A buffet bacchanal, Herrin brings the meat, and someone get us to the Greek (fest)!

Caesars Palace president Gary Selesner was proud to walk me through the space that will be home to the new Bacchanal Buffet, which at 25,000 square feet will be the largest Las Vegas has ever seen when it opens next month. It’s going to be impressive.

The cutting-edge design is by Super Potato, a quirky Japanese firm that has already brought us Sensi and StripSteak. The 500-item buffet is chef-driven, and dishes will be prepared in nine separate kitchens. Look for Chinese dim sum, barbecue from a wood-burning smoker, red-velvet pancakes and enough variety to give Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, a tummy ache.

Meanwhile, in Henderson, Meat & Three, the new concept from Bread & Butter chef Chris Herrin, should open just after Labor Day in the Sunridge Heights Center on Eastern Avenue. Herrin is calling it “an upscale Boston Market,” but I’m sure he’s being modest.

The restaurant will seat 30 on benches, banquettes and a picnic-style communal table in the middle of the dining room. Décor will be simple, highlighted by wooden shipping pallets on the wall with pop-song lyrics written on them. Expect main dishes to include brisket, buttermilk fried chicken and short ribs with sides such as mashed potatoes and fried artichokes, plus salads and pudding cup desserts such as lemon meringue and butterscotch. The restaurant will be open from 3-9 p.m. daily, with dinners running from $10-$14.

Mark Sept. 21-23 on your calendar. The 40th annual Greek Food Festival is coming, and it’s always good fun. As every year, the festival (LasVegasGreekFestival.com) will be on the grounds of the beautiful St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church at 5300 El Camino Ave. Look for dishes such as moussaka, pastitsio and gyros, plus a huge pastry table, all delicious and homemade.

Two amazing dinners are on the docket at the Venetian/Palazzo. Reservations are still available (414-9000) for Friday evening’s Banfi wine dinner, hosted by chef Alex Stratta as part of the resort’s Carnevale summer festival. Proceeds will benefit the Lou Ruvo Brain Center. And on Aug. 29, renowned chef Thomas Keller hosts a dinner at his restaurant, Bouchon (414-6251). With the $195 ticket price, guests will get an autographed copy of the Bouchon cookbook, as well as great food and wine pairings.

Finally, Kabuto, Las Vegas’ new superstar sushi bar (5040 Spring Mountain Road), was honored by Bon Appetit as a Top 50 New American Restaurant. We couldn’t agree more.

Hungry, yet?



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