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In Search of a Great Burger

First of all, the guy who writes vegasburgerblog is an idiot. Don't believe anything he says, and don't waste your time on his site.

The "established" great burgers are:
Burger Bar
Bachi Burger

You'll be happy with those.

If you want the cosmic, anarchic, decadant, dangerous burgers, then there are two:
Fat Choy - fat choy burger
Rollin' Smoke - outlaw burger.

Nothing dainty about those babies.

Apr 06, 2014
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Sage or e?

That's easy. E.
Nothing like it!

May 26, 2013
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Bank Atcharawan of LoS to Open Chada Thai and Wine in Las Vegas

I'll follow Bank anywhere.
Luv the guy.

Jun 17, 2012
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Where's the Beef (ribs)?

Tony Roma's on Sahara has beef ribs.
So does Lucille's in Green Valley.

I love beef ribs too, but they're hard to find anywhere.

Jun 17, 2012
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Best pizza in Vegas!!!

I love the subject of's as passionate as politics.

Forget Grimaldis....fake junk. Don't buy into it.
Due Forni....just a bit better than Grimaldis,
Forget Rocco's....dull.
DeMarcos is ok...but barely.
Metro...not bad, but just ok.
Big Mammas and Big Pappas....blech.
Napoli....not bad.
Albo's on the strip....surprisingly pretty good.
Old School Pizzeria.....ok, but crust too thick.
Naked City Pizza....I have no idea what they're thinking here.
Broadway Pizza....fine, but not memorable.
Villa Pizza...yawn.

The only places to consider for REAL neapolitan pizza (commonly called NY pizza by those who've never been to Italy) is:

Now for "neighborhood" ;pizza.....
after 5 years of looking there is only one: Sicili Pizzeria: a little joint in a dingy strip mall on Twain, 2 blocks off the strip. Absolutely wonderful! Absolutely authientic.
It's where I go every week.
It's a secret. Don't tell anyone!

Jan 19, 2012
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

French Fries in Vegas

The truffle-parmesan fries at Envy.
To die for.

Nov 04, 2011
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Barrymore - Las Vegas

I agree whole-heartedly. This is the best new restaurant in Las Vegas. Cool and intimate, with great food and fair prices.
And by the way, they have what could be the best burger in Las Vegas; as good as Bradley Ogden's and less expensive.
I go there once or twice a week now.

Bradley Ogden
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Oct 09, 2011
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Bachi Burger

I agree. Bachi Burger is the best new spin on the classic burger I've ever seen!

Prices are fair and the food in endlessly inventive. Only down-side is that the restaurant is in an odd location. But if you wait long enough, it'll become a franchise and there'll be one in your neighborhood.

Burger Bar is good but it's not in the same league of inventiveness as Bachi Burger.

May 04, 2010
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

What's the best steakhouse in Las Vegas in Chowhound's Opinion?

I live in Las Vegas.

Here are the best steak places, on or around the strip, in no particular order:
Mastro's Ocean Club
Joe's Stone Crab and Steak

I'd avoid Delmonico's, Del Friscos, and Stripsteak...although I'm sure there are those who think they are sublime...don't believe them.

Apr 10, 2010
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Delmonico vs. SW Steakhouse

Between the two SW is much better.
So is Envy, Cut, Prime and Craftsteak.

Mar 14, 2010
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas eating report. L'Atelier, Sage, Sinatra, Stripsteak

I live in Las Vegas, and eat out every night. One of the worst meals I've had recently was at Stripsteak. Mediocre cuts of meat; fries that come too early and get cold by the time the main course arrives. Overpriced wine. Not to mention that the room is like a school cafeteria: cold and hard and tinny.
There are many, many better alternatives for steak in Vegas.
Try Envy or Joe's if you want great meat.

3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Mar 03, 2010
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

grind burgers, lv (tropicana ave)

Grind is overpriced.
In and Out is cheaper.
Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay is better.

Feb 26, 2010
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

LV steakhouse questions

Circus Circus Steak House is profoundly over-rated. The steaks are okay.....but nothing better than Outback as far as I'm concerned.
I agree with others that Cut and Craftsteak and SW are outstanding. But the big secret (and I live in Las Vegas) is Envy Steakhouse...on Paradise, a block from the strip.

Jul 26, 2009
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Sea Harbor and Beijing Noodle #9 at Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas

I went to Beijing Noodle #9 yesterday. I love handmade noodles, having had them many times in Vancouver. They do have an authentic noodle-maker there, and the noodles are very good, albeit overpriced, but the restaurant doesn't focus on noodles despite its name. In fact, there are only about 6 or 7 noodles dishes on the menu. The rest of the items are the usual asian fare. However, if you crave the handmade noodle experience like I do, then this is about it for Vegas. If they were smart, they'd focus exclusively on handmade noodles, since there doesn't seem to be anywhere else in Vegas that offers this, and let customers add any meat and/or vegetable and/or sauce to suit their tastes.

Apr 02, 2009
jjo1953 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Local Love + Deals

I agree, this is a wonderful idea for a thread. I hope people keep it going.

My contribution is Rincon Criollo for cuban food. It's on Las Vegas Blvd near Charleston. It's like eating at someone's home in Havana: modest, no liquor but delicious.

Speaking of Food Express at Palace Station, how is it? As good as it was when it operated on Decatur?

Mar 07, 2009
jjo1953 in Southwest

Vegas: Great Cuban sandwich at Florida Cafe

Florida Cafe is more like a regular restaurant, with booths and a bar etc..

Rincon Criollo is like eating in your cuban mother's kitchen.

Both are very good. I prefer Rincon because it feels more authentic, but it doesn't have a liquor license so bring your own if you so desire.

Feb 05, 2009
jjo1953 in Southwest

Six Tables in Las Vegas

Does anyone have an experience at this restaurant that they'd like to share?

I'm wondering if the food, and the experience, compare to Vintner's Grill.

Jan 23, 2009
jjo1953 in Southwest

fine tuning fine dining in vegas

Lotus: they have a buffet at lunch in addition to the menu, and that reduces the overall experience, not to mention they have an outstanding wine list that is more likely used at dinner.
Bouchon: not as good for dinner as many others believe; I've never had an outstanding evening meal there
L'Atelier: all-around wonderful food and service

Oct 26, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

fine tuning fine dining in vegas

Lotus of siam: yes, but go for dinner
Bouchon: breakfast only.
La Mexicana: or Agave very near Red Rock
Rosemary's: Vintner's Grill in Summerlin is a lot better
Try Hash House A Go Go for one breakfast, or Black Bear Diner, both off-strip
Bradley Ogden: Burger is excellent
Romantic dinner; L'Atelier
A lunch at Mon Ami Gabi (Paris) is a must

Oct 26, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Vegas Restaurant Help

Avoid B&B unless you like oversalted food.

Bartolotta and Alex, at Wynn, are outstanding restaurants, best in class, but very expensive, so you should avoid them.

I agree that Mon Ami Gabi, at Paris, is fairly priced and wonderful.

Spago, in the Forum shops, is always good.

All the fairly-priced, and outstanding, restaurants are off the strip.

Oct 21, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Please tell me about Hash House a Go Go in Vegas

It's one of many good breakfast places off-strip. It's known for very very large portions!

Oct 21, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Where can I have an "Oh, my god" food experience? (Las Vegas)

Rosemary's is a better-than-average restaurant, but not OMG...and certainly not in the same league as Alex, Robuchon or Savoy.

Sep 18, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Burgers and Half-Bottles Coming to Las Vegas?

I know 5 guys very well...from Tampa...they're good but frankly they don't compete with Inn & Out, let alone all the Kobe-crazy high-end burger joints in Vegas.

I just like the idea of a great prime burger with a half-bottle of red wine: that's my idea of heaven.

Aug 09, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Burgers and Half-Bottles Coming to Las Vegas?

It's one of the best ideas I've heard in many years.....I've never tried the Yountville place but I am certainly going to be a patron of the Vegas place. GENIUS!

Aug 09, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Best Italian in Vegas? Suggestions desired.

Italian: if money is not an issue, the best Italian is Bartolotta at Wynn. Il Mulino in vegas is very much like the New York version. B&B is very disappointing; uninspired cuisine with way too much salt. Valentino at times can be truly outstanding. Rao's is worth a visit but the food is average.

By the way: Bouchon and Burger Bar have seen better days. They're running on the fumes of their reputations if you ask me.

Aug 07, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

BLT Burger (Las Vegas)

The burger I had on opening night truly wasn't as good as a 3x3 at Inn & Out. And I know meat too.
However, I intend to go back to BLT to give it another shot....hopefully they've worked out the usual new-restaurant kinks.

By the way, if you want the best burger in Las Vegas, it is unquestionably at Bradley Ogden in Caesar's Palace. It's so good, one group I dined with had it for kidding.

Aug 02, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

Brio Grille, Las Vegas

Town Square is very, very popular, especially with locals.

The Blue Martini is packed every night during happy hour (half-price drinks and bar food)...the Yard House is also jammed (more varieties of beer than anywhere else).

I've eaten at Brio about 5 times: it's a very pretty restaurant and the food is okay (not outstanding by any definition). You can expect to wait at least 30 minutes for a table, unless you want to sit at the uncomfortable bar.
Last time I was there, when I asked the airhead-hostess how long the wait for a table was, she said "just 30 or 40 minutes". I told her to never put the word 'just' before 30 or 40 minutes...and then my friend and I sat at the bar.

Aug 01, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

First time to Vegas - Planning my restaurants!

I lived in LA for 2 decades and went to Pinks all the time. Pinks in Vegas is not the same and not worth it. Nathan's is a little better. If you're ever in LA, you must go to the original Pinks however.

Jul 23, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

First time to Vegas - Planning my restaurants!

RE: B&B...they are notorious for oversalting their food. One time we pointed that fact out to the waiter, and he came back and said "that's the way we do it here!"....I've been 3 times but will not return.
Delmonico's which is right across the hall from B&B is a better overall dining experience, but it is not the best steakhouse in LV, not even the second best.

Jul 23, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest

First time to Vegas - Planning my restaurants!

Burgers: the perfect food, and Las Vegas doesn't disappoint here either.
I have been doing a personal survey of Vegas burgers for some time now. Here are some notes:

Burger Bar at Mandalay: good angus and kobe burgers with a large variety of combinations and additions. Expect to wait for a table, unless you sit at the bar, and then you might have to wait too. Personally, I think BB has gone downhill.
Stipburger: stay away...mediocre fare.
BLT Burger at Mirage: a clone of Burger Bar...might be good one day....just opened and has many kinks to work out.
Burger Brasserie at Paris: merde.
Daniel Boulud: the foie gras burger worth the experience but get a side order of Lipitor with it.
Red Robin: off-strip but very good.
Kilroy's: way off-strip and also very good.

BEST FAST FOOD BURGERS: Inn & Out and Fatburger in that order.
BEST CASINO BURGER: Bradley Ogden. One group of 8 diners loved it so much, they had it for dessert after a multi-coursed meal.
BEST OFF-STRIP BURGER: Kobe burger at Burger Stop on Eastern. Great burger and only costs about $7! Where in this great country can you get a Kobe burger for less than $7!?

Jul 23, 2008
jjo1953 in Southwest