Pub 1842 features Chef Michael Mina's take on pub fare with a gourmet twist.
Michael Mina has built his career on adding twists to classic dishes, and he is carrying that skill to his new venture. At Pub 1842, located in Mina’s own former Seablue space at MGM Grand, it’s out with white tablecloths and in with mason jars and barrel-aged cocktails, all while maintaining the food’s high-end quality. Pub 1842 is a lively eatery that doubles as a sports bar, so diners can watch the game, play beer pong, and devour plates of delicious food.
Popular items include lobster corn dogs; avocado kale Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese, artichoke chips, and garlic streusel; the heritage turkey burger; and one of the chef’s personal favorites—fish and chips (which he calls “the best in town”). “One of the reasons I wanted to do a pub in this location was that for Seablue, we had this gorgeous wood-burning grill,” Mina says. “That is such a plus for serving pub-style food, being able to cook everything over wood, whether it’s a burger, steak, or fish.” Burgers at Pub 1842 are a must, and they arrive in some interesting combinations, such as the vegetarian falafel burger or the intriguing Peanut Butter Crunch Burger, with bacon jam, potato chips, and pimiento cheese.
Having a variety of options is important to the chef, who also owns Michael Mina in Bellagio, Stripsteak in Mandalay Bay, and American Fish in Aria. “In this day and age, if you have six or eight people, you’re going to have a vegan, a vegetarian, and two people who only eat protein,” he says. “That’s the way people eat now.” To kick off football season, Executive Chef Anthony Schutz is planning to add barbecue to the menu, with a “barbecue corner” and Sunday tailgate parties. “We’ve got televisions and people screaming and barking at the games,” says Mina. “That has never existed at any of my restaurants.” MGM Grand, 702-891-3922