At locations in more than a dozen states, U-Swirl delivers more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt packed with live and active cultures and designed in low-fat, non-fat, and sugar-free varieties. Self-serve machines line the shop’s lime green walls, ready for customers to dispense heaping swirls of old favorites, such as cookie & cream and fruit sorbet, or seasonal innovations, including eggnog in the winter and fireworks in the summer. Next, patrons head to the toppings bar and crown their frozen treats with as much fresh fruit, cereal, and candy as they can handle before weighing cups and paying by the ounce.
The cuisine forgers at Black Rock proffer a menu of imaginative gourmet pizza, delectable sandwiches, and pasta. Enliven weary taste buds with an appetizer, such as the rattlesteaks—a mélange of buttermilk-marinated sirloin steak, chipotle sauce, and ranch dressing ($5.99). Entree options include 30 signature pizza varieties that range from the cowboy poetry, a fusion of smoked tri-tip, crumbled bacon, and mushrooms under an asiago cheese roof ($18.49 for a large), to the brush fire pizza, a hand-tossed wonder engineered with house-made turkey sausage, peppers, smoked onions, and habanero cheese ($18.49). Leaving no stomach unfilled, Black Rock also offers kid-friendly fare including personal pizzas ($4.49 each) and orders of crispy chicken nuggets ($4.49).
Voted Nevada Magazine's 2010 Best Restaurant of Northern Nevada, the Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse boasts an impressive menu of expertly prepared cuisine made with only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients. Electrify a sleeping appetite with tempura artichoke hearts, cooked golden brown and served with a warm tomato based garlic sauce ($11). Once primed, hang a fang on one of seven different cuts of USDA Prime beef aged 28 days, making them old enough to have accrued complex flavors but still young enough to dream ($24–$45). Dig into the house specialty prime rib, which is slow roasted for 14 hours to seal in every last ounce of flavor ($33), or gravitate toward a non-steak dish such as the jumbo prawn and scallop thermidor ($24). All entrees are served with choice of a salad or soup, plus one side such as the ancho cheddar potato bake or garlic parmesan wedges.
Executive chef Shakka Moore at Vista Grille Restaurant sears steaks and flame-kisses seafood, handcrafting dishes on the dinner and lunch menus. A 10-ounce New York steak au poivre comes with a crunchy peppercorn crust, pleasantly complemented by a dollop of maître d’ butter ($20). Sesame-crusted salmon wears a shield of seeds fortified by mongolian glaze ($20), and slow-roasted prime rib falls on a pillow of horseradish mashed potatoes ($25). Housemade dough pulled fresh from a brick oven arrives topped with roasted chicken, mushrooms, and chipotle sauce on the barbecue chicken pizza ($13), which is also available at lunch along with hearty sandwiches—such as the chicken avocado ($11)—and burgers. Diners enjoy meals under colorful ceilings anchored by dark woodwork, a contrast that lends sophisticated yet friendly vibe, much like a yacht filled with golden retrievers.
Jolt-N-Java's baristas brew locally roasted coffee beverages and slice up lunch and breakfast sandwiches within the vibrant orange walls of a cozy cafe. Customers can sip on signature caffeinated mochas, flavored lattes, and teas to prep themselves for a day of work or an all-night knitting marathon. Pair a bagel and cream cheese with a large coffee ($4.50), or wed a breakfast sandwich with bacon, ham, or sausage with a medium chai-tea latte ($7.06). A medium latte can unite with a breakfast burrito—a large flour tortilla coddling scrambled eggs and bacon beneath a shower of salsa or the sinus-clearing El Patio hot sauce ($7.57). Guests can order through the drive-through window for speedier satiation or spend an afternoon perched on couch cushions and stools, rifling through or circling every dangling modifier in the shop's selection of books and magazines or shopping online via complimentary WiFi.