To continue on the utter indulgence that is our "Babe, Let's Brunch" series, we're taking it to Chef Brian Massie's Hearthstone, a fairly new restaurant in the Vegas suburb of Summerlin, which serves rustic American fare with an inventive flair. Although this place is attached to a local casino (you can't really swing a purse without hitting a casino in Las Vegas), it really does manage to avoid that whole cheesy, touristy vibe one might assume of a casino establishment.
One of the pleasantly surprising things we love about Hearthstone is the really well-executed decor of the entire place. From the cozy lounge seating in the front gathering space to the rustic wood-burning ovens to the impressive seafood and charcuterie bar, great attention to detail was certainly placed to Hearthstone's eclectic and inviting interiors.
If we could sum up the brunch experience here, it would have to be refined and deliciously unexpected. We dropped by to enjoy a sunny morning on their patio for Saturday brunch, and the whole meal was not only a treat to our tastebuds, but our eyes as well. We decided to throw caution to the wind and allow Executive Chef Jordan Hoffman to graciously send over his top brunch must haves. And he and his team certainly did not disappoint!
First, we started off with the F, G & J, which was, for us at least, a rare indulgence of foie gras mousse, Virginia peanuts and homemade jelly served with fresh toasted bread. It may sound like a curious combination, but it all somehow makes sense! We also did the Yogurt & Blackberry Toast, which was equally as delicious.
Then it was time for the real-deal brunch courses to commence! When our waiter brought out the Duck & Waffles, we knew we were in for some serious stuff! As if the light and decadent whole wheat and rye waffles with maple bourbon syrup wasn't enough, the amazingly tender duck confit just puts this incredible twist on a comfort-food classic into a whole other level. Oh, and did we mention they top it all off with a fried egg?! Seriously, right?
We then moved on to one of our absolute favorite brunch staples, eggs Benedict--only the version we had, the California Bennie, was infinitely more interesting. Perfectly poached eggs served over roasted tomato slices with avocado and rotisserie chicken. Incredible. Now, normally, this would be a good stopping point for us during a normal brunch session...however, the good folks at Hearthstone had other plans...
Our lovely hosts proceeded to send over a couple more dishes to keep the brunch party train going. Did we mention this was our cheat meal?
The Steak & Egg made with rotisserie tri-tip was absolutely to die for, and the Spinach & Gouda Breakfast Canotto was like this heavenly hybrid of pizza and breakfast-- in other words: YES. Just yes.
After all that incredible brunch indulgence, we were about to throw in the towel, when we realized we had yet to try one of their delicious sweet dishes. If there's one thing to know about our culinary tastes, we will almost never turn down a great dessert...especially when the rest of the menu has proven to be incredible.
We topped off our first (but certainly not last!) Hearthstone Saturday brunch with the Salted Caramel French Toast. One thing to note about this gooey concoction is that it's heavy on the blueberries, so if you love a good blueberry French toast, this one's not to be missed. Instead of your typical brioche or Texas toast, theirs is made from cinnamon sticky buns and drizzled with a banana maple syrup to really elevate the decadence level. But then again, at this point of our meal, we've come to realize that there's nothing typical or expected about the impressive menu at Hearthstone!
The next time you're in the mood to treat yourselves to a refined yet thoroughly decadent brunch experience, we highly recommend gathering your closest pals and spending a leisurely Saturday morning at Hearthstone! Or as we like to say: "treat yo' self!"
>> Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar | 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV