When Schlotzsky's first opened in Austin back 1971, the owner offered just one sandwich. Known as The Original, the stack offered lean smoked ham, genoa and cotto salamis, three kinds of cheese, and a layer of marinated black olives, all atop a hot sourdough bun. That’s all it took to get Schlotzsky’s off the ground, and ever since the shop has evolved into a global franchise, featuring locations in 35 states and four countries. Of course, on today’s menu you’ll find a bevy of handhelds, salads, and even pizzas to complement The Original. Even still, that name-making sandwich is a customer’s trusted go-to.
Sno-Ball Mania founders Sharon and Erik fell in love around a Vegas blackjack table. When the couple eventually settled in Nevada, Erik missed the unique shaved-ice "snowballs" of his native Baltimore, and the pair began drizzling scoops with marshmallow—a Baltimore tradition—in 2012. Today, Sno-Balls in more than 100 flavors, such as tangerine, red-velvet cake, and even dill sweet pickle, join other frozen confections at their Henderson shop, such as scoops of strawberry ice cream and milkshakes in scores of flavor combinations.
When Forest Mars Sr. was a boy, in 1911, he watched with rapt attention as his mother, Ethel, crafted gourmet chocolates in their kitchen. 70 years later, he honored her memory by making chocolates of his own in Henderson, Nevada, where today a small factory still whips up his mother's recipes alongside modern confections. Traditional candies mingle nuts, cr?me liqueurs, and caramels with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and truffles. Handpicked pecans float amid chocolate and butter in Ethel M's signature brittles, and milk, dark, and sugar-free chocolate envelops bite-sized treats such as espresso beans, pretzels, and fruit. Ethel M Chocolates invites visitors to tour the factory, where chocolatiers prove sweets can be made without preservatives or the witchcraft of Keebler elves, before sending candies to seven Las Vegas?area shops.
12 varieties of frozen yogurt rotate within the six self-serve machines equipped against Endless Swirl’s tiled wall. Ranging from cinnamon roll and toasted coconut to gluten-free apple pie, each flavor can be enjoyed solo or crowned with goodies from the toppings bar. Besides plenty of fresh fruit, those fixings include yellow cookie dough bites and gummy worms. To complement each yogurt treat, Endless Swirl stocks plenty warm beverages, including coffee and hot chocolate.
Fresh Las Vegas serves what might be the trifecta of beloved American foods?barbecue, burgers, and pizza. On the grill, smoke rolls over everything from brisket and slabs of baby back ribs to hot links and grilled chicken. Half-pound Angus patties are transformed into specialty burgers such as the Mexicali with avocado, fried jalapenos, and pepper jack cheese. In the kitchen, cooks build equally inventive pizzas, including, of course, a barbecue chicken pie with bacon and onions. Ordering cake pops for dessert gives you a reason to hang around after dinner, as does throwing your car keys onto the roof.