Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Top Vegas Raw Bars

It’s officially oyster season, and even here in the desert you can belly up to some great raw bars. Whether you prefer oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller or in the form of a bloody mary shot, these six Vegas locations are sure to satisfy your hankering for bivalves.

Todd English P.U.B.
3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Don’t worry about making happy hour at this modern twist on the traditional pub. Todd English’s award-winning restaurant inside The Shops at Crystals serves up $2 Blue Point oysters all day flown in directly from Long Island Sound fresh every day. As an added bonus, if you can chug your beer before the sand in the seven-second sand timer falls, you don’t have to pay for it. Avoid trying this with Guinness though.

Other Mama
3655 S. Durango Dr.
This hip, new raw bar out in the western ‘burbs offers a daily selection of oyster specials. Each dozen comes with a choice of two of the house sauces: wasabi cocktail, rosemary mignonette, ponzu salsa, honey & lemon, pickled peppers & habanero or blood orange & mint. The spicy tuna tartare with waffle fries and mixed seafood ceviche with tomato and chili are two other favorite menu items. To top it off, the bar offers a slew of cool cocktails to try like the Bessie, made with Cazadores Reposado, watermelon, habanero honey and Dogfish Head IPA.

Oyster Bar at Palace Station
2411 W. Sahara Ave.
Wait, wait. Hear us out. Yes, this oyster bar is in a 40-year-old, off-Strip casino mostly inhabited by bingo players, but it’s got the goods. Fill up on Gold Band Oysters for $20 per dozen. A close second to the fresh oysters on the half shell is the Palace Pan Roast, a creamy tomato stew cooked with shrimp, crab, chicken, andouille sausage and finished with a hint of brandy. The Oyster Bar at Palace Station is open 24 hours a day and there is typically a 20-minute or more wait 24 hours a day.

Big Sur Oyster Bar
9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
A fun and social dining venue just off the South Point’s casino floor, this raw bar plates a dozen middleneck clams or Louisiana Gold Seal Oysters for $17 and $24 respectively. The $5 Anchor Steam on draft is a great way to wash it all down. You can also score nearly two pounds of king crab legs for under $30. It’s all served up at the bar surrounding the open-air kitchen that makes for a unique dining experience.

Rhythm Kitchen
6435 S. Decatur Blvd.
This restaurant is one of the few that brings a true taste of the Big Easy to Sin City. While you can’t go wrong with a dozen oysters on the half shell for only $18, it’s the barbeque oysters that really stand out. These Southern fried gulf oysters tossed in buffalo sauce and served with bleu cheese are so good you’ll consider moving to Las Vegas just to be near them. And from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day, you can order a heaping helping of these beauties for only $8. The Big Easy Sampler is another go-to menu item at this swanky off-Strip establishment. The platter is piled high with Southern favorites, including frog legs, alligator tail and oysters, for a little more than $20.

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
For the more discerning mollusk connoisseur, this upscale restaurant inside The Palazzo offers an intimate setting for some classic Provincial-style cuisine. Choose between East and West Coast selections of oysters on the half shell that rotate daily at market price. They are served up in traditional fashion with mignonette sauce, fresh horseradish and lemon. Pair them with one of the bistro’s handcrafted cocktails like the Red Rider B.B., a bold concoction of Morels signature infused bourbon and Benedictine. If that sounds a little too flowery for you, sample instead one of the nearly 100 varieties of whiskies available such as the ultra-rare, 13-year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye.

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