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Authentic Southern cuisine is not easy to find, so when you do find a venue, it can be very special indeed, especially when genuine hospitality is combined with great tasting food and refreshing beverages. New to the Las Vegas culinary scene, Farmtable Kitchen + Spirits (which opened in early December of 2019), exemplifies these qualities. Being located at Town Square Las Vegas, we wanted to see what the buzz was all about. 

This scratch kitchen has become well known for exceptional cuisine featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as good old-fashioned Southern cooking, coupled with convivial hospitality. This is a true family operation with Chef Melissa Walton at the helm, and at the back of the house Owner Tony Depasquale, a man of deep faith and years of business experience, who is keeping his finger on the pulse of the entire operation, with his wife Lynn handling marketing duties. “This is a true family operation, where everyone is hands on deck and is made to feel a valued part of our team,” said Depasquale. “We put our hearts and sincere efforts into creating a true culinary experience which we hope, reflects our deep faith.” Tommy Freeman General Manager added, “We are not a chain— we are family, we coach our team members, we are unique and special. We want our guests and team members to feel like family because they are.” 

Walton has more than 40 years’ experience as a commercial cook and chef, and is a graduate from the Las Vegas Culinary Academy. Over the years she has honed her skills, working many of the city’s kitchens and has become a specialist of Southern Cuisine. She has since earned many awards, one of which is for the best BBQ in Las Vegas. 

Looking over the menu, we found it to be quite extensive, featuring creative dishes for all ages to enjoy during breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Side dishes including salads, soups, fresh Lavazza coffee, natural teas and assorted fresh baked goods offer a plethora of additions to accent whatever entrée you choose. 

The house specialties include Southern delights such as Farmhand Chicken and Waffles, and Sweet Tea Braised Short Ribs with orange-blossom-honey biscuits smothered in country gravy, accompanied by eggs served to your liking and a side of crisp bacon. Don’t forget to indulge in flawlessly fried green tomatoes with smoked pepper aioli along with their Braised Brisket or Louisiana Grilled Shrimp Skewers. 

The dish that was worthy of every swipe of napkins is the Farmtable Nashville Hot Chicken that is plump, moist and redolent with that peppery hot sauce goodness. Their Farm table Nashville Hot Chicken can be ordered grilled or fried, either choice is brilliant. Biting into our fried chicken breast, hot, spicy flavors exploded in our mouths followed by soothing Vermont cheddar and crispy bacon all between a fresh toasted brioche bun. This “Nashville hot” certainly lived up to its name. 

For a much cooler option, dive into a medium rare Farmhand Burger. The juicy lean Angus chuck is combined with perfectly braised short rib and pulled pork for a deftly prepared patty; the hot jalapeno jam and smoked gouda surrounded by a brioche bun will give you something to crow about. 

Pecan-crusted salmon with lemon béchamel is a noteworthy dish that combines the light crunch of pecans with the creamy, zingy richness of the rich béchamel. 

For a lovely beginning of your day, you can’t go wrong with their Farm Fresh Chef’s Omelet with fresh eggs, fontina, sautéed greens, and toasted sunflower seeds, avocado, lemon topped with béchamel dressing. You can even choose to add grilled chicken, smoked salmon, grilled salmon, ham, or even bacon. 

A house specialty we just had to try is their brilliantly prepared Farmtable Fried Chicken. This ½ of a chicken is brined for at least 24 hours, served with spicy dill pickles, and their rich homemade country gravy evokes culinary memories of the South. You can’t leave any experience at Farmtable Kitchen + Spirits without a proper ‘see y’all soon’ and not mean it sincerely.

With over 138 whiskeys and bourbons to choose from–what a nice way to leave on a proper note. Of course, their hand-crafted cocktail program is certainly worth an exploration, without a doubt. A hospitable way to punctuate the experience is the Banana Bread Pudding topped with French vanilla ice cream and salted caramel drizzle. 

For a special treat for your special someone this Valentine’s Day, stop in and enjoy a one-of-a-kind menu featuring hanger steak and juicy lobster with grilled shrimp in a red wine reduction, brussels sprouts, a secret dessert and a bottle of champagne for the table. For $60 per person, this menu is an excellent choice to celebrate.