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Updating The Eater Vegas Heatmap — April 2014

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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.


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

Sept. 5: Added: Art of Flavors, Echo & Rig Butcher & Steakhouse, Lulu's Bread & Breakfast, Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak

Oct. 3: Added: Andrea's, Sweets Raku; Deleted: Fat Choy

Nov. 5: Added Buddy V's Ristorante, Pizza Rock, Settebello

Dec. 5: Added: Container Park, MTO Cafe

Jan. 2: Added: B&B Burger & Beer, Crush, Jayde Fuzion; Deleted: Hops & Harvest, Press, Viva Las Arepas, Pub 1842, Rx Boiler Room, Nobu, Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, FIVE50 Pizza Bar, Andrea's

Feb. 6: Added: 1900 Asian Cuisine, Desnudo Tacos, Rose.Rabbit.Liee. and Soho Japanese Restaurant; Deleted: Hakkasan, Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak and Yonaka Modern Japanese Restaurant

March 6: Added: Bobby's Burger Palace, District One Kitchen & Bar and The Goodwich; Deleted: 1900 Asian Cuisine, Echo & Rig, Jayde Fuzion and Kuma Snow Cream

April 3: Added: Carlo's Bakery; Deleted: Container Park, Lulu's Bread & Breakfast, Sweets Raku

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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

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. B&B Burger & Beer

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-2220
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Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's new joint at the Venetian brings a bevy of burgers, including the popular Drive Thru, and a hefty list of craft beers.

4. Bobby's Burger Palace

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3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Bobby Flay's new burger joint crunchifies its burgers with Lay's potato chips. Try one of the specialty burgers such as the Vegas Burger and be sure to order an adult milkshake. Photo: Edison Graff

5. Buddy V's Ristorante

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3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro brings his first restaurant to Las Vegas replete with Italian dishes from his family recipes and over-the-top desserts.

6. Carlo's Bakery

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Everybody's favorite baker opened his first West Coast bakery right across the hall from Buddy V's. Cannolis, lobster tails and more make the bakery menu here.

7. Crush

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Find dishes meant to be shared and an edited wine list at this new restaurant from Michael and Jenna Morton at the MGM Grand.

8. Desnudo Tacos

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3240 Arville St.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 982-6435
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Christopher Palmeri and Christian Dolias have a hit on their hands with Desnudo Tacos and its Mexican street fare. Run, don't walk, for the tacos al pastor and rotating list of rice and bean side dishes.

9. District One Kitchen & Bar

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3400 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Named for the epicenter of Saigon, District One serves more than Vietnamese fare. Find dishes from Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan with prices ranging from $10 to $30 for lunch and dinner.

10. 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.

11. The Goodwich

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1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 910-8681
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The sandwiches here, which top out at $9, are making everyone swoon at this stand outside Dino's Lounge. Try the Span-ish with chorizo, mortadella, manchego, olive and piquillo or the foie gras with crispy chicken skin, cabbage and almond. Enough to make your toes curl in delight.

12. 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.

13. MTO Café

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500 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 380-8229
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This new breakfast and lunch spot in the parking garage for City Hall has become a destination for Downtowners in its short tenure.

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. Pizza Rock

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201 N. Third St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-0838
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Eleven-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani brings with him six styles of pizza including Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pies. Look for the big rig that serves as a deejay booth at this downtown joint.

16. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7440
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This new restaurant, bar and entertainment venue inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas serves up some of the most creative dishes such as caviar tacos, a beef Wellington served in a puff pastry atrium, crispy oysters Rockefeller and more, all hearkening back to a more sophisticated era of dining. The entertainment alone is reason to belly up to the bar for a drink from the very serious cocktail program.

17. Settebello Pizzeria

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9350 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

Authentic pizzas from Napoli that cook up in 90 seconds find a second Vegas home on the westside this time. Here find the chain's first hand-crafted cocktail menu as well as an expanded wine menu and a draft beer selection.

18. Soho Japanese Restaurant

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7377 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 776-7778
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Former executive chef at Social House John Chien Lee opens Soho Japanese Restaurant in the southwest with Asian fusion, Japanese fare and sushi for lunch and dinner.

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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. B&B Burger & Beer

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's new joint at the Venetian brings a bevy of burgers, including the popular Drive Thru, and a hefty list of craft beers.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

4. Bobby's Burger Palace

3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158

Bobby Flay's new burger joint crunchifies its burgers with Lay's potato chips. Try one of the specialty burgers such as the Vegas Burger and be sure to order an adult milkshake. Photo: Edison Graff

3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89158

5. Buddy V's Ristorante

3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro brings his first restaurant to Las Vegas replete with Italian dishes from his family recipes and over-the-top desserts.

3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Carlo's Bakery

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Everybody's favorite baker opened his first West Coast bakery right across the hall from Buddy V's. Cannolis, lobster tails and more make the bakery menu here.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

7. Crush

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Find dishes meant to be shared and an edited wine list at this new restaurant from Michael and Jenna Morton at the MGM Grand.

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Desnudo Tacos

3240 Arville St., Las Vegas, NV 89102

Christopher Palmeri and Christian Dolias have a hit on their hands with Desnudo Tacos and its Mexican street fare. Run, don't walk, for the tacos al pastor and rotating list of rice and bean side dishes.

3240 Arville St.
Las Vegas, NV 89102

9. District One Kitchen & Bar

3400 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146

Named for the epicenter of Saigon, District One serves more than Vietnamese fare. Find dishes from Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan with prices ranging from $10 to $30 for lunch and dinner.

3400 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146

10. 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

11. The Goodwich

1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89104

The sandwiches here, which top out at $9, are making everyone swoon at this stand outside Dino's Lounge. Try the Span-ish with chorizo, mortadella, manchego, olive and piquillo or the foie gras with crispy chicken skin, cabbage and almond. Enough to make your toes curl in delight.

1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

12. 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

13. MTO Café

500 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

This new breakfast and lunch spot in the parking garage for City Hall has become a destination for Downtowners in its short tenure.

500 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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. Pizza Rock

201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Eleven-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani brings with him six styles of pizza including Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pies. Look for the big rig that serves as a deejay booth at this downtown joint.

201 N. Third St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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16. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This new restaurant, bar and entertainment venue inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas serves up some of the most creative dishes such as caviar tacos, a beef Wellington served in a puff pastry atrium, crispy oysters Rockefeller and more, all hearkening back to a more sophisticated era of dining. The entertainment alone is reason to belly up to the bar for a drink from the very serious cocktail program.

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

17. Settebello Pizzeria

9350 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117

Authentic pizzas from Napoli that cook up in 90 seconds find a second Vegas home on the westside this time. Here find the chain's first hand-crafted cocktail menu as well as an expanded wine menu and a draft beer selection.

9350 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

18. Soho Japanese Restaurant

7377 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89139

Former executive chef at Social House John Chien Lee opens Soho Japanese Restaurant in the southwest with Asian fusion, Japanese fare and sushi for lunch and dinner.

7377 S. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89139

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