It is very Hawaiian at Islander's Grill. Inside the 4,000-sqare-foot plate-lunch-style island eatery, a surfboard hangs overhead, colorful chairs tuck under tables, and ukulele chords hula-hoop around booths and sound waves’ waists. All in all, it is a casual place—one that exudes the laid-back vibe of its owner, Keola Hunt. Yet, as cool and convivial as Keola may be, there’s one part of his business he’s decidedly firm about—his father’s recipes. “Dad’s an old chef,” Keola says of his father Kekoa. “He makes us all stick to the older traditions.” One of those traditions is Kekoa’s plate-lunch special—for which cooks marinate thinly sliced beef in a teriyaki sauce, housemade with soy shipped in from Hawaii. Kekoa’s signature dish, the mauna loa chicken, douses grilled chicken with a housemade lava sauce, built to heat levels of mild, medium, hot, or super Hawaiian, which must be suppressed in a leotarded jar. And while the father may have been so confident—or stubborn—with his flavors and recipes that he forbade menu substitutions, the son has given some slack. “I bend,” Keola says, allowing local macaroni salad to hitch a ride and sanctioning electric steam shovels to replace power lunchers’ forks. Every other Friday, a four-piece Hawaiian band sets up just off the dance floor for live sets. The large space accommodates group events and parties on weekends just as comfortably as it handles the downtown lunch crowd’s takeout and delivery orders on weekdays.
Circular designs line the floor and hang from the ceiling at Divine Salon, casting a trendy vibe that?s echoed in stylist Michelle Blackburn?s treatments. She wields scissors and Aquage?s sea botanical products to craft stylish ?dos that complement features and lifestyles.
Anyone that has ever struggled with healthy cooking or portion control will find an ally in Fix8 Fitness Cafe, an eatery that prides itself on its fitness-friendly food. A typical plate here includes a protein such as salmon, garlic steak, or spicy peanut chicken, available in either a four- or eight-ounce serving, depending on the diner's dietary needs. Greens keep the meal balanced and healthy, while a slew of tempting, yet nutritious sides like asparagus or sweet potatoes may be substituted sans guilt. Best of all, guests watching their calorie intake won't be tempted towards calorie-laden deserts––Fix8 doesn't serve them, since they're typically not nutritious and are often full of hard-to-digest candles.
Cino’s Chicken, a locally owned poultry emporium, perpetuates the tasty American partnerships of tender fried chicken, rich side dishes, and refreshing soft drinks. Combo meals include three-piece and four-piece chicken arrangements featuring Cino’s hand-breaded poultry strips; the burger meal boasts a made-to-order stack of onions, tomatoes, and irrefutable proof that beef naturally grows in the shape of a disk. Cino’s friendly environment makes it easy for eaters to bond with each other while collaborating on paintings of ketchup painted in ketchup.
Often, the two key ingredients for a fun social gathering are drinks and music. Gold Mine Tavern's staff keeps the libations—draft beer, bottled beer, cocktails—flowing and on most weekends pour live music over their guests as well. Those tunes might vibrate off the walls of a tent covering the outdoor patio. They might even seep into the main bar area and reverberate against exposed brick, solid-red walls, or the flat-screen TVs that hang from them. Three pool tables fight video poker games for attention, and ceiling fans cool off any heat generated from the eight ball clacking against the six ball at the speed of frustration. Although the tavern itself was established in 1965, it recently underwent a full remodel.
Every element of LM Caf? is designed to make its patrons comfortable. Exposed wooden walls surround comfy couches, upon which visitors can relax while surfing the web or sipping cups of Peet's coffee. Among the few suppliers of Peet's in the Las Vegas valley, LM Caf?'s baristas incorporate premium blends into classic espresso drinks, including Americanos and caramel lattes. To complement its beverage selection?which also encompasses black, green, and herbal teas?the caf? stocks plenty of daily-made salads and locally baked goods. For heartier appetites, LM Caf? serves classic sandwich options like roast beef or ham and Swiss.