Southern Nevada's newest ice cream parlor is unique because the customer chooses every ingredient.
Owner Ginger Corbett says a bad day of shopping was the impetus for the concept. She and some friends, having indulged in some retail therapy, needed some ice cream therapy. But one of the shoppers was lactose intolerant, so they scrapped that idea. But then a new idea was born.
Beginning with a choice of seven bases — from nondairy rice milk to a traditional cream mix — customers handpick what they want, and don't want, in their ice cream. There are options to satisfy folks on diabetic, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant and vegan diets.
Once the ingredients are selected, they're thoroughly blended. Then liquid nitrogen — at 321 degrees below zero — is added to solidify the mix.
"It takes a minute and seven seconds, to be exact," Corbett says.
The shop, which has been open since late May, is delighting those for whom ice cream was previously taboo.
The owner points with pride to a 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies who, until visiting Atomic #7, had never before tasted ice cream.
"Her smile as the cool creaminess reached her tongue," Corbett recalls, "made everything worthwhile."
Atomic #7, 605 Mall Ring Circle, Henderson, Nev.; (702) 458-4777, http://www.atomicnumber7.com.
There's no need to sing for your supper at Chef Rick Moonen's namesake restaurant, but adventurous guests can test their sense of taste in an attempt to get a free dessert.
Moonen calls his mélange of 16 small scoops "Rick's Tasting Game." Guess the correct flavors of all 16, and the $18 charge is deducted from the bill.
"It's really meant to be shared by two people," Moonen says. And that's exactly what a companion and I did.
Together, we managed to correctly identify nine. Familiar flavors such as chocolate and coffee ice cream and banana sorbet were easy. But when it came to the curveballs in Rick's game, we floundered. Only when our server brought the answer sheet did we realize that one ramekin contained corn ice cream. It wasn't exactly a palate-pleaser, but the Thai tea ice cream was refreshing.
The flavors and the order in which they're presented change regularly. Don't be surprised to find garlic ice cream alongside Bing cherry sorbet.
Moonen says customers seldom correctly identify all 16 flavors. Still, the blind taste-testing provided a flavorful escape from the heat outdoors.
RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas; (702) 632-9300, http://www.rmseafood.com.