Quick Bites: Las Vegas Restaurants Making News This Week


Wolfgang Puck is set to unveil a new culinary concept, Caramá, at Mandalay Bay in January in the space where his Lupo Italian restaurant recently closed. “Caramá will transform the expected into something entirely new. Guests can anticipate a culinary experience that will be nothing short of extraordinary,” Puck said in a statement. “Growing up on the border of Italy, I experienced firsthand the cuisine of all the neighboring regions, embracing their textures, sounds, smells and flavors. Caramá will take you on such a memorable culinary journey.” Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio, who operated Valentino at Venetian for nearly 15 years, will assist Puck with an extensive Italian wine list. More details are expected to be announced soon.

General admission tickets are now on sale for Motley Brews’ 11th annual Downtown Brew Festival, set for the Clark County Amphitheatre on October 7. Tickets start at $45 with a limited number of early pricing and VIP packages still available at downtownbrewfestival.com/tickets. More than 200 beers from 60 different breweries, including many local operations, will be available for tasting, along with food from local trucks such as Fast Eddie’s Burgers, Empanadas 702 and the Fish & Chip Shop.

The highly anticipated fourth location of Peter Luger Steak House at Caesars Palace is now open and accepting reservations. The “famously sparse” menu includes the Peter Luger Steak for Two, a giant dry-aged porterhouse; the signature burger, only available at lunchtime; the chilled shellfish tower; and more. Designed by Jeffrey Beers International and located near Mr Chow, Peter Luger is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday from 5 until 10 p.m.

Amari Italian Kitchen & Wine Shop, from restaurateur Jason Rocheleau and executive chef Brent Stanford, has opened at UnCommons, serving starters such as sesame arancini and big eye tuna crudo, pasta, pizza, house-made focaccia sandwiches, desserts and more. The spirits, wine and beer selections have been curated by Miklos Katona, with signature cocktails crafted by Rafael Vazquez. The 4,600-square-foot space is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

The second location of Wing Zone Hot Chicken & Wings has opened just south of the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets at 7720 Las Vegas Blvd. S. The new store, operated by franchisees Corey Melendrez and Thomas Gourley, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Donutique, a dessert boutique from chef Keris Kuwana, has opened at Venetian, serving bespoke doughnuts, chocolates, macarons, coffees and more. Donutique is open daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Tivoli Village will host Kanpai: A Sake Experience on September 16 at 7 p.m., an evening of food, drink and dance with proceeds benefitting the Hawaii Strong Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation. Japanese and Hawaiian culture will be showcased, and more than 50 varieties of sake, beer and other Asian spirits will be available to sample. Tickets start at $85 and are available at projecttaco.ticketspice.com/kanpai-2023.

Peyote at Fergusons Downtown has launched a monthly cocktail hour and dinner experience, the Roast, set to return September 17 and October 15 at 6:30 p.m. The experience begins with drinks from spritz and aperitivo stations, followed by a family-style communal dinner and dessert with mezcal and Montenegro, plus music from a DJ. The live-fire menu is customized for each month’s event. Tickets cost $85 and are available at peyotedtlv.com/the-roast.

Honey Salt’s Farm Table Dinner Series returns on September 18 at 6 p.m. with the annual Cape Cod-inspired installment of the series, with tickets available at $75 per person. The menu will include Wellfleet oysters with smoked trout roe, baked stuffed clams, mini lobster roll, New England clam chowder and a seafood boil. Reservations can be made at honeysalt.com.

East Fremont Street’s We All Scream nightclub has announced a partnership with Sorry Not Sorry Creamery to exclusively serve the local ice cream shop’s flavors starting this month, beginning with a launch party September 21 at 10 p.m. Eight signature Sorry Not Sorry flavors will be served as scoops and in spiked milkshakes, and an all-new collaborative flavor will be announced soon. Tickets for the launch party cost $10 and are available at weallscream.com.

Basilico Ristorante Italiano at Evora will host the Cierto Tequila Dinner on September 27 at 7 p.m. for $175 per person. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal, with two dishes per course, accompanied by different types of tequila from Cierto and cocktails created by Bar-Kada Hospitality. Reservations can be made by calling 702-534-7716.

The Silverton Casino’s Shady Grove Lounge is now hosting its inaugural Cider Fest, serving several unique types of hard cider available on tap, through October 31. Guests can sample a flight of ciders and a menu of food festival favorites is offered to complement the drinks.

Red 8 at Wynn Las Vegas has introduced traditional dim sum breakfast every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Menu items include steamed barbecue pork buns, roasted duck pancake rolls, shrimp and ground pork wonton noodles, see bass congee and more.

Tailgate Social at Palace Station has added a lobster roll with house-made lemon aioli and a prime rib French dip with horseradish cream and white cheddar cheese to its dinner menu, and also launched a brunch menu available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Brunch offerings include chicken and waffles, a breakfast burrito, steak and eggs and more.

T-Bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort, which recently received a certification from the Kobe Beef Distribution and Promotion Council of Japan, has unveiled new menu items including Golden Osetra caviar service, Piedmontese beef tartare and rigatoni ala vodka.

Ferraro’s Ristorante has created more than a dozen new items for its fall dinner, vegan and happy hour menus. Among them: Gamberoni Genevese, Australian head-on tiger prawns with citrus sauce and toasted parmigiana breadcrumbs; Acquerello risotto with scallops and caviar; Gnocchi Tre Colori, potato dumplings with pachino tomatoes, spinach puree and ricotta salata; house-made vegan rigatoni with olive oil, garlic, seasonal vegetables and vegan butter and parmigiano; and Arancini Al Tartufo, fried rice balls with truffle essence.

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