The newest downtown Las Vegas dining spots

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There’s been a lot of development going on in downtown Las Vegas over the past few years and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. That means new restaurants are cropping up all the time. The latest batch features everything from breakfast doughnuts and smoothies to hot dogs and bites from a celebrity chef. Here are the newest eateries you should make a trip downtown for:

Photo by Christopher DeVargas, Las Vegas Weekly

O Face Doughnuts, 124 S. 6th St.:  This delectable doughnut shop serves an array of unique flavors by Chef Crystal Whitford, who previously worked as a pastry chef for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group.

Doughnuts come in traditional and yeast-raised varieties in flavors like bacon maple, strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, Nutella glazed and rosewater with roasted pistachio. Don’t miss the s’mores doughnut – a chocolate raised doughnut with milk chocolate ganache inside plus toasted marshmallow and crumbled graham cracker on top. You can also find powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar and glazed doughnut holes.

The store, located inside the newly repurposed John E. Carson Hotel, also offers vegan menu items, savory breakfast pockets and cold-brew coffee on tap made with coffee beans from Seattle’s Caffe Vita.

Grass Roots Juice Bar, 124 S. 6th St.:  This juice bar, also located in the John E. Carson Hotel, features organic juices and smoothies, as well as soups, desserts, salads and wraps made with locally and regionally sourced ingredients.

Those with dietary restrictions can enjoy vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Menu items include a melon mint gazpacho made with organic Rocky Sweet (Galia) Melon, fresh apple mint from local Crossfire Ranch Farms, Himalayan salt, coconut milk and cashews.

Another favorite is the mint Capigreeno, made with fresh mint, coffee beans, avocado, wheat grass, dates and more.

Short Rib Sliders, Carson Kitchen

Carson Kitchen124 S. 6th St.: Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon also recently opened a new restaurant inside the John E. Carson Hotel. The 1,800-square-foot space was inspired by Simon’s own loft-style home.

The menu, which has an emphasis on sharing, includes social plates, sandwiches, entrées and stone-oven flatbreads. Social plates include tempura green beans made with pepper jelly and cream cheese; a to-die-for bacon jam served with baked brie and toasted baguette; and Devil’s Eggs complete with crispy pancetta and caviar.

Sandwiches include short rib sliders made with root beer glaze; grilled cheese with apple slices and caramelized onion; and a butter burger topped with Boursin and cheddar cheeses, lettuce and tomato.

There are also sustainable selections from the farm and garden like rabbit ragu made with spaghetti squash and Parmesan and black rice and oxtail risotto. Fresh fish selections, steak and poultry round out the menu.

Devil's Eggs, Carson Kitchen

For dessert, do yourself a favor and try a bourbon fudge brownie served with brown butter bacon ice cream or the glazed donut bread pudding.

Carson Kitchen features a diverse selection of small-batch American craft beers and wines from boutique vineyards around the country, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. For outdoor dining, head up to the garden-style rooftop patio.

The Scullery, 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd. The Scullery is a hidden gem tucked into a 2,000-square-foot space inside The Ogden residential building.

The Scullery features a bar and a performance area for live entertainment but they also offer food in the form of some very tasty charcuterie boards. You’ll find everything from meat and aged cheese to artisanal olives, pickles, nuts and desserts.

Cheffinis Hot Dogs, 520 Fremont St.: This eatery, located at the Downtown Container Park, serves beef, turkey and vegan hot dogs. You’ll find some creative hot dog toppings at Cheffinis like bacon bits, pineapple sauce, caramelized onions and seaweed.

Try the Crunchy Dog (a grilled frank with onions, red peppers, bacon bits, crushed potato chips, seaweed, Sriracha mayo, mustard and fry sauce). Other menu options include sliders, cheese fries and grilled cheese.

Simply Pure 707 Fremont St. Simply Pure, located in the Downtown Container Park, is a new gourmet vegan and raw food eatery.

The restaurant uses fresh organic ingredients to make an array of flavorful and healthy dishes. Menu items include raw jicama “potato” salad, Asian sweet carrot salad, organic fresh pressed juice, mock chicken salad lettuce wraps, kale salad and more.

Kristine McKenzie

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