Get Schooled In Downtown Summerlin At Public School 702

Need a place to hang out during the blazing heat of summer? Public school 702 is now open for all those teachers who want "an education in the art of food and beer," and just about anyone who needs a little refreshment from the sweltering heat of Las Vegas.

Public School 702 is the newest addition to the restaurant line up in Downtown Summerlin and they know what essential ingredients are needed to create a space that is inviting and a menu that incorporates great, fresh ingredients in a up-beat and flavorful manner. This new gastropub has a décor that has educational nuances, including a cocktail menu printed with blue lined composition paper, mathematical flashcards circling the ceiling around the bar along with lab-style communal tables and world globe light fixtures. With 14,000 square feet of bar and restaurant space, there is a seat for everyone. Beer lovers should rejoice because beers from local breweries are available along with 24 beers on tap, with 11 rotating seasonally. If beer is not your drink of choice, various artisanal cocktails as well as wine on tap and in the bottle are available for your selection.

We stopped in to see what Public School 702 educating the public about in one of the newest dining and drinking spots in Las Vegas. Our "education" began with one of their signature starters, the speck and eggs.  Who doesn't like a good deviled egg? These four beauties came with the creamy yolk accented with a touch of spice in an egg white cloud. The speck lent that savory crunch with a touch of visual taste appeal (and is a one of the best deviled eggs we have tried in this town).

Next on our plate was the grilled watermelon and heirloom tomato salad. The refreshing watermelon and vine ripened heirloom tomatoes arrive in a generous portion sprinkled with the pungent feta cheese and drizzled with balsamic. The salad has a nice textural component from an abundant sprinkling of marcona almonds. For the entrée, it just had to be the prime flat iron steak with truffle butter. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare, cut into strips and adorned with a side of chorizo mac and cheese. The succulent steak was highlighted with by the truffle butter, not over powered by it. The mac and cheese had a nice creaminess, and the bits of chorizo added a heat and texture.

Sporting an amazing wrap around outdoor patio and engaging games for the younger crown such as an over-sized Jenga, Connect Four, and shuffle board, this venue is not only for the 21-and-over crowd but for the entire family. For those that are over 21, stop by for the happy hour menu Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  One of the most affordable bottomless Bloody Mary's in town is available on the brunch menu Saturday and Sunday for a mere $10. Educating the palate and encouraging further culinary investigation is what Public School 702 is planning to do.