Cinnamon Roll French Toast
French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cheddar, Biscuit, Maple Syrup, Jelly, Honey
Butter Pecan Bread Pudding
Located in the lobby of The Stratosphere and operating 24/7 since its inception Roxy’s Diner had always struck me as the sort of restaurant targeting the hotel’s drunken late nights but with a recent menu update and a fresh coat of paint I suddenly found the place calling my name, a 6:00am breakfast proving well worth the trek. Large in size and copious in choices from the ‘all-day’ menu as Marilyn Monroe films and 50s décor flourish beneath an era appropriate soundtrack it was to smiling service that my arrival was met and although coffee refills occasionally required reminder nothing about kitschy cuisine lacked in the least. Beginning first with a duo of French Toasts, one part savory and one thoroughly sweet, suffice it to say that when compared to central-strip 24/7s like Central or Carnegie Roxy’s portions trend large for the price and although the sandwich was quite good with crispy bacon and fluffy eggs between supple bread it paled in comparison to the cinnamon roll’s gluttonous spiral complete with frosting and further gilded with a warm maple sidecar. Setting aside parts of the first course “to-go” (a ridiculous $1 surcharge for the box on my bill) and turning attention to desserts it was to another duo that I was treated and although I’m rather certain the bread pudding suffered a delay en route given the lukewarm temperature and melted ice cream the flavors were quite pleasant, a compliment equally offered to a sizable $6 carrot cake rife with cinnamon and thickly frosted with citrus-tinged cream cheese.
THREE STARS: A 50’s styled diner executing at the level expected for a diner with some clever twists and big portions at low prices compared to the central strip.
RECOMMENDED: Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Carrot Cake
AVOID: Taking items “to-go,” as even leftovers will carry a $1 surcharge.
TIP: There are waitresses and ‘coffee servers’ – these are two independent roles and they don’t always seem to communicate. Identify your coffee server early on if you’re the sort to drain a pot in the course of a meal.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor