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Taking an ethnic restaurant mainstream

Ethnic eats have always been popular in the U.S. As a country of immigrants, we’ve brought our foods with us, offering comfort and a way to stay connected to our pasts.

Small, ethnic restaurants span much of the country, often located in neighborhoods that have drawn immigrants from a common country.

But while it’s relatively easy to open a local enterprise to serve ethnic food to a homesick population of recent arrivals, making the leap to a mainstream market requires an extra dash of savvy.

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Fresh flair for familiar fare – Paymon’s mingles new twists, favorites.

Why do some restaurants hang on for years, while others seem to have shelf lives briefer than raspberries? The savvy ones know how to hang onto what works, while adding enough new stuff to keep things fresh.

That immediately popped into my mind over lunch at Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe on Maryland Parkway recently. I almost don’t need to look at the menu at Paymon’s because I’ve acquired a few favorites over the years. But there was, on a flap on the menu, a brief listing of summer specials, and the cold cucumber soup ($2.99) certainly sounded inviting.

And oh, my gosh, was it ever. The menu…

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Is the health district chasing smoke by targeting hookah smokers?

Cigarettes are bad for you. We know this. We’ve all seen the warning labels on advertising and packaging, years of anti-smoking campaigns and medical study after medical study linking both first- and secondhand cigarette smoke to cancers, birth defects and other terrible things.
Now, turn your attention to hookah—some might label her cigarette’s deceptively sexy sister; others claim…

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Government’s new attack on personal liberty: Hookah

(David Mansdoerfer) – During grad school, my class had a running joke – if you want to affect social change, just come up with a program to ‘educate’ the masses. Once the masses were ‘educated’, they would fall in line with your way of thinking and the world would magically turn into a better place. If we lived in this idealistic world, ketchup packets, Keynesian economists, and Democrats would all not exist. Though I jest, personal…

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Shut down hookah lounges?

Alan Stock of KXNT  talked with Jeff Ecker, Corporate General Manager, Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe and Hookah Lounge, about The Clark County Health District’s efforts to close down hookah lounges.

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Wait – Somewhere, an adult is still enjoying himself

Any night of the week at either of the two Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafés, the hookah lounges are full of men and women, college students, people of all ethnicities. The same scene is played out in Las..

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Is smoking hookahs dangerous?

The Southern Nevada Health District started an ad campaign that claims smoking a hookah for one hour is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.  Are hookahs dangerous?  And what do hookah lounge owners have to say about this?  The health district and a hookah lounge operator weigh in.

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Slim, beautiful vegetarians pick Paymon’s for healthy food

The healthiest cuisine at reasonable prices in Las Vegas is vegetarian, and for Cheap Eats, Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Lounge is the best.
Just ask the beautiful women who are always at the W. Sahara restaurant…

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Recent comparisons of hookahs and cigarettes are a smoke screen

The notion that smoking hookahs is as harmful to your body as cigarettes has little scientific data to substantiate the claim. The “experts” compare hookah and cigarette smoke using varying sets of data…

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Fodor’s Review

Centerpiece of one of the most decadent crazes to hit Sin City in recent memory, the hookah is an elaborate Middle Eastern water pipe that is used to smoke exotic tobaccos (and yes, we just mean tobacco). Thanks to a helpful “Hookah Man” and…

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Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe brags two locations in Las Vegas

Nothing is more satisfying that a Mediterranean meal. Hearty, full of interesting spices and rich in history and since 1998, Paymon’s has brought this rich history to lucky Las Vegas locals.

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Mediterranean Diet: Choose this heart-healthy diet option

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

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Frommers

The emphasis on safe, mainstream food for the masses, to say nothing of the basic economy involved in running a Vegas restaurant (take your pick, either pay costly rent to a Strip hotel or get less tourist traffic with an off-Strip site), means that the kind of eateries other big cities take for granted—you know, cheap holes-in-the-wall, or charming little quirky joints, or the kind of ethnic places the chowhound folks brag about discovering—are rare indeed.

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AOL travel review

This dramatically-decorated cafe, located near the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, had its start as a small ethnic grocery store and deli. From those humble beginnings in 1988, Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Hookah Lounge has risen to become the place to go for Mediterranean food and many varieties of relaxing hookah flavors in Las Vegas.

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Where the locals eat

This dramatically-decorated cafe, located near the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, had its start as a small ethnic grocery store and deli. From those humble beginnings in 1988, Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Hookah Lounge has risen to become the place to go for Mediterranean food and many varieties of relaxing hookah flavors in Las Vegas.

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Paymon’s: Stylish mediterranean bar in Las Vegas

Definitely, good times anywhere have everything to do with the company and not necessarily with the place. However, sharing friendship, memories, and plans with the best company at a cozy and stylish place such as Paymon’s is a plus! Paymon’s is a Mediterranean cafe and lounge -well known for its hookah offering- with two locations in Las Vegas.

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10 best review

Known for tantalizing dishes from the Middle East and the Mediterranean world, Paymon’s is an oasis of exotic flavors in Las Vegas’s culinary terrain. Students from UNLV often frequent the place, and the soothing outdoor patio elicits lots of favor from regulars.

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Best Las Vegas strip (mall) restaurants

Most of America knows the strip mall as that random and anonymous assortment of chain stores, outlets, and fast food joints given cohesion by its giant parking lot, and anchored by its Starbucks. Rarely do we think of it as a natural cache for a city’s culinary genius.

Yet strip malls are precisely where you’ll find some of the most surprising—and best—cuisine in Las Vegas…

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