THE BEST NEW LAS VEGAS RESTAURANTS OF 2017

When it comes to culinary hype and fanfare, our Strip tends to hog all the attention, but the tourist corridor was relatively quiet when it came to new openings in 2017. The real excitement was in the neighborhoods off the Strip -- where most people actually live and chefs have a greater opportunity to call their own shots and take a few more chances. Make no mistake, the era of the celebrity chef is still very much alive, with Gordon Ramsay and Giada de Laurentiis planning new Vegas concepts in 2018, but as the population grows and appetites evolve, the locals are gravitating to restaurants that aren't attached to a hotel or a paid parking garage. More than ever, quality can be found anywhere in Las Vegas, which is the real story of the year when it comes to food.

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Nathalie Raime