I feel like my culinary experience at Trace in the new W Hotel downtown can best be described in two words.
These are my favorite two items I’ve had there. Yes, dinner is amazing. Yes, appetizers where fantastic as well. If I went back though, it would definitely be for their unique, fun cocktails and desserts.
My first taste of Trace was this cocktail:
A black pepper strawberry martini with basil leaf garnish. This is the first cocktail that got me starting to think about cocktails in a new way. So much so, that I ended up infusing my own vodkas and making my own cocktails at my super bowl party (but that’s another story all together). The warmth of the pepper did not over power the subtle strawberry and the aroma of the basil on top just sold the whole thing.
And just like that it was time for my second cocktail
A cucumber and jalapeño cocktail. This drink snuck up on me and hit me in the back of my throat; in a good way.
Sour cherry sorbet w chocolate stout cake. I should mention that I’m biased with anything stout based but my favorite part of the dessert was the sour cherry sorbet.
Other pluses of my visit include 1) GREAT service 2)Warm cozy yet modern atmosphere
1) PRICEY. Cocktails average 10 bucks a pop and entrees are 20-30. This is NOT a place you could/would go to weekly basis but a place you save for special occasions.
2) No happy hour specials. I REALLY wish they had a fun happy hour. I would go often if they did.
For now Trace will be a place to have one drink to start the night and then head out some place down town.