Southwest Diner

Bakery | Diner | Southwestern
Worth a detour

Southwest Diner is a quirky, comfortable stop on the way to the Hoover Dam. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pies are homemade with Southwestern touches. This is much appreciated, because Southwestern cuisine is bizarrely difficult to find in Southern Nevada.

An outdoor patio just off the main road makes for a scenic breakfast nook. Coffee is served in little flower pot mugs; water and bloody Marys come in Mason jars. Maple syrup is presented in tequila bottles.

A chile relleno breakfast casserole is in fact more casserole-like than traditional rellenos. It features chopped-up green chiles rather than whole ones, and is pan-baked like an egg strata. Ranchero sauce reduces in the pan to become a glaze. It adds up to a clever breakfast bake worth returning for. On the side, those potatoes are griddle-crisped russets that make us think of lazy man’s home fries. Banana bread, a common option in this region, is close-textured, but better than what you’ll find at most bake sales.

Santa Fe pancakes are are potato pancakes with chives instead of onions. They are billed as spicy, but they are not. They taste like little more than potato, which is not a bad thing, especially when they’re dressed with Tabasco sauce and house-made applesauce. In fact, applesauce steals the show. It’s whole slices of apple, the fruit still a fresh and juicy, so spiced with cinnamon that it almost burns. Perhaps that’s what the menu means by describing the pancakes as spicy. Incidentally, the applesauce is really good on banana bread.

A large board lists the day’s pies, about a dozen.  Triple berry pie contains recognizable flavors of strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry. Its stiff, savory crust is a good match for sweet, juicy berries. Peach pie, on the other hand, isn’t peachy enough, the fruit overwhelmed by its starchy crust. As a rule, we suggest getting any fruit pie warmed up to unlock the full flavor of its filling.

What to Eat
Southwest Diner, Chile Relleno Casserole
Chile Relleno Casserole
Chile relleno casserole resembles a delicious egg strata.
Southwest Diner, Applesauce
Spicy and delicious apple sauce is meant for the potato pancakes, but eats well by itself.
Southwest Diner, Triple Berry Pie
Triple Berry Pie
Full of ripe berries and perfectly baked.
Southwest Diner, Peach Pie
Peach Pie
Peach pie is too starchy to suit us.
Southwest Diner, Santa Fe Potato Pancakes
Santa Fe Potato Pancakes
Potato pancakes are a good blank canvas for added sauce.
Southwest Diner, Banana Bread
Banana Bread
Banana bread: not as good as our Aunt's, but better than our Uncle's
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 7pm
Monday7am - 3pm
Tuesday7am - 3pm
Wednesday7am - 3pm
Thursday7am - 7pm
Friday7am - 7pm
Saturday7am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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