One of the great things about visiting Sin City is the endless supply of new and exciting restaurants. Just when you think you've decided on a favorite, another pops up to demand your attention. And quite often, they're off the beaten path.
Such is the case with Rise and Shine: A Steak and Egg Place. This wonderful little treasure features made-to-order meals served with a side of whimsy. You'll know you've left the ordinary behind from the moment you walk in the door. Dozens of flower-festooned umbrellas hang upside-down from the ceiling, making it clear that the weather inside is always bright and sunny.
Beneath those colorful inverted parasols, cast members carry out their tasks while clad in adorable sleepwear and fashionably unfashionable flannel robes. No matter the hour, your server will be perky and alert, perhaps due to heavy doses of Rise and Shine's outstanding bottomless cups of LavAzza Italian house coffee.
A variety of comical photos adorn the menu, which covers the gamut of breakfast and brunch favorites, albeit with many unique qualities. Several of those twists go into preparing freshly-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices. Build-your-own fruit and yogurt parfaits join French Press coffee, herbal teas, flavored lattes, cappuccino and iced coffees as wonderful starters.
While perusing the menu, you can indulge in a Rise and Shine specialty - Pot of Bread with butter and jelly. You may need to ask for a second helping, as the list of specialties seems to go on and on forever. If you're the kind to stick with basics, their list of omelettes runs from healthy (Grilled Chicken & Egg White) to indulgent (Fancy Steakhouse). And of course, you can design your own with a choice of three from a list that includes avocado, banger sausage, turkey kielbasa and bell pepper.
The "Classics Done Better" section presents goodies like Homemade Corned Beef Hash & Eggs, Smoked Salmon-N-Eggs Benedict and Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans. Sweet-lovers may wish to dive into a stack of Banana Frosted Flake Pancakes, S'Mores Campfire Waffles or Peanut Butter & Blueberry French Toast.
Feeling a little "South of the Border"? Why not order up a Grilled Steak & Chorizo Burrito? You can substitute chicken for steak...either way comes with a side of refried beans. New Yorkers should love the Two-Fisted Bagel Sandwiches. Luscious selections like Roast Turkey California and 3 Little Pigs (bacon, ham and banger sausage) are sure to fill you up.
Since Rise and Shine has "A Steak and Eggs Place" in the title, you can probably guess what's front and center in the menu presentation. What you may not expect is the wide variety of steaks to choose from. This includes Bacon-Wrapped Tender Steak, Philly-Style Cheese Steak, island-inspired "Loco Moco" Steak Burger, Chicken-Fried NY Steak and much more.
Traditional steak offerings are grilled to perfection with a spice rub that sears in flavor. If memory serves, those spices include actual coffee, which gives a bit of blackened taste to the meat. Is your mouth watering yet?
Lunchtime kicks in at 11:30 a.m. (don't worry – breakfast is served from open until close). Garden salads like the NY Steak Caesar and Grilled Chicken Cobb compete with a list of steak burgers and chicken sandwiches for your love. Wraps like the Spicy Tuna & Spinach and Crispy Fried Chicken w/provolone and avocado come with either fries or the outstanding wasabi broccoli slaw.
Panini Melts like Club Honey Dijon (with ham, turkey, bacon and swiss) and Alabacore Tuna with American are served hot and crispy for those who want to hold onto their lunch with two hands. They go perfectly alongside a crock of made-from-scratch Tomato Soup (topped with grilled cheese toast).
Rise and Shine: A Steak and Eggs Place has two locations: 9827 W. Flamingo Road (702) 873-0155 and 10690 Southern Highlands Parkway (702) 202-4646. Both are open daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Click here to view their full menu.
(Photos: Sam Novak)