City Anthem Center.
2450 Hampton Road
Henderson, NV 89052

19. Yonaka Modern Japanese Restaurant

4983 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, nv 89103
Now the west side has a new sushi restaurant that isn’t rough on the budget. Yonaka Modern Japanese features staples such as sushi, sashimi and makimano as well as fried dishes including baby tako, anago and kabocha, a Japanese pumpkin. Cool plates include the crudo of seabass, sake orenji with Atlantic salmon and Nippon Nicoise with bigeye tuna and fingerling potatoes.
4983 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, nv 89103

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