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Las Vegas's Hottest New Eats

Here's what's cooking―in restaurants on the Strip and off.

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  • picture Mario's meatballs from Carbone restaurant at Aria Resort in Las Vegas
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    Mario's Meatballs are a combination of beef, pork sausage, and veal.
  • The kitchen crew swings into action at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.
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    The kitchen crew swings into action at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.
  • picture interior with ivy at VegeNation in downtown Las Vegas
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    Ivy surrounds the lush, green dining room at VegeNation.
  • interior with chandelier at Carbone’s Red Room in Las Vegas, picture
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    Plush booths and a Murano glass chandelier add drama to Carbone’s Red Room.
  • picture crispy chicken thigh with soy glaze and bok choy at Chow restaurant in downtown Las Vegas
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    Photo: Brad Swonetz
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    Try the crispy-skinned chicken thigh with soy glaze and bok choy at Chow.
  • picture Harvest Farmer’s Salad at Harvest by Roy Ellamar at Bellagio in Las Vegas
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    The weekly-changing Harvest Farmer's Salad at Harvest is a colorful picture of freshness.
  • picture chicken with watermelon, waffles and bourbon maple syrup at Yardbird's in Las Vegas
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    Yardbird's chicken, watermelon, and waffles come with bourbon maple syrup.

In ever-evolving Las Vegas, one thing is certain: There is always a great place to eat. These new restaurants offer a mix of fun atmosphere and scrumptious fare.

ON THE STRIP
Inside a 360-degree glass-enclosed kitchen, the chefs at Harvest by Roy Ellamar, at the Bellagio, make good on its owner's promise to use local ingredients and support regional farmers. Order from the menu but also take advantage of the Snack Wagon, which offers bite-size dishes tableside, such as flavorful smoked salmon belly dip. bellagio.com.

Melding the comfort of a good friend's home with cozy Southern favorites, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, at the Venetian, is the kind of place that begs for you to linger over brunch, lunch, or dinner. Favorites from the menu are chicken 'n' watermelon 'n' waffles, served with bourbon maple syrup, and a fried green tomato BLT. venetian.com.

Step back in time at Carbone, a New York–inspired restaurant at Aria with "captains" who tend to guests and an impressive nearly floor-to-ceiling Murano glass crystal chandelier that was originally commissioned for a Ferrari showroom in the 1960s. The spicy rigatoni vodka, a generously portioned meal with rich sauce and handmade pasta, is a signature dish. aria.com.

OFF THE STRIP
Even hard-core meat lovers adore VegeNation in downtown Las Vegas, which serves only plant-based dishes. Rub elbows with the local crowd while snacking on expertly steamed shiitake-and-spinach dumplings. For a main course, order the Casa Blanca, a Moroccan tagine with roasted vegetables. vegenationlv.com.

Chinese cuisine paired with Southern-style comfort food may seem like an odd marriage, but it works at Chow, a downtown restaurant that is still very much an under-the-radar find. Consider dining family-style and sharing several dishes, such as the barley vegetable stir-fry, which has well-balanced texture and flavor. chowdtlv.com.

Breakfast is the best meal of the day at Craft Kitchen, in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. Everything about the smashed avocado toast is done right: The saltiness of sunflower-seed pesto brings out the tanginess in the avocado, and a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside grilled ciabatta holds up well under runny poached egg. craftkitchenlv.com.

This article was first published in March 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.