Hot New Tables to Try
Some of Las Vegas’ newest, most alluring restaurants have sprung up where you least expect them — way off the Strip, away from the big-time casino hubbub. Hit the culinary jackpot with these three standouts.
1. Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse
Go to this Tivoli Village steakhouse for the exceptional cuts you might get from your local butcher but not often in a restaurant. Don’t miss the Tri-Tip, best served bloody rare with a good red from the extensive wine list. 440 S. Rampart Blvd.; 702-489-3525; echoandrig.com. Steaks $22-$34.
2. Honey Salt
Chef Kim Canteenwalla, who created Society Café at Wynn Encore, takes casual dining a step further in an upscale shopping center. Try the fried chicken sandwich at lunch, caramelized sea scallops for dinner, and wood-fired, hand-stretched pizza anytime. 1031 S. Rampart Blvd.; 702-445-6100; honeysalt.com. Dinner entrees $20-$34.
Tucked away in a strip mall and seating just 23 — 13 at three tables and 10 at a sushi bar — Kabuto is the place for omakase (chef’s choice) dining in Vegas. The fish selection includes melt-in-your mouth otoro, silky uni, and surprisingly sweet salmon roe. 5040 W. Spring Mountain Road, No. 4 (no sign, but call for detailed directions); 702-676-1044; kabutolv.com. Omakase from $80.