Weiss Deli & Bakery

2744 N. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014

While at work the other day we were trying to decide on some place to go for lunch, because of course where you are going for lunch is something you discuss instead of actually working.  We wanted something different from our normal go to places; not that they aren’t good, they just get a little old after awhile.  So while searching that very popular review site that rhymes with help for places near my address I found Weiss Deli & Bakery.  This deli is located in a strip mall on the corner of Green Valley Parkway and Sunset, near Trader Joes.  Honestly I have been over here and have never noticed this place before.  We got there around 11:30 am and there were two other parties seated so we had our choice of seats; at first this made me weary because it is always weird to eat in a place that is empty.  A waitress at the end of the restaurant waved us to the back to take a seat in her section; because this is a seat yourself kind of place.  Even though I had been a bit skeptical with the lack of patrons that all shortly changed through our lunch as every booth and table except for the one behind us began to fill up as it got closer to noon.

They did have a wide range of deli favorites from corn beef sandwiches to matzo ball soup; this soup was very popular I would say because I saw about 5 bowls travel past our table to the ones around us.  I decided to go with something I have never had before which was called “Ceily’s Stack”.

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The Ceily’s Stack is two potato latkes stuffed with braised brisket topped with Muenster & Provolone cheeses and then drizzled with brown gravy sauce and sour cream.  I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised on how good this actually was.  I mean it certainly isn’t the prettiest thing to look at but everything worked really well together.  The braised brisket was really the shining star, it was perfectly tender and juicy with a great beef flavor.  I would come and just have brisket and the brown sauce if it is on the menu.  The brown gravy sauce was exactly what you would expect from a good brown gravy it had great beef flavor and it really worked well on this dish.  They put a good amount of cheese on this dish which as a cheese lover is fabulous and it was melted perfectly.  Now the description says that this dish comes with sour cream which I did not receive and I do think that this would have added something to the dish, because after a few bites it needed either more gravy or something else to dip each bite into, and sour cream has that tangy bite already and if it was paired with the brisket and latkes it would have added another layer of flavor.  Now I am not sure if I am just not a potato latke person; because I have never had them before, but to me they were a little too soft and flavorless.  To me they got lost in each bite, I think I would have liked them more if they were a bit crunchy to give this dish some texture.  Towards the end of the dish I just pushed the latkes to the side and ate the brisket, cheese & gravy.  I would say that if you want something different and are a fan of the latke then give this one a shot, just be sure to ask for extra gravy.

Next up was the Veggie Melt:


The veggie melt is served open faced or closed and is a roasted portabello mushroom, sauteed spinach, roasted peppers, tomato, caramelized onions and cheddar-jack cheese on top of grilled rye bread, this also came with a choice of fries, cold slaw, potato salad or fresh fruit.  My mother ordered it with the side of fruit and received two wedges of cantaloupe, a strawberry and two orange slices.  This was a lot better than most sides of fruits where you get a couple cubes of melon and some grapes.  I had a couple bites of this sandwich and it was also really good, granted at first look it looks like it was put in the oven just a little too long to melt the cheese, but it worked out.  Again they were not shy with the cheese so for the cheese lover this is a good place to eat.  The veggies were cooked well and the portabello was nice and meaty, not over roasted so it still maintained all the goodness of a protabello.  But for me I really enjoyed the spinach it wasn’t over cooked and melded really well with the flavors of of the rye bread, then you got the creamy texture of melted cheese.

As you can see the portions are surely on the large side, and what is shown above is nothing compared to some of the items I saw go past our table.  The sandwiches are piled high with meat, definitely not for the faint of heart.  I know that I will be back to try other things on the menu because the food was worth it.  I do think the service was ok, not really slow or fast either.  My soda was only refilled once and that was at the end of the meal while my mother’s ice tea was filled up a few times throughout lunch.  But in all honestly this is what I kind of expect when I go to a diner/deli the home town feel where they run on a different time than everything else around.  Our waitress was chatting with all her tables, a few of which I think might be regulars, which is a good sign, because obviously they are doing something right when they have regulars they actually recognize.  On the decor side of things it isn’t the nicest place, it is in an older building and it shows.  On the walls are artwork that if I am not mistaken were for sale by local artists, I take this as a nod to the art supply store right next door.  I do think in some way the fact that it isn’t all gussied up is what makes it feel like a true deli, something you would find on the corner in New York or Jersey a place that locals flock to because they know that the food and people are what it is truly all about.

Retro Bakery

7785 N. Durango Dr. #130
Las Vegas, NV 89131

This is an adorable little bakery out in the northwest of the valley, N95 & Durango to be exact.  You could stop here on your way to Mount Charleston because you have to drive right past the exit, and you would enjoy every minute of it.  It is locally owned and operated by a husband & wife team, which I love because in my experience when you are at a small business like this you get an extra level of customer service than if you are at a chain.  They care more about the people that walk through their doors and it really shows.  They are taking a summer break where they will be closed June 24th – 29th just to give you a heads up if you want to give them a try soon.

They serve a broad selection of cupcakes each day as well as flavors that run just for a limited time or on specific days only.  You can go here to check out their menu directly on their website.  They also have a selection of daily cookies that seem to change up to match their client’s wants.  They can also do custom cake orders with advanced notice you can check out their facebook page for photos of their work here.

Below is a picture of the 4 flavors we got this last weekend going clockwise around the plate starting at the top: Peanut Butter Cup, Big Kahuna (limited flavor), Monkey Tail (monthly flavor) & Chocolate Fountain.  My friend and I cut them up so we could try a little bit of everything and not feel too guilty about eating so many, but really it is a cupcake how can you feel guilty eating a cupcake?


First up Peanut Butter cup; chocolate cake topped with peanut butter buttercream.  The star of this cupcake was definitely the peanut butter buttercream, it was like eating whipped up peanut butter, it had this deep rich peanut butter flavor that was just perfect.  But when it came to the chocolate cake they lost me, it was dry and lacked any deep chocolate flavor.  I really like in my chocolate cake to be moist and full of chocolate flavor and theirs really didn’t hit that bar, so for me it was all about the frosting.  I ended up just eating the frosting from my section because it really was that good.

Next up the Big Kahuna; coconut cake topped with pineapple buttercream & decorated with a sugar surf board.  The coconut cake was perfectly moist and had a nice texture with just the right amount of coconut flavoring.  The pineapple buttercream was a bit on the sweet side for me, but it paired nicely flavor wise with the coconut.

Next we have Monkey Tail; banana cake topped with nutella buttercream & decorated with a banana chip.  Out of all the flavors we tried this one was my favorite.  The banana cake was baked perfectly so it was perfectly moist, had a delicate crumb and a balanced banana flavor.  It reminded me of banana bread but a lot less dense.  The nutella buttercream on the other hand needed more nutella flavor, it to me just tasted like buttercream frosting.  But despite the lack of nutella flavor it still paired very well with the banana cake so that does make up for it.

Last up the Chocolate Fountain; chocolate cake, topped with chocolate buttercream & then dipped in chocolate ganache.  I was truly looking forward to this cupcake all week and I have to admit I was let down.  I was expecting this chocolate explosion upon first bite, but honestly for me it was just blah.  The chocolate cake again was dry and lacked chocolate flavor, and the buttercream to me had an odd taste; I want to say almost acidic, like it needed more sugar because there was non-sweetened chocolate in the base.  Then the chocolate ganache was a nice touch but it got lost in the buttercream for me and I couldn’t really taste it.

Despite the few misses here and there this is still a top notch bakery and I wouldn’t let them deter you from trying them.  Because they carry such a wide range of flavors, there are a lot of options and it may just take a couple trips to figure out your favorites.  From a previous trip there I would recommend getting the Milk & Cookies and the Coffee & Donut flavors a shot, these were both very good and were baked perfectly.