Elaine and Scott Harris

Las Vegas' OWL: A New Local Favorite

Staff Writer
Vegans and carnivores alike will quickly become fans of this creative spot


Many try to make it in the Las Vegas food and beverage scene but sadly, many don’t. What does it take to stand out in a city full of culinary choices for every palate and paycheck? Owner Stephan Galdau and chef David Schneider have taken the challenge on creating a true locals hangout and are pouring their knowledge, expertise, and hearts into the endeavor.

“I want to create dishes that are fresh, innovative, and are supported by the best ingredients that I can source, including vegan options,” said chef Daniel Schneider. Chef’s creativity in crafting an “egg” with the taste and texture to please every type of diner is clearly seen in the vegan deviled eggs. Some other menu highlights are the “nocturnal burger” a blend of lamb, grass-feed ground beef, and pork fat topped with watercress and juniper pickled onions and the dixie land delight, which is a perfectly prepared chicken dinner that includes greens, mashed potatoes, and a piece of homemade pecan pie to satisfy your late night sweet tooth.

With a large, warehouse-type space and indigo blue walls, the space seems a bit bleak; but soon the walls will be adorned with local art that gives Las Vegas artists the ability to display, sell, and keep 90 percents of their own profits. The 10 percent will be matched by Galdau to support local arts education programs. His open mike night provides local comedians and performers a place to share their jokes and music. Galdau’s heart for the community can felt in the eclectic mix of music playing and lack of gaming which gives patrons the incentive to mix, mingle, drink, and dine and most importantly have a great time.

OWL keeps the taps flowing and the drafts doling with 24 taps dedicated to Nevada producers, including Tonopah Brewing Co. and Joseph James, plus 120 beers in cans and bottles. The beers are cold and handcrafted cocktails such as the Owl margarita or the Owl fashioned are standards with a wise twist of ingredients, giving liquid refreshment on the hottest of Vegas nights. Locals and tourists are showing up to beat the heat with a hoot and a holler out to friends to join them at OWL.

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