Fix Fixes Up Its Menu, and MTO Makes Sunday Easy With Customized Brunch


The Pork Shank at Fix

It’s Definitely Not Broke…
Although Fix has been, well, a fixture of Bellagio for more than a decade, it’s a good time for the menu to be retooled. When Fix opened, it was a contemporary American eatery with a nightlife slant, one of the first restaurant ventures for the Light Group. It was where you wanted to have a cocktail or bite, pre-club, back when Bellagio’s club was still called Light.

But things change. Light has turned into The Bank, and other hip nightlife-oriented restaurants have opened up all over. While Fix kept favorites such as the Bobby Baldwin burgers and Finger Licking Buffalo-style wings, corporate chef Brian Massie revamped its menu to include bigger flavor profiles on contemporary presentations.

A starter of a crispy truffle focaccia ($19) is fun in the midst of truffle season. A little like a quesadilla, with ricotta cheese and caramelized onions, it tastes like a guilty pleasure, with the fragrant truffle sprinkled all over what amounts to a crunchy, cheesy sandwich.

Super interesting is the house-cured yogurt ($19), served in citrus-infused olive oil. It’s got the texture of fresh cheese with a pleasant tang on the finish, and makes for a good snack when spread on the accompanying grilled, crusty bread.

The biggest surprise for me, however, was the crispy-skin pork shank ($42), a descendant of the Filipino crispy pata. Served still on the bone, the shank is braised twice before being fried to make the skin crackle. The dish gets a Southern treatment, served with creamy, sweet-corn spoon bread, collard greens and mustard barbecue sauce. 693-8300,

Making your Sunday at MTO
The new breakfast and lunch joint undoubtedly gets good traffic from City Hall workers and visitors, but I’d personally make the trek on weekends for brunch. Menu items are made to order, with various ingredients available as wraps, omelets or skillets. I prefer the citrus-cured Skuna Bay salmon as an omelet, served with cream cheese, chives and dill. That, one of MTO’s giant cups of coffee and a Sunday newspaper make for a contented morning. 500 S. Main St., 380-8229,

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