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Las Vegas is America's hottest restaurant market. Celebrity chefs have opened clones of famous signature restaurants as well as newborn establishments in the Strip's top casino resorts. Away from the Strip, the unprecedented population growth in the city's suburbs has brought with it a separate and continuous wave of new eateries, both familiar chains and increasing numbers of legitimate destination restaurants.

Casino-resort dining basically falls into one of three categories. In the top echelon are the several properties that now have a half dozen or more bona fide star-status restaurants: Aria, Bellagio, Caesars, Encore, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Venetian/Palazzo, and Wynn Las Vegas, plus the nearby Palms and Hard Rock properties. At the next level are those resorts with one or two stellar restaurants and a smaller range of worthwhile but not quite top-of-the-line options. On the Strip, these include The Cosmopolitan, Mandarin Oriental, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Paris, Planet Hollywood, and Treasure Island. Off the Strip, you can add M Resort, the Rio All-Suite Hotel, Green Valley Ranch, the JW Marriott, Red Rock Resort, and some of the Lake Las Vegas properties to this mix. And then there's everybody else: casino-resorts with maybe a decent eatery or two but that simply aren't known for great food.

Outside of casino properties, Las Vegas has a number of marquee restaurants with increasing cachet among foodies from out of town—places such as Origin India Restaurant & Bar, ENVY Steakhouse, Rosemary's, Marché Bacchus, and Lotus of Siam. There's great food to be had off the beaten path in Las Vegas, and you'll pay a lot less in these areas, too.

If you haven't been to Vegas in three or four years, you'll notice some major changes. While names like Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, and Emeril Lagasse still have plenty of pull in this town, the Vegas chefs commanding the most attention are French imports such as Pierre Gagnaire, Joël Robuchon, and Guy Savoy, along with vaunted U.S. chefs like Charlie Palmer and Mario Batali.

There's also a trend toward high-minded restaurants with exclusive-nightclub vibes. Note the success of see-and-be-seen Pan-Asian hot spots KOI and Tao, the youthful late-night haunts LAVO and FIX, and bordello-chic establishments such as Strip House—to name just a few. Elsewhere in town, Las Vegas's growing international, and especially Asian, population has created a market for some of the best Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Pan-Asian restaurants in the country.

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