At Henry's Soul Cafe, the smell of crispy, lightly breaded chicken mingles in the air with the sweet scent of signature sweet-potato pie—just as it's been doing since 1968. Amidst this mouthwatering perfume, chefs concoct down-home southern soul food such as fried fish, smoky ribs, smothered pork chops, and mounds of creamy mac 'n' cheese. Each day, they lovingly bake their specialty sweet-potato pie, which is as wholesome, famous, and orange as Santa Claus after a bad spray tan. When Henry's green T-shirt-clad staff isn't doling out plates of rib-sticking fare, they strive to better their community by supporting charities that help the homeless, the blind, and children in need.
The kitchen crew at Kasey’s Seafood fries, grills, and steams local delicacies, including more than 10 types of fresh fish and five sizes of male and female crabs, and packs them for carryout. Respecting traditional preparations, cooks use no pork products in their creations, which also include hearty homemade soups and Southern-style sides such as hush puppies, collard greens, and mac and cheese. To accommodate the day’s other meals—breakfast, lunch, and fourth lunch—they also assemble deli sandwiches and platters of steak and eggs.
Skewers delights diners with a vast menu of Mediterranean eats, ranging from hummus and kebabs to sandwiches and combination platters, all served in a sleek and colorful environment. Kick off comestible jaunts or public-access cooking shows with starters such as hummus with ground lamb and pine nuts ($8), or orders of smooth, oven-roasted baba gannouj ($6.50). Namesake kebab salads range from tender lamb ($12) to grilled and skewered seasonal veggies ($8.50), both sidling up to tables with posses of kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumber, raisins, pita croutons, and sides of lemon-dijon dressing. Vegetarian saffron fettuccine ($12.50) satisfies the meat-free, and curry gulf shrimp tossed with penne pasta, roasted red peppers, fresh tomatoes and pineapple induces false memories of timeshares in Atlantis.
At Berkshire Family Dental, dentist Hassan Chehayeb combines an approachable chairside manner with the latest technology to prioritize client comfort and convenience as he tends to their teeth. Clients relax and sip coffee in the reception area before seeing Dr. Chehayeb, who has completed extensive training through the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He specializes in dental implants and periodontics, and keeps patients entertained with virtual-reality goggles that play DVD movies. During procedures such as crowns, veneers, and inlays, he uses the highly precise CEREC machine. This technology creates restorations in about an hour—instead of over the course of multiple visits—allowing patients to quickly reassume their normal eating habits without having to first smash every meal with a sledgehammer.
Khepra Anu, the self-proclaimed “coconut king” and chef at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar, slips busily among hillocks of fruits, nuts, and veggies. He expounds on the importance of raw foods and fasting in health, comparing the process to that of a mechanic changing a car’s oil or a carpenter maybe buying flowers for his hammer once in a while. Blends of leafy green veggies, goji berries, and citrus fruits pour from a juicer, fueling patrons during fasts or simply augmenting traditional nutrition. The foundation for each beverage is coconut water from Florida-grown coconuts, and the elixirs are intended to give the body a chance to flush itself of toxins with seed milks, citrus blends, and mineral-rich greens. Khepra is also excited about raw foods, which he believes contain more naturally occurring nutrients, and prepares nut-and-hemp burgers, nori rolls, and wraps in the bustling shop.
The rambunctious Brew Crew amasses its legions of beer connoisseurs to carouse from bar to bar and celebrate the end of the school year. Participants receive discounts and can sip or shower in local breweries' choicest beers while mingling with other revelers. Each attendee also receives a complimentary T-shirt that commemorates the night.