An old fashioned banana split in a 1950's American diner atmosphere!
What does red vinyl booths, chome furnishings, a soda counter, prefabricated American diner design and a 1950's rock n roll theme add up to? Roxy's Diner! There is no better atmosphere in Las Vegas for having an old fashioned classic banana split!
The 1950's diner decor is not all that is offered at Roxy's Diner. Roxy's has a singing waitstaff that sings 1950's style rock n roll music! Several shows are performed daily and the talented singing waitstaff does get the customers involved in the action. If you are into '50's music, then Roxy's Diner is the place to be!
The menu at Roxy's features all of the popular food that was served in diners in the 1950's plus much more. Diners and burger stands were a way of life 60 years ago and it still a popular lifestyle in today's day and age. Roxy's Diner has the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the classic all American fine dining meal of a burger, fries and a shake! Yes, to many people, that is fine dining!
I had some time to kill late in the afternoon in Las Vegas. The temperature was over 100 degrees that day. I sat down at a table in Roxy's Diner and started reading the menu. Burgers, fries, salads, sandwiches, fish and every old 1950's style food item that you could think of was on the menu. I really wanted to do a burger at Roxy's, but I had eaten my quota of burgers in recent weeks. The hot food on the menu just did not strike a note, after finding shelter indoors from the oven like temperatures of the Mojave desert summer heat. I thumbed through the menu to the last page. Everybody knows what the last page of an old fashioned diner menu is. Pies, desserts, floats, malts and shakes!
On a hot day, having a root beer float or a shake is a nice way to cool off and relax in an air conditioned diner. Diners always have casual and relaxed atmosphere for sipping on a float or a shake. The pictures of the old fashioned shakes looked good. I became fixated on one dessert photo on the menu. I was trying to deny myself the temptation that the photo presented. I looked through the entire menu one more time, trying to forget that I ever saw that dessert photo on the last page. I gave up and gave in to temptation. The photo of the Roxy's Diner banana split won!
It has been many years since I have grazed on a banana split. It has been many more years since I have had a good properly made banana split. The menu photo of Roxy's banana split looked like a picture perfect nice quality banana split from the 1950's and 1960's. Roxy's banana split was not one of those awful fast food soft-serve ice cream shop banana splits. Roxy's banana split was made the old fashioned way.
The toppings of pineapple sauce, chocolate sauce and strawberry sauce were top quality. The hand crafted quality French vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream scoops were top notch, Daddio! (Daddio was a 1950's word that was used like the modern word dude!) The banana was split lengthwise like it is is supposed to be. Fresh made whipped cream! Chopped walnuts and of course the signature finishing touch of maraschino cherries gave Roxy's banana split the official stamp of authenticity!
A great banana split in a 1950's diner atmosphere was not all that was going on during my visit to Roxy's Diner. I was sat at a table near the big screen television that was the size of a wall. Guess what was movie was playing? Thats right! Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret in Viva Las Vegas!
I was served my banana split right at the start of the car race scene towards the end of the movie. Perfect timing! What is great about the race scene in Viva Las Vegas, is that the race winds from Hoover Dam all the way through old Las Vegas. The race scene is like watching a time capsule of the good old golden years of Las Vegas. Before I knew it, I was watching the race scene and mindlessly munching down on the banana split! The movie was great and I kept commenting to myself that this is one great banana split!
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I highly recommend Roxy's Diner for visitors of Las Vegas and for locals alike! If you have been seeking a 1950's classic American diner experience, then Roxy's is the place to go. If a great banana split is what your agenda reads, then by all means, indulge! Yum! ... Shawna