Somni, Los Angeles CA

Somni

2018 Ancestral de la Cristina

Raspberry Leaf, Yogurt, Tamarind

Almond ‘Shell’, Almond Milk

Oak ‘Tree’

Hojita of Hoja Santa, Mezcal, Citrus

Blueberry Eucalyptus Tart / Panellets of Pinenut Cream, Puffed Rice / Chicken Skin and Liver Mousse / Trufflecini of Porcini Powder, Truffle Cream

Pizza Margherita of Meringue, Tomato, Mozzarella Mousse, Basil

Caviar, Yellowfin Tuna Belly, Bone Marrow

Oyster Aguachile, Herb ‘Caviar’, Cucumber Distillation

Santa Barbara Spot Prawn, Olive Oil, Sea Salt

Tempura Shiso Leaf, Dry Aged Beef Tartare, Borage Flowers

Ensaimada, Porcini Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Pork Fat, Parmesan Butter

Strawberry Negroni, Gin, Mint

Beet Gazpacho, Beet Chip, Horseradish Ice Cream, Goat Cheese Snow

Potato ‘Croissant’, Lentil Cappuccino

Kohlrabi and Snap Peas, Australian Winter Truffles

Sun and Shadow of Dungeness Crab, Thai Peanut Sauce, Cilantro Flowers, Coconut Milk

5 Day Dry-Aged Turbot, ‘Teriyaki’, Tea of Roasted Bones

Pigtail Curry Bun, Red Curry

Cochinillo Emmolada, Mole Madre, Sweet Corn, Huitlacoche

Cow and Her Milk, Gorgonzola, Apples

Fresas Con Nata, Harry’s Berries, Sorbet, Strawberry Consomme, White Chocolate

‘Tropic’ of Pineapple, Zucchini Bread

Cheesecake Bomb, Dried Flowers

Mochi, Blueberries

Double Espresso, Ice

Xuixo with Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate Mousse

Happy to acknowledge Jose Andres’ contributions to humanity, though less impressed by his Cuisine and commitment to customers across several meals, it is from ThinkFoodGroup collaborator Aitor Zabala that Somni sees modernism still relevant inside the SLS Hotel, two Michelin Stars and a top five ranking by OAD proving justified even when accounting for the $350 price point.

As much theater as a meal, Chef Zabala’s experience at El Bulli, Arzak and Akelarre gifting he and his kitchen staff of twelve with a good sense of how to use modified textures without compromising ingredients, it is immediately upon entering the Beverly Hills hotel that guests are led to a small waiting area, complimentary Bubbles offered along with options for Wine Pairings ranging $150-$500.

Forgoing Alcohol henceforth, though the “Unique” pairing ordered by a tablemate seemed fair priced thanks to the Sommelier repeatedly topping off near-empty glasses, it was following Snacks highlighted by liquefied Almonds inside a delicate Shell that guests transitioned to Somni’s dining room, the Bar built from a single tree truly gorgeous though the eye is otherwise drawn to a kitchen that stretches back at least fifty feet.

Serving just ten guests per seating, the experience lasting approximately 150-minutes and comprised of twenty eight items, it was after a brief introduction that dining began in earnest, a smoky frozen Cocktail quickly consumed as staff arranged four service pieces soon featuring airy Blueberry Meringues, Chicken Skin piped with Foie Blonde, re-imagined Panellets made with puffed Rice and bloomy Mushroom Chips.

Next highlighting ‘mg’ with Margherita Pizza, a rapidly-dissolving ‘crust’ beneath crushed Tomatoes and creamy Mousse recreating the flavor of Naples at less than an eighth the heft, it was with no trickery involved that Caviar atop Tuna Belly and Marrow delivered unmitigated richness, the follow-up “Aguachile” another fun idea, though perhaps the only time all night that a more classic presentation would have been preferred.

Again offering uncompromised ingredients in the form of a peerless Spot Prawn, and following it with a single Shiso Leaf packed with raw Beef painted in Tempura, it was after an umami-rich Ensaimada that another edible Cocktail freshened the palate before proceeding to Gazpacho brightened by Horseradish.

Taking no shortcuts with a “Croissant” made from spiraled Potatoes, the exterior shattering and interior pliable with a flavor not far from French Fries, it was inside a Kohlrabi bowl that Peas infused with Truffles shined, its bold aromatics carrying over into “Sun and Shadow” with a generous amount of Dungeness Crab soon afloat in Peanut Sauce and Coconut Foam.

Truly global in its references, a Teriyaki-glazed “Rib” of Turbot aged for five days fusing Spain and Japan into the meal’s most memorable plate, it was after dipping a Pork Bun into Red Curry that the night’s final savory arrived, the Pork with crispy Skin delicious on its own but all the more so when dragged through Corn Smut and Sauce built from Enrique Olvera’s Mole Madre.

Bridging to Dessert by way of Cheese, a Cow-shaped Wafer hiding Gorgonzola and Apples, it was thanks to Harry’s Berries that Strawberries and Cream showed beautifully while “Tropic” and “Cheesecake Bomb” both outperformed a Mochi Dumpling that tasted mostly bland save for hint of Blueberry.

Offered complimentary Coffee to finish, the night’s menu and a list of staff delivered like a play bill alongside deep fried Dough shellacked with Cinnamon and filled with Chocolate, it was with bill pre-paid by TOCK that guests took their leave, a final goodbye offered by one of the Chefs at the SLS main door.

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Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee [2,] Santa Monica CA

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Blueberries & Champagne Doughnut – Raised Bullseye Doughnut, Blueberry Glaze, Blueberry & Champagne Compote, Cheesecake Mousse, Sugar Cookie Crumble

Old Fashion – Buttermilk-Nutmeg-Cinnamon Cake, Vanilla Bean Glaze

Peach Crisp Doughnut – Brown Butter-Brown Sugar Cake, Peaches, Peach Glaze, Sage-Brown Butter-Oatmeal Crisp

Birthday Cake Doughnut – Vanilla Bean Cake, Pink Vanilla Bean Glaze, Rainbow Sprinkles

Apple Fritter – Granny Smith Apples, Apple Cider Glaze

Smoked Chocolate & Pretzel Doughnut – Dark Chocolate Cake, Smoked Dark Chocolate & Pretzel Glaze, Maldon Sea Salt

Self-described as “The World’s Freshest Doughnuts,” and personally felt to be the Nation’s premier purveyor of fried Dough ever since stumbling across the Costa Mesa flagship in 2013, it was via special delivery that Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee once again impressed on Friday, a little in-transit damage doing nothing to compromise the taste of unparalleled Ingredients and smartly developed recipes.

Currently location two of three, 631 Wilshire Boulevard not only near Santa Monica’s Farmers Market but also a clientele capable of paying upwards of $5 for something many associate with an on-the-go bite sold for less than a buck by Dunkin, it was mostly from monthly specials that a half-dozen were selected, the Blueberries & Champagne becoming quite messy by the time it was consumed though the combination of fresh Fruit and Cheesecake inside Brioche still retained excellent texture with no two bites the same.

Moving next to a classic, Sidecar’s Old Fashion a good rendition that falls just short of Blue Star in terms of suppleness while winning by way of aromatics, it is atop moist Cake that August visitors will find the flavor of fresh Peaches bolstered by Sage, a roll in housemade toasted Oats adding complexity much like melted hand-made Sprinkles do to recurring favorite Birthday Cake.

Finally in-town for “Fritter Friday,” the fact that Sidecar’s $4 iteration lacks characteristic lumps in favor of folded Pastry amplifying the flavor of tart Fruit and thick Glaze atop a Grease-free base, it was saving Chocolate for last that the “Smoked Chocolate & Pretzel Doughnut” tasted predictably decadent, though a touch of Salt both in Glaze and Cake helped keep things from becoming too rich.

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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Los Angeles CA

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Bianca Pizza – Double Mozzarella, Pecorino, Basil

Montanara Fried and Baked Pizza – Tomato, Smoked Mozzarella, Basil

Spaghetti al Pomodoro – Homemade Spaghetti, Tomato, Basil

Recently opened in Hollywood, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele promises Angelinos an authentic taste of Italy, and although naysayers have claimed the seasonal menu steps away from traditions begun in 1870 the simple fact is that the Ingredient quality is high and so is the overall production value.

Inspired by Italian courtyards and bolstered by the bounty of California, Pizzaiolo Michele Rubini visibly working Dough behind glass amid a space surrounded by trees, it is inside the former Café Des Artistes that guests will find the concept backed by Francesco Zimone, the film-finance-pro-turned-restaurateur also present to greet a nearly full house on Friday afternoon.

Assuredly an expensive build-out, beginning in a comfortable foyer and continuing through the bar leading outside, it is from a fairly straight-forward menu that diners are invited to choose familiar favorites, Pizzas predictably front and center with Aperitivo, Verdure and more to follow.

Made famous by the book “Eat Pray Love,” a fact unknown to this diner until moments before booking, it was not long after seating that a youthful waiter stopped by to fill Water and take orders, noon arrival assuring minimal delay from the kitchen and L’Antica’s Bianca served within ten minutes as a thick layer of imported Cheese atop lightly blistered Crust still floppy at the center with a moderate degree of blister.

A bit let down by the cornicione, either a lack of leavening or too hot an oven preventing the rise seen in Neapolitan Pies served elsewhere, it was with one Slice remaining that a $22 Montanara was delivered, the frying even and subtle despite failing to yield the same crispness as New York’s Don Antonio while a simple plate of Spaghetti was almost *too* al dente beneath hand-crushed imported Tomatoes without a lot of Herbs save for a single whole Basil Leaf.

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DeLuscious Cookies & Milk, Los Angeles CA

DeLuscious Cookies & Milk

Cinnamon Brulee Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Peanut Butter Cookie

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Butterscotch Blondie

Owned by Lydia Shane since the early 2000’s it seems as though many still have not heard of DeLuscious Cookies & Milk, its location on the second floor of what looks like an office building undoubtedly part of the reason as both Ingredients and innovation set a high standard even amidst growing competition.

Beginning as a delivery-only concept, the bulk of business still via online ordering and pick-up or send-out from 829 North Highland Avenue, it is after climbing a flight of stairs that guests will find bakers hard at work, the “front of house” seemingly not used to on-site sales but happy to make recommendations from a list of classics and seasonally variable specials.

Certainly not an everyday indulgence, though the $4 per item cost is not far from that of other Los Angeles artisan bakeshops, it was in exchange for $20.50 that five items were taken elsewhere to enjoy, first bites of the carefully wrapped Cinnamon Brulee Cookie finding rim crisp and center soft with the familiar flavor of a Snickerdoodle dialed up a few notches by gooey puddles presumably made of melted Streusel.

Onward next to Chocolate Chip, the Cocoa-riddled structure similar to its predecessor though no two bites are similar thanks to three types of Belgian Chocolate, it was with more density that Peanut Butter next delivered expected flavors, though unlike so many others DeLuscious’ version adds un-ground Nuts prior to baking for less sweetness and more texture.

Rounding out Cookies with Oatmeal Raisin, a preponderance of dried Fruit nicely balanced by bold Baking Spices, it was in ‘grand finale’ fashion that DeLuscious wowed with a Butterscotch Blondie, the texture almost that of Gooey Butter Cake but the tang of Cream Cheese replaced by caramelized Brown Sugar and Molasses.

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Fiona, Los Angeles CA

Fiona

Strawberry Bostock

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Luxurious Sesame Butter Toast – Sesame Brioche, Sea Salt, Honey, Black Sesame Seed Paste, Golden Sesame Seed Paste

Buttermilk Biscuit

Multigrain Porridge Pancake – Kasha, Oats, Wheat, Poppy Seed, Flax Seed, Maple Syrup, Beurre de Baratte

Buttermilk Pancake – Maple Syrup, Beurre de Baratte

Vietnamese Fried Chicken Sandwich – Chicken Thigh, Caramel Glaze, Pickled Carrot, Pickled Daikon, Cucumber, Herbs, Aioli, Potato Bun

Blueberry Scone

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Key Lime Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

Blueberry Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

Remember that great article about female Bakers in the LATimes late-July? Well, on Sunday one of the featured businesses closed for lack of business, and only Los Angeles is to blame as Chef Nicole Rucker’s collection of Pies and Pastries at Fiona was nothing short of exemplary as tasted just minutes after opening on Friday morning.

A part of Fairfax for just nine months, rumors of an expensive build-out and fair-to-middling savories from collaborator Shawn Pham speculated as part of the Restaurant’s failure, it was thankfully with a trip planned weeks in advance that three guests entered Fiona to find shelves fully stocked, the tally of $105 after tax and tip yielding a Baker’s dozen choices served amidst comfortable environs.

Once described as a dream come true for Rucker, years baking for others including Travis Lett and James Starr finally yielding a home of her own, it was surrounded by artwork from the Chef that first bites of housemade Sesame Bread were taken, first baked with Almond Cream atop Strawberries and then beneath two types of Sesame Butter plus local Honey and crystals of Sea Salt.

Continuing with Cookies, both Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin well-crafted without being revelatory, it was here that Chef Rucker’s Buttermilk Biscuit proved a game-changer, its taste that of pure Butter while the texture tiptoed a fine line between Cake-like and flakey.

Further impressed by two types of Pancake, though the $9 tab for mixed Grains and Flax likely raised an occasional eyebrow even in Hollywood, suffice it to say any Bakery culturing its own Butter is cutting no corners while Chef Pham’s lightly-fried Chicken Thigh beneath Caramel Glaze also fared quite nicely atop a fluffy Potato Bun with added intrigue from spicy Pickles.

Next finding Nicole’s Blueberry Scone a lot like her Biscuits, un-British but exquisite, it was at $7 per slice that four styles of Pie each set a high standard, Key Lime featured in the new cookbook “Dappled” undeniably the best of its kind in terms of taste and texture while tangy Lemon Chess and fresh Blueberry with Crumble were also enjoyable despite quickly being lost in the wake of what can best be described as a barely-set Fudge Brownie supported by a robust all-Butter Crust.

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Rad Doughnuts, Glendora CA

Rad Doughnuts

Raised Chocolate Ganache Doughnut

Baked Zucchini Olive Oil Doughnut

Sour Cream Old Fashioned Lemon Glazed Doughnut

Raised Strawberry Glazed Doughnut

Sour Cream Old Fashioned Birthday Cake Doughnut

Sour Cream Old Fashioned Churro Doughnut

Baked Lemon Blueberry Doughnut

Sour Cream Old Fashioned Cinnamon Crumb Doughnut

Baked Carrot Cake Doughnut with Cream Cheese Frosting

Opened in Glendora mid-2017, with ownership raised on The Donut Man but aspiring for something more, Rad Doughnuts brings artisan Ingredients as well as ideology east of Los Angeles at a price less than half what one might expect to spend at Sidecar or Blue Star.

Located at 1418 South Grand Avenue, approximately forty minutes from downtown depending on traffic, it was shortly after 6:30am that racks were found full of fresh-made Doughnuts, a combination of baked and fried rings ranging from just $1.50 for the glazed “OG” to $3 for Bacon and Pure Maple Syrup.

Made daily from entirely non-GMO natural Ingredients, the owner a pleasant young woman who has clearly done her research, it was after perusing options that a total of eight were selected for on-site consumption, first bites of an airy round covered in shiny Ganache immediately attesting to ideal frying times while the best-selling Zucchini Olive Oil ate more like Quick Bread than Doughnut, though considering the moist texture and bright aromatics that is certainly not a bad thing.

Onward next to Old Fashioned Doughnuts, light tanginess and hints of Nutmeg found amidst a medium-dense crumb, one would be challenged to name more natural tasting Fruit Glaze than Rad’s Lemon or Strawberry, while Birthday Cake and Churro both also did an admirable job of replicating the flavor of their respective namesakes.

Offered a complimentary special for sticking around, and opting to save it for last, it was in the spirit of a Blueberry Muffin imbued with Citrus that another baked Doughnut attempted to steal the spotlight, but given a predilection for Cinnamon Crumb topping the best bites were indeed Streusel atop fried Flour, Eggs and Sour Cream, though not far behind was nutty Spice Cake loaded with shredded Carrots and topped in delicate Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Carson Kitchen [17,] Las Vegas NV

Carson Kitchen

#Simonsays Sangria – White Wine, Sparkling Wine, Peach Puree, Lemon

The Magarian – Aviation Gin, Thyme & Honey Syrup, Fresh Lemon, Mr. Q Cumber Soda

Tricky Vic – Gosling’s Black Rum, Gosling’s Sugar Island Spiced Rum, Cointreau, Velvet Falernum, Fresh Lime, Pineapple, Rhubarb Bitters

Get Shorty! – El Jimador Tequila, Grapefruit, Fresh Lime, Cayenne Simple Syrup

Iced Tea

Devil’s Eggs, Crispy Pancetta, Caviar

Fried Green Tomatoes, Lump Crab Ravigote

Gyro Tacos, Lamb, Tzatziki, Feta, Tomato

Wok Charred Edamame, Ginger Salt, Tõgarashi

Tempura Green Beans, Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese

Killer Shrimp, Rocoto and Aji Amarillo Pepper Cream

Wild Boar Sloppy Joe, Crispy Fennel, Orange Aioli with Spicy Tots and Ketchup

Black Rice & Oxtail Risotto, Parmesan Cream, Gremolata

Butter Burger, Boursin Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato with Spicy Tots and Ketchup

Secret Sunday Chicken, Spicy Pickle Aioli with Spicy Tots and Ketchup

Peach Upside-Down Cake, Crafthaus Zitrone, Whipped Mascarpone

Bourbon Fudge Brownie, Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream

Glazed Donut Bread Pudding, Three Rum Caramel, Vanilla Crème Anglaise

There is no denying Downtown Las Vegas has developed tremendously over the past five years, from East Fremont to The Arts District, and although competition is now tougher than ever Carson Kitchen continues to pack the house from open to close as a result of good Food, delicious Drinks, great service and fair prices.

Nothing less than iconic entering its sixth year, a milestone reached by less than a quarter of Restaurants nationwide (and likely far less in Sin City,) it was impromptu that four guests stopped in at 7:30pm, greetings at the hostess podium yielding unclaimed seats near the window where a young man named Roman offered excellent recommendations as well as descriptions for guests who jokingly claimed to be first-timers.

Obviously far from the truth in terms of patronage, this visit actually number seventeen including every menu since Summer of 2015, it was after listening to stories of “founders” Cory Harwell and Kerry Simon that four Cocktails arrived, Matthew Harwell’s creativity continuing to impress from Sangria to Tricky Vic and Get Shorty!, though much like day one The Magarian remains unsurpassed thanks to an herbaceous top-note lifted by restrained sweetness and effervescence.

Ordering a la carte from Carson Kitchen’s current “Greatest Hits” menu, a celebration of the Restaurant’s past as well as the upcoming expansion, it was opting for dishes not tasted in some time that “Devil’s Eggs” arrived quickly, the request from a woman who “never thought I’d like Caviar” attesting to Cory’s longtime goal of making esoteric Ingredients accessible to those who may not have previously known any better.

Next up, Fried Green Tomatoes, a dish concocted by Georgia-born Harwell and carefully prepared by Chef Scott Simon, it was beneath tangy Crab Meat that all three rounds delighted guests before transitioning to “Gyro Tacos” and charred Edamame that both also shine thanks to complex spices and a touch of acid.

Continuing with Tempura-battered Green Beans, the more-sweet-than-spicy Cream Cheese another southern staple, it was after hearing a story about a former Chef nixing “Killer Shrimp” that the dish was revisited after sixteen months, its textural comparison to Chinese Walnut Prawns undeniable though the use of Peruvian Peppers give each bite subtle yet sustaining fire.

Revisiting Oxtail Risotto for the first time in three years, and vowing to never go so long again after one bite of creamy Rice and Cheese, it was “Between Bread” that entrees were offered, the Secret Sunday Chicken recently featured on bestofvegas predictably outstanding while the Butter Burger cooked medium-rare and Wild Boar Sloppy Joe are both crafted with an eye on balance in terms of taste as well as texture.

A bit overwhelmed by three cones of Tots, a doggy bag trip to the oven doing little to dampen their crunchy appeal, it was with Iced Tea in hand and The National playing overhead that Dessert was ordered, Peach Cake with Mascarpone proving super for summer while Donut Bread Pudding bathed in Rum and Bourbon Brownies with housemade Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream remain every bit the delight they were when first debuted 61 months prior.

FIVE STARS: Poised for expansion five years after making downtown Las Vegas a dining destination, Carson Kitchen’s Summer menu takes a look back at some of Kerry, Cory as well as Matthew’s greatest recipes and brings back fond memories for many while re-introducing the ideas that got them there to others.

RECOMMENDED: The Magarian, Tricky Vic, Fried Green Tomatoes, Tempura Green Beans, Killer Shrimp, Secret Sunday Chicken, Wild Boar Sloppy Joe, Peach Upside-Down Cake, Bourbon Fudge Brownie.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Greatest Hits will be available through October, 11:30a-10:00p Sunday through Thursday and till 11:00pm on Friday as well as Saturday.

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

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The Stove [6,] Henderson NV

The Stove

Muffins & Cookies – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Blueberry Sugar Cookie, Blueberry Funfetti Muffin

Grilled Peaches – Blueberries, Candied Pecans, Feta Cheese, Arugula, Local Honey

Short Rib Empanada – Braised Short Rib, Oaxaca Cheese, Poblano Chiles, Salsa Arbol, Crema

Grilled Bread Pudding – White Chocolate Cap’n Crunch, Butterscotch, Sweet Cream

Duck Grilled Cheese – Duck Confit, Gruyere Cheese, Onion Confit, Orange Marmalade, Challah Toast, Side Salad

Fried Green Tomato – Poached Eggs, Sliced Avocado, Greens, Hollandaise, English Muffin

Crab Omelet – Spinach-Artichoke Cream Cheese, King Crab, House Potatoes, Challah Toast

Huevos Rancheros – Sunny Side Up Eggs, Tortillas, Red Sauce, Cotija Cheese, Avocado Crema, Black Beans

Steak & Eggs – Sunny Side Up Eggs, Chimichurri, Black Beans, Greens, Tortillas on the side

Though dining in the southeast remains somewhat dull after dark there is no question that the area’s Brunch scene is booming, Water Street’s Hardway 8 recently joining the likes of CRAFTkitchen while Truffles N Bacon Café now shares a complex with The Coffee Class, but since July of 2018 the area’s most creative morning plates have consistently come from The Stove at 11261 South Eastern Avenue.

A product of Established Culinary Management, or in other words the brainchild of Chefs Antonio Nunez and Scott Commings, it is on the second floor of a building with Las Vegas Boulevard views that guests will find Breakfast as well as Brunch daily, recently-promoted GM Summer Gates leading a youthful staff that offers an ideal blend of friendliness and professionalism.

Well appointed and still full of whimsy, though gimmicks such as a selfie-booth and “Twisted” Tea Room were smartly abandoned in favor of a focus on seasonality and customer service, guests will find comfort regardless of which room they are seated, while a recently updated menu features several new dishes alongside best-sellers ranging from simple Bacon and Eggs to Foie Gras atop Waffles.

Opting for a booth on the left-side looking in, at most times quieter than the primary dining room and even more so at 1:15pm, it was as a party of four that Breakfast began with Coffee, Cocktails and Pastries, the latter offered on a three-tier tower and highlighted by soft-centered Chocolate Chip Cookies plus fluffy Muffins given a touch of color amidst plenty of Blueberries and Butter.

Visiting the Restaurant for the first time with neither Scott nor Antonio present, a honey-soaked Salad of Peaches enjoyable despite sorely lacking for Nuts or Cheese compared to what @thestovelv shared on Social Media, it was on request that Empanadas were delivered in follow-up, the Short Rib expectedly tender and standing up nicely to two types of Chiles inside golden Pastry.

Henceforth focused on new items, though passing on Pecan Pie Pancakes is admittedly ill-advised, it was with serviceware re-set that grilled Bread Pudding arrived quickly, its intense sweetness likely to be polarizing amidst complex textures while an all new Sandwich from the “Lunch” section tantalizes taste buds thanks to Confit Duck Meat paired with Gruyere, Onions and housemade Orange Marmalade.

Globally influenced from Croque Madame to Vegan Tacos, a roadtrip south yielding Fried Green Tomatoes made into a Benedict with Eggs and Avocado, it is tapping Americanized Chinese that a King Crab Omelet reminisces of Crab Rangoon thanks to herbaceous Cream Cheese while included house Potatoes set a high standard by seemingly being fried, smashed, seasoned and fried again.

Finishing up savory, a plate of Huevos Rancheros from the acting Chef de Cuisine impressing with its slow-burn and cream-less Avocado “Crema,” fans of Steak & Eggs should not pass on The Stove’s cooked-to-order version brightened by house Chimichurri and usually served with Tortillas that were apparently forgotten on this particular afternoon.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Recently celebrating one year since opening, the new menu from Chefs Commings and Nunez continues to push the envelope in terms of creativity thanks to some innovative dishes while still executing basics like Breakfast Potatoes and poached Eggs with finesse. Not a flawless visit, though flavors and Ingredients are still exemplary, owners need to be sure both food and service remain up to standard when key personnel enjoy a deserved day off.

RECOMMENDED: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Short Rib Empanada, Grilled Bread Pudding, Duck Grilled Cheese, Crab Omelet, Huevos Rancheros.

AVOID: The Blueberry Sugar Cookie would be better without as many Sugar Crystals and the Peach Salad definitely would have fared better with more Cheese and/or Nuts.

TIP: 7a-3p Monday through Thursday and until four o’clock Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those wishing to avoid a wait should show up before 9:30am, after 1:00pm or check-in by phone or online using TablesReady.

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

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