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Updating the Eater Heatmap — Dec. 2012

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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

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


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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. 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.

3. Chada Thai & Wine

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3400 S. Jones Blvd., #11A
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Bank Atcharawan’s Chada Thai & Wine brings Southern Thai food to Chinatown. The former sommelier of Lotus of Siam brings his award-winning list of 150 to 170 wines that skew toward Rieslings and global whites. Many of the dishes on the 50-item menu carry prices in the $10 range. Many are meant to be shared much like tapas, so expect to order several to get a grasp of the menu that features mild, medium and hot dishes.

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. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Kabuto

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5040 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
By far some of the freshest sushi you can find in Las Vegas, and it won’t break the bank. The 10-piece nigiri goes for $40. Here, it’s more a matter of whether you can land a table in this tiny 18-seater.

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. Mizumi

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The hottest new Japanese restaurant on the Strip features Devin Hashimoto’s take on traditional dishes. A 72-hour braised American Wagyu short rib “kakuni” with creamy satsuma potatoes, fava bean and shitaake ragout and red wine miso sauce is not to be missed.

14. Naked City Pizza Shop

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3240 S Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702-243-6277
The Guinea Pie caught the eye of Guy Fieri, who featured it on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, but foodies in Vegas have been stopping in this joint within Moon Doggies since it opened for fresh ingredients.

15. Rattlecan

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sammy DeMarco's latest restaurant combines an insane amount of wall-to-wall-to-wall graffiti art with a veritable menu of burgers. Be sure to check out the pickled dishes and order a Pickleback, a shot of Jameson and pickle juice, to land a free ride on the mechanical pickle.

16. 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.

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. 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

3. Chada Thai & Wine

3400 S. Jones Blvd., #11A, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Bank Atcharawan’s Chada Thai & Wine brings Southern Thai food to Chinatown. The former sommelier of Lotus of Siam brings his award-winning list of 150 to 170 wines that skew toward Rieslings and global whites. Many of the dishes on the 50-item menu carry prices in the $10 range. Many are meant to be shared much like tapas, so expect to order several to get a grasp of the menu that features mild, medium and hot dishes.
3400 S. Jones Blvd., #11A
Las Vegas, NV 89146

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. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Kabuto

5040 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
By far some of the freshest sushi you can find in Las Vegas, and it won’t break the bank. The 10-piece nigiri goes for $40. Here, it’s more a matter of whether you can land a table in this tiny 18-seater.
5040 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

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. Mizumi

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The hottest new Japanese restaurant on the Strip features Devin Hashimoto’s take on traditional dishes. A 72-hour braised American Wagyu short rib “kakuni” with creamy satsuma potatoes, fava bean and shitaake ragout and red wine miso sauce is not to be missed.
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

14. Naked City Pizza Shop

3240 S Arville St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
The Guinea Pie caught the eye of Guy Fieri, who featured it on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, but foodies in Vegas have been stopping in this joint within Moon Doggies since it opened for fresh ingredients.
3240 S Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89104

15. Rattlecan

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sammy DeMarco's latest restaurant combines an insane amount of wall-to-wall-to-wall graffiti art with a veritable menu of burgers. Be sure to check out the pickled dishes and order a Pickleback, a shot of Jameson and pickle juice, to land a free ride on the mechanical pickle.
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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16. 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

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