ELV doesn’t wish to alarm anyone, but the $1 oyster special at P. J. Clarke’s is such a deal, it could threaten the world’s population of Crassostrea gigas and Crassostrea virginica.
It runs from the slightly odd hour of 2:45 pm to 6 pm every day, and every day a special bivalve is featured. When you consider oysters are usually priced from $2.50 – $3.50 in our better bistros and oyster bars, this is a very special special indeed.
We polished off 30 of the deep-cupped Lunas the other day and washed the lot of ’em down with a sweet/tart Sancerre. ELV would’ve kept slurping on the saline/sweet slimers, but his two dining companions, who wish to remain anonymous, but whose initials are Gregg Vermeys and Rob Kim (both über-lawyers-at-law, we might add), insisted we dive into something besides the sea. (ELV note: Only one type of oyster is on special every day, but those Lunas were as briny, thick and fresh as you’re going to get 250 miles from the nearest salt water.)
So dive we did into some nice pasta, and tasty cheese and broccoli dip with house-made chips, and a couple of what ELV still insists is the best burger in town.
Eating Las Vegas thinks this is just the sort of bold marketing move P. J.’s needed to make to grab the attention of serious feeders, mollusk mavens, and mall-strollers alike. It hasn’t been open a year, but continues to exist (literally and figuratively) in the shadow of Joe’s — a place with food that can’t touch what’s coming out of this kitchen.
Or the price of all these lip-smacking bivalves.
P. J. CLARKE’S
In The Forum Shops at Caesars
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109