In the early '20s, tobacco processor Richard Henderson Soaper opened the six-story Soaper Hotel?a landmark in downtown Henderson known for its arched windows and circular balcony. Now the first floor hosts Delizio, an Italian-inspired eatery where patrons can devour pasta dishes, chargrilled boneless rib eyes, and deli-style sandwiches and soups surrounded by vintage architectural features.
Guests can also head to the bar area to sample 10 craft beers and martinis and listen to live music on Friday and Saturday nights. On Tuesdays, they can belt their hearts out during karaoke and participate in trivia on Wednesdays, proving to smartphones that humans can still access information in their own brains.
"Best Of" awards cover the glass doorway that leads into Gene's Restaurant, an eatery owned by the Thomason family for more than 30 years. Step through the doorway and into the dining room, and you might catch a whiff of the home-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that keeps winning those awards. The restaurant is known for dishes such as fried catfish, house-made meatloaf, and pit-barbecued meats. In the summer, feast on specialties such as homegrown tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad.
Bagelrama?s famous steamed bagel sandwich is an agglomeration of soft doughy circles, warmed meat and veggies, and gooey cheese. The bagel sandwiches are stuffed with a mix of breakfast- and lunch-geared ingredient combinations, including corned beef hash, eggs, and sausage gravy; and pulled pork slathered in housemade barbecue sauce. Bagels are also sold by the dozen, and paired with such cream cheese flavors as chocolate hazelnut, pineapple, and pecan pie.
Surrounding diners with college-sports-team memorabilia and the glow of 30 flat-screen TVs, Maloney’s Roca Bar delivers a menu brimming with crispy thin-crust pizzas, hearty burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Encompassing 9–16 circular inches, the Around the World pizza’s extra-thin golden crust diplomatically hosts a world’s fair of beef, sausage, and pepperoni, avalanched by fresh mushrooms, crisp green peppers, and red onions ($9.99–$21.75). Olive oil and minced garlic serenade ricotta and mozzarella cheeses atop the white pizza ($8.75–$17.99), and the Black & Bleu salad’s greens frolic with thin slices of sirloin in a bath of caesar dressing and a sprinkling of blue cheese and parmesan ($9.95). The chopped-chicken-cheddar sandwich adorned with a crispy bacon topping and coddled by fresh-baked focaccia ($6.49 for a 6”; $9.99 for a 12”) fits into most standard-issue palms, leaving mouths to play matchmaker with a succulent create-your-own burger and a mélange of eligible toppings ($5.95–$8.95).
PizzAroma’s expert pie slingers have combined special sauces and dough into a toothsome menu for almost half a century. Use today’s deal to dine in, carry out, or take and bake a specialty pizza such as a 14-inch Firecracker, which scorches kissers with a spicy giardiniera mix and hot italian sausage ($14.59), or craft a custom disk with a combination of 23 high-quality toppings in four size options ($7.29+). Hot cheese sticks ($3.95) help ignite salivary engines, which then race through a selection of wraps, calzones, and hot sandwiches ($5.15–$13.95) before finally waving the shortbread-crusted, cheesecake-checkered flag ($3.59). PizzAroma also serves up pastas, such as the shrimp scampi, which populates a garlicky butter ocean with plump crustaceans, waves of cheese, and lactose-tolerant pirates ($8.99).
Rookies Sports Bar serves an array of steaks and American fare, boasting an eclectic menu that spans a wealth of tasty territory from pastas and seafood to sandwiches and steaks. Hang a fang on a 12 oz. New York strip steak ($19.99), or the 10 oz. hawaiian-marinated sirloin ($15.99). Chomp down a home-style catfish sandwich ($8.99) or savor the half-pound, Angus beef All-American burger ($7.49). With 27 televisions lighting up the dining space, and pool tables providing an opportunity to woo on-looking admirers with the seductive power of geometry, Rookies Sports Bar stands as a suitable place for after-hours sports spectators and families alike. Recently, the restaurant was the recipient of the Heart of Henderson award, which honors those who give back to the community.