Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Travels with Blondie: Vegas Burgers

I apparently eat a lot when in the desert, or on vacation, or some mixture of the two. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat a lot every day. Yeah, I have elevensies, what are you going to do about it? Now, let me tell you about the burgers...

If you've been paying attention, you've read all about me and animal style. Unfortunately, I didn't make it back to In-N-Out to 1) have a McDonald's vs. In-N-Out head to head, 2) try animal style on something other than the double double, or 3) order an "off the menu" item. But there's always next time, right? That's how I'm consoling myself.

My next burger was at Burger Bar in Mandalay Place, the mallesque structure connecting Luxor and Mandalay Place. This burger was brought to us by acclaimed chef (and Top Chef guest judge!) Hubert Keller, the man behind Vegas' and San Francisco's Fleur de Lys. Vegas tip: Keep your party small since the waits here can get long (it was an hour when I went at 2pm on Friday), and if your party's small, you can eat at the bar. And the bar is huge, in both space and drink options. The space is very deep and decorated like a modern pub, with T.V.s in each booth, but not so sports bar that you think a frat boy may throw up on you. I didn't get the $60 burger (the tables hate me), so I settled on the Black Jack burger (Angus beef, Monterey Jack, and tapenade on a ciabatta bun). My original thought was seriously "Tapenade? on a burger? My life is in your hands, Hubert." He knows what he's doing because that was awesome. It totally depended on the type of cheese. The beef could have been a little juicier for my liking, but I would definitely eat this again. The tapenade complemented as opposed to overwhelmed, served as a better condiment than ketchup or mustard, and it wasn't too fishy. I could take or leave the fries, but that burger, that burger was delicious.

Later on in the week, after dropping myself off the Stratosphere, I got to go to FIX in the Bellagio. This place was completely off my radar and I would like to thank Moniker for picking it out. I love you long time. This is one of those romantic lighting places, and I was still shaky with adrenaline, so sorry the pictures are crappy. Almost the whole table (6 total) ordered the mini Kobe sliders, I decided on the grilled forest mushrooms as a side, while another chose the fried macaroni and cheese. The beef was juicy and tender, (those cows got some massages) while the burger to bun ratio was near perfect (little too much on the bun side). I made at least one little mushroom burger with the best mushrooms I've ever eaten in my entire life. The fried mac and cheese was shaped like the fat mozzarella sticks, but creamy delicious on the inside. It even comes with a cheese dipping sauce because the one thing on your mind is "hmm, I need more cheese with my fried cheese."

Dessert here was outstanding too (the beginning pictures didn't come out, the dessert shots had a snowball's chance in hell to looking anywhere near decent). There were two orders of the homemade doughnuts with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces, one Xtra-Large crème brûlée with vanilla and chocolate custard, and one "Shake and Bake" or a brownie and espresso ice cream. All where delicious, all were eaten, all were full to exploding. All were wondering "when can I come back?"

Burger Bar
Manadalay Place
3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South
(702) 632-9364

Bellagio Hotel
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
(702) 693-8300


Anonymous said...

Nissse..... what's an elevensie?

I saw Hubert do an over-the-top dessert burger (ganache-meat)on a cooking show, outrageous.

Tell me though if you eat the bar don't you end up with splinters in your teeth?

Siobhan said...

Haha. I imagine you would break your teeth first. Grammar error fixed.

Anonymous said...

I love you longer.

Anonymous said...

May I watch? I'll be real quiet.