It may appear counterproductive, however Oktoberfest in fact starts in September– a reflection of normally unfortunate weather condition in Germany. Las Vegas isn’t wanting for impressive October weather condition, and Emeril Lagasse knows this. He’s taken complete advantage at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo, where the sports arena and culinary theater has converted its outside, Strip-side outdoor patio into a Biergarten that opens daily at 4 p.m.
. The Biergarten’s chef de cuisine, Scott Pajak, has crafted a menu worthy of Munich. Crisp, flaky potato pancakes are made in house and accompanied by a handcrafted, cinnamon applesauce worth eating all by itself. His peppery, bright-orange Obatzda Brie cheese spread supplies a worthy foil to salted mini pretzel bites imported from Germany.
On the sausage front, bratwurst and knockwurst fired on an outdoor grill in your line of vision are hearty bites, and the knockwurst is particularly buttery. Don’t overlook the chunky, hand-mashed potatoes served on the side, and conserve room for the warm apple strudel strewn with raisins and walnuts.
It’s a beer garden, so be sure to buy yourself a frozen beer, basically a Bud Light slushie float on your option of any of the draft options. Prost! Biergarten at Lagasse’s Arena at Palazzo, 702-607-2665; day-to-day 4-10 p.m.