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 café'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 Café 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.
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.
Regularly considered one of Las Vegas’ best breakfast spots, The Cracked Egg is something of a Valley institution, with four locations throughout the city. This Northwest outpost sits inside a strip mall that faces Cheyenne Avenue, with a bit of front side patio space for outdoor seating when the days aren’t too warm. The specialty inside the sunny, friendly space is eggs, always eggs; served as an eggs benedict or fluffy omelet, or scrambled alongside skillets of fresh breakfast meat, the namesake egg is this eatery’s most popular choice by far. The coffee cake is a best seller too, of course, as are the pancakes, waffles and housemade corned beef hash, but the perpetually smiling staff will always recommend something with eggs – and for good reason.
A "Pick of the Week" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, ASCAR Cafe combines a love of automotive sport with some of the best burgers and fried catfish in town. Headlining the menu is the super-charged el camino burger, which piles on american cheese, thousand island dressing, shredded lettuce, and fried onion strings. Seafood items, such as the corvette catfish fillet, arrive fried or blackened with hush puppies and a choice of side like sweet potato nuggets or a slice of cake, though pinstriping will incur an extra charge. Items such as wraps, tacos, and sandwiches round out the offerings, though customers won't want to pass up the shop's signature fries topped with homemade chili and shredded cheese.
The Charcoal Room features top-grade cuts of meat, an extensive wine list, and fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is equal parts fine-dining class and low-key relaxation, like a news anchor whose desk is concealing a pair of sateen parachute pants. Peruse the menu to discover substantial steaks such as the pan-seared bone-in rib eye (22 oz., $32) and petite cuts such as the filet mignon (7 oz., $28). Classic salad styles such as the wedge ($7) or Caesar ($7) are perennially in good taste, complementing meat with the finest of chlorophyll. The boneless baby-back ribs ($10) and lobster mac 'n' cheese ($14) turn the traditionally difficult-to-eat into forkable fare. Since swords themselves always return from the grill too hot to eat, swordfish ($32) makes for a blade-inspired meal not forged by a sweaty blacksmith. Collect a cartel of iron-eaters who prefer their steak prepared on top of more steak and request a corner booth facing the door at The Charcoal Room.
Country-style fried chicken. Fried pork chops with collard greens. Grilled catfish with cornbread muffins. When it comes to soul food, certain dishes are legendary. And it's precisely those dishes that Legends Cafe does best. Here, diners will find all the staples of down-home Southern cooking, from plates of ribs and fried gizzards, to black-eyed peas and candied yams, which are typically only given out at Halloween. But there is one thing that sets Legends Cafe apart from other soul-food-centric eateries: the culinary team complements its rib-sticking cuisine with a variety of vegetarian dishes, including veggie burgers, quesadillas, and fried cabbage plates.