Food & Drink

Vegas's 10 Summer openings you need to know about

Matthew Parvis Published On 09/02/2013 Published On 09/02/2013

From impressive sushi spots on the strip, to tequila madness downtown, to BBQ that would (almost) satisfy Fred Flintstone, these are the 10 Vegas openings of the Summer you should add to your "devour immediately before something weird happens with Carrot Top" list.

MGM Resorts International

Five50
The Strip
If you're looking for East Coast pizza out in no-coast-in-sight land, look no further than James Beard-winner Shawn McCLain's pies (truffle salami/potato/Parmesan/Bechamel/truffle) and slices. That's why you come to Vegas! Pizza!

La Comida
Downtown
100 tequilas? Ok. How about a $235 El Millonario tequila flight featuring Gran Patron Bordeaux, Don Julio REAL, and Herradura Seleccion Suprema? Yep. Mexico City-style recipes including mesquite-smoked pork shoulder? Sold.

MGM Resorts International

Heritage Steak
The Strip
Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak is his seventh resto on the Strip, and features meat raised in a completely antibiotic-free environment (have you ever had amoxicillin beef? It's gross.) before being prepared over an open flame.

Roni Field-Moonen

Rx Boiler Room
The Strip
It's time for waitresses dressed in steampunk corsets and dishes like the pictured Inside-Out French-Onion Grilled Cheese, plus chemmed-up cocktails like gin, blood orange liqueur, habañero shrub bitters, and Sierra Nevada.

Kumi Las Vegas

Kumi
The Strip
Mandalay Bay's new high-end sushi joint's tag line is "Fresh Dead Fish". Some of those dead fish are covered in similarly fresh dead Pop Rocks.

Carmine's

Carmine's
The Strip
With a space large enough to fit 750, even if they're fat, this NY Italian spot is doing family-style dishes including a six-pack of meatballs, a 9in-high eggplant parm, and a "Titanic Sundae" made with 10 softball-sized scoops of ice cream.

Pub 1842
The Strip
Giant platters of nachos? Check. 24+ beers to be had in a 33oz glass? Check. A giant cheeseburger topped with bacon jam, and peanut butter? They've got that too, all in a super slick, yet old-school-ish pub put together by Vegas veteran Michael Mina.

McFadden's Las Vegas

McFadden's
Off The Strip
What do you get when you combine Fireball Cinnamon Whisky on tap, cheeseburgers served between two grilled cheese sandwiches, and a bunch of hot girls wearing mini-kilts? The new McFadden's in Town Square. And then there's the 3lb burger at the top of the page.

Lucille's BBQ

Lucille's BBQ
Off The Strip
Expanding a local favorite, Lucille's second location's the spot for baby-back ribs, Texas-style brisket, beef tri-tip, smoked BBQ chicken, and Big Easy BBQ Shrimp.

Chronic Tacos

Chronic Tacos
The Strip
Huge burritos, "Fatty" tacos, meat and cheese-stuffed breakfast bowls, and cold cervezas: all a man who's terrible at gambling and doesn't have a ton of money to spend on steaks needs.

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1. Five50 3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158 (Strip)

James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain's teamed up with the Aria hotel to bring East Coast-style pizza to Vegas, in addition to shared plates, small bites, handmade pastas, craft beers, and desserts.

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2. Rx Boiler Room Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

This steampunk-themed resto in Mandalay Bay is combining "the alchemy of food and drink" to deliver innovative 'tails and delectable bites like chicken pot pie bites and bacon-wrapped bacon.

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3. Carmine's The Forum Shops at Caesars, , Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Based in NYC, this family-style Italian chain replicates its famously generous portions of antipastos and saucey pasta dishes in a massive Vegas outpost. Claiming the title of the largest non-nightclub restaurant on the Strip, Carmine's serves portions scaled to size, like wide platters of fried calamari, deep bowls of meatball spaghetti, and sinfully rich desserts.

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4. Pub 1842 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This gastropub located in the MGM Grand serves rare whiskeys, a great beer selection, and pub food like nachos, lobster bakes, and a famed Peanut Butter Crunch burger with thick smears of actual peanut butter. And while casual is the go-to sensibility here, fine dining veteran Michael Mina makes the concept even more enticing with ping pong and darts in the bar area.

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5. Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

A 10,000 square foot Korean-inspired sushi spot from Chef Akira Back at the Mandalay Bay hotel, Kumi offers a high-end dining experience in a sleek space made blushing pink with cherry blossom canvases throughout. Besides the usual sashimi offerings, the Japanese spot also offers an extensive list of shareable plates like shishito peppers and kimchee butter edamame.

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6. Heritage Steak 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The third restaurant from Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, this 220-seat steakhouse housed inside The Mirage cooks up quality, antibiotic-free meats over an open flame. The lighting here is dim enough to make your table feel like a personal restaurant, and contemporary decor touches like glass vases and wood accents elevate your dry aged rib eye meal into a sleek and polished dining experience.

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7. Lucille's BBQ 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 (Off Strip)

The second outpost of Lucille's is serving the same BBQ goodness of the original: from baby-backs and brisket, to fried chicken sandwiches and smokehouse wings.

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8. Chronic Tacos 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

This Mexican franchise inside the Palms may be fast-food, but they're still plating large portions of fresh, quality tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas with homemade salsa.

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9. McFadden's 6593 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Off Strip)

Scantily clad ladies, three-pound burgers, a 4A liquor license, and 40+ screens to catch every game are offered at this world-famous pub in Town Square. This upscale playground (which first opened in New York City in 1977) also boasts a great happy hour and a late-night, Irish-American inspired menu.

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10. La Comida 106 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Off Strip)

Not only does LC have 100 different tequilas, they've also got a $235 flight wtih Gran Patron Bordeaux, Don Julio REAL, and Herradura Seleccion Suprema. Pair that with delicious & authentic eats, and you're golden.

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