Public School 702 Debuts in Downtown Summerlin
It’s getting harder to keep up with new restaurants arriving on the scene with enlightened beer lists and great food which appeals to everyone. The latest to grace the Vegas Valley is Public School 702. Located at Downtown Summerlin in the Dining Arroyo near Wolfgang Puck, CPK and CRAVE, the California-based 14,000-square-foot gastropub from restaurateur Bob Spivak sports a school theme that is celebrated throughout. Its motto proclaims “An Education in the Art of Food & Beer” and accoutrements to bolster the theme include a book case with encyclopedias, globes, apples, microscope, paint brushes and sports equipment; chalkboards; restrooms labeled Locker Room and to-go bags Homework; and menu in the shape and look of a composition book.
One of the best aspects is the beer list, not the size of it as much as the quality of it. The 14 rotating taps, 10 mainstay drafts and 14 bottles and cans is nothing to sneeze at, but what’s remarkable is that not a single beer is a lackluster brew or even mediocre. All are really solid choices, and just as importantly, ones you don’t see most anywhere else. Worthy examples during my visit included locally-brewed Tenaya Creek Old Jackalope Barleywine and Joseph James Citra Rye; sour beers such as Anderson Valley Holy Gose, New Belgium La Folie and Uinta 22nd Birthday Suit; Belgian-style Brooklyn Brewing Sorachi Ace Saison and Victory Brewing Golden Monkey Tripel; and the rich and chewy Goose Island Bourbon County and North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stouts.
You may come for the beer, but you’ll stay for the food, which received an A grade from me. The kitchen prides itself on using only the freshest quality ingredients, sourced from local farmer’s markets whenever possible. The eclectic, seasonal menu from executive chef Phil Kastel includes a mixture of table snacks like Bacon Cheddar Tots and Crispy Ahi Tuna Tacos; plates such as Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits with greens and beer-blanc sauce and Fried Jidori Chicken & Green Chili Cornbread Waffles with bacon red eye gravy; pizzas like Fig & Prosciutto with gorgonzola, provolone and balsamic reduction; and burgers such as Colorado Lamb with tomato cranberry jam. Portion sizes are large and prices are much smaller than you’d expect, with appetizers around $6-$9; plates $12-$22; pizzas $9-$12; sides only $4 a must-try is the Summer Succotash with roasted market vegetables; and desserts $5. And, the aforementioned stellar beer menu is more than reasonable, with most priced from $4-$7.
Happy hour, dubbed Recess, occurs M-F from 3:30-6:30 and there’s plenty of room and comfort to enjoy it in. Available in the spacious bar and patio with a view of the Strip from its 2nd level perch, you’ll find an assortment of tables, booths and couches. Specials are drafts for $4-$5, well drinks for $5, half liter of wine for $10-$15 and appetizers from $4-$7.
Public School 702 is open daily for lunch and dinner and a brunch is served on Sat.-Sun. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view the complete menu, visit www.psontap.com/locations/ps702.