Public House at Luxor ups its game
Just a word of advice from someone who’s been there: Your friends will take umbrage at your hoarding of the smoked Gouda cheese sauce. Give it up, or at least share. At Public House in the Luxor, that advice holds for truffle-dusted fries, too. Sharing is caring, after all.
Although it might be easy to dismiss Public House as just a sports bar or only a restaurant, that would be doing it a disservice. A recent remodel of the restaurant enhanced both aspects of the venue, with new, jumbo screens dominating the bar at one end of the dining room and multiple screens around the room, making it the perfect place to grab a meal while you’re watching the game.
In an adjacent area, you’ll find the can bar, where there are plenty of choices—on a recent visit, we crushed a Mother Earth Sin Tax imperial peanut butter stout and a Modern Times Fruitlands sour. There are plenty of beers on draft, too, from the basics to specialty and microbrews. You can indulge in a cocktail or get a glass of vino if you’d prefer.
Appetizers here can be enormous (that really goes for the whole menu, though), like the Bavarian pretzel. Although on the approach it looks normally sized, once it’s to the table, you realize the scale of this thing. It’s served with whole grain mustard and the previously referenced Gouda sauce—lord, it’s good-a. The fry sampler is another ginormous item, with tator tots, onion rings, sweet potato and sidewinder fries, and Gouda sauce, of course!
Nosh Public House Luxor
When it’s time to move on, it’s possible for everyone to get their own entrée, but you may want to go at it family style. Why? Because of the Big Boy. This monster of a burger features a 16-ounce patty, with Swiss, onion straws and portobello mushrooms, plus the traditional toppings and two bacon-wrapped onion rings. It’s all speared by a steak knife, thank heavens, because you’ll need it to divvy up the burger with your pals. There are a number of chef specials here, like the Buffalo shrimp, large, tempura-battered bites with sidewinder fries accompanying them, and slow-roasted BBQ and Philly cheese sauce; each item has a suggested beer pairing.
Desserts range from elaborate milkshakes and chocolate mousse to a warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. They’re good, very good, but you’ll never hear a higher-pitched squeal of delight from a grown-ass woman than the one that ensued when the dessert sliders were delivered to the table. The Take It to the House sliders and funnel cake fries replicate the look of regular sliders, with cheese that’s actual fruit leather, strawberry “tomatoes” and cupcake buns. And the fries are darned delicious, especially when dipped in the raspberry "ketchup."
Luxor, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun., 4-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 702.262.4525