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.
The pizza spinners at Spanish Springs Pizza Factory, which was featured in the Sparks Tribune, toss pies for dine-in, take-out, or delivery. They craft pizza pies in various sizes, including wagon wheels decked out with toppings such as pepperoni. Their menu also carries familiar pizzeria cohorts, including hot wings, calzones, sub sandwiches, and deli sandwiches.
Bangkok Cuisine Express ousts hunger pangs with an extravagant menu of sweet, sour, and spicy delicacies crafted using homemade sauces and fresh produce. Enkindle tired taste sensors with tender bites of yellow curry chicken ($9.95), simmered in coconut milk, spices, and hearty carrots and potatoes. Or, reap the benefits of a one-night stand between a lonely herb and an adventurous lasagna by sampling the spicy basil noodle ($8.95–$10.95), a toothsome medley of chili sauce, wide rice noodles, and basil leaves, peppered with fresh peppers, egg, and onion. Salads ($6.95–$8.95) combine tropical tastes such as papaya, coconut, lime juice, and peanuts to create refreshing diversions from traditional tossed greens, while coconut soup ($4.95–$7.95) warms the spirit and the stomach by stewing straw mushrooms with Southern Thai herbs and spices, and coconut milk donated by cows that drink nothing but pina coladas.
When they graduated from the University of Nevada, the owners of Archie’s Giant Hamburgers & Breakfast didn’t move far. They planted their restaurant near their college campus, a short walk from Mackay Stadium, to suppress the hungry howls of students and locals with mammoth burgers and breakfast served around the clock.
Archie’s is split between two stories—a diner on the bottom and a memorabilia-packed sports bar on top. Exposed steel rafters and brushed metal walls absorb the game-day cheers that ricochet through the upper level equipped with plasma TVs, a pool table, and a jukebox. Below, forks dig through flapjacks amid ‘50s-style decor befitting of Grease, a film titled for the bacon fat teens once used to slick back their hair.
Funtime Theater’s Dinner Murder Mysteries transforms audience members into amateur detectives, tasking them with solving an interactive theatrical mystery while chowing down on café eats. Actors mingle among theatergoers throughout the show, chatting them up during an abbreviated cocktail hour (6:30 p.m.–7 p.m.) and comfort-fare-filled dinner from Hog Wild Café. The first two fatalities occur once meals are served, leaving patrons, a lone detective, and a wisecracking Great Dane puppy to unravel the thicket of green-chili-stained clues. A prize is awarded to the participant who deduces the solution of the mystery. Like department-store windows and freestyle-rapping telegrams, Funtime Theater’s performances may take on a holiday theme: the October 8 rendition will transport guests to a portentous Halloween party, the November 12 showing may feature Turkey Day-themed intrigue, and the December 10 edition plans to incorporate motifs and characters plucked from Charles Dickens’ Christmas tales. Though sinister wheelings and dealings abound throughout the show, the tone of Funtime Theater’s criminal cavalcades is lighthearted and intended for audiences of all ages.
Coffee enthusiasts can relish the bold, full flavor of the popular cowboy roast, named for the bandanna-wearing bean corralled in nut and chocolate tones, or brew a flavorful mug of the bright and citrusy Ethiopia, swathed in a blanket of Mother Nature’s mocha. For those who like their coffee dark, Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee kilns a classic french roast with a mélange of caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted-nut gusto. All packages contain one pound of whole beans and cost an average of $12 to $20. Order your coffee and find specific prices on the website.