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What’s Hot Now! Eater.com Vegas Heat Map

What’s hot in our humble burg? Besides the sidewalks?  See the list of muy caliente eateries below — all compiled by the  mega-foodie-website www.Eater.com and a certain critic we all know and love. (You’ll have to click on the Eater site to see the actual map.)

One caveat and one apology: The map quotes an outdated review of Bar + Bistro of ours (when it was doing a spaghetti and meatball menu). As readers of this website know, the nuevo/Latino/tapas food being done by Beni Velazquez has been a vast improvement. Also, Due Forni should also have been on the list. ELV regrets the error.

The Eater Las Vegas Heat Map: Where to Eat Right Now

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, by Gabe Ulla

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Inside José Andrés’ China Poblano [Photo: The Cosmopolitan]

It’s been eight months since we last checked out Las Vegas’ hottest restaurants, so today we circle back and focus on eleven of Sin City’s most buzzed about openings. For this edition, Eating Las Vegas founder John Curtas has kindly shared with us his picks for the hottest dining his city currently has to offer.

The map focuses on plenty of options worth leaving the strip for, including the Jamaican-inspired DW Bistro, the restaurant Bratalian from ex-Rao’s chef Carla Pellegrino, and the excellent Korean gastropub Soyo. Also worth noting are the restaurants in the Cosmopolitan (notably two from José Andrés and one from Scott Conant), which were just about to open when the last heat map was published.

Here now, the Eater Heat Map to Las Vegas.

Think there are any glaring omissions? You know what to do.

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1

Bratalian Neopolitan Cantina

10740 S Eastern Ave Henderson, NV 89052 (702) 454-0104

“‘The secret,’” Carla Pellegrino, former top toque at Rao’s, tells me, ‘is in the ingredients. It’s easier to use inferior pastas, meats, tomatoes and …

2

Bacio Pasta & Vino

3801 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 739-2222

The sassy chef Carla Pellegrino’s straight-up Italian-American spot in the Tropicana, where she and her team do up dishes like arancini, mozz in carozza, and chicken …

3

Forte

4180 S Rainbow Blvd Spring Valley Town Center, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (702) 220-3876

A tapas bar that skews toward the Slavic with excellent preparations of stroganoff, dilled potatoes, and khinkali that need to be washed down with some beer — of …

4

DW Bistro

6115 S Fort Apache Rd Pine Plaza, Las Vegas, NV 89148 (702) 527-5200

This place is definitely not on the strip, or anywhere near it, but John Curtas finds DW to be “one of Las Vegas’ most able neighborhood eateries.” They do Jamaican/New …

5

Bar + Bistro

107 E Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 202-6060

“Downtown is desperate, and starving, for a non-hotel eatery that gains traction with locals and tourists alike. And if spaghetti and meatballs will do the trick, more …

6

D.O.C.G. Enoteca

3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000

With a name like that, no duh this a wine spot. But chef-owner Scott Conant doesn’t leave it at that: here you can sample his rustically refined takes on steak, pasta, …

7

estiatorio Milos

3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000

The Las Vegas representative of the Milos brand, which now boasts locations in Athens, Montreal, New York, and very soon, South Beach. The move here is fish, expensive …

8

China Poblano

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 651-2432

From the expansionist Spanish chef José Andrés comes this colorful new concept exploring the links between Chinese and Mexican food. But don’t be alarmed: it’s …

9

Jaleo

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000

Also from Andrés, a Vegas version of his DC classic, where he spreads the Spanish gospel, tapa by tapa. [link]

10

Patisserie Manon

8751 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89117 (702) 586-2666

Now you don’t have to brave through the tourist throngs to sample killer French baked goods. Instead, head to the outskirts of Summerlin where Jean-Paul and Rachel Layden …

11

Soyo Korean Barstaurant

7775 S Rainbow Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89113

An absolutely killer casual Korean drinking and dining spot where the fried chicken wings, dumplings, and stewed rice cakes are the way to go. Minor problem: they’ve been …

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