When chef John McKibben first opened Grape Street Cafe in 1997, his small restaurant took a back seat to a large front-of-the-house retail area where customers could purchase house-made sauces, salads, and high-quality wines. Though the concept quickly transitioned to focus on the fresh, house-made dishes flying out of his kitchen, McKibben has held on to his retail license and continues to encourage his diners to finish their meal by picking up a bottle of wine to go or commissioning a self-portrait painted with balsamic vinegar.
With the exception of a handful of rotating nightly specials, the menu has stayed largely the same, and Chef McKibben credits the cuisine as the eatery's 14-year secret to success. Dinner finds the shop's signature hot sandwiches, creamy pastas, and pizzas sharing top billing alongside nationally inspired entrees such as a baked Alaskan halibut topped with lemon beurre-blanc and Colorado lamb in a sweet-and-sour mint glaze. However, the diverse menu is designed to complement the restaurant’s real draw: its extensive wine selection. Up to 90 vinos are available by the glass each day, with selections that hail from as near as Napa and as far away as Mosel, Bordeaux, Rioja, and Mos Eisley.
Pasta and horsepower. Though it may not be a run-of-the-mill pairing, at Dal Toro Ristorante the two are not incongruous. After all, if anything can get the blood pumping like the timeless rides of Dal Toro Exotic Cars, with which the traditional Italian restaurant shares an address (the two are adjacent to each other in the Palazzo Hotel and Casino), it's chef Fiorenzo Trunzo's Spaghetti fra Diavola. Sautéed whole Maine lobster and baby shrimp bathed in a brandy tomato sauce, sumptuous as a Rolls-Royce. Or perhaps it's the filletto roquefort, another star of the dinner menu, which pairs a prime filet mignon with a rich roquefort cheese sauce. Or the sautéed Mediterranean sea bass, oven-finished and drizzled with white wine-lemon sauce.
At lunchtime the menu takes a lighter turn, but day or night the setting for chef Trunzo's culinary creations remains the same. Marbled entrances and mosaic fountains lead the way to a dining room of cherry-red chandeliers and plush, red-and-gold-striped booths. Outside, wicker chairs line a patio located a mere meatball's-throw away from buzzing Las Vegas Boulevard. Once diners have twirled their last forkful, they enjoy complimentary admission to the car showroom, where they can ask the custom 1939 Studebaker about life before Interstates.
25-minutes. That's the length of the longest single treatment provided at any LAKA Manicure––and that’s exactly how the customers like it. Born from a desire to provide "fashionable manicures for the busy woman," LAKA has grown to more than 15 locations across Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and now shares its speedy, style-setting services with the US at it's first state-side location in Las Vegas.
Stationed inside busy malls, each urban-inspired nail bar is easily recognizable by its futuristic, white-cube design and the pops of color provided by a selection of 150 nail polishes. Each lacquer is specially crafted in France using saturated pigments and inspired by the latest world trends and seasonal hues chosen by Mother Nature's mood ring. Inside the geometric styling stations, technicians speedily provide express manicures, mineral-rich hand peels, and nail art using real Swarovski stones. Since most sessions only take around 15-minutes, appointments are never required.
A 2002 Best of Las Vegas winner from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Northside Nathan’s Detroit Pizza has been slinging its signature sauce, melty cheese, and always-fresh ingredients atop a flavorful square of medium crust ever since it moved from Motown to Sin City in 1997. Northside Nathan's 6-, 11-, and 16-inch pizzas delight hungry gamblers and musical-theater enthusiasts alike with the Guys & Dolls pile-up of pepperoni, sausage, and onions ($7.50–$20.95), or the Nicely Nicely's pie—a flavorful mix of roast chicken, garlic, and mushrooms ($7.80–$21.95).
Carefully wrapped cuts of meat and sausages and encased salami fly over the deli counter at Rocco's New York Italian Deli as staffers craft the homemade Italian entrees that compose this traditional deli’s menu. Owner Adam Kahn draws upon his family’s recipes to craft a selection of meat, cheeses, and desserts available by the pound and savory dishes that burst with classic Italian ingredients like a tomato vine when rent is due. Almost every morsel is made from scratch, from the sweet crust of Grandma’s cheesecake to the homemade bread made fresh every morning to ensconce the deli meats in a selection of hot and cold sandwiches. The deli also sources some specialty items straight from Italy to showcase the country's flavorful pepperoncini, piquant Reggiano parmigiana, and tart limonata, lending customers a taste of authentic Italian treats without needing to install a gelato-cast statue of David.
New York transplant Gerry and his son Shaun, owners of East Side Pizza at Boca Park, understand just how high their home state sets the bar for great family pizzerias. So several times a week, they send out orders for shipments of fresh pizza dough from their supplier back on the East Coast. It's just one of the little things that ends up having a big impact on the taste and texture of their hand-tossed, New York–style, thin-crust pizzas. The fresh dough is covered with housemade marinara sauce and topped with both traditional and surprising ingredients, creating specialty pies such as the barbecue chicken, chicken marsala, and eggplant rollatini, each sold whole or by the slice.
Their full menu features calzones, pastas and hot sandwiches, including their signature meatball sub topped with mozzarella. Choose to dine in, and you'll find yourself in a comfortable dining room surrounded by flat-screen TVs and sports memorabilia.