From its opening day, Honey Salt has been a restaurant composed pitch-perfectly for its neighborhood. Its upscale-comfort menu with a focus on healthy, fresh ingredients has just enough edge to draw in curious foodies from all around Las Vegas, but everything about the restaurant seems carefully curated to be the designated dining spot for the Summerlin-area resident. Sunday brunch is no exception.
Brunch is a bigger deal on the Strip, where a captive audience of tourists roll out of bed in the late morning (or later afternoon) and crash the nearest restaurant looking for sustenance. We locals love weekend brunch just as much, but don’t always want to fight our way through a casino for a quality version of eggs benedict. Sadly, big chain breakfast joints rarely fit the bill, but Honey Salt admirably fills the void on the west side.
1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas
Served only on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Honey Salt brunch menu wisely affords choice selections from the regular lunch menu: the Backyard Favorite Burger ($14); buttermilk fried chicken on a brioche roll ($13); the market salad with turkey, cheddar, edamame and avocado ($14); and a lovely basket of lightly fried clams, calamari and shishito peppers ($14). But the breakfast-y offerings really wow. Start with the addictive XL Monkey Bread ($9), baked citrus brioche drizzled in a honey bourbon sauce. It’s a little naughty, so balance things out with a tall glass of Green Goodness or Red Market juice ($8). These refreshing salads-in-a-glass will make your day brighter, no matter what other decadent brunch creations you consume.
Speaking of decadence, the Bananas Foster French Toast ($13) is as rich as it gets, generously dabbled with caramelized bananas and whipped cream. Honey Salt’s benedict seems to change seasonally; I’d heard of a lobster benedict but gratefully sampled the crab cake version ($22) on my visit. Perfect poached eggs and tender asparagus decorated with unbelievably light, fluffy tomato Hollandaise sauce topped some of the most savory crab cakes I’ve ever tasted.
My favorite on this brunch menu is the Weekend Fritatta ($14), a deceptively large egg masterpiece loaded with vegetables: spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, onions and more, and bursting with Laurel Chenel goat cheese. For a couple dollars more add some grilled chicken, adding some heft to what is already a satisfying meal for two. A close second to the frittata is the filet and egg slider ($18), slices of rare steak with a soft-scrambled egg pillow on a slightly sweet roll with cheddar cheese and creamed spinach. It’s a breakfast sandwich for anyone who would like to eat breakfast at a steakhouse.
Honey Salt brunch also offers pizza, and adds a special breakfast pizza ($14) with scrambled egg, spinach, smoked bacon and cheddar cheese to the list. It’s a bonus at a restaurant full of them, a perfect place that seems to get better with every visit. And it will take several Sunday morning stops to sample all this goodness.