Atomic is the bomb, and Smashburger adds a location

Two entrepreneurs, Rachelle Fournier and Ginger Corbett, have collaborated on Atomic #7, and after sampling their wares next to the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson (605 Mall Ring Circle, 458-4777), I am huge fan.

This is unlike anything you’ve tried before, and I’m predicting that the concept will turn into a franchise. First you order an ice cream from a list of bases, such as cream, almond milk or coconut milk. The next step is to choose flavors and add-ins. Then the real fun begins.

One of the two partners freezes your ingredients in a mixing bowl by means of pumping in liquid nitrogen from cylinders just below the counter. Then they scoop it into a cup of different size, depending on your order. Cream tastes best, then coconut milk, if left up to me.

The smoothies are interesting, too. I ordered their signature smoothie, the Atomic Amazon, a 24-ounce drink made with 18 ingredients, including acai, goji, mangosteen and other antioxidants. It tastes like an ordinary berry smoothie, but according to Corbett, who has one every morning for breakfast, it is much healthier.

The seven, incidentally, represents nitrogen’s place on the Periodic Table. We like that number.

Did anyone catch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution series when it aired on ABC in March? If not, you can see it at, and you should. He confronts school cooks and officials in Huntington, W. Va., and he takes them to task for what the children eat. In the beginning, the kids throw his baked chicken and fruit in the trash, preferring Chicken McNuggets and pizza instead. Later … well, watch the series.

Over at the Venetian, David Burke has left the building, even though a gilded egg, his signature logo, still sits on the sill on restaurant row in that casino. Now the location houses a quasi-Italian restaurant called E.B.’s Timpano Tavern, and methinks other Italian restaurants in the complex, which include Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino next door, Zeffirino upstairs and the three Mario Batali restaurants in house, aren’t over the moon about it.

Finally, the success of Smashburger at West Lake Mead Boulevard and North Buffalo Drive has led to the opening of a second location, at South Fort Apache Road and West Sahara Avenue. These burgers are meaty, messy and delicious, and Smashburger is the best burger chain since In-N-Out. The Sin City Smashburger—a half-pound of Angus beef, fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, haystack onions, grilled onions and Smash sauce on an egg bun—ain’t for sissies.

Hungry, yet?

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