10 new must-try restaurants in Las Vegas

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As fall approaches, it seems Las Vegas is in the midst of a restaurant renaissance. Innovative eateries are popping up on the Strip and in downtown. In fact, just since August, a plethora of palatable places have opened – and there are more to come in the near future. To help narrow things down so you can decide where to indulge your taste buds, here’s a list of 10 of the most talked about new culinary hotspots this season.

Now open!

1) Allegro
Inside Wynn Las Vegas.
When: Opened Aug. 1, 2012.
What: Chef Enzo Febbraro has taken over the former Stratta space and is dishing up Italian-American favorites that merge Old World and modern day traditions. This casually chic room is perfect for showcasing his rustic, home-style cooking and for having a relaxed, feel-good dining experience.
Top dishes on the menu: Baked lasagna Napoletana and osso buco d’agnello.

Pretzel bites from the Culinary Dropout

Pretzel bites from Culinary Dropout

2) Firkin Pub & Grille
On Paradise Road across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
When: Opened August 19, 2012.
Las Vegas’ pub scene is booming. This one features fine English fare complemented by more than 42 beers on tap. You can even be your own bartender at the Firkin Draft Wall. There’s also a game room where you can play darts, billiards and shuffleboard.
Top dishes on the menu: Fish ’n’ chips, cottage pie and bangers, beans and mash – not to mention huge burgers and sky-high sandwiches.

3) Culinary Dropout
Inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Opened August 24, 2012.
Foods get modern preparations at this eatery with a rebellious attitude. Created by restaurateur Sam Fox, guests are sure to enjoy the funky hangout’s relaxed ambiance where the staff is uniform-free. Among the highlights is a large marble-topped bar with a charcuterie window, so you can watch as plates of succulent cured meats and artisanal cheeses are assembled.
Top dishes on the menu:
Pretzel bites, meatloaf and fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits.

4) Public House
Inside the Luxor (not to be confused with the Public House operating in The Venetian).
Opened Sept. 13, 2012.
Tracing its roots to the East Coast, this sprawling bar and restaurant offers a warm, friendly atmosphere. The diverse menu carries everything from starters and salads to half-pound Angus burgers and filet mignon sliders. This new location of Public House is also known for its impressive beer selection, the “Happy Hangover Brunch” and numerous big-screens that delight sports-viewing guests.
Top dishes on the menu:
Sesame seared tuna, crispy mac and cheese squares, grilled ribeye and pan-seared scallops.

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace

5) Bacchanal Buffet
Inside Caesars Palace.
When: Opened Sept. 11, 2012.
What: The resort’s new $17 million all-you-can experience has taken over the 25,00-square-foot space formerly occupied by the Lago Buffet. More than 500 dishes are prepared fresh daily in nine show kitchens by a team of master chefs. The Bacchanal Buffet also boasts three separate element-inspired dining areas.
Top dishes on the menu: With such an overwhelming selection, this is difficult to choose. However, a few standouts are the chicken and waffles, oak-grilled lamb chops, mini soufflés and red velvet pancakes.

6) Eat
On the ground floor of an apartment building located at 707 Carson Ave. in downtown Las Vegas.
When: Opened Sept. 14, 2012.
What: The first small business to come from Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh’s $350 million Downtown Project fund, this breakfast and lunch joint run by chef Natalie Young, who previously worked in the Eiffel Tower restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, offers American cuisine with New Mexican influences and a bit of French flair.
Top dish on the menu: Prime rib hash with Hatch green chilis.

The Seafood Shack at Treasure Island

The Seafood Shack at Treasure Island

7) Seafood Shack
Inside Treasure Island.
When: Opened Sept. 16, 2012.
What: Taking over the spot once occupied by the Mexican restaurant Isla, this whimsical eatery serves up fresh catches of the day along with delicious seafood salads and seafood-inspired pastas. Fishing lures and nets as well as crab-shaped chairs and an aquarium are part of the nautical-themed décor.
Top dishes on the menu: Huge shrimp, oysters in the shell and giant lobster tails.

Soon to open…

8) Javier’s
Inside Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter.
When: Opening in early October 2012.
What: Taking over the Union Restaurant space is this popular Mexican restaurant that comes from Southern California. Discover regionally influenced South-of-the-Border cooking here combined with the largest selection of premium tequilas around. That means the margaritas will be to-die-for!
Top dishes on the menu:
Shrimp tacos, Maine lobster enchiladas and mole poblano.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobu Matsuhisa, the executive chef of Nobu restaurants

9) Nobu
Inside Caesars Palace.
When: Opening in early October 2012.
What: Preceding the debut of the world’s first Nobu Hotel will be the world’s largest Nobu restaurant and lounge. It will measure 11,200 square feet and seat 327 people. Patrons can expect several new additions to the beloved menu of Japanese cuisine infused with South American and Western flavors.
Top dishes on the menu: Sushi, of course, and this Nobu location will boast teppanyaki tables.

10) Rattlecan
Inside The Venetian.
When: Opening in mid October 2012.
What: This hip, high-energy gourmet burger joint has been named after the spray cans used by graffiti artists. Expect to find several unique installations created by the world’s top graffiti artists. Chef Sam DeMarco designed the menu to complement the tradition of having a beer and a shot. Thus, there will be a large bar stocked with an assortment of craft beers and spirits.
Top dishes on the menu: Pizza nachos as well as the barbecue and Napa Valley burgers.

Renee LiButti

I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.

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