Vicia, St. Louis MO

Vicia

Hyssop Green Tea Palmer – Kuki Cha Green Tea, Hyssop, Lemon

Calumet Sourdough Flatbread – Fresh Butter, Tomato Tartare, Young Garlic, Tomato Skin Salt

Turnip Shell Tacos – Black Beans, Yogurt, Marinated Kale, Pickled Red Onions, Crispy Pork, Mushrooms, Salsa Verde, Hot Sauce

Naked Vegetables – Garden Pesto, Whipped Goat Cheese, Tahina Sauce

Koginut Squash – Green Apple, Feta, Green Goddess, Pecans, Seeds, Sunflower Shoots

Grilled Pears – Prosciutto, Sesame, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Oyster Mushrooms – Mushroom Vinaigrette, Preserved Citrus

Mixed Grain Stir Fry – Purple Daikon, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Winter Squash, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Kimchi

Pastured Chicken Thigh – Squash Mole

Milk Braised Beef – Shiitake Mushrooms, Horseradish

Grilled Beets – Grilled Vegetable Sauce

Creamy Missouri Rice – Oyster Mushrooms, Grana Padano Cheese, Roasted Sunchokes, Chestnuts

Simple Salad – Lemon Vinaigrette

Blackberry – Lavender Gelato, Honey Caramel, Chiffon Cake

Pear – Flourless Pecan Cake, Brown Butter, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Riesling, Young Ginger

Opened in 2017 by Michael and Tara Gallina, Vicia is widely considered St. Louis’ best Restaurant, and across 2.5 hours on Friday evening the kitchen showed why with intelligent Vegetable-focused fare clearly evidencing the Chef’s time at Blue Hill with Dan Barber.

Part of the Cortex Innovation Community, a rapidly gentrifying part of the Central West End not far from Ikea, it is amidst tall blades of Grass that guests will find Vicia low-laying on a slight slope, an expansive footprint spreading from foyer to dining room with an enclosed outdoor patio to the right and bar on the left.

Sleek without feeling overtly “hip,” the open kitchen and sizable hearth fitting inside a space with plenty of glass and good lighting, it is unsurprising that with accolades spanning from USA Today to Bon Appétit that Vicia strongly recommends reservations for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, though Lunch and “Midday Happy Hour” beginning at 11am and 2 o’clock, respectively, offer more casual walk-in service with a truncated menu.

Prone to seasonal change, and offering a la carte options in addition to a Tasting Menu and $55 “Farmer’s Feast,” it was opting for the latter that dinner was served as three family-style courses, the Vegetarian preference of two guests easily accommodated without affecting the enjoyment of others.

Focused on sustainability, an almost-zero waste ethos visible in items such as Salt made from Tomato Skins and Sauces that utilize Vegetable Tops, it was with a non-alcoholic Beverage in hand that course one was presented, hand-ground Wheat forming the base of Sourdough that eats soft and springy while no Grain at all is used to make Gallina’s signature “Turnip Shell Tacos” with vibrant Black Bean Paste and condiments including crumbled Pork, Yogurt and Mushrooms.

Tapping local farmers for bright yellow Butter and tanngy Goat Cheese, these plus the aforementioned “Salt” and Garden Pesto used to top Crudite plus the Flatbread, course one also included Pears wrapped in Prosciutto with Sesame and Balsamic, plus hybrid Kabocha-Butternut Squash forming a delicious alliance with Green Apples, Shoots and Seeds.

Almost entirely organic in sourcing, and happy to move at a pace where guests never feel rushed, course two arrived perhaps fifteen minutes after that which preceded it, a simply dressed Salad largely filler and Grilled Beets far too bitter to be enjoyed while dishes such as the Oyster Mushrooms served beneath creamy Citrus Dressing were nothing short of brilliant.

Treating the Omnivore with demi-size plates of Chicken and Beef, the Thigh simply grilled next to pureed Squash with a lot of smoke, fork-shredded Beef unfortunately found itself overwhelmed by Horseradish while Heirloom Grains and local Rice were each utilized well in the form of a stir-fry that leaned astringent and Porridge loaded with Cheese and earthy flavors.

Beginning to clean the Kitchen by 9:15am, the fire now little more than smoldering embers, Dessert arrived as a duo offering perhaps two-bites of each item, per person, “Blackberry” a bit compromised by florals but otherwise pleasant while Pears atop Pecan Cake and Dark Chocolate Ganache found their foil in fresh Ginger.

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Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, St. Louis MO

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery

Maple Bourbon Pecan, Gooey Butter Cake, Salted Crack Caramel on a Waffle Cone

Described as a “modern microcreamery,” Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery sells its concept with alcohol-infused flavors that change seasonally, but what really stands out is the smoothness of owner Tamara Keefe’s base and a zero-waste ethos.

Established in 2017, but a lifelong passion of its matriarch who claims to “think, feel, talk, and dream Ice Cream,” it is at the end of South 18th Street that guests will find the small space inside a former townhouse, a rainy Black Friday predictably quiet which allowed extra time to chat with staff and try samples of flavors such as “Decadent Coffee” and “Tequila Chocolate Mole.”

Offering boozy bites to only those 21+, a “special” process used to freeze high-proof Liquor without turning icy, it was after some debate that the three-scoop “moyen” size was selected, a housemade Waffle Cone pushing the pre-tax total to $7.50 for beautifully balanced Maple Bourbon Pecan plus sweet and creamy Gooey Butter Cake and best-selling Salted Crack Caramel with crunchy bits that made each lick a little different from the others.

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Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis MO

Pappy’s Smokehouse

Half-slab Ribs, Burnt Ends, Fried Corn, Sweet Potato Fries, White Bread

Launched by Pitmaster Mike Emerson in 2008, Pappy’s Smokehouse soared to stardom on “Best Ribs in America” accolades from the Food Network, and although “Memphis-style” has been criticized by some enthusiasts as being “too sweet” a combination of smoke and technique sees Pappy’s brand sidestep such complaints.

Named after Emerson’s late brother, and perpetually packed at 3106 Olive Street, it is long before doors open each day at 11:00am that staff can be seen tending to sizable smokers located outside the Restaurant, a literal ton or more of Pork sold daily in addition to Beer, Sides, Poultry and Beef.

Eschewing mop-Sauce in favor of dry-Rub, the Meat subsequently cooked over a mix of Apple and Cherry Wood for 4+ hours, it is prior to entry that smoke permeates the sinuses, and utilizing counter-style service the line is expertly ushered by several young women in clever t-shirts to allow for quick seating where Food is delivered equally expeditiously.

Adorning each table with four housemade Sauces plus plenty of Napkins, the former enjoyable but not necessary while the latter is requisite, it was in exchange for less than $22 including tax & tip that more than a pound of Meat plus two sides was served, deep-fried Corn an idea whose time has come while Sweet Potato Fries are crisp and oilless, just as they should be.

Decorating the wall with local paraphernalia plus celebrity endorsements, and clearly a favorite of Cardinals and Blues alike, it was beginning with Burnt Ends that the quality of Pappy’s technique was evident, the texture almost like that of braised Short Rib beneath ample Bark while Ribs would undoubtedly fall right from the Bone were it not for a thin rim of caramelized Fat protecting the tender Flesh beneath.

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Winslow’s Table, University City MO

Winslow’s Table

Kaldi’s Coffee Cold Brew

Winslow Bar

Winslow’s Pancakes, Preserved Blueberries, Maple Syrup, Whipped Butter

A longtime favorite of students, faculty and families visiting Washington University, late-2019 saw Michael and Tara Gallina of Vicia take over Winslow’s Home, and renaming it Winslow’s Table the kitchen now takes a more farm-fresh approach while maintaining a few of Winslow’s classics.

Largely unaltered at 7213 Delmar Boulevard, even exterior signage and Google Maps yet to reflect a change in title, it was minutes past 8:30am that the mostly wood Restaurant was found quiet, though within forty-five minutes approximately 2/3 of seating was full with additional patrons coming and going with Baked Goods or Coffee from the counter.

Only re-opened on November 14th, a few well-healed returning guests overheard lamenting the absence of prior favorites, it was after brief perusal of housemade Pastries and a menu that ranges from Tacos to Shakshuka that decisions were made, Cold-Brew from Kaldi bold but pricey at $4 a can while the “Winslow Bar” spins the classic no-bake even more decadent with Pecan Crust and Chocolate Ganache sandwiching a Gooey Butter center.

Told of St. Louis “best” Pancakes by both a trusted friend and the elderly server, it was while slowly enjoying the Pastry that a stack of three arrived, the pleasant aroma of Yeast immediately greeting nostrils before fluffy bites of Flour, Eggs and Buttermilk found an amicable partner in Blueberry Compote plus Pure Maple Syrup.

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Strange Donuts (Maplewood,) St. Louis MO

Strange Donuts

Rainbow Pony

White Russian

Linzer

Gooey Butter

Launched by Jason Bockman in October of 2013, Strange Donuts is celebrated by some St. Louisans as one of the city’s premier Doughnutteries, yet despite an early arrival on “Black Friday” morning the products tasted ranged from merely fair to frankly dry and unappealing.

Located in Maplewood, and proudly offering “Original Classics” alongside “Unique Creations,” it was minutes past 8:00am that the counter was found unattended, a disheveled man soon emerging for the kitchen and answering a few questions before accepting $8.25 in exchange for four fried rounds.

Only approximately 500 square feet, and doing nothing in terms of presentation or seating to inspire guests to stay, it was after transporting goods elsewhere that first bites were taken of Strange Donut’s “Rainbow Pony,” one friend’s comment that it “looks like a cartoon drawing of a Donut” oddly appropriate as everything save for the Frosting was as dry and flavorless as a sheet of paper.

Finding a “White Russian” no better, hints of Coffee in the Glaze appreciated though nothing approximating Kahlúa was detected, it is under the title of “Linzer” that Strange Donuts sells a fairly basic Raspberry Jelly Bismark while “Gooey Butter” falls far short of Old Town Donuts version despite costing 2.5x the price.

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Cinder House, St. Louis MO

Cinder House

House Sourdough Bread – Butter

Yellowtail Crudo – Avocado, Cucumber, Crispy Shallots, Aji Panca

Hen of the Woods Mushrooms – Chorizo Butter, Pomme Puree

Feijoada – Pork Belly, Pork Loin, Brisket, Short Rib, Black Beans, Rice, Kale, Farofa, Chimichurri, Orange

Manioc Polenta – Spicy Honey, Goat Cheese

Dia’s Cheese Bread – Country Ham, Lardo, Pickled Vegetables

Chocolate Coconut Tres Leches – Fresh Passion Fruit, Coconut Lime Sorbet, Pomegranate Ice

Having last dined in St. Louis mid-2012, it was prior to Gerard Craft’s recognition by the James Beard Foundation that a remarkable meal took place at niche, the Chef’s star since risen to a total of seven concepts including Brazilian-themed Cinder House along the waterfront at Four Seasons.

Opened in late-August 2018 and touting live-fire cooking, Craft’s childhood nanny and her Pão de Queijo a lasting influence across nearly fifteen years of professional cooking, it is after ascending eight stories that guests find themselves with a privileged view of The Gateway Arch, service predictably meeting luxury hotel standards from complimentary valet to the hostess podium and within.

Situated alongside a Bar and Lounge, seasonal décor plus live jazz greeting diners on Thursday night, it was with reservations confirmed that window-side seating was offered, a waiter mix-up briefly delaying the description of specials including a traditional Turkey dinner that was graciously declined in favor of menu options from Executive Chef Aaron Martinez.

Quiet despite being one of St. Louis’ few Restaurants open past eight o’clock on Thanksgiving, only a dozen guests in attendance and most occupying the bar area, it was with three courses decided that dinner began with housemade Bread, rustic Sourdough with a robust Crust performing well and followed quickly by self-selected Mushrooms bathed in saporous Butter plus vibrant Yellowtail Crudo, compliments of the Chef.

Warned of a 25-minute wait for “Dia’s Cheese Bread,” Ms. Cecelia Assuncao’s recipe lovingly baked from scratch per Chef Craft’s instruction any time it is ordered, it may seem odd to some that the Appetizer actually arrived shortly after Entrees on this particular evening, yet for those who’ve been fortunate enough to visit Brazil it would be difficult to name any better version of the cultural staple, whether at a casual café of Michelin 2* table.

Fascinated by Cinder House’s Feijoada, $30 yielding a sharable portion of Beef, Pork, Beans, Rice and Farofa with atypical additions including Kale and Citrus, another intriguing dish is Manioc “Polenta” featuring the mashed Root with Spicy Honey and Goat Cheese, while Desserts from Pastry Chef McKenna Schuetz-Reyes equally take liberties with tradition, IE Chocolate Coconut Tres Leches with contrasting Fruit textures and flavors.

*6 days after this visit Chef Martinez stepped down and Josh Adams was promoted to Chef de Cuisine.

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Old Town Donuts, Florissant MO

Old Town Donuts

Devil’s Food Donut

Jelly Donut

Cinnamon Roll

Crescent

Glazed Donut

Apple Fritter

French Donut

Old Fashioned Donut

Blueberry Cake Donut

Pumpkin Glaze Donut

Custard Donut

Gooey Butter Donut

Owned and operated in Florissant by baker Keith Took since 1968, many St. Louisans consider Old Town Donuts to be the city’s best, and on Thanksgiving day around 7:00pm the shop at 508 North New Florissant Road was found full of fresh treats just as they are 24/7/364, save for Christmas.

Situated a bit northwest of downtown, approximately ten minutes from St. Louis Lambert International Airport by car, it was shortly after landing that the low-slung building was entered, a young female clerk emerging from the kitchen and offering suggestions plus a coupon that, on top of cheaper-by-the-dozen discounts, yielded twelve items of any size or style for just $7.99 plus tax.

Taking a seat while watching an elderly gentleman mix Dough in back, all while groups of guests came and went despite both date or time, it should come as no surprise that most of the Doughnuts offered at a place called “Old Town” are classics, and although Cereal-topped Rings are indeed offered it seems highly unlikely that they offer a better bite than Mr. Took’s Dark Chocolate Devil’s Food or Bismark filled with Jelly.

Surprised to see oversized Cinnamon Rolls included at no additional cost, and more so by a proper Apple Fritter filled with plenty of chopped Fruit, those looking for lighter choices should pay close attention to two-bite Crescents and or simple Raised n’ Glazed, though the Cruller labeled “French Donut” unfortunately tasted oily rather than eggy.

Additionally offering fried Dough at a second location in Cottleville, Old Town Donut Shop #2 under the direction of Keith’s son from 2012 until today, fans of Old Fashioned Donuts will be happy to know Old Town’s are moist and lightly tangy while Blueberry tastes fine, though it likely comes from a commercial mix.

Saving two specials for the end, and separating them by a Chocolate-glazed pocket filled with Custard, “Pumpkin Glaze” seems to mean “Pumpkin Spice” rather than a Donut actually featuring America’s favorite Squash while St. Louis’ word-famous Gooey Butter Cake ascends to a new level thanks to Cream Cheese Filling and crumbled bits of Crust perched atop fried Cake.

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Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 [5,] Las Vegas NV

Mr. Lucky’s 24/7

The Fall Latte – Coffee, Housemade Pumpkin Cream

Blueberry Muffin – Butter

Cinnamon Roll – Sticky Bun Style, Pecans, Honey Caramel Glaze

Coconut Parfait – Coconut Custard, Granola, Golden Raisins, Bananas, Blueberries, Toasted Coconut

Chicken in a Biscuit – Oversized Biscuit, Spicy Chicken Breast, Bacon, Bacon Sage Gravy, Overeasy Eggs

Loaded Hash Browns – Pepper Jack Cheese, Spinach, Mushrooms, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Chipotle Crema, Overeasy Eggs

Cookies and Cream Pancakes – Chocolate Pancakes, Cookies & Cream Mascarpone Filling, Chocolate Cookie Pieces

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque – Crawfish Tail, Spice Breadcrumb, Parmesan Cream

Hand-carved Roasted Turkey Breast – Caramelized Maple Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Forest Mushrooms, Green Beans, Orange Cranberry Sauce, Old Time Stuffing, Herbed Pan Gravy

Pumpkin Cheesecake – Cinnamon Walnuts, Whipped Cream, Maple Tuile

Warm Apple Pie – Streusel, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel

Typically using Thanksgiving as an opportunity to travel, this year’s pre-flight feast needed to be early, and just as it has been for two decades Mr. Lucky’s was ready and waiting with several new and old favorites in addition to holiday specials from Chefs Chad Castanino and Mickey Harden.

Perhaps not the “usual” choice for families hailing from Las Vegas, but nonetheless serving some 150+ patrons by 9:30am on a Thursday, it was after mere moments at the hostess station that three guests were led to a booth in the room’s corner, paraphernalia from The Circle Jerks keeping watch while everything from Guns n’ Roses to The Beatles drifted from the ceiling.

Beginning Thanksgiving service a few minutes prior to eleven o’clock, four a la carte items joining the 24/7 Diner’s already expansive menu, it was while sipping Fall’s seasonal Latte that Breakfast Appetizers started things off, a warm Blueberry Muffin seemingly more Butter than Flour and Chef Harden’s Cinnamon Roll slightly crisp on the surface thanks to Nuts and sticky Caramel.

Prone to over-ordering, Mr. Lucky’s portion sizes forever outpacing prices that compare favorably to any such venue on The Strip, it was in exchange for $9 that guests were served an enormous bowl of fresh and dried Fruit suspended in Vegan Custard, the flavor of lightly-sweetened Coconut persuading several bites before progressing to a second course featuring “Loaded” Hash Browns and crispy Fried Chicken sandwiched between halves of a housemade Buttermilk Biscuit.

Unable to resist one of Las Vegas’ best stacks of Pancakes, plenty of Cocoa finding its foil in Mascarpone that faithfully recreates the inside of an Oreo, it was with Iced Tea cleansing the palate that holiday flavors soon got underway with vibrant Red Pepper Bisque given texture by Crawfish and herbaceous Bread Crumbs.

Going all-in with a plate of juicy Turkey Breast that could satisfy even those who prefer Dark Meat, the roasted Sweet Potatoes and fragrant Stuffing also memorable with or without Gravy, it was with every bite gone that Dessert arrived, Chef Harden again showing an incredibly diverse skill set with piping hot Apple Pie and decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake that looked just as good as it tasted.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Although almost every Las Vegas hotel has a 24/7 spot there is only one Mr. Lucky’s, and although they aren’t going to get nominated for any awards the menu from Chefs Chad Castanino and Mickey Harden is always full of surprises at a fair price, even (or more so) on holidays.

RECOMMENDED: Cookies and Cream Pancakes, Coconut Parfait, Cinnamon Roll, Chicken in a Biscuit.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Bisque, Turkey, Cheesecake and Apple Pie were all one-day specials. Check back closer to Christmas for that day’s unique additions.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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The Test Kitchen, Henderson NV

The Test Kitchen by Established Culinary Management

Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita

Fried Cauliflower – Charred Tomatillo Chimmichuri, Lemon Aioli

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Bacon, Garlic

Octopus – Arugula, Roasted Potatoes, Chorizo, Garlic Chili Aioli

Short Rib Tacos – Corn Tortillas, Poblano Cauliflower Puree, Salsa Arbol

Cucumber Saketini

Seared Foie Gras – Butternut Squash, Pear Merlot Reduction

Salmon Bruschetta – Smoked Salmon, Roasted Tomatoes, Golden Berries, Dill Cream Cheese, Micro Greens

Skirt Steak – Achiote Sauce, Hollandaise, Poblano Potato Hash Brown, Roasted Vegetables

Crab Cake – Pan Butter Sauce, Lime Celery Leaf Salad

Double Espresso with Ice

Bread Pudding – Butterscotch, White Chocolate Cap’n Crunch

Apple Cobbler – Brown Sugar Streusel, Housemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Anyone who cares about dining out in Las Vegas has undoubtedly come across a project that Antonio Nunez has been part of, and although The Stove remains a daily destination for brunch it is under “The Test Kitchen” moniker that he and Scott Commings have recently begun serving dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Described as “The brainchild behind culinary masterminds celebrity chef Scott Commings and locally celebrated chef Antonio Nunez, the Test Kitchen is a concept that brings small bites, boutique wines and an intimate dining vibe to the suburbs of Henderson” by Public Relations, which ineloquently seems to suggest the Restaurant is just another “small plates” concept, it is at 11261 South Eastern Avenue that guests will find the second story space with lights turned down and 90’s R&B playing.

Using the name Established Culinary Management for their consultation company, with projects already open or underway in Los Angeles as well as San Diego, it was shortly after checking in with the hostess that a party of two was led to window-side seats, Las Vegas’ twinkling lights in the distance and a menu updated weekly ready for perusal.

Truly a “test kitchen” for Chefs Nunez and Commings, the opportunity to feature seasonal Produce and unfamiliar Wines already embraced across two pages, it is from a total of twenty six savories that diners are invited to build their experience, a large volume of Vegetable-focused fare constituting starters, though carnivores are certainly not forgotten.

Beginning with beverages, the lady’s predilection for spice leading straight to a Strawberry Margarita with plenty of Jalapeno, it was in compliment to this that Fried Cauliflower found vibrancy through Citrus and Herbs, while simply roasted Brussels Sprouts held up their end of the bargain with Garlic and Bacon.

Never afraid to utilize bold flavors, and equally prone to Latin-American influence, course two consisted of charred Octopus treated as an addition to Papas con Chorizo, the Aioli providing smoothness just as Poblano Cauliflower Puree did to a pair of overloaded Short Rib Tacos with smoky Salsa that most certainly justify their $10 price.

Refreshing palates with a Cucumber Saketini, the plates to follow taking a more subtle approach, fans of The Stove’s fried Foie will be happy to see a beautifully seared slice that currently comes with Butternut Squash and Pears in two forms, while Smoked Salmon atop Toast gets invited to dinner with Dill Cream Cheese and bright Heirloom Tomatoes.

Served a little “Surf n’ Turf” to cap the savories, Test Kitchen’s filler-free Crab Cake unfortunately a touch overwhelmed by Celery, those seeking items that “are not small bites” need look no further than tender Skirt Steak served over crispy Potatoes, the dueling Sauces combining to form a flavor not dissimilar to Spanish Patatas Bravas.

Warned “I’m no Pastry Chef” by the man responsible for Las Vegas’ best Pancakes, it was alongside an iced Double Espresso that Dessert began with custard-Soaked Bread in a pool of Butterscotch, caramelized Cereal adding a bit of texture while the Apple Cobbler to follow was simple, piping hot and exactly as it should be beneath a scoop of slowly melting Ice Cream.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Recently launched as a playground for new ideas from Chefs Antonio Nunez and Scott Commings, The Test Kitchen by E.C.M. offers a unique look at the duo’s culinary talents with big flavors and a great view of Las Vegas twinkling in the distance.

RECOMMENDED: Cucumber Saketini, Fried Cauliflower, Octopus, Short Rib Tacos, Seared Foie Gras, Skirt Steak, Bread Pudding.

AVOID: The otherwise excellent Crab Cake is too delicate for such a potent garnish.

TIP: Happy hour is offered from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with special bargains on Wines by the glass, Beer and select plates.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Carson Kitchen [19,] Las Vegas NV

Carson Kitchen

Iced Tea

How Bout Dem Apples – Smoke Wagon Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Allspice Dram, Fresh Lemon, Homemade Apple Juice

Lollipop Frog Legs, Garlic, Parmesan

Grilled Oysters, Garlic Chili Butter

Bacon Jam, Havarti, Toasted Baguette

Turkey Grinder, Pretzel Roll, Apple Butter Mustard, Fennel Slaw, Spicy Tots, Ketchup

See the World Find an Old Fashioned Girl – Hayman’s Sloe Gin, Amaro Montenegro, Dolin Genepy des Alpes, Regan’s Bitters #6

Warm Spinach, Onions, Smoked Almond, Craisins, Cannellini Beans, Maple Sage Vin

Wild Mushroom Flatbread, Pickled Red Onion, Gruyere

Gyro Tacos, Lamb, Tzatziki, Feta, Tomato

Pork Schnitzel, Pickled Potatoes, Pumpkin Seed Oil

Rainbow Trout, Plum Tkemali, Molasses Vin

Shorts & Blazers – Gosling’s Bermuda Black Rum, Il Tramonti Amaretto, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, Fresh Lemon, Ginger Beer

Hatch Chile Philly Flatbread, Buttermilk Fried Onions, Cheddar, Steak

Funeral Potatoes, Corn Flakes, Tenaya Creek 702 Pale Ale Beer Cheese

Chicken Riggies, Gin Tomato Cream, Thyme Crumb

Chicken Thighs, Broccolini, Rice Crisps, General Tso’s Glaze

Butter Burger, Boursin, Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon Jam, Spicy Tots, Ketchup

Baxter Bark Twice – Bank Note Blended Scotch Whiskey, Montenegro Select, Averna Amaro, Fresh Lemon

Beeramisu, Crafthaus Belgard Coffee Stout, Cinnamon, Poached Cranberries, Pumpkin Cream

Bourbon Fudge Brownie, Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream

As with every new season for the past five years, Autumn 2019 delivers a multitude of new ideas from the crew at Carson Kitchen, planned openings of locations in Salt Lake City and Atlanta soon bringing the Restaurant that launched Las Vegas’ off-Strip revolution to new people in new places while Sin City continues to benefit from Kerry Simon and Cory Harwell’s willingness to take a chance on downtown.

Nothing less than iconic at 124 South 6th Street, Suite 100 of the John E. Carson Building continuously busy both day and night, it was shortly after doors opened at 11:30am that four guests found themselves seated at room’s center, a young woman named Angel pouring Beverages while tunes from The Strokes and Modest Mouse played overhead at low-volume.

Never content to rest on past success, even after unadulterated praise for a recent “greatest hits” menu that returned several favorites to the spotlight during Las Vegas’ scorching summer, it is from a team of talented women and men currently led by Chef Scott Simon that new ideas take shape, General Manager Matthew Harwell predictably overseeing service and a Cocktail program that has recently given longtime staff an unprecedented degree of creative control.

Only quiet for the first fifteen minutes of this Saturday, every seat except for those at the bar accounted for by 12:30, it was with a focus on new plates that lunch took place across five courses, the first starring frenched-Frog Legs that eat like Garlic Parmesan Wings and spicy grilled Oysters, plus stacked Turkey Breast on a Pretzel Roll that makes a delicious seasonal pairing to the Cider-like sipper titled “How Bout Dem Apples” from bartender Felicia Taylor.

Always attentive to guest feedback, even from the mouths of a constant complainers, it was in transition to the second course that diners were served Bacon Jam 2.0 with Havarti in place of Brie, its mixability improved and each bite a bit smoother, while Chelsea Barto’s “See the World Find an Old Fashioned Girl” took an herbaceous route leading guests from Spinach Salad through Gyro Tacos and Harwell’s ever-present Vegetarian Flatbread that this time features Mushrooms, Gruyere Cheese and Pickled Onions.

Continuing with two new Entrees, each Eastern European in influence and $20 or less, it is safe to say that 90% of the Schnitzel tasted in Germany fell short of Carson Kitchen’s crispy version served with pickled Potatoes, while sour Plum Sauce worked wonders for skin-on Trout gently sweetened by Molasses.

Suggested a Dark and Stormy-inspired beverage from Geronimo Robles next, its viscosity and sweetness standing up well to three of the menu’s spicier selections, those assuming “Hatch Chile Philly Flatbread” too hot will be pleasantly surprised that sweating and smoking the Peppers yields balance, while Chicken “Riggies” dressed in Gin Sauce, instead of Vodka, brings the fire.

Turning hearty for three more, soft Spuds in Beer Cheese precisely what a Midwesterner might expect at a wake, fans of American-style Chinese Food will find plenty to love about Carson’s current Chicken Thighs while Cory’s “Butter Burger” is as texturally pleasing as ever, and even better with the “menu hack” addition of Bacon Jam.

Skipping Coffee in favor of “Baxter Bark Twice,” a backbone of Scotch subdued by Amaro and Citrus, it is thanks to notes of Anise and Sage that this drink pairs well to both Carson Kitchen’s thick Chocolate Brownie and an intensely seasonal sweet called Beeramisu made with local Stout, Pumpkin Cream and boozy Cranberries.

FIVE STARS: Fresh off a greatest hits menu attesting to quality and innovation since opening, Carson Kitchen’s Autumn 2019 menu sees the Restaurant more seasonal than ever with bold flavors that are hearty but not heavy and new Cocktails that are herbaceous yet Spirit focused.

RECOMMENDED: How Bout Dem Apples, See the World Find an Old Fashioned Girl, Lollipop Frog Legs, Bacon Jam, Warm Spinach, Pork Schnitzel, Hatch Chile Philly Flatbread, Funeral Potatoes, Butter Burger, Chicken Thighs, Beeramisu, Bourbon Fudge Brownie.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Yes, the Butter Burger has cold Cheese on it. It is not Brie and never has been. If guests want the Cheese melted, they only need to ask. But they’d be better off asking to add Bacon Jam, which now also doesn’t include Brie. Smilie: :)

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Other Mama

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Spicy Edamame

Organic Salmon Poke, Beets, Avocado, Sweet Potato Chips