[Dine Around]

Snack your way to the High Roller at the Linq’s eateries

Lobster tacos at Chayo Mexican Kitchen, the new restaurant that connects the Quad’s casino to the Linq.

You can’t eat the Linq all at once, but you can definitely nibble your way through the still-growing, fun-filled path leading from the Strip to the (now open!) High Roller observation wheel. Here’s the Weekly Dine Around strategy for attacking the tastiness along Las Vegas’ latest tourist-snaring creation.

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      If the High Roller is really just a big-ass Ferris wheel, gourmet carnival grub feels appropriate. That’s the deal at Haute Doggery (430-4435, hautedoggerylv.com), which serves “haute dog” versions of the burgers at related restaurant Holsteins. If you don’t want to spend 11 bucks on a hot dog—the Billionaire boasts foie gras and port onion marmalade—stick to the regionally retro dogs like the Windy City ($6.29) or chili-and-cheese-covered Detroit Coney ($6.49).

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      The surprisingly sexy dining room at Chayo Mexican Kitchen (691-3773, chayolv.com) might seduce you into a full-blown meal, but for your first visit, stick to the lovely patio bar space for a refreshing, tequila-laced Puncho Villa ($14) and a snack of crunchy chicharonnes with pomegranate-topped guacamole ($9).

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      You can duck into almost any Linq venue for a drink. Choose from an insane collection of receptacles and frozen boozy flavors at Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar. But if it’s a fast, cold beer you seek to accompany your stroll, there are street-side bars outside O’Sheas Casino—for the cheap stuff—and Yard House (597-0434, yardhouse.com), where the selection includes Green Flash West Coast IPA, Big Sky Moose Drool and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.

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      Another great patio tempts at Flour & Barley (430-4430, flourandbarley.com), as do brick-oven pizzas and classic apps like meatballs, baked clams and arancini. But remember: Stick and move. Grab a New York-style pepperoni slice ($5) from the quick-serve counter and enjoy the Strip version of street food.

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      Brooklyn Bowl (862-2695, vegas.brooklynbowl.com) has a menu by Blue Ribbon, famous for its fried chicken. But the smoked wings ($9 for six) will also blow you away, not crispy but tender, juicy and savory, saturated with a sticky-sweet barbecue sauce. If you’re bowling, switch over to the egg shooters ($7.50), fully addictive without the mess.

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      Need something sweet after your High Roller ride? You don’t even have to enter Sprinkles (733-0522, sprinkles.com) to get a taste of its famous cupcakes—there’s a cupcake ATM. That’s what we call Vegas Convenience. And across the way, there are sea salt caramel sundaes ($9.45) and banana splits ($9.95) at Ghirardelli Chocolate (650-0096, American Fish).

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