The Coffee Bean's location in Las Vegas has been open since 2001. Since then, the company has grown to more than 15 franchise-operated locations. Amid each caf?'s handcrafted oak paneling wafts the aromas of more than 40 types of coffee and loose-leaf tea. The coffee blends, which are manually roasted in small batches every day, are incorporated into everything from the sugar-free Caf? Vanilla to the ice-blended Black Forest, a decadent combination of cherries and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Meanwhile, tea varieties range from peach oolong to Moroccan mint. The Coffee Bean's menu also features many hot and cold drinks that contain less than 200 calories.
For its more than 20 types of golden-brown pancakes and plentiful selection of omelets, waffles, crepes, 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 souffl?-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 circles 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.
If you couldn’t tell, the name Blueberry Hill Family Restaurant is a nod to a Fats Domino rock n’ roll hit of the 1950s, though the family-owned and operated Las Vegas eatery is a bit of a throwback itself. Located on the southwest corner of Charleston and Decatur in a strip mall largely dominated by a dollar store, Blueberry Hill has been a cheap, accessible dining mainstay for locals since 1987, with several locations in the Vegas Valley. The Decatur outpost is open 24 hours a day, serving up wide-ranging comfort food on a menu that spans breakfast, lunch and hearty dinner items all day long. No matter what you end up ordering, be sure to bring an appetite, as the entrées tend to be as tall and thick as the menu. Or grab a cup of black coffee and relax at your diner-style booth while all that food settles.
Coffee Pub's cozy wallpapered dining room and sunny outdoor patio fill with the sounds of diners supping on fresh, California-style fare. Early birds can focus in on the café's menu as if it were a morning newspaper scribed by scholarly worms, and read about the latest in spanish omelets ($9.25) and smoked salmon's upcoming appearance in a benedict show ($9.55). Ingredient-rich sandwiches commandeer plate space during lunch, including the Marin, stuffed with roast beef, black-forest ham, and horseradish ($7.95), and the Burns and Allen ($7.25), planting avocado next to soy baco-bits and sprouts to cultivate a gourmet, meat-free garden. While sipping on fresh and fruity smoothies such as the Peach Pizazz ($5.45 for 16 oz.), diners can surf the web using Coffee Pub's free WiFi and the computer mouse with the strongest abdominals.
Live entertainment can only get better with a cup of joe and a few scoops of ice cream. At Coffee Tea or Me?, visitors can enjoy espressos, coffees, and other refreshments while lending their attention to the shop's revolving door of performers. The entertainment is as diverse as the shop's drink selection, ranging from live jazz music and open-mic comedy nights to viewing parties for video game tournaments. Thanks to a recently approved partnership, the shop also doles out Krispy Kreme donuts, which can be eaten as a mid-show snack or used as tambourines during acoustic sets.