Vegas dining very cool this time of year

Now that the heat of summer is quickly becoming a memory, destinations such as Las Vegas become more appealing than ever. I know they do to me.

Years ago, when I made my first visit to Sodom in the Desert, I wasn't prepared for the overwhelming summer heat even long after sundown. I recall a colleague and I walking out of our hotel lobby, being hit in the face with a blast of heat, doing a quick about-face and going right back inside to spend the remainder of the evening in the air-conditioned comfort of the casino.

I've learned a lot since then about when to visit Vegas, and find fall is absolutely the best. What makes this particular fall even more appealing is a new collection of restaurants.

Yes, as if Vegas didn't have enough restaurants, The Shoppes at The Palazzo -- the resort city's newest destination luxury retail center, located on the The Strip adjacent to The Grand Canal Shoppes opposite Wynn Las Vegas -- is home to more than a dozen in a sprawling complex that just opened this summer.

It includes more than a dozen restaurants, including CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse, Restaurant Charlie by Charlie Trotter and Carnevino by Mario Batali.

But, beyond the celebrity chef spots I'd suggest trying SUSHISAMBA (seen above), especially if you have a craving for a Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian menu. And, let's face it, who doesn't?

The intriguingly-named SUSHISAMBA is the newest and largest of seven units in a small chain. It boasts 16-foot ceilings, swirling sculptural "ribbons," and a Mondrian-inspired glass facade meant to evoke the spirit and energy of Brazil's famous Carnaval. The menu ranges from classic Japanese tempura to Brazilian churrasco and feijoada and Peruvian anticuchos.

While that may sound like an odd combination to some people, the Japanese influence in South America -- particularly Peru (think controversial former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori) -- has long been large and influential, so a blending of the cuisines is a logical outgrowth.

Among retail shops in the complex are Barneys New York, Diane von Furstenberg, ChloƩ, Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo is owned and operated by General Growth Properties Inc., the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and largest retail developer and owner in Las Vegas.
• Las Vegas Dining Guide
• Dowd's Guides

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