Country Club Creole: Musical brunch turns one

This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Cookin’ with Jazz Brunch at The Country Club in Wynn Las Vegas.

Chef Carlos Guia, on The Country Club patio

Chef Carlos Guia, on The Country Club patio

The jazz brunch is a festive fusion of lively music and delicious food. Chef Carlos Guia kick starts your Sunday morning with mouth-watering dishes featuring a New Orleans flavor. Chef Guia is no stranger to N’awlins-style cookin’. He worked at such places as Commander’s Palace Las Vegas and Fish Camp.

Guia seems to have found his home in the Country Club at Wynn. During the week, the restaurant is a casual steakhouse dining experience. But on Sundays, the place comes alive with flair and flavor.

Start out your morning with a complimentary “Eye Opener” cocktail such as a Mimosa, glass of champagne or a delicious Bloody Mary. Then, hit the buffet section for an array of fresh pastries. 

While at the buffet, there are a few things you should try. Traditional gumbo with spicy Andouille sausage is packed full of flavor. However, my favorite soup is the sweet corn chowder — a sweet and hearty soup perfect for warming you up on a cool day.

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

There is an impressive shellfish station, piled high with succulent jumbo shrimp, crab legs and oysters, served with house-made sauces. I always grab a few shrimp, and an oyster on my way to the carving stations. Guia makes a melt-in-your-mouth tender orange-tarragon gravlax, perfect for putting on top of a bagel with a dollop of crème fraîche.

There is also a carving station where bites like chicken or Andouille sausage, brown sugar brined pork chops and Creole spice rubbed shrimp are served.  

In addition to the buffet, you can order off the brunch menu. Made-to- order items include another one of my favorites: poached eggs with barbecue pork. Not for the faint-of-heart, this bad-boy breakfast item is the very essence of comfort food. Pulled pork is topped with perfectly poached eggs, smothered in a smoky, spicy green chile Hollandaise sauce and served on a bacon-cheese muffin. It’s creamy, spicy, salty, sweet, texturally alluring and flavor packed — I’m salivating just thinking about it.

Other menu items include a scrumptious French toast bread pudding topped with candied pecans, bacon and berries. The shrimp and grits are also delicious, made with Anson Mills grits and topped with jumbo shrimp smothered in gravy.

poached eggs with barbecue smoked pork

poached eggs with barbecue smoked pork

The Country Club offers a unique setting, far away from the hustle of the Strip and clanking slot machines. It even offers solace from the Wynn resort itself. The restaurant overlooks the 18th hole of the Wynn golf course and a beautiful waterfall sets the mood for this tranquil setting. There is an outdoor patio to enjoy the Vegas weather.

Back to the buffet one last time, you’ll find a great dessert spread, filled with bite-sized versions of Italian opera cake, tiramisu and profiteroles. The macaroon lollipops are to die for — I had the chocolate peanut butter. There is also a selection of my favorite before, after, or anytime during the meal option: cheese!  

My advice: If you go for brunch, sit as close to the buffet as you can.

Cookin’ with Jazz Brunch
at The Country Club in Wynn Las Vegas
Served: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $59 per person ($24 for children)