MIX ZONE CAFE – Dan’s Summer Salad

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In honor of our review of Mix Zone Cafe being published tommorrow in the Las Vegas Weekly, we thought we’d feature one of Chef Dan Coughlin‘s killer noodle dishes — a “salad” of chopped greens over flat, creamy rice noodles on top of a small, unctuous Thai omelet, all dressed with his special Thai-waterfall sauce.

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Thai Me Up Thai Me Down on News 88.9 FM KNPR – Nevada Public Radio

Click here to hear ELV expound on the recent proliferation of Thai restaurants around the Valley (V Thai, Basil ‘n Lime (tasty snaps featured above), and Mix Zone Cafe) in the officious, olfactory and oligarchical tones for which he is known….(or keep reading after the jump), and try not to pay too much attention to an editing error about midway through the broadcast commentary wherein we mention the ancestry of Natalie and Mario Araquil (co-owners of MZC) without mentioning them by name.


The reasons people like Thai food is because it’s herbal, healthy, spicy, approachable, and reasonably priced. My other pet theories are because it does that sweet/hot thing so well, and because you eat it with a knife and fork.

Regardless of why it’s so popular, Thai restaurants have been popping up all over town, and sweating your way through a meal has never been so much fun.

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You know there’s a mini-revolution going on in a neighborhood when a hot, hipster bar (Frankie’s Tiki Room) and a good restaurant open up just blocks away from each other in the same year. That an Asian restaurant opened in a small space in the run-down, time-worn shopping center at the corner of West Charleston and Rancho Rd. is hardly news. (There’s been a number of them come and go in the fifteen years ELV has lived nearby.) That it’s as good as the Mix Zone Cafe, is quite a surprise, however.

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