Now Serving: The Angry Butcher

Nestled in the heart of the famous Mystic Falls Park in Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, The Angry Butcher offers a dining experience that ranges from after-work happy hour hangout to full-on date night. The menu opens with a playful collection of starters, greens and pots, including fat oysters coated in seasoned corn meal and deep-fried, then served in the shell with vinegar slaw and house-made tartar sauce; a beefsteak tomato salad topped with basil and aged balsamic vinegar; and a hearty, gooey Gruyere-covered French onion soup of beef stock, caramelized onions and sherry topped with a baguette crouton.

Steak au poivre

Steak au poivre

Signature cuts include the prime rib—which can be enjoyed on or off the bone for less than $35—as well as steakhouse standards such as a New York and bone-in rib eye. Steaks are charbroiled in an 800-degree broiler, which sears both sides of the steak, locking in moisture. For a different take on the meat side, the steak au poivre features a pan-roasted USDA prime flatiron steak topped with green peppercorn Cognac sauce for $26.

With the “turf” section of the menu well-covered, it is rounded out by a simple selection of the best in “surf,” including Pacific salmon and North Atlantic halibut, both pan-roasted in a wood-fired brick oven.

The meal’s sidekicks include a range of reimagined classics such as smashed sweet potatoes spiked with bourbon; Tuscan-fried potatoes kissed with olive oil and rosemary; and decadent white cheddar mac and cheese mixed with caramelized onions and smoked bacon. The Angry Butcher also shows its sweet side with indulgent desserts such as warm bread pudding and chocolate espresso layer cake.

French onion soup

French onion soup

Because a cool cocktail is the perfect thing for a hot temper, savor The Angry Butcher’s lineup of signature sips, including the refreshing “What Happens in Fight Club,” a mix of Wild Turkey Rye and orgeat syrup, muddled and garnished with fresh mint sprigs; and the “Live by the Gun,” a Bulleit Rye and Amaretto DiSaronno concoction mixed with fresh lemon sour and garnished with fresh lemon peel.

The Angry Butcher’s social hour is from 4-6 p.m. on the patio and in the bar, with a menu of small bites such as sea salt and vinegar house-made potato chips, pretzel rolls and prime rib dip sliders—all perfect companions for a signature cocktail.

SERVING: The Angry Butcher is a contemporary take on the classic American steakhouse.
OPENED: August 18, 2016
WHO’S BEHIND IT: Boyd Gaming
DID YOU KNOW: All of Angry Butcher’s steaks are sourced from pasture-raised cattle in Colorado and Nebraska, then wet-aged for a minimum of 28 days.
LOCATION:  Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV 89122
HOURS OF OPERATION:  5-10 p.m. Sun-Thu; 5-11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Social Hour 4-6 p.m. nightly.
TWITTER: @samstownlv
INSTAGRAM: @samstownlv
DINNER FOR TWO: $72-$144