Trace at the W Hotel
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 6:30am-10pm; Fri., 6:30am-2pm; Sat., 7:30am-11pm; SDun., 7:30am-10pm
You know any restaurant with its own on-staff forager will make innovative use of farm-to-table ingredients, and Trace doesn't disappoint. The menu changes with the seasons; our reviewer loved the risotto.
Enjoy a three-course fixed menu and a complimentary cocktail for Mom. Some menu highlights include starters like capellecci en brodo, potato and spec filled pasta with spring beans and consomme; main courses such as spinach and crab cake Benedict with jumbo lump crab meat, creamed spinach, marinated artichokes, bernaise; braised short rib with crispy slat potatoes, onion confit, sautéed spinach and horseradish demi; and maple-brined double-cut pork chop with homestead gristmill grits, cabbage and butter beans. Desserts include red velvet cake with layers of raspberry cremeux, cream cheese ice cream, raspberries and Tahitian vanilla bean sauce; or pistachio cherry with pistachio financier, vanilla bavarios, cherry gelee, lemon curd, and whipped white chocolate ganache. Sun., May 10, 10:30am-4:30pm. $55 per person.
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