Jasmine Express’s lighting sets the mood. Neon blue window bulbs evoke scenes of Seoul’s bustling nightlife, and backlit rose canopies mimic the warm hues of a Saigon sunset. Candlelight is also in the mix, painting tablecloths with bouncing shadows as waiters’ arms unload Korean kimchee, boiled Vietnamese soups, and bamboo baskets full of shui mai and shrimp dumplings. Patrons can also illuminate plates of Chinese rice dishes available to-order, on the buffet, or sent directly from Beijing by catapult.
Voted Best Soul Food Restaurant in 2010 by the Las Vegas Review Journal, EllaEm's Soul Food serves delectable down-home cooking concocted from time-honored family recipes. Sip a sweet tea ($2), while eyeballing the menu that teems with soul food classics from crispy fried chicken ($6.99) to grilled, seasoned catfish ($11.99), and slices of sweet-potato pie ($2.50). Drown mealtime sorrows with the smothered chicken baked to criminal perfection with Granny's special seasoning and a delicious gravy cover-up ($9.99), while the red snapper fillet ($11.99) is equally arresting when grilled, fried, or smuggled into a sandwich ($9). All of EllaEm's entrees come with warm cornbread and a trio of sides, such as collard greens, mac 'n' cheese, or fried cabbage, while those refusing to let rice and gravy play a supporting role can take home a large-sized side to eat or blow kisses at ($11). End your gastronomic voyage with a demurely decadent dish of peach cobbler ($3), or a cup of piping hot java ($2), which provides similar stomach soothing powers, but is less adept at fixing your shoes.
The DQ Treat Centers offer a cool respite to sun-baked souls. It's been 70 years since the first Dairy Queen opened its doors, and the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies, such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($3.19–$3.99). The Peanut Buster Parfait ($3.49) slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight. Seekers of savory servings can eschew sweet treats in favor of meaty delights such as a bacon cheddar burger ($3.49) or a six-piece chicken strip basket ($5.29). Select locations harness the relentless power of the Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius's fruity favorites to create a sweet-treat superpower.
When the neon lights illuminate the midnight sky of Las Vegas, the cooks at Monte's Pizza Restaurant are still hard at work. They dart about their kitchen, checking on saucepans of marinara and bubbling pots of angel hair pasta before showering dough in creamy ricotta cheese, fresh basil, and plump sausages and loading pies into fiery ovens. Others layer crusty rolls with meatballs, steak, and salami before turning their attention to juicy slabs of baby back ribs sizzling on grills. Throughout the week, this kitchen staff keeps late hours, making its restaurant a popular spot for late-night carousers or sleepwalkers dreaming of enchanted meatballs that will grant them eternal beauty.