7th & Carson
Breakfast Pizzetta – Fresh Mozzarella, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon
Crustless Quiche – Prosciutto and Fontina with Arugula, Apple, Almond Salad
Chicken + Waffles – Apple Waffle, House Fried Chicken Wings, Bourbon Syrup, Powdered Sugar, Butter
Brioche French Toast – Whipped Butter, Apples, Lavender Syrup, Powdered Sugar
Irish Breakfast – Toast Soldiers, Tomatoes, Beans, Mushrooms, Black Pudding, White Pudding, Back Rashers, Sausage, 63° Eggs
Fish & Chips – Cod, Herb Tartar, Oak Barrel Malt Vinegar, Herb Fries, Ketchup
Tandoori Heirloom Carrots – Vauduvan, Citrus Yogurt, Turmeric Oil, Crispy Carrot Tops
7th Street Ham + Cheese Toast – Serrano Ham, Manchego, Medjool Dates
Recently garnering a nod from at least one local publication as one of 2017’s best new Restaurants it was as a party of two that Brunch was enjoyed at 7th & Carson on Saturday morning, the retooled Downtown space that formerly housed Glutton a mere five months old and continuing to tweak a menu that was already quite good with the addition of several new Dinner items plus Lunch and Brunch service.
Open Thursday through Monday from 11am until 11pm and currently beleaguered by Sin City’s slowest month of the year, the annual Great Santa Run further stalling sales on this particular day by way of closures of several streets including Fremont, it was nonetheless that owner Liam Dwyer was present greeting guests just prior to noon, Chef Gregg Fortunato seeing over an open kitchen where attention to detail remains a hallmark for even the simplest of plates.
Showing the College Football Conference Championships plus NBA Basketball on a trio of Televisions while modern tunes played lightly overhead, a large party who occasionally became fairly boisterous really the only thing getting in the way of a completely relaxing Saturday morning, it was at a corner table bathed in sunlight that guests were seated and presented menus, a collection of seventeen items offered on one side with libations listed on the back.
Unchanged in terms of menu layout save for the addition of a section labeled “Jars,” the focus remaining on items from the Wood-burning oven with a more “Eggs & Bacon” slant, it was passing on Cocktails or Beer that Brunch began with one of Chef Fortunato’s lightly charred Pizzettas, the decision to scramble Eggs rather than add whole after baking a welcome change from what almost everyone else is doing that kept everything piping-hot and balanced over the fermented and fluffy Dough.
Ordering five items from the Brunch Menu and supplementing with a few Lunch dishes, lightly smoky Eggs continued by way of a “Crustless Quiche” served in stoneware hot from the Oven, it was with every bite of the feather-light mix featuring Fontina Cheese and Prosciutto that tasting moved onward to 7th & Carson’s Chicken and Waffles, the decision to use their housemade C.F.C. Wings without spice not only a little bland, but difficult to navigate due to the Bones and somewhat skimpy in portion at a cost of $17.
Getting back on track with French Toast, four triangles nicely caramelized and topped with stewed Apples plus Lavender Syrup for $11, it was in follow-up that Mr. Dwyer’s “favorite” dish was presented, the Full Irish done justice by a collection of outsourced ingredients including both Black and White Puddings plus authentic Back Bacon and Toast Soldiers first used for scooping and then for wiping up Eggs with a gooey sous vide Yolk.
Moving on to another overseas specialty with traditional Fish & Chips, the inclusion of a Malt Vinegar sidecar, housemade Tartar Sauce plus fresh cut Fries making the $12 plank of moist and flaky Cod an even bigger bargain in comparison to anything Gordon Ramsay is peddling at The Linq, it was after debating a Parfait to finish that the decision was made to instead invest in Gregg’s newly-introduced Vadouvan Carrots served in a spiral of Yogurt with fried Carrot Tops, everything about the plate commanding ones attention thanks to contrasting textures and bold flavors while the 7th Street Ham + Cheese was also quite excellent, the oven-toasted Bread thick and crunchy beneath drapes of Pork, nutty melted Cheese and gently roasted Dates.
FOUR STARS: Still finding its way across from Container Park and eat., a challenge that has seen yet another Restaurant open and shutter in less than six months a few doors down, 7th & Carson continues to make a strong case for itself with a Brunch Menu full of both local and international favorites that will undoubtedly please most while the setting and service remain amongst the best Downtown.
RECOMMENDED: Irish Breakfast, Breakfast Pizzetta, Tandoori Carrots, Fish + Chips, 7th Street Ham + Cheese.
AVOID: The Chicken + Waffles is simply not worth the extra $6 compared to Fortunato’s outstanding C.F.C. Wings and the lack of a Dessert menu is still a glaring omission in comparison to the space’s former inhabitant.
TIP: Beginning 12/9/17 the Restaurant will be featuring Brunch Bingo sponsored by Campo Viejo from 11am until 2pm, winners receiving Bottomless Mimosas on the house.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.