Make plans to try these new restaurants in the upcoming year

METRO DINER
Guests can expect a warm welcome and comfort food as they walk through Metro Diner’s doors. Just ask Guy Fieri, who featured the diner in an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives’ on the Food Network.

Menu items by founder Mark Davoli include Yo Hala on the Square. The dish is made with two thick slices of challah bread stuffed with a mixture of bananas, brown sugar, cream cheese and hazelnut syrup, prepared like French toast. It is then topped with blueberry and strawberry compote and powdered sugar. Another choice is fried chicken and waffles made with crispy chicken paired with waffles topped with strawberry butter.

The kid’s menu offers smaller portions with favorites including pigs in a blanket and macaroni and cheese. There are five different types of Eggs Benedict including classic eggs benedict, crab cake benedict, country benedict, sandi beaches benedict and San Francisco benedict.

Over 80 items are offered, all freshly made and prepared in an open, scratch kitchen with counter seating as well as indoor and patio dining. metrodiner.com

HAMPTONS
Hamptons is a new dining experience combining leisurely lounging and luxurious dining featuring two levels of industrial-chic interior design including patios on both levels and a full bar.

The menu is modern American cuisine with Chef Jay creating dishes such as Little Havana Cubano featuring Duroc pork loin, country ham, Applewood smoked bacon, cilantro, five-spiced pineapple, Gruyere cheese, grain mustard aioli and mayo on a Cuban roll. Another favorite for lunch or dinner will be Mary’s Free Range Chicken & Biscuits with braised chicken thighs from Pitman Family Farms, sweet carrots, chicken gravy and cheddar biscuits topped with whipped honey butter. For a decadent breakfast, Peanut Butter & Banana Waffle with salted caramel, vanilla whipped cream, candied peanuts and Vermont maple syrup should satisfy any appetite. Healthy selections include a Brussels Sprouts & Bacon salad with dried cranberries, almonds, dried blueberries, aged New York cheddar and mint leaf topped with honey mustard vinaigrette. Perfect for sharing, the Avocado Fries is paired with green goddess dressing and smoked tomato ketchup. hamptonslv.com

VIRGIL’S REAL BARBEQUE
Virgil’s Real Barbecue has brought the famous barbecue flavors of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Missouri to Las Vegas. The restaurant spans 14,000 square feet over two stories with three outdoor spaces, including a poolside patio, with live music offered nightly. Virgil’s meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to 10 hours with a unique mix of hickory, oak and fruitwoods to infuse the most flavors. The Pig Out features Virgil’s famous smoked meats including the Memphis-style pork spare ribs, sliced Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork and barbecued quarter chicken along with two sides and Virgil’s famous cornbread. Classic macaroni and cheese and collard greens are two sides choices to pull the full barbecue experience together. For dessert, indulge in velvety banana pudding, sweet potato pie or a sweet fresh fruit cobbler.

Virgil’s will deliver its mouthwatering dishes and cater any event with drop off and setup, utensils and barbecue sauce. virgilsbbq.com

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