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Updating The Eater Vegas Heatmap — August 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.


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

May 1: Added: Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, DB Brasserie, O Face Doughnuts, Bachi HLK, Truck-U Barbeque, Yusho, 800 Degrees, Hiromaru, Double Barrel Roadhouse; Deleted: Art of Flavors Gelato, B&B Burger & Beer, Bobby's Burger Palace, Buddy V's Ristorante, Crush, Kumi, Settebello Pizzeria, Soho Japanese Restaurant

June 5: Added: F.A.M.E., Giada

July 3: Added: BLT Steak, Carson Kitchen, Japanese Cuisine by Omae, Mercadito; Deleted: é by José Andrés, Hiromaru, MTO Cafe, Pizza Rock, Rose.Rabbit.Lie.

Aug. 7: Added: GameWorks

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800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

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Build-your-own 12-inch personal pizzas cooked in about a minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven. This place should have a long line forming out the door.

Abriya Raku

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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.

BLT Steak

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Not only do you find those oh-so-good popovers with gruyere cheese at BLT and great steaks such as the must-order bone-in ribeye but the return of the Sterling Brunch, now on Saturdays and Sundays. That means unlimited champagne and caviar for you.

Carlo's Bakery

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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.

Carson Kitchen

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Kerry Simon's latest restaurant serves up lunch and dinner with most dishes going for less than $20. Find a menu of shared plates, sandwiches, flatbreads baked in the hearthstone oven, garden dishes, entrees and Simon's playful take on desserts. On the drinks side, microbrewed soda brands, such as Virgil's, along with handcrafted cocktails and an array of small-batch brews and global wines.

DB Brasserie

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Daniel Boulud's triumphant return to Vegas brings a mid-level approach to French cuisine. Find everything from steak frites to three of Boulud's delectable burgers make the opening menu. Go here ASAP.

Desnudo Tacos

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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.

Double Barrel Roadhouse

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it's a roadhouse with Southern fare served up at the new Double Barrel Roadhouse at the front on the Monte Carlo.

District One Kitchen & Bar

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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.

F.A.M.E.

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This Asian night market features tastes from Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei including a bricks and mortar version of beloved food truck Fukuburger. Next door, a cook-to-order stand. Then the Asian noodles, with ramen, udon and Thai soups. Keep heading left for the Asian barbecue stand with chicken, bao, duck and pork over rice. Next to that, the dim sum station, not on a cart, but laid out like one. Then comes two stir fry stands, one with Chinese dishes and the other serving up southeastern Asia cuisines. Another station carries desserts. At the bar, Asian beers and sake on tap.

GameWorks

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Find a gastropub of American fare along with an 8,700-square-foot arcade with Pac-Man and more, an eight-lane bowling alley and the flagship eGaming Arena, a devoted space for multi-player online computer gaming.

Giada De Laurentiis opened her very first restaurant at The Cromwell with a menu packed with antipasto, pastas, pizzettes and more, all with her signature twist on Italian cuisine with her deft California touches. While the prices may be high, their matched only by the flavor that is delicate and feminine, never leaving you too full. As Giada says, "Taste a little bit of everything and not a lot of one thing."

The Goodwich

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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.

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar

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Love it or loathe it, Guy Fieri’s new restaurant is the hottest ticket in town with lines out the door. Yes, there are Vegas fries. Yes, there is a Triple D burger. Are they good? Up to you.

Japanese Cuisine by Omae

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With only 12 seats, this lunch-only restaurant (for now) serves up a three-course meal of Japanese comfort food from Michelin-starred Takeshi Omae. Look for dinner to start up by Sept. 1.

O Face Doughnuts

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The newest doughnut shop comes to Downtown Las Vegas with picks and flavors such as apple bacon fritter, key lime, S'mores and a range of vegan choices. Hottest thing in Downtown Vegas right now.

Mercadito

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The Chicago invasion of Vegas continues with the Mexican Mercadito, the first of two planned for Las Vegas. Tacos, guacamoles, salsas all come in shareable sizes, so go with a group.

Truck-U Barbeque

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Former Border Grill chef Mike Minor has the hottest food truck going around with Truck-U Barbeque. Here find Mexican food with a Southern twist, all set aboard a tattooed truck designed by HGTV star Luca Paganico.

Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House

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One of the most daring new openings in Las Vegas comes at the hands of Matthias Merges, who opened Yusho at the Monte Carlo. Here, Japanese street fare, including Logan Poser Ramen, bao sandwiches, grilled octopus and more. Run, don't walk, to this hot new restaurant that should be on your must-dine list.

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800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Build-your-own 12-inch personal pizzas cooked in about a minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven. This place should have a long line forming out the door.

Abriya Raku

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.

BLT Steak

Not only do you find those oh-so-good popovers with gruyere cheese at BLT and great steaks such as the must-order bone-in ribeye but the return of the Sterling Brunch, now on Saturdays and Sundays. That means unlimited champagne and caviar for you.

Carlo's Bakery

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.

Carson Kitchen

Kerry Simon's latest restaurant serves up lunch and dinner with most dishes going for less than $20. Find a menu of shared plates, sandwiches, flatbreads baked in the hearthstone oven, garden dishes, entrees and Simon's playful take on desserts. On the drinks side, microbrewed soda brands, such as Virgil's, along with handcrafted cocktails and an array of small-batch brews and global wines.

DB Brasserie

Daniel Boulud's triumphant return to Vegas brings a mid-level approach to French cuisine. Find everything from steak frites to three of Boulud's delectable burgers make the opening menu. Go here ASAP.

Desnudo Tacos

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.

Double Barrel Roadhouse

it's a roadhouse with Southern fare served up at the new Double Barrel Roadhouse at the front on the Monte Carlo.

District One Kitchen & Bar

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.

F.A.M.E.