Vegas’ most lavish buffet, Germany’s best wurst, and the Public House proliferation

Bacchanal Buffet will open in a few days at Caesars Palace in a 25,000-square-foot space formerly home to Café Lago. The design—by Tokyo firm Super Potato, which also did Sensi and Strip Steak—features wood, steel and glass sections, and nine open kitchens, where chefs will cook in front of the customers and discuss the process to boot.

This promises to be the most lavish buffet since Wicked Spoon opened at the Cosmopolitan, and it’s no coincidence. Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin worked with Caesars boss Gary Selesner before assuming his current position, and the two men experienced high-end Asian hotel buffets while on trips to that continent.

Presenting more than 500 items daily, this promises to be some spread. There will be many specialties, such as made-to-order sushi, exotic dim sum and a wood-burning pizza oven. Prices will range from $20 at breakfast to $40 for weekend dinner.

I can’t account for the sudden rash of places doing German fast food, but we have a pair of new purveyors. Dita’s Brat’s & Burgers opened about five months ago at 5117 W. Charleston Blvd., peddling currywurst and bratwurst to go along with a menu of more familiar fare, such as burgers and shoestring fries.

Across the Valley at 9400 S. Eastern Ave., the Berliner, a new German sandwich joint, is doing warm potato salad and tasty sauerkraut to go along with several types of wurst, including the Stinker (a garlic sausage) and the Knockout (an all-beef knockwurst more than a third of a pound in size).

Meanwhile, as if things weren’t confusing enough, a new pub, also named Public House like the one at the Venetian, is about to open at Luxor. The two, however, aren’t affiliated with one another, so we’ll wait and see if any sparks fly.

This second Public House, from a chain of the same name, occupies a 7,000-square-foot space just off the casino floor and will have lunch, happy-hour, dinner and late-night menus. The place will feature handcrafted cocktails and a number casual, familiar dishes, such as grilled steak salad, jambalaya and hummus, plus a signature dessert called cookie-dough smash, whatever that is. Since the URL is, it might ease any confusion to henceforth refer to it as such. Look for a mid-September opening.

Finally, chef Roy Bass, who opened the unnamed and therefore so-called ‘secret pizzeria’ in the Cosmopolitan, is one of the partners of a new pizza joint, Those Guys Pies, at 2916 Lake East Drive (629-2626). I’ve not gotten there yet, but I hear the white pie is to die for.

Hungry, yet?

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