My Jack It’s Smashing – Jack Daniel’s, Domaine de Canton, Grapefruit, Ginger Syrup, Lemon, Mint
Lynchburg Lemonade – Jack Daniel’s, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemonade
Tiger Prawns, Snow Crab Legs, Maine Lobster Tails, Shark Sauce
BBQ Cornish Game Hen, Whole Hog Lechon, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread
Smoked Shortribs, Spare Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese, Housemade Pickles, Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Watermelon-Truffle Sauce
Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread, Cowboy Beans with Lardons
Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, Banana Cream Pie Parfait, Chocolate Cake Pop
Vanilla Ice Cream with Warm Caramel and Chocolate Pearls
A recurrent favorite for everything from birthdays to The Superbowl it was in celebration of America’s independence that three guests attended Herringbone’s 4th of July Backyard BBQ, an 11:00am until 10:00pm event held across interior and outdoors complete with live music and as much great Food as guests would like to eat.
Now under MGM management for over a month, the transfer from Hakkasan as yet yielding no obvious difference but upcoming changes rumored, it was with greetings from Ceferin Oliva that diners were welcomed to the party, he and Doug Solomon continuing to lead one of the city’s most underrated service teams.
Billed at $59 per patron, a cost similar to Herringbone’s weekend Brunch, it was after obtaining seats that the spread was perused, less variety than Saturday and Sunday made up for by several new dishes including roasted whole Hogs stuffed with an array of Herbs and served with crispy Skin overlying supple flesh protected by a thick Fat layer.
Prepared by Chefs Marty Red DeLeon Lopez and Nyko Christian, both men sweating in the sun alongside their team while preparing Ribs, Salmon and delectable Cornish Hens perfumed by Lemongrass, it was inside air conditioned environs that Bartenders crafted special Jack Daniel’s Cocktails, the Lynchburg Lemonade a deceptively easy sipper and “My Jack It’s Smashing” a perfect complement to everything served thanks to bright Citrus and Ginger.
Expectedly offering quality Shellfish, no Oysters but plenty of Shrimp, Crab and Lobster, sides also shined with American heritage, the “Loaded” Pommes Puree and Beans with Bacon particularly good, though so too were housemade Pickles, Pulled Pork and chilled Potato Salad graciously devoid of Mustard.
Taking seconds of both Lechon as well as spoon-tender Short Ribs, not to mention four Cornbread Muffins with Butter and sweetness in great balance, Dessert also fared well with Key Lime Pie and Banana Cream Parfaits each deserving attention, though the individual mini-Cobblers were pointless and messy when capacity and calories could be better spent on housemade Ice Cream with a variety of Toppings.
N/A: Difficult to rate as a one-off event that was very poorly marketed by MGM Public Relations, suffice it to say that those fortunate enough to attend received quite a treat and considering price, quality, service and setting it would be difficult to name a better way to celebrate America on the Strip than at Herringbone.
RECOMMENDED: BBQ Cornish Game Hen, Whole Hog Lechon, Pulled Pork, Tiger Prawns, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread, Pickles, Cowboy Beans, Key Lime Pie, Banana Cream Pie Parfait.
AVOID: Mac & Cheese was pretty basic and the Peach Cobbler’s presentation was frankly awful with chunks of Fruit nearly the same size as their service vessel.
TIP: Brunch runs 10:00am to 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday with similar all you can eat format and even greater variety.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.