THE TOP TEN Las Vegas Burgers
Slow down on fast food hamburgers. Whether you enjoy your burger old-school—ground chuck pounded into a patty with tomato, lettuce and onion—or new-wave—Kobe beef topped with foie gras or a turkey burger with avocado and sprouts on a brioche bun—have it your way at one of these Top 10 Burger Restaurants in Las Vegas, presented in alphabetical order. Do you want fries with that?
Slow down on fast food hamburgers. Whether you enjoy your burger old-school—ground chuck pounded into a patty with tomato, lettuce and onion—or new-wave—Kobe... more
Burger Bar Las Vegas
Mandalay Place, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119 / 702-632-9364
There are burger bars and there is Hubert Keller's Burger Bar Las Vegas. This is the Hubert Keller whose Fleur de Lys is among the most revered fine dining restaurants in San Francisco. Each of this unique eatery's booths has a small TV featuring silent movies, blurbs about the restaurant and, upon request, sports events. The small open kitchen turns out an array of delicious burgers with an amazing selection of toppings. There are Black Angus beef, Kobe beef, Colorado lamb, turkey and vegetarian burgers with traditional topping choices plus imaginative options such as pesto or cranberry sauce, and pan-seared foie gras and black truffles. Special burgers served with skinny fries include the surf 'n' turf Black Angus layered with a grilled half lobster and grilled green asparagus on a plain bun. The Burger Bar's pièce de résistance is the very pricey Rossini burger created with Kobe beef, sautéed foie gras, shaved truffles and Madeira sauce on an onion bun. Worth the calorie splurge are desserts such as the burger-shaped chocolate ganache with a slice of passion fruit gel (stand-in for a tomato slice) on a warm burger bun-shaped doughnut. Shakes and floats plus an extensive selection of bottled and draft beers, and a small but exquisite wine list, nicely complement the appealing cuisine.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-487-6463
The upscale, yuppie brewpub has coast-to-coast branches from Hawaii and California to Washington, D.C. and Florida. The legendary beers, garlic fries and hearty menu are served for lunch and dinner in a massive 400-seat dining room as well as in the spacious bar and on the outdoor patio. Appetizers, such as a chef’s sampler of a trio of chicken favorites (Southwest egg rolls, shrimp and chicken pot stickers and glazed chicken wings with sweet chili and ginger) are turned out in the expansive open kitchen. We also like the bruschetta with garlic Parmesan and the lump crab cake with Asian slaw and Cajun rémoulade. Spinach with goat cheese, bacon, egg, mushrooms and red onions in a tangy vinaigrette ranks high among the salad options. Sandwiches include the barbecue burger with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and Märzen sauce. Our favorite pizza is the roasted garlic and chicken with a white sauce. Carnivores should consider the 18-ounce Gorgonzola rib-eye. While beer reigns here, the brewery’s wine list also nicely complements the extensive menu. Save room for the moist carrot cake and the double chocolate fudge cake with crème anglaise.
Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis
Green Valley Ranch Casino, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052 / 702-617-7515
This whimsical oxymoron---a smoke-free steakhouse named for a cigar-smoking vegetarian---is a fitting tribute to the memory of a Las Vegas icon, Hank Greenspun. Elegant amenities include crystal chandeliers, custom-made glass wine cabinets, a spacious inner-lit translucent onyx bar-top and a marble bar-top around a grand piano. For starters, we like the lobster, potato and corn chowder and the mixed greens with goat cheese. Among hand-cut, corn-fed, 28-day-aged, mesquite-broiled USDA Prime steaks are Châteaubriand for two, a 12-ounce filet mignon, 28-ounce bone-in rib-eye and a porterhouse for two. The rack of lamb Provençal for two is also a favorite. Seafood lovers' choices include swordfish, Nantucket day-boat scallops, ahi and a 32-ounce Australian lobster tail. Among sides are grilled tomatoes with spinach and cheese, roasted wild mushrooms and garlic, Gorgonzola or horseradish mashed potatoes. The kid in us likes Hank's signature dessert---soft white chocolate cheesecake s’mores; the adult in us goes for the martini selections---30 of them in all---including Hank's dirty martini blending Grey Goose, dry vermouth, olive juice and olives.
Hash House A Go Go
6800 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146 / 702-804-4646
A sophisticated take on comfort food might best describe this cheerful restaurant's cuisine. Hash House A Go Go's San Diego-based founder calls it twisted farm food. The menus are as extensive as the portions are gargantuan. Favorite breakfast items are House Hashes such as house-smoked salmon and cream cheese tossed with crispy potatoes and topped with two scrambled eggs; and scrambles such as sun-dried tomato, basil and goat cheese with griddled mashed or crispy potatoes, both accompanied by fruit and a biscuit. Among flapjack preparations are blueberry-pecan, butterscotch-almond and Snickers. For lunch, we like the Kokomo---griddled meatloaf with roasted tomato and smoked mozzarella on old-fashioned milk bread, and the tasty crab cake Caesar. Big O'chicken pot pie is offered for lunch and dinner. Andy's crispy Indiana-style hand-hammered pork tenderloin with caramelized onions, fresh spinach, horseradish mashed potatoes, grilled corn on the cob and more is a dinner winner. Weekend brunch specialties include crab cakes Benedict and Andy's sage fried chicken with a bacon waffle tower or with two eggs, bacon, mashed potatoes and a biscuit. Iced pistachio mocha among specialty drinks and fruit cobblers among desserts cap Hash House A Go Go's hearty dining.
Le Burger Brasserie
Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-967-4347
“French-influenced American classic” might best describe the cuisine turned out in the elegant Le Burger Brasserie Sports Grille’s busy kitchen. There’s a cozy, comfortable sitting area and massive bar at the entrance, and the glassed-in wine closet complements the rich, dark wood of the 200-seat dining room. For starters, we like the organic Bibb lettuce with Granny Smith apples, Gruyère and lemon-mustard dressing. The eight-ounce ground Angus beef burgers range from the classic to the imaginative with an array of ingredients. One of our favorites is the "Le Paris" with Brie, caramelized onions and smoked bacon. Extensive topping choices include grilled onions, mixed greens, portobello mushroom and roasted peppers, while among extensive sauce choices are balsamic vinaigrette, blue cheese, Caesar, cranberry, lemon aïoli and pesto. Burgers are also created with lamb, salmon, chicken and vegetables. Complement your burger with a root beer float or a shake. The Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger with caramelized onions, Brie, prosciutto, 100-year aged balsamic vinegar and a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Champagne or 1982 Château Latour for $777 is worth the splurge. Save room for the brioche donuts with vanilla custard and mixed berry sauce or the chocolate coconut macaroon with chocolate mousse and caramel peanut sauce.
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2245 Village Walk Dr., Henderson, NV 89052 / 702-257-7427
Seating 400-plus diners in a replicated brick-walled Southern home relocated to The District adjoining Green Valley Ranch casino, this Southern California-based eatery is renowned for its savory ribs. Each room has its own ambience, from the dining rooms and enclosed patios to the bar with its counter and bar-style tables and chairs. The huge appetizer platter includes the favorites: pork rib tips, fried dill pickles, onion straws, fried green tomatoes, Dixie egg rolls, chicken strips and a tri-tip quesadilla. Among popular sandwiches is the half-pound smokehouse barbecue burger, served with two sides from a long list that includes honey-roasted peanut slaw and macaroni and cheese. Among appealing specialties is spicy jambalaya with smoked chicken, hot link sausage and black tiger shrimp in a piquant tomato sauce over Creole rice. The ribs---baby-backs, St. Louis spare ribs, barbecue beef ribs and imaginative combination platters---are slowly smoked with hickory wood. Wash down the hearty fare with Barq’s root beer, sweet iced tea or Lucille’s strawberry lemonade served in Mason jars. Save room for Chris' bread pudding created with sourdough bread, peaches, Southern pecans and sweet custard served with warm bourbon sauce.
Mon Ami Gabi
Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-944-4224
Gabino Sotelino's Mon Ami Gabi borrows the name and style of the Chicago eatery that's a key link in Richard Melman's innovative Lettuce Entertain You chain. We like the authentic European bistro look, and outdoor dining overlooking the Strip. What to eat? Everything from quiche, crêpes, omelets and the croque monsieur for lunch and the à la carte weekend brunch (the hamburger Roquefort au poivre is also a lunch favorite) to seafood to steak---and anything that's served with crisp, skinny french fries. Served for lunch and dinner are steamed Manila clams and a mixed green salad with Belgian endive, roasted pear, Maytag blue cheese, walnuts and balsamic dressing. Among other dinner appetizers is escargot de Bourgogne. The Chilean sea bass en papillote and the salmon tournedos are first-rate. So are the steak Roquefort and the desserts---we especially like the pecan-chocolate tart and the vanilla bread pudding. The extensive wine list nicely complements the cuisine.
Smith & Wollensky
3767 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-862-4100
This three-story freestanding replica of New York's steakhouse seats 500 in its versatile rooms. Wollensky’s "famous" split pea soup is a favorite. Among popular lunch entrées are the Wollensky burger, lobster and shrimp roll, mixed green salad with filet mignon and lobster, thin-crusted pizzas and Park Avenue meatloaf. Chilled asparagus and crab meat with pink grapefruit wedges, Maryland crab cakes, lemon-pepper chicken and Gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon are winners at both lunch and dinner. So are the grilled fish selections---sushi-grade tuna, Alaskan halibut, Indonesian shrimp and wild salmon---served with the choice of two sauces such as lemon zest-olive oil and wasabi-lime mayonnaise. In addition to the classic steaks for dinner, we like the veal rib chop and Cajun-marinated rib-eye. Among our favorite sides are the potatoes whipped with black pepper, chives, balsamic vinegar and basil oil. The all-American wine list nicely complements the cuisine. Save room for the carrot cake with walnuts and raisins layered with sweetened cream cheese.
Fashion Show, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-737-8747
Burgers, shakes and cakes are featured at this patio eatery adjoining sister restaurant Café Ba Ba Reeba! in the Fashion Show mall. This very casual burger place features black marble table tops dressed with white linen napkins. Cheese fries and guacamole and chips with salsa are popular starters. A half-pound bucket of peel 'n' eat chilled shrimp is served with cocktail sauce, lemon and crackers. We like the “famous” blue cheese burger with fried onions and the Bloody Mary burger with tomato, celery and horseradish. The Wagyu beef hot dog comes with a choice of tomato, onion, relish, sport peppers or pickle; the “hangover” sandwich is created with egg, grilled tomato and pepper jack cheese. Among favorites is the ahi sandwich with soy-ginger marinade. Save room for a slice of chocolate fudge, coconut or strawberry tall cake.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702-891-3000
Combining the energetic feel of the beach lifestyle and the cool beauty of a California garden, this 200-seat eatery was designed to capture the essence of the laid-back California dining experience introduced to Las Vegas in 1992 by the renowned chef-restaurateur. The friendly bar is popular with solo diners and those in a hurry. The wood-burning pizza oven, built into a shimmering wall covered in crushed stainless steel, turns out pies with imaginative topping combinations such as roasted mushrooms, leeks, thyme and goat cheese. Traditional at Puck restaurants, children are welcome, accommodated with their own menu. Puck and executive chef Dustin Lewandowski’s fare is created with a contemporary twist on the classic bar and grill restaurant menu, featuring appetizers such as sautéed Maine crab cakes with tomato relish and basil aïoli, and lemon-chili-glazed chicken wings with parsley and blue cheese dressing. Grilled panini sandwiches are available for lunch. The grilled flat iron steak with Maytag blue cheese butter and fries is a winner for lunch and dinner, as is the Prime burger with Vermont cheddar and smoked onion marmalade. Worth the splurge are corporate pastry chef Christophe Ithurritze’s irresistible creations, such as caramelized banana cream pie with vanilla custard, and peach cobbler cake with vanilla ice cream. Master sommelier Luis DeSantos’ diverse wine list focuses on New World-style wines and unique American producers.
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