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, crème 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.
A country morning means Country Breakfast with omelettes ($7.50 to $8.75), french toast (two for $6.25), and bona fide biscuits and gravy ($6). Lunch features a variety soups, salads, country sandwiches such as the country-fried steak ($7.50) and a patty melt ($8), and country baskets, like a basket of chicken strips ($8.50) or battered fish ($7.75 for 1 piece). When the supper bell is struck with a supper hammer, the café's dinner menu emerges with a fleet of savory dishes. An 8-ounce rib eye steak ($11) can be accentuated by the company of four jumbo shrimp (for an additional $5.50), and a tender piece of chicken can be chicken-fried to become chicken-fried chicken ($10). Hydrate with a glass of sweet tea ($2.25), and top off the meal with piece of pie, cobbler, or apple dumpling.
John Mull Meats lays the foundation for tantalizing home-cooked meals that burst with tender flavors of fresh chopped, sliced, and cased meats. Friendly staff members offer to slice, grind, and wrap any freshly cut selections of house-made bacon ($5.60–$5.89/lb.), rib eye steaks ($10.99/lb.), handmade sweet sausage ($3.89/lb.), and boneless squeaky dog toys. Grill-master butchers can advise customers on the ideal thickness and cooking to prepare perfectly flamed party wings ($10.99 for 5 lb.), beef patties ($3.49/lb.), and smoked turkey legs ($2.89/lb.). Schoolchildren can also use thin-sliced lunch meats ($2.49–$5.69/lb.) to barter for playground control.
Patients at Ultimate Dental bask in the comfortable of cozy chairs and two satellite-linked TVs while their teeth soak up the dental skills of Dr. Ernest Hipolito and his staff. More than 22 years of experience have honed Dr. Hipolito’s problem-solving skills, and he gussies up smiles with cosmetic dentistry as well as repairs grills with dental implants and other restorative techniques.