Everyone knows Red Velvet Cafe as a vegetarian and vegan hot spot. That reputation has made this carnivore less than excited to ever try it. I finally gave it a try and I’m glad I did. Walking in, I wasn’t sure if you’re supposed to order at the cash register or grab a seat and wait for the staff to come to you. Looking a little confused, the manager walked us over to an empty table and told us someone would be with us shortly. We waited and waited and 10-15 minutes later someone finally dropped off menus.
I was pleasantly surprised to see chicken, ham, and even bacon in many dishes. According to the menu all of those dishes can be made vegetarian-friendly. We ordered a chicken panini with spinach and mushrooms and a caprese panini. The chicken panini was bland and I couldn’t taste any of the pesto that was supposed to be in the sandwich. The other sandwich was decent. Both came with a side salad with a tasty vinaigrette dressing.
While the sandwiches were solid, if unspectacular, the best reason to visit Red Velvet Cafe is to taste their red velvet cake. It’s said that they’re only 150 calories. That’s hard to believe because the cake was so rich, dense and moist and the topping was delicate, light, and sweet. It wasn’t the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had (that award goes to the one at Nothing Bundt Cake) but for being under 200 calories it’s excellent.
The service never really recovered from it’s slow start. Our waiter was very personable, but he just wasn’t around much. So, if you’re looking for a quick meal you might want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, don’t let their reputation scare you off. If you get shivers down your spine whenever someone mentions the word “vegetarian” don’t worry… they have something for every taste. And, don’t forget dessert.
7875 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117