The Plaza’s new Brightside Breakfast & Burgers fills a Downtown dining void

Brightside’s colorful salmon platter satisfies.
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More change is coming to the Plaza. A former lounge space along the east end of the Downtown casino is transforming into a flexible event space where March Mania viewing parties will take place this month. The Main Street-adjacent beer garden is getting touched up a bit, and perhaps most importantly, the long-empty, former sushi-restaurant space next to popular Hash House A Go Go is turning into something new.

Brightside Breakfast & Burgers is set to open this weekend, and though it might sound like something similar to Hash House, it’s decidedly different—quicker and even more casual. If you need to get back to the action on Fremont Street, you can grab a pastry and gourmet coffee to go. If you settle in for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner—the menu stays the same, all day—you’ll find a more affordable meal than typical casino-café fare, with most dishes around $10 or less. With a comfortable space recalling a classic deli vibe, Brightside strikes a nice note that lands between other Downtown dining options.

The food is pure satisfaction. During a recent preview tasting, Brightside’s breakfast-on-a-bun approach shined. A fluffy mound of soft-scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of meats like bacon, sausage, chorizo and more are mounted on pillowy brioche, suggesting this place could become the Downtown version of Eggslut. It’s hard to find a good bagel-and-lox combo in the area, but Brightside has you covered there, too. The upgraded salmon platter adds all the crisp veggies you can handle, plus three smoked and pastrami-spiced salmon varieties.

Brightside’s barbecue bacon burger is another winner, though it’s tough to choose between that and the decadent, smothered Southern chicken sandwich—a crispy, juicy breast with a ladle of peppery country gravy plus scrambled eggs and bacon. It’s basically breakfast and lunch, on one plate and in every savory bite.

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