The Brass Fork
Red Velvet Latte – Coffee, Cream, Red Velvet Powder, Cream Cheese Frosting
Cronut with Maple Frosting / Glazed Cronut
Funnel Cake French Toast – Bread Pudding French Toast, Funnel Cake Batter, Cream Cheese Icing, Berry Sauce
Coffee & Wonuts – Waffle-Pressed Donuts, Bacon, Maple, Coffee Icing
Cappuccino and Doughnuts Bar Snack – Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Whiskey, Kahlua, Cream, Grand Marnier Foam, Mini Doughnuts
Peach Cobbler Pancake – Skillet Pancake, Peaches, Streusel, Salted Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream
PB and J Bar Snack – Ketel One Vodka, House Berry Syrup, Peanut Butter Powder, Mini Pb and J Sandwiches
Miso Crab Omelet – Crab, Chili Threads, Herb Salad, Miso Butter Sauce, Crushed Breakfast Potato Cakes
Calamari Sticks – Lemon, Basil Aioli, Basil, Crispy Capers
Burnt Ends Hash – Crispy Charred Brisket, Diced Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Poblano Peppers, Sunny-Up Eggs, BBQ Aioli, Crispy Onions
Crab Rangoon Flatbread – Crab, Cream Cheese, Crispy Wontons, Sweet Chili, Scallions, Mozzarella
Almost Boneless Fried Chicken – Spicy Honey-Kissed Chicken, Waffle-Pressed Biscuits, Slaw
Panini Grilled Cheese – American, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, Garlic Butter, Arugula & Heirloom Tomato Salad
Muffaletta – Sicilian Sesame Bread, Salami, Mortadella, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Giardiniera, French Fries
Bucatini & BBQ Balls – Mac & Cheese Noodles, BBQ Meatballs, Scallions, Cheddar Crumble
Salted Caramel Brownie Parfait – Chocolate Brownie, Double Chocolate Pudding, Roasted Peanuts, Salted Caramel, Whipped Cream
Apple Pie a la Mode Parfait – Apples, Pie Crust, Caramel, Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream, Streusel
Brookie Sundae – Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked in a Brownie, Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Sprinkles
Pineapple Upside Down Boozy Shake – Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramelized Pineapple, Cinnamon, Cherry, Bacanora Colada, Cîroc Pineapple
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake – Chocolate Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, Toasted Peanuts, Nutter Butter
Cronut with Chocolate Frosting
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie
Chocolate Covered Apple
Oreo Cookie Dusted Rice Krispie Treat
Froot Loops Treat
With more 24/7 Eateries than any two American cities combined it might be said that no one beats Las Vegas for all-day dining, so when Joseph Kudrak and Station Casinos announced plans to reinvent Palace Station’s Grand Café as The Brass Fork the stakes were high, but much like Lucky Penny at The Palms the payoff is great.
Located centrally in the Casino, away from new additions including b.B.d’s, Cinebarre and Boathouse but easily found by heading right from valet, it is via Pastry case that most will form their first impression of the 194-seat Eatery, a hostess happy to help while those looking for something quick can choose from a variety of Carl’s Doughnuts, Pinkbox Cro-Doughs or housemade Pastries, Coffee and Ice Cream.
Spacious and freshly decorated, a Bar for guests 21-and-older flanked by tables suitable for parties large or small, it is from the elevated left-half that a full view of the room is offered, hefty wooden menus suggesting over six-dozen plates ranging from Omelets to Entrees and every single one of them available twenty-four hours a day.
An optimistic undertaking to say the least, Palace Station’s move away from the tried and true recently garnering national press, it is beginning with Beverages that Brass Fork guests will find options including nitrogen-infused Cold Brew and Tea alongside Bloodies and “Bar Snacks,” the house filtered Coffee served bottomless while Lattes including Red Velvet with a Cream Cheese rim are expectedly smooth and sweet.
Always happy to see Pink Box, a pair of Las Vegas’ best fried Rings joined by housemade “Cruffin Muffins” that eat like laminated Cinnamon Rolls starting things off, it was alongside two of the aforementioned “Bar Snacks” that Breakfast rolled out, a Whiskey-based Cocktail mellowed by Kahlua and Grand Marnier still a bit much so early but the “PB and J” easy drinking even for lightweights thanks to dehydrated Peanut Butter plus Berry Syrup.
Without doubt a place prone to over-ordering, portion sizes far larger than prices ranging $8-18 for everything but Steak would suggest, it was continuing sweet that Funnel Cake French Toast impressed, the fried Bread Pudding hefty but not greasy beneath Cream Cheese Icing and stewed Berries while “Coffee & Wonuts” thinks outside the box to meld several flavors into a composition that becomes something more than the sum of its parts.
Polarizing with a Peach Cobbler Pancake, the skillet-baked behemoth deemed too dense by some while others likened it to Cornbread and overindulged, there was no argument regarding the quality of Chef Kudrak’s Miso Crab Omelet, the Thai-inspired Salad easily added or subtracted to taste and $14.99 a veritable steal for so much Meat plus two mashed and fried Potato Cakes on the side.
Extending Breakfast with The Brass Fork’s Burnt Ends Hash, an on-site smoker providing Brisket complimented by a mélange of Peppers and Onions plus two types of crispy Potatoes, it was Squid cut like “Fish Sticks” that transitioned to later-day, a combination of Capers and herbal Aioli careful to not overwhelm much like the touch of sweetened Chili Oil drizzled atop Crab Rangoon Flatbread accentuates a taste identical to its inspiration.
Stumbling with “Almost” Boneless Fried Chicken, the Sauce too liberally applied and Biscuit beneath excessively dense, it was a pair of Sandwiches that instead stole the spotlight, a towering Muffaletta for just $14 easily shared by two or more while the similarly priced Grilled Cheese comes party-sized and stretchy inside Bread that is buttered and pressed thin.
Unable to resist “Bucatini & BBQ Balls,” a goofy idea that will nonetheless please fans of Macaroni and Cheese thanks to properly cooked Pasta and orbs of Pork with tangy Sauce, it is for Dessert that The Brass Fork features Cakes, Shakes and Sundaes in addition to the Pastry Case, a slice of Apple Pie deconstructed and surrounded by Soft Serve certainly outperforming the usual “Parfait” while the Pineapple Upside Down Boozy Shake tastes a lot like its namesake right down to the Cherry on top.
FOUR STARS: Judged in the context of similar spots around town The Brass Fork outperforms most on intention alone, and with the West Side sorely lacking for good breakfast spots a true 24/7 menu full of innovative ideas quickly ups the ante for both the genre and area while prices are more than fair considering quantity as well as quality.
RECOMMENDED: Glazed Cronut, Funnel Cake French Toast, Miso Crab Omelet, Calamari Sticks, Crab Rangoon Flatbread, Panini Grilled Cheese, Muffaletta, Apple Pie a la Mode Parfait, Pineapple Upside Down Boozy Shake, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie.
AVOID: Almost Boneless Fried Chicken needs work, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake needs less Banana, Chocolate Twist is too dry, Carl’s Donuts are garbage.
TIP: Like all Station Casinos properties parking is always free, even valet.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.