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A little history about Zenaida’s Cafe

American Cuisine with a fine dining twist!

Founded in 2016, Zenaida’s Cafe is a comfortable throwback with its unique style. This eastside diner with a rainbow-tiled floor, art-for-sale on the walls, and a funky jazz soundtrack dishes up breakfast and lunch with hearty comfort food specialties and ever-changing Chef-inspired features and has become known for unique ways to accommodate Vegetarian and Vegan diners.

Zenaida’s love for food does not stop at the Cafe. Chef Sterling and the catering team can build a custom menu for all events; weddings, business dinners, private parties, and more!

The Chef

A little history about the Chef

Sterling C. Burpee

In 2012, after leading the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas as Executive Chef and Vice President Culinary Operations Chef Sterling Burpee received a calling to bring high end quality food to airports.

He joined a young team of entrepreneurs successful in retail in several airports across the United States who tagged Chef Sterling to lead a new team and bring high quality food at the fast pace demanded at airport venues. The “Crews Enterprise” then quickly expanded to Dulles, Reagan Airports, Atlanta and 5 new concepts in LAX. In all Chef Sterling was part of a 100-million-dollar addition to the Crews Enterprise.

Prior to joining the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas in 2006, Mr. Burpee was the Executive Chef of the Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas. Before Wynn Las Vegas, Chef Sterling was the Senior Banquet Chef for the Marriot Marquis in Manhattan, New York. Prior to his position in New York, lived in California where he was Corporate Chef at UCLA.

Mr. Burpee also has years of experience working in the casino restaurants. He was part of the opening team for Bally’s Park Place Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He continued his career opening other casino-hotels such as The Sands as Executive Sous Chef, at Caesar’s as Lead Cook Primavera, the Showboat Chef De Cuisine, Sundeck Coffee Shop, and Claride Casino as Sous Chef Main Kitchen. Mr. Burpee has been in the hospitality industry for 40 years, but he will never forget his apprenticeship under Master Chef George McNeill. It was from him that he gained his professionalism and learned the importance of quality and the presentation of foods.

All along and to this day, Sterling has provided consulting to clients in many phases of the restaurant and catering business from start-ups to industrial kitchen design and menu development, to staff training and financial responsibility.

Since 2016, Chef Sterling has delighted diners on the Eastside of Las Vegas at Zenaida’s Café while also operating a highly successful catering business that brings his exceptional talents to events of all sizes and types.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Zenaida’s Cafe returns to the list, coming in at No. 25. Last year, it was No. 24. The family-owned Zenaida’s (Zeh-NYE-duh) offers art on the walls for sale, a jazz soundtrack and comfort dishes for breakfast, lunch and brunch.

Las Vegas Review Journal

If Zenaida’s Cafe on East Tropicana had not been named No. 24 on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in 2023, if the restaurant had never averaged 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 1,500 reviews on Yelp...

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Boasting a perfect Yelp score, Zenaida's Cafe is one of Las Vegas' top spots for a tasty breakfast or brunch – but the best part of the meal comes right at the end

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It's pretty tough to earn a five-star rating on Yelp, but this eccentric cafe has managed to do it. Between the funky jazz soundtrack and the wall art. 

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The Monte Cristo sandwich is a throwback, a cheesy, sweet and savory structure you could once find on every casino coffee shop menu. 

Hoodline

Topping the list is New American spot Zenaida's Cafe. It's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting five stars out of 756 reviews on Yelp.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Two Las Vegas restaurants have been named by Yelp to the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2023. 

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Zenaida’s Cafe, a breakfast, lunch and brunch place serving American comfort food on East Tropicana Avenue, comes in at No. 24. Zenaida’s averaged 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 950 Yelp reviews.

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