At The MadHouse Coffee's two locations, baristas craft hot and cold coffees and teas and serve them up alongside made-to-order sandwiches and freshly baked pastries. Patrons can sip on a peanut-butter-infused Monkey Mocha between bites of the Island of Capri sandwich, full of creamy mozzarella, tomatoes, and oregano hugged by two slices of focaccia bread. The MadHouse Coffee also offers a selection of desserts such as tiramisu, which guests can nibble as they take in the vibrantly remixed pieces of artwork on tables, walls, and employees’ foreheads.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty—ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont, favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the United States and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers—homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz. Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben & Jerry's has also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. The company practices sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from its plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
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).
Named one of the top five new restaurants in Las Vegas by Haute Living magazine, Republic Kitchen & Bar puts an upscale spin on American comfort fare. Traditional menu favorites are mainly derived from the mind of head chef Josh Green’s, a well-traveled culinary explorer with a lengthy resume. The chef's modern remixes include tuna nachos with fried wontons, wasabi guac, and siracha sour cream ($12.95), sloppy joe's turned on end with Kobe beef layered in crispy Maui onions ($10.99), and three-cheese macaroni complete with a universe-altering number of cheeses ($9.99). For a humbly, hybrid outing, stop in on a Sunday and enjoy a soothing combo of jazz music and the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($16.99 with specials).
Ten years ago, executive-chef Craig “Andy” Beardslee and pal Johnny Rivera set out to bring country-style cooking to an urban environment. Today, the duo’s award-winning eatery Hash House A Go Go has expanded from its original San Diego home into five Vegas locations, including a spot inside The M Resort Spa & Casino Las Vegas. Drawing from his work with agriculture and livestock, chef Beardslee kicks up house-made farm favorites, adding innovative flavors to fried chicken, french toast, and meatloaf recipes. The generously portioned entrees pair well with creative concoctions, such as a BLT bloody mary, a far more successful drink than its predecessor, the grilled-cheese martini.