Wednesday, January 29, 2014

MTO Café Serves Up Fresh, Healthy Cuisine in Downtown Las Vegas .

It’s a Saturday morning and what shall we do?  take a hike ? take a drive to nearby Mt. Charleston and frolic in half melted snow and slush along with hundreds of our new best friends ? We think not! The final decision was made and we headed downtown to spend the day in many of its cool, chic venues infused by The Down Town Project.

In just a few short minutes we were walking down Fremont street and remembered quite a lot of buzz about MTO Café. We let our feet do the walking and arrived at our destination right across the street from City Hall.

The restaurant, accented by bright orange hues is open, airy and a flurry of energy in a laid back, California kind of way.  MTO is the creation of owners Ben Sabouri and Matt Moore of Shift Solutions, LLC.

 These two entrepreneurs created Shift Solutions two years ago and is a result of their love for the restaurant and hospitality industry. MTO is a venue where locals and visitors can mingle and enjoy a unique breakfast or lunch. 

The culinary vision comes from Chef-Partner Johnny Church of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room fame.  Chef takes a fresh new take on comfort food making “fast food” healthy and fresh.  

Manager Rudy and our lovely knowledgeable server Ashely took control as they guided us along our Saturday morning culinary adventure. Bloody Marys were in order and MTO’s version with Sake started us off in the right way.
Brussels Sprouts 

 A very tasty bowl of brussels sprouts in tart cranberry balsamic reduction is a very healthy way to start. The hen house wrap is a perfectly prepared organic chicken with  lettuce, roasted tomatoes and avocado, as well as a  creamy caesar dressing in a  tomato-basil wrap  is a delightfully palate pleasing deal at $11.00 .

The Hen House Wrap

A rich Grilled Cheese on brie with local honey, toasted walnuts, brioche and a side salad makes a simple lunch that reminds us of our childhood with a healthy spin for $11.00. MTO makes breakfast to order available as a wrap, omelet or skillet. 

Grilled Cheese on brie

The MTO breakfast features three eggs any style along with chicken sausage, turkey bacon, spam ,bacon, choice of wheat, wonder bread, rye or sourdough and mash browns all for $14.00.  Also to start your day, don’t miss the chicken "in a waffle” which really is a chicken in a waffle $13.00.

In the mood for a soup and salad?  MTO has that for you as well. Enjoy a choice of Tomato Basil with  grilled cheddar toast  or Baked Potato soup with cheddar, scallions and  bacon . And of course a classic French Onion with rich gruyere, parmesan, and provolone. Strawberry Fields salad with arugula, blue cheese, strawberries and red wine balsamic is a must.

When in Vegas enjoy the Fat Elvis . A french toast with banana, bacon, peanut butter, strawberries and nutella that any king is sure to enjoy. After a long night, stop in to MTO and dive into the Hangover Burger. A burger of pure enjoyment with bacon, fried egg, Tillamook cheddar, special sauce and fries will get you back on track to enjoy the rest of your day. For those with a sweet tooth the MTO mini donuts, fried apple rings or walnut tossies are sure to please.
MTO fried apple rings

MTO Café is a fresh, new, healthy venue located in the revitalized down town area of Las Vegas.  If you have a lunch meeting at City Hall, want a hot cup of coffee or even recuperating from visiting many of the cool nightlife venues, MTO Café will satisfy any situation you may be in need of.

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