The local owners of The Cracked Egg whip up fresh, bountiful portions of the versatile ovular treat and much more in a warm, intimate setting for both breakfast and lunch. Their menu lumbers with creative choices, including a plentitude of gluten-free options. The eggs Benedict ($9.95) is the savory and lawful choice of hollandaise-glazed poachers, and omelets like the El Vaquero ($9.95) arrive fluffier and foldier than the finest edible cashmere sweaters. Noshers in need of a homespun sugar kick can neighbor a Mexican Skillet ($9.25) with a delectable slice of homemade coffee cake ($3.25).
Zagat-Rated French Cuisine
Lauded for its brunch—which CBS Las Vegas listed as one of the best in the area—Master Chef Alex Stratta and Executive Chef Jose Aleman oversee the French-influenced Sunday morning fare at Marche Bacchus French Bistro. Dotted with offerings such as classic quiche lorraine and croque madame, the Zagat-rated cuisine is an off-the-strip favorite among locals. It's even owned by a local couple who took the restaurant over from the original owners in 2007.
A Short Trip, Worlds Away
Though it's just a short ride from the Vegas strip, Marche Bacchus French Bistro "feels worlds away," according to USA Today's 10Best. Situated on the shores of Lake Jacqueline, the restaurant's breezy patio is dotted with lush palm trees and looks out over the sparkling water, while inside leans upscale with crisp white tablecloths under a dramatic chandelier.
The Wine Shop
Before heading to a table, visit the wine shop. There, guests find more than 950 labels to choose from—all of which can be enjoyed inside the restaurant for a $10 corkage fee. On Saturdays, drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to take part in a wine tasting; pours vary from week to week and follow themes such as varietal, region, and top 10 lists.
Babycakes Cafe sustains eager brunch-munchers with a selection of breakfast and lunch fare from the classic to the anomalous. Daredevilish diners can roll out their tongue ramps for the red-velvet pancakes, which come topped with chocolate crumbles and thick whipped cream, sidekicked with cream-cheese syrup ($5.25–$7.95). If more savory fare beseeches your belly, feel free to nosh on Babycakes' traditional breakfast offerings such as country-fried steak and eggs ($10.95) or huevos rancheros ($9.95), all served with a choice of baby cakes, toast, or a scoop of white rice.
At Bobby's Bagel Bistro, 15 types of fresh-baked ringlets crafted with asiago cheese, whole grains, cinnamon, and raisins honor the metropolises where bagels became popular. The Empire State bagel sandwich pays homage to New York City’s delis with roast beef and horseradish, and the ham, salami, and capicola on the Chicago Fire serve as a tribute to the friendly fire that built Chicago in the 1800s. Cooks behind the counter spread swirls of cream cheese and slice vermilion sheets of lox. Fronds of steam unfurl from hot espresso drinks, and blenders thrum with smoothies made from fresh fruit and vine-ripened ice cubes.
For its more than 20 types of golden-brown pancakes and plentiful selection of omelets, waffles, and other hearty American breakfast dishes, The Original Pancake House has gleaned accolades ranging from a Zagat rating and a feature on The Food Channel to being named one of the nation's top 200 franchises in 2009 by Franchise Times. It's no wonder why. Since 1953, every one of the family business’s morning specialties have been prepared from scratch daily with a commitment to real ingredients such as pure whipping cream, hard-wheat unbleached flour, and butter made from fresh sweet cream. Powdered sugar lines the soufflé-styled rims of oven-baked german pancakes, which The Food Channel lauds for their "ever so-slightly crispy" edges and calls "just the right balance between a crepe and a pancake." Apple pancakes—with granny-smith apples in the batter and sinkiang cinnamon glaze on top—are another favorite, and those tart apples also share the menu with fresh blueberries and toasted Georgia pecans for a turn to simmer in belgian-waffle squares like actual grannies in syrup-filled jacuzzis. Unique ingredients add distinction to house specialties such as oven-baked mushroom-sherry-sauce-topped omelets and gourmet fruit-filled crepes garnished with sweet cherry-wine sauce. To accentuate the flavors of each meal, The Original Pancake House brews its own signature coffee blend.
Rosemary's infuses French-inspired new-American cuisine with a cornucopia of flavors from Creole, Southern, and Midwestern culinary traditions. Stick your tongue's toe into a steaming-hot bowl of sweet- corn soup ($8) before diving face-first into a principle plate of seared sea scallops with parsnip-potato purée ($36) or a grilled pork chop with Hoppin' John ($34). Patrons seeking surprise can order the ever-changing three-course prix-fixe menu ($55), for which chefs Michael and Wendy Jordan whip up whatever their entwined hearts desire that day. A seasonally focused Friday lunch menu changes weekly, ensuring that luncheoners' tongues never wear white after Labor Day, and a list of small plates—featuring such delectable comestibles as prosciutto-wrapped jumbo asparagus and chocolate cream pies—provides a tasty sponge to soak up the lounge's alcoholic offerings.