There aren’t many foods that you can get in Las Vegas that cost less than other cities, but oysters is one of them. And surprisingly, most of the best deals are outside of the casinos.
As you read the following list of low-priced oyster options, it’s important to take note of the type of oyster served. The Gulf oysters are big and meaty, and a dozen can fill you up, but some oyster aficionados look down on them for quality. On the other hand, the higher-rated varieties can be very small, making even a dollar-apiece price seem distinctly un-bargain-like.
Two places offer daily service: Rhythm Kitchen (6435 S. Decatur Blvd.) and the Crab Corner (6485 S. Rainbow Blvd). Rhythm Kitchen serves Louisiana Gulf oysters for $15 a dozen ($1.25 apiece) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week, and until closing on Mondays. They also come charbroiled or baked Rockefeller-style if you prefer. The Crab Corner mixes it up, but usually serves a Virginia Beach variety called Skipjacks from 2 to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to close.
Oysters are $1.25 at District One (3400 S. Jones Blvd.) from 3 to 7 p.m. Mon-Fri and midnight to 3 a.m. Sun-Thu. They serve smallish Kusshi oysters (imported from Washington state) in the coolest atmosphere of all on this list.
South Point’s Big Sur Oyster Bar is the low-price leader at $10.50 per dozen (88 cents apiece) for big Gulf oysters from noon to 4 p.m. Sun-Thu. This is a good option if your friends aren’t oyster fans, as several other seafood specials run during this time.
McCormick & Schmick’s (335 Hughes Center Dr.) does raw oysters for $1 on Wednesdays, beginning at 5 p.m. They were New York Duck Islands when I last tried.
On Thursdays, the two Shucks Taverns (9338 W. Flamingo Rd.; 7155 N. Durango Rd.) serve $1 Gulf oysters all day. If you prefer cooked oysters, there are three preparations for $1.50 each.
On Sundays, the aforementioned Crab Corner, along with the original Crab Corner (4161 S. Eastern Ave.), serves dollar oysters all day.
Bottom line: I’m aware of eight places where you can get oysters for $1.25 or less, with a minimum of three choices every day of the week. There are five options on Wednesday and six on Thursday. The toughest day is Saturday, with only two choices.
Of course, beer often comes into the picture when you’re talking raw oysters. Except for Shucks and South Point, all these deals are part of a bigger happy hour that includes reduced beer prices. The best ride-along beer special is Crab Corner’s $2 draft Primo from Hawaii. Rhythm Kitchen has $3 beers and half-price wine by the glass. As for South Point, you don’t need a happy hour to get inexpensive beers at one of their bars.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor.