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The Vegas brunch evolution continues at La Cave

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The New York-style egg sandwich is topped with spicy chorizo at La Cave’s Sunday brunch.
Photo: Brock Radke

Wynn is one of the most brunch-friendly resorts on the Strip. In addition to quality weekend dining options at the Buffet, the coffee shop Terrace Point Café and Zoozacrackers Deli, the lush casino boasts the stalwart Jazz Brunch on Sundays at the Country Club and casual yet regal American cuisine at Tableau.

But the latest brunch at Wynn is the most unique. Known as a “wine and food hideaway” specializing in small plates, La Cave serves a “butler-style” brunch every Sunday that just happens to be a perfect fit for its intimate, relaxing environment.

Fluffy pancakes with warm berry compote are a simple highlight at La Cave's Sunday brunch.

Fluffy pancakes with warm berry compote are a simple highlight at La Cave's Sunday brunch.

For $48, brunchers choose from a cavalcade of perfectly portioned breakfast and lunch dishes delivered table-side. Think of it as a mobile buffet—it’s still all-you-can-eat, but the food is prepared fresh and you don’t have to order a thing, you just select the stuff you want when it’s presented at your table. Tack on mix-and-match bottomless cocktail options ($20) including Bloody Marys, margaritas, mimosas or mojitos, and it becomes a decadent feast.

Crafted by executive chef Billy DeMarco, the brunch selections are mostly faithful renditions of classics with punched-up flavors. Light openers include a yogurt granola parfait, heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad, chilled tomato soup, and exquisite cornflake-crusted brioche French toast, crunchy on the outside and velvety-sweet inside. Then, move into heavier fare such as rich mushroom grits, Angus beef sliders, and New York-style egg sandwiches pepped up by spicy chorizo sausage.

Eggs Benedict with filet mignon or spicy chorizo at La Cave's Sunday brunch.

Eggs Benedict with filet mignon or spicy chorizo at La Cave's Sunday brunch.

My favorite dishes: simple silver dollar-sized pancakes with warm berry compote; the chef’s crisp breakfast pizza, a flatbread with tomato, ham, egg and cheese; poutine-esque loaded tater tots with brown gravy, bacon and cheese; and the rich and savory veal short rib hash, which I could not stop eating. Don’t miss these brunch bites.

La Cave Wynn, 248-3463. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

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