Seasonal Berries and Melon
Cast-Iron Baked Monkey Bread – Caramel Sauce, Walnuts
Avocado Toast – Avocado, Charred Rainbow Tomatoes, Simple Salad with Vinaigrette
Silver Dollar Pancakes – Butter, Powdered Sugar, ‘Maple’ Syrup
Crab Cake Benedict – English Muffin, Citrus Hollandaise
Pot Roast Benedict – English Muffin, Hollandaise
Pastrami Skillet Hash – Spicy Potatoes and Peppers
Boneless Fried Chicken and Liege Waffles – Honey Hot Sauce
Jambalaya – Shrimp, Andouille, Rice, Garlic Bread
IPA Sliders – Caramelized Onions, Fried Pickles, Cheese Sauce on Brioche Bun
Ultimate Turkey Sandwich – Toasted Wheat, Sliced Turkey, Momma’s Stuffing, Cranberries
Turkey Pot Pie – Fresh Vegetables, Buttery Pastry, Potatoes and Gravy
Smoked Turkey Leg – Brined and Smoked for 6 hours, served with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Cast Iron Pumpkin Pie – Housemade Whipped Cream
Maple Walnut Brioche Toast – Caramel Sauce
Red, White and Blue Waffle – Red Velvet Batter, Blueberries and Cream Cheese Icing
Now open for about fourteen months at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, a format change from Stewart & Ogden to S&O to Freedom Beat seeing the 24/7 spot decked out in Red, White and Blue plus a stage frequently featuring live music, there were several factors prompting a visit on the final Sunday of November, not the least of which being a “Freedom 2 Gobble Leftover Menu” offered during the three days following Thanksgiving.
Overseen by Scott Commings and finally beginning to gain traction thanks to the diversity of is menu plus monthly “Theme” Dinners including Chef Commings’ take on the Food of New Orleans and other culinary destinations, it was just minutes till Noon that three diners checked in at the hostess stand prior to being seated at a sizable booth with soft leather seats directly in front of a man playing the Blues with NFL Football playing in the background.
Switching over from the 24/7 Menu to an all-you-can-eat Small Plates Brunch in August, the weekend-only $20 option with $10 all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys or Bottomless Mimosas featuring over a dozen items including complimentary Monkey Bread and Fruit, it was after requesting one of the Televisions be switched to Bills vs. Chiefs that the first piping hot Skillet arrived along with Coffee, Scott’s Monkey Bread bubbled up high and loaded with Walnuts plus thick and gooey Caramel topping.
Adding on some a la carte items throughout the course of a two hour visit, an $8 order of Avocado Toast perhaps Sin City’s best price for the now-ubiquitous Brunch staple, it was with all four slices plus a fresh Salad being enjoyed by adults that the 10 year old was treated to a four Silver Dollar Pancakes topped with Pure Maple Syrup brought from home, his willingness to share much appreciated as the Stack was fluffy and delicious with a larger version also available for those who lament the loss of DuPar’s downtown.
Next ordering a round of Eggs, two Bennies plus some convincingly spicy housemade Pastrami Hash featuring runny Yolks all around, it was only the slightly cool temperature of shredded Beef that held this round back from being as good as the rest as Freedom Beat’s Hollandaise is far better than anything from a bag or box with medium-thickness and mild of Citrus.
Presumably not making Toast, Buns or English Muffins in-house, but undoubtedly doing so for Liege Waffles soon-to-debut beneath boneless fried Chicken topped in Crystal-spiked Honey, suffice it to say that as good as Waffle Love was at Last Friday Just Add Water Street two days prior the Waffles at Freedom Beat were even better with a light crunch and supple body while the brand new Jambalaya joining the Freedom 2 Brunch Menu is also very good with Dirty Rice resting amidst plump Shrimp and spicy Andouille Sausage.
Rounding out the AYCE savories with three Sliders topped in IPA-caramelized Onions and Frickles, the Meat much improved from a Burger ordered at Freedom Beat one year prior, it was here that four items from Sin City’s only “Leftover” Menu arrived, the Pot Pie a relatively standard affair beneath buttery Pastry in cast iron while the Sandwich with Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie were also everything one might want from such, though the Smoked Turkey Leg raised the bar several notches with intense smokiness in a heaping portion for just $12 alongside Pan Gravy and creamy whipped Potatoes.
Not quite ready to throw in the towel without a few more sweets, Coffee freely flowing throughout the morning and never empty for more than a moment, it was with three French Toast Sticks and an equal number of Red Velvet Waffle segments that the meal came to a close, the former achieving a nearly Bread Pudding texture with similar accoutrements to the Monkey Bread while the latter was soft and fluffy with light Cocoa notes playing off the tangy Cream Cheese Icing.
FOUR STARS: Largely the same concept as one year prior, though the Freedom 2 Brunch Menu, $10 Bottomless Adult Beverages and even more live music have certainly added to the spot’s early-hours appeal, Freedom Beat has been part of the conversation regarding Las Vegas’ top 24/7 dining options ever since opening and although still sort of hidden at Downtown Grand it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
RECOMMENDED: Cast-Iron Baked Monkey Bread, Pastrami Skillet Hash, IPA Sliders, Maple Walnut Brioche Toast.
AVOID: As mentioned, the Pot Roast Benedict was too chilly to be enjoyed properly and Pancake Syrup is not the real deal, otherwise take note that the Leftovers were daily specials while Chicken and Waffles as well as the Jambalaya were ‘test plates’ reportedly coming very soon.
TIP: Chef Commings’ “Culinary Road Trip” continues this Friday, December 1st with a Winter Family Feast featuring roasted Butternut Squash Soup, stuffed West Coast Clams and slow-roasted Porchetta from 6:30 to 8:30pm for $45 per person.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.