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Updating the Eater Heatmap — August 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.

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


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

May 2: Added Viva Las Arepas

June 6: Added: Hakkasan, Hops & Harvest, Kuma Snow Cream, Press; Deleted: Bacchanal Buffet, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Meatball Spot, Tetsu, Vic's

July 11: Added: Pub 1842, Rx Boiler Room, FIVE50 Pizza Bar; Deleted: Eat, Honey Salt, Nosh & Swig

Aug. 1: Added: Kumi by Akira Back and Nobu; Deleted: Andrea's, Forte Creative Tapas, Poppy Den

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. Art of Flavors Gelato

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1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 676-1027
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Restauranteur Felix Arellano of Viva Las Arepas fame opened his first gelateria, serving gelatos and sorbets that are made in-house. Chef Desyree Alberganti makes flavors both traditional (hazlenut, dark chocolate) and more modern (S'mores).

3. 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.

4. Echo & Rig Butcher & Steakhouse

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440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Sam Marvin's two-story steakhouse and butchery gives you another reason to head to Tivoli Village. Head here for reasonably priced lunches and dinners with beef taking center stage.

5. 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.

6. FIVE50 Pizza Bar

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3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89158
(877) 230-2742
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Shawn McClain's second restaurant at Aria offers up far more than pizza, although you'd be remiss not to order one. The crusts, which combine the best of New York and Sicilian-style pies, have a nice chew. Order from one of the specialty dishes or create your own.

7. Hakkasan

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-3838
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The massive Hakkasan features the Cantonese cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon with a menu to match. Must orders include the duck salad tossed table side, the soft-shell crab, the crispy quail appetizer and the Pi-pa duck.

8. Hops & Harvest

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450 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 476-3964
Bradley Ogden returns to Vegas with his farm-to-table fare including his infamous hamburger and butterscotch pudding. Try the short rib and pork belly patty melt and Bradley’s meatloaf sandwich.

9. Kuma Snow Cream

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3735 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 816-5862
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Jet Tila returns to Vegas with a dessert shop featuring the delicious snow cream, named for the texture of snow and the taste of ice cream. Order up one of five combinations such as the Mangozilla with mango snow cream, mochi, strawberries, Cap’n Crunch and mango sauce or create your own. The logo is reason enough to head here.

10. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

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3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
Japanese dishes with a Korean-American twist make a home at Akira Back's newest restaurant. The 007 Octopussy roll is a must-order.

11. Lulu's Bread & Breakfast

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6720 Sky Pointe Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89131
(702) 437-5858
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This bakery, breakfast and lunch spot is worth the drive up north. Look for an ever-changing menu of dishes such as eggs on a soft roll, frittatas and stuffed French toast for breakfast and salads and sandwiches for lunch. Look for the meatloaf with white cheddar and pulled pork with cilantro and pickled veggies on the sandwich board as well as a rotating collection of grilled cheeses.

12. Nobu

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4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 693-5090
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The original Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel stepped up its game with a tasting menu for locals that includes Matsuhisa's greatest hits for $75. The six-course menu includes Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce and black cod miso.

13. Nobu Restaurant & Lounge

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3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7110
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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. 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.

15. Press

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3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-5000
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Head to the new bar in the lobby of the Four Seasons (indoors and out) not only for cocktails but some fine nibbles as well. Order the wood-fired flatbreads in margherita and Kobe meatball, Ahi tuna cones or salted mini pretzels with warm cheddar cheese. Save room for the baked Alaska and especially the stone fruit mini brioche grilled cheeses with a warm peach compote.

16. Pub 1842

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3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-3922
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Michael Mina went with a more casual approach to dining with his new Pub 1842 at the MGM Grand. Must tries include the lobster corn dogs, crab Louie deviled eggs and peanut butter crunch burger with bacon jam, potato chips and pimento cheese.

17. Rx Boiler Room

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3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV
Rick Moonen's steampunk-inspired restaurant serves up his version of comfort foods paired with cocktails made in his alchemist lab.

18. Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak

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3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 791-7777
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The Top Chef judge brings meats cooked over open flames at his third restaurant in Vegas.

19. Viva Las Arepas

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1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 366-9696
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These flat, round and soft patties are made out of cornmeal and grilled for a crispy outside and soft inside. Stuff them with beef, chicken, ham, cheese, beans, shrimp and more. Inexpensive too.

20. 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.

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1. 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

2. Art of Flavors Gelato

1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89104
Restauranteur Felix Arellano of Viva Las Arepas fame opened his first gelateria, serving gelatos and sorbets that are made in-house. Chef Desyree Alberganti makes flavors both traditional (hazlenut, dark chocolate) and more modern (S'mores).
1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

3. 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

4. Echo & Rig Butcher & Steakhouse

440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Sam Marvin's two-story steakhouse and butchery gives you another reason to head to Tivoli Village. Head here for reasonably priced lunches and dinners with beef taking center stage.
440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

5. 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

6. FIVE50 Pizza Bar

3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158
Shawn McClain's second restaurant at Aria offers up far more than pizza, although you'd be remiss not to order one. The crusts, which combine the best of New York and Sicilian-style pies, have a nice chew. Order from one of the specialty dishes or create your own.
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89158

7. Hakkasan

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
The massive Hakkasan features the Cantonese cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon with a menu to match. Must orders include the duck salad tossed table side, the soft-shell crab, the crispy quail appetizer and the Pi-pa duck.
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Hops & Harvest

450 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Bradley Ogden returns to Vegas with his farm-to-table fare including his infamous hamburger and butterscotch pudding. Try the short rib and pork belly patty melt and Bradley’s meatloaf sandwich.
450 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145

9. Kuma Snow Cream

3735 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Jet Tila returns to Vegas with a dessert shop featuring the delicious snow cream, named for the texture of snow and the taste of ice cream. Order up one of five combinations such as the Mangozilla with mango snow cream, mochi, strawberries, Cap’n Crunch and mango sauce or create your own. The logo is reason enough to head here.
3735 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102

10. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
Japanese dishes with a Korean-American twist make a home at Akira Back's newest restaurant. The 007 Octopussy roll is a must-order.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV

11. Lulu's Bread & Breakfast

6720 Sky Pointe Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89131
This bakery, breakfast and lunch spot is worth the drive up north. Look for an ever-changing menu of dishes such as eggs on a soft roll, frittatas and stuffed French toast for breakfast and salads and sandwiches for lunch. Look for the meatloaf with white cheddar and pulled pork with cilantro and pickled veggies on the sandwich board as well as a rotating collection of grilled cheeses.
6720 Sky Pointe Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89131

12. Nobu

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
The original Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel stepped up its game with a tasting menu for locals that includes Matsuhisa's greatest hits for $75. The six-course menu includes Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce and black cod miso.
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169

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. 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

15. Press

3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119
Head to the new bar in the lobby of the Four Seasons (indoors and out) not only for cocktails but some fine nibbles as well. Order the wood-fired flatbreads in margherita and Kobe meatball, Ahi tuna cones or salted mini pretzels with warm cheddar cheese. Save room for the baked Alaska and especially the stone fruit mini brioche grilled cheeses with a warm peach compote.
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

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16. Pub 1842

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Michael Mina went with a more casual approach to dining with his new Pub 1842 at the MGM Grand. Must tries include the lobster corn dogs, crab Louie deviled eggs and peanut butter crunch burger with bacon jam, potato chips and pimento cheese.
3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

17. Rx Boiler Room

3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
Rick Moonen's steampunk-inspired restaurant serves up his version of comfort foods paired with cocktails made in his alchemist lab.
3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV

18. Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak

3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Top Chef judge brings meats cooked over open flames at his third restaurant in Vegas.
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

19. Viva Las Arepas

1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89104
These flat, round and soft patties are made out of cornmeal and grilled for a crispy outside and soft inside. Stuff them with beef, chicken, ham, cheese, beans, shrimp and more. Inexpensive too.
1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

20. 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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