Oysters, Juice and Magic


It’s been almost two years since P.J. Clarke’s closed in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, taking with it its daily $1 oyster special, but dollar oysters on the Strip are back. DB Brasserie at the Venetian sells oysters on the half-shell for $1 apiece at the bar and in the lounge during Oyster Happy Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. daily. The good-size, ice-cold West Coast selections Kumiai Bajas are served with lemon and mignonette sauce. Cocktail sauce, horseradish and Tabasco are available upon request. If you’re still hungry, the 30 percent off deal for locals has been extended through the end of the year (not applicable for happy hour items).

For those whose oyster is more like a hamburger, Charlie’s Down Under (1950 N. Buffalo Dr.) has a strong 24-hour kitchen that specializes in big burgers. From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., the Charlie’s Burger is just $2.99. Other $2.99 graveyard specials include a steak sandwich, sliders, and biscuits and gravy.

On to more healthy ground: Did you know Las Vegas has a pick-and-pay farm where you can get fresh produce right off the vine? It’s called Gilcrease Orchard, and it’s located about 10 miles north of Downtown. This time of year, they sell frozen apple or pear cider for $2 a pint (the cider is unfermented and contains no preservatives, so you have only about a week to drink it after it’s thawed), along with cider doughnuts (six for $2.50) and caramel apples ($3). Get your cider and doughnuts this month while checking out the pumpkin patch.

Speaking of juice, sports bettors can get theirs reduced at the Westgate SuperBook, which is offering -105 pricing from 3 p.m. to closing on Thursdays. During this period you only have to bet $105 to win $100, as opposed to the standard $110/$100 everywhere else in town. The same deal is offered up the road in Mesquite at the Casablanca and Virgin River, also on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. At Westgate, discount is for sides only, while in Mesquite, it’s good on sides and totals.

There’s a decent 2-for-1 deal available right now on tickets for Jersey Boys at Paris that works out to two tickets for $157. Due to taxes and fees, twofers for shows are never exactly half the price, but this deal saves about $60 off any other offer currently running. Get the tix at JerseyBoysInfo.com/vegas/LOCAL (you have to type in the caps).

Rockhouse at the Venetian is featuring tableside magic performed by Seth Grabel of America’s Got Talent fame, from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s the first place to do this since Mike Skinner roamed the old Lilly Langtree’s at the Golden Nugget, and predating Skinner was Jimmy Grippo in the Bacchanal Room at Caesars Palace. It’s kinda cool when those old ideas become new again.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.

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