The Golden Age of Vegas Dining: The future looks even brighter

Exciting new neighborhood restaurants like Yonaka prove the local dining scene continues to evolve.

There’s never been a better time to eat Las Vegas. As the Strip and the city around it have evolved, so has the Valley’s sprawling dining scene. From eat-your-way-through neighborhoods to groundbreaking restaurants, these 10 reasons are a right-now snapshot of why today truly is the Golden Age of Las Vegas dining..

10. The future will be even more golden

Two separate worlds make up the universe of Las Vegas dining—there are fancy casino restaurants, and there’s everything else. It used to be that locals wouldn’t trip to the Strip for a meal, while tourists found no reason to leave the big Boulevard. That’s just not true anymore. There’s brilliant French bistro fare and amazing craft cocktails available in our neighborhoods, and rustic Thai noodles and killer New York-style pizza slices within mega-resorts.

Famous chefs continue to gravitate to the Strip, and the years-long tradition of casino kitchen pros migrating into neighborhoods to open their own restaurants has reached a new evolution, demonstrated by Summerlin-area developments like Honey Salt and Ogden’s Hops & Harvest. The Downtown dining boom is just getting started.

More and more local talent is being highlighted on national TV, and hidden hot spots like Kabuto and Chada Thai & Wine are earning exposure (and high praise!) in national publications. More than ever before, Las Vegas is ripe for culinary development.

We’ve been talking and writing about Vegas becoming a great food city for a while now. Well, we’ve arrived, and it’s only going to get better.

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Brock Radke is Las Vegas Weekly's managing editor and has been writing about Las Vegas for more than 15 years.

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