Pinches Tacos at the Gramercy emerges as a brunch favorite

Las Vegas Weekly Staff | LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

Brunch is an institution in Las Vegas, proven by the fact that you can find weekend hot spots away from the Strip, all over town. On the west side, you don’t have to wait for the weekend to brunch it up—that’s where Pinches Tacos comes in.

The California transplant that first broke into Vegas with a taco shop at Downtown Container Park has opened a festive, expanded location at the Gramercy, and favorite desayuno dishes are available there every day of the week. The potato- and pico de gallo-stuffed breakfast burrito might be the obvious choice if you’re nursing a hangover, but don’t bypass the chilaquiles—tortilla chips sautéed with eggs, Oaxacan cheese, onions, cilantro and a house-made red chile salsa. Topped with sour cream and guacamole, this dish is great for sharing. Other favorites include a breakfast torta layered with eggs, pinto beans and fresh crema, and a chorizo scramble that satisfies with spice.

Pair any of these plates with an icy Dos Equis, a blood orange margarita or a spicy michelada to achieve the ultimate brunch combination. Pinches Tacos at the Gramercy, 702-818-4208; Sunday-Thursday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.

Homestyle hospitality (with a side of killer scones) at DW Bistro

Homestyle hospitality (with a side of killer scones) at DW Bistro

By Broack Radke | LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

It’s about warmth. It’s about smiles and fresh pastry baskets, deliciously soothing cocktails and Jamaican jerk chicken salads and feeling like you’re home when you go out to eat. It’s the phenomenon Bryce Krausman and Dalton Wilson have created at DW Bistro, and the extended hospitality they plan to create at the nearby DW Market come February.

Krausman and Wilson first met while working at Williams-Sonoma, so their collective mentality is constructed around the concept of a market. “It’s been in our brains for the last 10 years,” Krausman says. “Everything is related to shopping and stores and helping people buy the right product for what they want to do.”

Once their charming DW Bistro caught on—a five-year-old island of an eatery in the Southwest valley serving homey fare with Jamaican and New Mexican influences—regulars started making requests. Can you cater? Will you make grab-and-go dishes? How about cooking classes? Can I get coffee and one of those awesome blueberry-white chocolate scones without committing to full-on weekend brunch? The market, set to open at the re-started Gramercy project, will address everything.

“It’s quite large, more than 7,700 square feet, so it will help us expand,” Krausman says. “We’ll do grab-and-go, we’ll have patio seating and inside at communal tables, and most of [Gramercy] is commercial space and office, so there’s kind of this built-in clientele already.” Also, pastry chef Walter Dickerson, who’s been with DW for three years, is “an awesome baker who is underutilized right now, and this will be a space for him to really blossom.”

Krasuman and Wilson came close to expanding DW Bistro with a second restaurant Downtown earlier this year, but the market concept just made more sense, one that their regulars—friends, actually—can’t wait to explore.

DW Bistro 6115 S. Fort Apache Road, 702-527-5200. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.