Contrary to rumor, Pura Vida Bakery and Bystro is not the only vegan eatery in Vegas, but they are the only one near the tourist areas. Even leaving aside location, I can see why Pura Vida is quickly stealing the spotlight. They are great!
The food: Excellent.
I tried the breakfast burrito, and it was delicious. Surprisingly so. I'd never tried a breakfast burrito before (to me, breakfast burrito sounds like something Taco Bell invented to use up last night's leftovers), but I ordered it after the waitress raved about it, and she was right. Once I sank my teeth and taste buds into that burrito, I was in love! It came with flaxseed tortilla chips and "bean salsa" (more like bean dip), and that, too, was pretty good, but the burrito itself was the star of the meal.
The chef also seems concerned about making her food healthy, but there's no trade-off in flavor. (Or if there is, I'd kill for a taste of the unhealthy version!)
The staff: Friendly.
All three staff members I met were nice and eager to please. They gave me recommendations about what to see in town and even printed out Google directions for me. At one point, the chef asked me to taste a salad dressing she's developing and then taste a variation on it and give feedback. (Both versions, BTW, were great. As far as I can tell, Chef Mayra is incapable of making something that won't delight you.) They really care about you here.
The price: Good for what you get.
Eleven bucks for the meal, plus a few more if you want something to drink (I'm such a cheapskate, I just get water.) plus the tip, adds up to more than I like to spend on breakfast, BUT the portions are large enough to justify the price. After that breakfast, I was so full that I ate nothing for the rest of the day except a handful of peanuts (and even that was more from boredom than hunger). I'm an overeater, so if I was filled, you will be, too.
You get gourmet food and plenty of it, so the price is a bargain.
Word of caution:
You might want to call first to check their hours. Happy Cow said they opened at 7AM, but when I walked in at 8:50, I had the impression their real opening time was now 9:00. They just started a few weeks ago, so they might be experimenting with different hours.
If I ever return to Vegas, Pura Vida will be my first stop!
flavor, friendly staff, value
price, they're too far from my home