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Published on May 10th, 2016 | by Stefanie Polsinelli

The Hottest New Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip.

Think of Las Vegas and bright lights, high-stake bets and the Rat Pack likely come to mind. But focus too much on the Hollywood version of Sin City and you’ll miss out on one of the best things about it – the food. No matter what nosh you’re looking for, Vegas has it in spades.

All chefs worth their salt have a spot on the strip, so toss a poker chip in any direction and you’re guaranteed to hit a gourmet restaurant. But thanks to Vegas’ vast selection of eateries, choosing where to dine in Nevada’s famed resort town can be a daunting task.

We’re making it easier for you. Here are the hottest new restaurants on the strip right now.

Herringbone

This resto is the latest brainchild of chef Brian Malarkey (of Top Chef fame), who’s already a star in Vegas thanks to Searsucker at Caesars Palace. Herringbone’s fare is Southern California coastal with a focus on seafood; the premise is ocean-to-table so expect to be served only the freshest seafood, meat and produce. The restaurant, located in the Aria hotel, has a sexy yacht club vibe – think lots of wood and leather. The décor for the outside dining area is upscale patio: Low settees with Moroccan-inspired pillows surround the dining tables and dishes are served on an eclectic mix of platters. Everything on the menu is worth a try; standouts include the Burrata platter, Crab Cake Poppers and Seafood Spaghetti. The cocktails are tailored to match the menu items, so enjoying your drink with your meal will only enhance the food’s flavours. All the items on the dessert menu – like the Herringbone Sundae, which overflows with ice cream, blondies, marshmallow cream, caramel sauce and more – are worth putting your diet on pause.

Luke’s Lobster

One bite in and you’ll know why this chain is making waves: Lobster doesn’t get much fresher than this unless you’re trapping it yourself. The shellfish is selected from sustainable fisheries in Maine, steamed at the company’s headquarters there and immediately flown to the restaurant in Vegas. From there, the friendly staff creates unbelievably flavourful sandwiches – all without the use of fillers like mayonnaise or celery. Each lobster roll is more than a handful, bursting with a quarter-pound of claw meat. Feeling patriotic? Grab a shrimp roll instead. Since a shrimp shortage began in Maine three years ago, Luke’s Lobster has been sourcing its little guys from suppliers in Quebec. The drink menu extends the homage to Maine; microbrews, root soda and organic blueberry lemonade are shipped straight from the Pine Tree State. The Vegas outpost (the company’s 18th location) was designed to mimic an actual lobster shack, complete with wood paneling, so expect the atmosphere to be casual. You’ll find it by the Neiman Marcus entrance of the Fashion Show mall (across from the Wynn hotel) so you can easily fuel up before your shopping spree.

STK

This restaurant has been around for a couple of years, but its Sunday Brunch Club is brand new. Located in the Cosmopolitan hotel, the darkly sexy restaurant lightens up a bit for the mid-morning meal with the wait staff wearing cutesy pajamas. The brunch is definitely worth a try, even if just for the Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar, which is as outrageous as it sounds. You start with 1.5 ounces of Belvedere Vodka in a base of tomato or tomatillo juice, and finish it off with spears of goodies from the toppings bar: Crisp strips of bacon, thick slices of salami, hunks of spicy Havarti, blue-cheese filled olives and more. Combine the endless tipples with the complimentary – and totally addictive – cinnamon roll and cream cheese dipping sauce and you’re set. But why stop there? The brunch menu includes unique takes on classics, such as the Pork Belly Benedict or King Crab Quiche, and the portions are as big as the adventures you’ll have in Sin City. Cuddle with your brunch buddy as you take in the live band performing jazzy renditions of mainstream hits.

Hexx Kitchen + Bar

Everyone knows Las Vegas never sleeps – and neither will you while you’re there. Whenever a craving hits, be it savoury or sweet, head over to Hexx. Formally called Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Hexx is open 24 hours and has something for everyone, including a stunning view of the Bellagio fountains across the street. Hexx is best known for being Nevada’s first “bean-to-bar” handcrafted chocolate company, but its dining venture is now earning raves thanks to its innovative menu. (The Crispy Broccolini and Oven-Roasted Wild Mushrooms will make veggie lovers out of steadfast carnivores.) The atmosphere is casual chic, with the indoor dining area decorated in (what else?) chocolate hues. You can also expect a deliciously smooth homemade chocolate with your receipt. After your meal, make your way to the adjoining Hexx Chocolate & Confexxions, which houses a café, ice cream bar, chocolate counter, quirky gift store and “exhibition kitchen” where you can watch the chocolate-making process live. Show your meal receipt and save 20% on any purchase.

The only sure bet in Vegas is that every meal will be delicious, so go ahead and give your inner foodie a thrill. Book an appointment to meet with a certified CAA Travel Consultant to plan your culinary exploration of the Vegas strip

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