What’s new on the Vegas dining scene

If you’re a frequent Las Vegas visitor you’ve probably noticed that every time you come to town there are new places to eat. Keeping up with all the new eateries that crop up in the city can be harder than keeping track of who’s fighting with who on the “Real Housewives.” To help you out we’ve put together a handy guide to the latest and greatest restaurants as well as what you can expect to see on the horizon soon.

New Restaurants


A 36-ounce Tomahawk steak at Andiron, photo by Edison Graff

Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin: Andiron, from esteemed Las Vegas restaurateurs Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, is a chic new spot with décor that will make you feel like you’re hanging out in The Hamptons. The restaurant serves creative takes on classic steakhouse fare. Start with a burrata and grilled fig salad or appetizers like Hudson Valley foie gras and Nueske bacon wrapped matzo balls. There are a nice variety of steaks to choose from as well as seafood including a Scottish salmon in a Serrano ham crust served with shaved Brussels sprouts. If you’re a vegetarian, go for the cauliflower “steak” with cauliflower purée, king trumpet mushrooms and pickled Fresno pepper vinaigrette. Trust us on dessert – you’ll want the crème brûlée donuts, which are warm donuts filled with a vanilla custard.

Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whisky, 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.: Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky is an intimate (hence, the name) new Asian restaurant at the base of The Ogden downtown. The menu is pretty simple. You build your own ramen bowl. Just pick your noodle, pick your broth and choose your topping and you’re good to go. If ramen’s not your thing, Itsy Bitsy offers Japanese Wakame seaweed salad, Gyoza dumplings, garlic edamame; an array of hand rolls including Kurobuta sausage and spicy tuna; and design-your-own rice dishes. The restaurant also features craft beers, Japanese sake and an array of Japanese whiskeys.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar at Downtown Summerlin: Canine lovers will want to check out Lazy Dog, which opened in early April. The restaurant features rustic decor, fireplaces and a massive chandelier made from Aspen logs. Of course there’s also dog-inspired art throughout the space. And it’s one of the few spots in town where you can dine with your dog. The 2,038-square-foot dog-friendly patio serves a menu exclusively for mutts. Customers of the human variety can choose from salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, pizza, chicken and fish dishes.

The patio at Lago, photo by Kristine McKenzie

Lago at Bellagio: Celebrated chef Julian Serrano has opened his first Italian restaurant at the Bellagio. Menu selections include antipasti offerings such as carpaccio and bruschetta; fresh pastas such as risotto and gnocchi; an assortment of pizzas; and main dish selections such as salmon, chicken and steak.

The views here almost rival the food. The dining room has floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, providing a spectacular vantage point for the resort’s iconic fountains. There’s also an open-air patio with waterfront seating centered on Lake Bellagio.

Glutton, 616 E. Carson Ave.: Glutton, located in a renovated mid-century building downtown, showcases savory meats, locally sourced produce, and house-made pastas and seafood from the Pacific Northwest. You can live up to the restaurant’s name by stuffing yourself with lamb crepinettes, clams casino flatbread, whipped ricotta and fresh bread and butter.

Glutton also features barrel-aged cocktails, such as the Glutton for Punishment, with Seagram’s gin, Cointreau and Krogstad aquavit, as well as six craft beers on draft and a variety of beers and ciders served in cans and bottles.

The restaurant seats approximately 78 patrons indoors with an additional 40 dining seats in a comfortable outdoor enclosed patio.

VegeNation, 616 E. Carson Ave.: VegeNation, located next to Glutton, opened last week. The restaurant serves fresh global street food and everything is totally vegan, green and eco-friendly. Dishes include Mexican hummus, tofu spinach mushroom bao bun, salads, fruit salad, pizzas, wraps, veggie burgers, gluten-free pasta and more.

Chef Brian Malarkey of Searsucker

Searsucker at Caesars Palace: “Top Chef” alum Brian Malarkey opened his restaurant at the end of March near the new Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace. The eatery serves classic American comfort food with a twist.  The menu starts out with small bites and plates including the must-order duck fat fries, as well as chicken and dumplings, marrow bone, cheddar puffers and shishito peppers with ponzu sauce. Seafood choices include sea bass, salmon, mahi and tuna. Meat lovers will find chicken, duck, wild boar chops, osso buco lamb, hanger steak and more.

Searsucker is a great place for a pre-clubbing cocktail with offerings like the Jalaberry Strawpeño margarita and the New World Fashioned — a variation on the common Old Fashioned.

Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch: Eleven-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani serves award-winning pizza in an energetic, rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere at Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch. It’s his second location in town, joining his popular downtown outlet.

Pizza Rock serves amazing things like Italian fries in truffle, gorgonzola or rosemary garlic varieties, beer battered artichokes and chicken Parmigiana.

All those entrees are amazing, but let’s face it — you come here for the pizza. Gemignani is president of the World Pizza Champions; the first and only Triple Crown winner for baking at the International Pizza Championships in Lecce, Italy; and the 2007 World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. In other words, he makes a great pizza.

We recommend the Cal Italia, the Gold Medal winner of the Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge. It’s made with asiago, mozzarella, gorgonzola, sweet fig, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic reduction.


Grilled king salmon at Hexx Kitchen & Bar, photo by Anthony Mair

Hexx Kitchen & Bar at Paris Las Vegas: Hexx Kitchen & Bar serves up American food favorites 24 hours a day. The restaurant opened recently in the spot that was previously occupied by Sugar Factory.

The menu focuses on dishes made from fresh, quality-sourced ingredients. Signature selections include prime filet served with spring asparagus and sea-salt garlic butter; chicken and waffles; spaghetti carbonara, prepared with house-made pancetta, pecorino cheese, cracked black pepper and egg; and pan-roasted branzino, topped with pesto and served with couscous, baby spinach and sweet tomatoes.

Be sure to ask for a patio seat for prime people watching and views of the Bellagio Fountains across the street. And you’ll want to stick around for dessert. Hexx Kitchen also has a bean-to-bar chocolate factory where their own brand of chocolate is made and sold on-site. The chocolate goes into dishes like the chocolate decadence cake.

Tapas by Alex Stratta at Tivoli Village: Two Michelin-starred celebrity chef Alex Stratta has opened Tapas by Alex Stratta. Stratta formerly operated Alex at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel. This off-Strip restaurant serves a variety of contemporary small plates with Mediterranean and Spanish accents.

You’ll find a variety of rice and paella dishes as well as fresh seafood, meat and poultry plates, along with seasonal vegetable, fruit and imported cheese selections to share. Save room for desserts like churros, flan and grilled crêpes.

Coming soon

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, rendering courtesy Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ: Hot-tempered celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is set to bring his fourth restaurant to Las Vegas this spring. The takeaway-style British restaurant will feature fish and chips, among other types of traditional British comfort food including bangers and mash, chicken planks, sausages and hearty seafood chowder.

Pawn Plaza, 725 S. Las Vegas Blvd.: If you’ve ever driven past the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” fame) you’ve probably seen a line of guests waiting to get in. The folks who run the shop have decided to open the Pawn Plaza, a shopping and dining venue adjacent to the shop, to cater to their guests. Pawn Plaza is scheduled to open this summer and preliminary tenants include Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern, Poutine Vegas of Ontario’s Smoke’s Poutinerie and Rita’s Italian Ice.

We can’t wait for Poutine Vegas’ exclusive poutine menu with its signature gravy, fresh hand-cut fries, squeaky cheese curds and an unlimited combination of toppings like double-smoked bacon, flat iron steak, grilled chicken, caramelized onions and sautéed peppers. No more traveling all the way to Canada for this cheesy, tasty goodness.

Rollin Smoke BBQ is known for its “Arkansas Style” Southern hickory smoked barbecued meats. The restaurant will feature signature sandwiches, homemade sides and competition-style barbecued ribs. The upstairs tavern will overlook the Las Vegas Strip and will pour up to 16 beers on tap.

Hooters at the Palms: Hooters has announced that it will open its largest location worldwide at the Palms Casino Resort this spring. The 15,200-square-foot space alongside the Palms Pool will seat more than 500 guests and undoubtedly employ plenty of Hooters Girls. The large poolside bar is slated to open in early May, and the two-story main dining room inside Palms will open shortly after.

At the new location, guests can enjoy salads, burgers, fried pickles and seafood dishes, as well as an impressive raw bar. Of course, Hooters will serve its world-famous traditional and boneless chicken wings with Buffalo sauce ranging in heat from mild to 911.


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