The proprietors behind TIABI Coffee & Waffle Bar—short for "To Inspire and Be Inspired"—met in 2007 as journalism majors at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It didn't take long for the duo to forsake the smell of ink for the scent of fresh coffee and made-from-scratch waffles, which immediately greets visitors as they step into the eatery. A bulk of those housemade waffles are playfully shaped like hashtags, which cooks then top with nutella and sliced almonds or use to sandwich slices of turkey sausage. To complement each savory or sweet treat, sip on imported coffees, which are incorporated into specialties such as cake-flavored iced coffee.
Of course, TIABI's selection isn't limited to the restaurant's two namesakes. Cooks assemble sandwiches with other fixings such as chicken breast and agave soy dressing, while baristas concoct tea blends with flavors such as organic green and pineapple. Guests dine amid a soothing atmosphere of polished hardwoods, walls adorned with local art, and comfy chairs made from leather and actual clouds.
At Cafe Casera, CC Sizzle Entrees transcend mere onomatopoeia with blends of spices, ground beef, pork, onion, cabbage, and special cheese sauce first created in 1968. These signature dishes sprang from the mind of the restaurant's founder, and today, there are multiple ways to enjoy these savory Mexican melanges. One way is nacho style—on top of homemade tortilla chips. Another is rolled up as a burrito inside a homemade tortilla or scooped into a taco shell, offering a far more satisfyingly crunch than inside Faberge eggs. You can even order a Sizzler burger, with the fixings sandwiched between a bun.
Cafe Casera complements their signature CC Sizzle Entrees with classic Mexican comfort foods. Its menu also features bean-and-cheese burritos, cheese quesadillas, and ground beef tacos, as well as sweet Mexican cookies and cinnamon-drizzled sopaipillas for dessert.
Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's in the summer of 1991—a tropical-themed hut that served shaved ice amidst the sweltering Texas heat. Although his business has now expanded to 30 locations (and counting) throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, each shop embraces the same island atmosphere: palm trees stand proudly next to tiki torches, bamboo trim lines the walls, and a smoke monster floats through the parking lot every day at noon.
Behind the counter, employees drizzle tropical flavors—from banana to watermelon and coconut—into cups piled high with shaved ice, cooling down overheated patrons. Anyone who forgot their brain-freeze medication can opt for a helping of Island House Coffee, lemonade, or Paradise Fruit—a blend of island fruits topped with chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.
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.
Greens and Proteins attracts health-minded visitors from across Las Vegas and the world—just ask DJ Steve Aoki and professional bodybuilder Craig “The Diamond” Richardson, who are among the many celebrities who have fallen for the protein- and veggie-laden menu. It's easy to see what they love about this all-day café, starting with multigrain pancakes for breakfast and lunchtime pizzas made with dairy or vegan cheese. A “Build Your Own Custom Meal” option allows guests to create their own meals filled with greens that promote immunity and stars that promote invincibility.
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.