Las Vegas writers share the eating places they cannot wait to return in 2021

In keeping with the Eater tradition, we asked a group of restaurant critics, journalists, bloggers and friends of the website to weigh up the year of eating. Your answers to the annual Year in Eater survey will be published in multiple posts. Next, the restaurants talk about some of the restaurants they can’t wait to return to in 2021.

Which restaurant or restaurant-related (pop-up etc) return or debut are you most looking forward to in 2021?

Philip Tzeng, food blogger at Las Vegas Fill:: David Chang, who makes doner kebab in Block 16 Urban Food Hall in the Cosmopolitan in the form of Bang Bar, really impressed me! I also can’t wait for Mordeo to reopen.

Krista Diamond, Freelance Writer at Eater Vegas: I love what they do at Vegas Test Kitchen and look forward to seeing this space develop.

Rob Kachelriess, Las Vegas writer Thrillist:: I’m curious what James Trees has in store for Al Solito Posto, his new restaurant in Tivoli Village. I’m also looking forward to the return of high-end French restaurants like Joel Robuchon, L’Atelier, and Le Cirque. I don’t expect Twist to return – at least not in the same form – so it will be interesting to see what could replace it. Still curious to see what’s going to show up in Resorts World and the Arts District. From what I hear, the downtown BBQ scene is getting competitive.

Sonja Swanson, Food and culture author: I’m really looking forward to seeing what Chef Mariana creates next year. I met her at a farmers market where she was selling artisanal corn tortillas through Masazul. She has some interesting plans in the works and I can’t wait to see her bring them to life.

Louiie Victa, Eater Vegas photographer and co-host of Two hot cooks and a microphone:: I’m really looking forward to the return of District One and Mordeo. Khai Vu has been behind the scenes getting his food game under control. He’s got a lot of great things to work with. Also very excited about the reinvention of Flock & Fowl and Valencian Gold.

Lorraine Moss, co-host of Two hot cooks and a microphone:: Soulbelly BBQ – I love Bruce Kalman and everything he stands for when it comes to eating. He respects the art of grilling. The venue will have live music as well, and I hear his cover band Foie Grock will be performing with Ace of Cakes Chef Duff Goldman.

Nina King, Las Vegas Magazine Editor in Chief: I hope for Roy Ellamar’s harvest. Really great food.

Melinda Sheckells, editor OffTheStrip.com, OnTheStrip.com:: Al Solito Posto, the new west side restaurant from Chef James Trees.

Diana Edelman, founder Vegan, baby:: The Vegas test kitchen. I’ve always loved what Jolene does and can’t wait to see what she brings to her new DTLV spot. I think it’s a fantastic idea to put Las Vegas chefs and concepts in the spotlight and see how the public reacts. I’m also looking forward to Vegan Dining Month in January and the new participating restaurants.

Scott Roeben, Vital Vegas:: It’s such an odd time because Las Vegas has had dozens of restaurant openings each year for years. I will be going with the restaurants expected to go online at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and Resorts World. While the future is uncertain in many ways, these resorts seem intent on messing things up and telling us a lot in 2021. Night + Market is already causing a stir on Virgin, and Afters Ice Cream looks amazing (and photogenic, always a blogger consideration). Fuhu appears to be the front runner when it comes to bringing foodies to Resorts World when it opens in the summer.

Melanie Lee, Esser Vegas: Can’t wait for the Palms to reopen because so many of my favorite restaurants like Greene St. Kitchen and Tim Ho Wan are still closed and I miss them!

Bob Barnes, editor of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional and Las Vegas writers for Gayot:: I really miss beer festivals. The last one I got to attend was at the end of February, the Beer Zombies Fest, which happened to be one of the best I had ever attended as there was such an excellent selection and brewers from all over the nation served their beers.

Susan Stapleton, Editor of Eater Vegas: The sloping door. We’ve all waited so long for it to open, and briefly, but I can’t wait to explore the menu when it opens again. Very excited for District One to return from Khai Vu in Chinatown. Elio. I only ate there once and the food was divine. Kris Yenbamroong’s Night + Market with its Thai street food could play a crucial role in Virgin Hotels. Excited to see what Resorts World reveals.

Disclosure: David Chang produces shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, a company of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater employee is involved in the production of these shows, which does not affect the coverage of Eater.

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