Monday, April 9, 2012

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas...except for burger reviews

Over the past year and half, I've been to Las Vegas three times.  That's pretty impressive considering I had never been before and I'm not a gambler. My two favorite things about Vegas are the shows and the food.  You'll find some pretty amazing restaurants with some fabulous food in Vegas and of course, being a burger babe I'm always looking for the best burger Sin City has to offer.

Instead of doing a different blog for every Las Vega burger place I've visited, I thought I would do a quick summary of each place.

January 2011  - New York New York
The very first time I went to Vegas I went with fellow Burger Babe Anita, and her friend, April, to see Cher at Caesar's Palace (great show, by the way).   While we were waiting for her mom to fly in, the three of us found our way to the Broadway Burger Bar. They do boast one of the healthiest burgers around, made with 100% free-range, grass fed, Estancia beef from Uruguay. To be honest, it has been over a year since I ate at Broadway so I don't remember all of the details of the meal. I had the Black and Bleu and the fries and it was a good, solid performance.  I do recall that service was slow, which was weird because it wasn't very busy and that our meal was good, but nothing to write home about. I would say if you're on that end of the Strip and you really want a burger, you won't be disappointed.  However, if you've got the time to venture out and you want a fabulous burger, then the next place might be for you.

November 2011 - The Palazzo
The second time I went to Vegas I was with the de la Islas.  Again we arrived right at lunchtime and we had just one thing on our mind...lunch!  Thanks to the beauty of Yelp, we found I Heart Burger at the Palazzo.  The burger does have a pretty hefty price tag on it, but it's definitely the best I've had in Vegas and it's probably one of the better burgers I've had overall.  Anita and I split the i ♥ bacon burger, which is a blend of ground sirloin and applewood-smoked bacon, topped with crispy bacon, bacon mayo, smoked gouda, & onion strings, all on a brioche bun.  And yes, we had the fried pickles, one of our all-time favorite sides. Super yummy!  We also had the parmesan garlic fries, a good choice for the fry lover in your group.  We splurged and had the Fremont Street Sampler - Fried Oreos and Twinkies. Need I say more?

March 2012 - Fatburger and munchbar
The last time I went to Vegas was just this past Spring Break and this time I went with my two college roomies to celebrate our birthdays.  
While we were waiting for Kim and Justin to arrive, Diane and I decided a burger was in order.  We headed down to Fatburger, at the other end of the Strip, near the MGM Grand.  I think Fatburger is a West Coast thing, kind of like In-and-Out. And I've had more than one person tell me I should try it. But to be perfectly honest, I wasn't that big of a fan. I don't really like my burgers well done and that's what this one was. In fact, it kind of reminded me of the burgers at Goff's...charred and well-done. And, for a fast food burger, it was pretty pricey.  Definitely my least favorite out of the four burgers I've had in Vegas.

We also had a Munch Burger at munchbar in Caesar's.  It's right next to Pure, which makes it the perfect stop after dancing the night away.  It might have been because we were famished and because it was late, late at night, but the Munch Burger is pretty darn fabulous!  It comes with melted cheddar, tomatoes, pickles, onions, shredded romaine, and “fancy sauce.”. I didn't figure out what the fancy sauce was, but it really didn't matter...great burger!  And the burger comes with a stupid amount of fries, which were also incredibly tasty.  On a side note, munchbar has also grilled cheese sandwiches, which I've heard are just as fabulous.  Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to try it, but it is on my to-do for next time

Sorry, no pics of any of these burgers.  I know I have them somewhere...I just have to keep looking.  If you have any Las Vegas burger recommendations for me, please make a comment on this blog. You never know when I'll get the urge to go.

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