Photos by Matthias Clamer, Erik Kabik, Dick Palcic, Dave Canelaphotos, and courtesy Public School 702
Searsucker Teams up with Absinthe for Dinner & Show Deal
Searsucker at Caesars Palace is partnering with Absinthe—the adult circus show with eccentrics performing amazing feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility—to offer a dinner and show package. The two-in-one package starts at $149 per person and includes offerings from the menu at Searsucker, a complimentary Moscow mule inspired by the hit show and one reserved seating level ticket to the show. The menu, curated by one of my favorite chefs, Executive Chef Stephen LaSala, includes choice of yellowtail crudo, tomato and burrata, shishitos or pig ears; brick chicken, scallops, pasta or Chef LaSala’s ricotta and roasted cauliflower steak; cookies + gelato dessert; and a Russian Acrobat Mule, featuring Molet’s super floral gin and ginger beer served in a copper take-away mug. While you are there you owe it to yourself to also indulge in the calamari steak with apples and sweet chili honey glaze, which is the best rendition of this dish I’ve ever encountered.
As for the Absinthe show, it is performed twice nightly at 8 and 10 p.m. and is unlike any show I’ve ever seen. The Spiegeltent theater-in-the-round space is intimate enough that there’s not a bad seat in the house. Proclaimed as “The #1 Greatest Show in Las Vegas History” by Las Vegas Weekly, its description as a circus variety show for adults is fitting, but it’s also quite hilarious (as long as you’re not a prude) and worth checking out again and again and again. To purchase the dinner and show package, call 855-234-7469 or visit http://bit.ly/absinthelv and choose the add-on when selecting your seats for the show.
Slater’s 50/50—Where Everything Is Better with Bacon
These days nearly every casino resort in Las Vegas has a burger restaurant, but in the burbs they are harder to come by. The Southern California-based Slater’s 50/50, known for over-the-top bacon-infused burgers and craft beer, is doing something to change that, having opened the first Las Vegas location in July at 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd, Suite 100 (southeast corner of Bermuda and Silverado) with two more to come.
This marks the chain’s 9th location and the second outside of California. Founder Scott Slater, who has the provocative title of “Baron of Bacon,” opened the first Slater’s in Anaheim Hills in 2009. Of his decision to branch out to Vegas he says, “Our fans have been asking for a Las Vegas location for years. Las Vegas is thirsty for a non-smoking, non-gaming concept suitable for guys, girls and families. We’re offering a different style than on the Strip; Slater’s has a neighborhood feel in a great working class neighborhood; and we are bringing a local vibe.”
Husband and wife Andy Kao and Cindy Sun are the franchise owners and they double as assistant manager and general manager. Andy provided evidence of the new venue attracting families, as he related that during their opening weekend they ran out of highchairs, which convinced him to purchase more the next day. He says, “We wanted a place people can go to with kids and is priced for families, and this location is easy to get to as it has very little traffic.”
At the entrance are Vegas-style marquee neon letters spelling out the restaurant’s name and a wall made from tap handles. Other design elements include a multi-colored beer cap collage in the shape of a pig, pop art pieces of Slater’s signature burgers, an open kitchen, rustic brick wall behind the bar, wood tables and plush leather-backed half booths.
As one of the best complements to the all-American burger is beer, they have wisely opted to install 50 taps pouring craft beer, which in the case of this Silverado Ranch location, is filling a void, as there aren’t any venues serving a comparable beer selection within miles. Local beers are front and center, with no less than 12 Vegas beers pouring during the opening week, including Bad Beat Bluffin’ Ain’t Weisse; Big Dog’s Peace, Love and Hoppiness Pale Ale; CraftHaus Evocation Saison, Resonate IPA, Zitrone (sour Gose) and Vanilla Lux Blonde Ale on nitro (pouring exclusively at Slater’s); Hop Nuts Golden Knights Strong Ale; Joseph James American Flyer and Citrus Rye; Lovelady Love Juicy Hazy IPA and 9th Island Pineapple Sour; and Tenaya Creek Hop Rising IPA. Bartender Kelly Craigo advises on the beer list and is helping train the servers to suggest beer to pair with customers’ food orders. Furthermore, all servers are 1st level cicerone servers and to entice patrons to become repeat visitors, the 50/50 Club is offered for $30 a month, which gets you any beer on the menu for free once a day.
As for the food, menu mainstays include the Original 50/50 made with a 50/50 blend of ground beef and bacon topped with pepper jack cheese, avocado, fried egg and chipotle mayo; and the Best P.B. & Jellousy with Angus beef, bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Other out-of-the-ordinary burgers include the 50 Alarm Burger made with ghost chile powder, ghost chile jack cheese, grilled jalapeños, habañero-bacon spread and spicy fried peppers that is so hot you have to sign a waiver to eat it; and for the vegetarians and vegans, there’s the Eat Your Veggies with quinoa veggie patty with roasted red peppers, avocado and cucumbers, and all burgers can be replaced with a meat/dairy-free impossible burger.
Those not in the mood for a burger can opt for a variety of salads, flatbreads and local specials such as the Chicken Carb-o-nera with roasted garlic-parmesan cream sauce tossed with penne pasta and topped with blackened chicken, tomatoes and shaved parmesan; Strawberry + Burrata Salad with fresh strawberries, burrata cheese and candied pecans piled on top of baby kale and arugula tossed with wildflower honey vinaigrette; and Barbecue Pork Belly Flatbread with crisp pork belly, smoky BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, mozzarella, red onions and cilantro.
The perfect finale to your meal are the over-the-top milkshakes piled high with whipped cream and mountains of sweets—which can be made into adult versions by adding a shot of your liquor of choice—like the Happy Happy Birthday Shake: Funfetti shake, vanilla and Jolly Rancher crust, topped with sprinkles, Twinkies and a cupcake, finished with sparklers.
Slater’s 50/50 is open daily. Hours are Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat. 9 a.m-midnight; and Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd
Public School Industry Deals
Public School 702 has launched an industry night called Detention. But unlike detention from your school days, this is one you can drink while detention is in session. Held on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to close, the event features several special discounts, games and live music from 5-9 p.m. Drink specials include select cocktails for $5, two-for-one select beers for $7 and two-for-one well drinks or glasses of house wine for $6. Food specials are Bacon Cheddar Tots and Parmesan Truffle Frites for $5; Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower, Margarita Flatbread, Crispy Naked Wings and Edamame Hummus for $6; and burger and fries for $8. Since the deals are exclusively for industry professionals, you will need to show a paystub matching your ID to prove you work for a local bar or restaurant.