Mika, my 9 yo, really wanted to go out for breakfast on our last day in Las Vegas. I thought about doing the breakfast buffet at the MGM Grand, but the buffet gets terrible review in Yelp plus it’s quite expensive. So I decided to stop at a run-of-the-mill family restaurant on our way out of Las Vegas. As it turned out, after packing, putting the stuff in the car and finding a bank, it was 11:30 AM before we were ready for breakfast. The Omelet House on West Charleston was the first restaurant that we came across so stopped there.
The Omelet House is yet another old-style all-American restaurant, with the type of ambiance and menu you can expect from that type of restaurant, albeit this one seemed a bit more crowded and run down than most. It has great atmosphere, however. They serve breakfast all day, the standard fare you can expect from this sort of restaurant. I ordered the “stuffed french toast” ($8.40), which consisted of two slices of French toast with some blueberry compote between them. It came with two slices of bacon and two eggs. The French Toast was pretty good, nothing out of this world but it was tasty enough. The bacon was your average kind, again not particularly special, as were the eggs. A satisfying meal, all in all, and one that kept me until we had dinner, well past 8 PM.
Both kids had pancakes with chocolate chips. Camila had a single one ($3.70) and Mika the “flap special” ($8.50) which consisted of two pancakes, two pieces of bacon and two eggs. They both liked the very large pancakes. The chocolate chips came on the side, but they melted on the very hot pancakes. The accompanying butter was salted, which I personally don’t like on sweet foods.
Mike didn’t get anything, thinking that the girls were going to leave a lot of food, but it turned out that the girls were hungrier than we thought.
In all, the Omelet House was a fine, though not particularly outstanding, choice for breakfast. I’d go again, but would not seek it out.
2160 West Charleston
Las Vegas, NV
We just came back from a short “vacation” to Las Vegas. We made our way back to the Bay Area through Death Valley and the eastern sierra. Yesterday, after a visit to Bodie, we had a late lunch at Nicely’s in Lee Vining. Nicely’s is your typical coffee shop sort of restaurant, serving all-American coffee shop food at reasonable but standard prices. What we had was fine, not great, but then again, we didn’t expect it to be so.
The restaurant itself looks like your all-American coffee shop: tables, booths, outdated decor, the sort of thing you’d have encountered 50 years ago and can still encounter at countless little towns in this country. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they have both a dining room inside and outside seating under umbrellas. Even after 2 PM it was quite crowded. Service by our veteran waitress was efficient, though not terribly friendly.
Both kids had the Kraft mac & cheese kid meal ($4, including french fries, 2 oreo cookies and a small drink). They were quite happy because they love Kraft mac & cheese. Mika substituted her french fries with mashed potatoes ($1 extra), but she didn’t like them very much. She was unhappy about the pool of melted “butter” on top of the potatoes. Mike and I shared a NY steak sandwich (~$10) and onion rings ($1 extra as a substitute for fries). The steak was on the thin side, but tasted good enough. The onion rings were also quite good. I ordered a slice of bread pudding ($4), but I was less happy with that. The pudding was pretty dry and tasted overwhelmingly of cinnamon. I wouldn’t order it again. Mike and Mika shared a slice of banana cream pie, which was pretty good. It came directly out of the fridge so it was a bit cool. Our sodas tasted fine, the glasses were refilled appropriately. The kids ordered lemonade and it tasted home made with real lemons. Mika liked it, Camila did not (she prefers the fake kind).
In all, it was a very typical coffees shop meal experience, nothing to write home about (unless you are a foreign tourist and want to experience the “real thing”).
Highway 395 at Fourth Street
Lee Vining, CA