Best Vegas Burger at Bradley Ogden? BBQ at CJ's?
John Curtas (KNPR's food critic) says that Bradley Ogden makes the best hamburger in town. Has anyone tried it?
Curtas also raves about CJ's BBQ (warning: the web site has loud, obnoxious sound). Any comments on this one?
7865 W Sahara Ave Ste 105, Las Vegas, NV 89117
A friend has raved about CJ's, though I'm yet to try it myself. Apparently the owner and pitmaster are from Central Texas, which is a good sign (IMO).
I would put the best burger in town at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. You can load it with your choice of about a thousand different toppings, great selection of burger meat, buns, fried sides, etc. Great spot - and they have some good beers as well.
Just an FYI: When it comes to listening to what John Curtas has to say - take it with a grain of salt. Curtas would say that McDonald's had the best burger in town if they recognized him when he walked through the door. His reviews are directly related to how much the restaurant kisses his a** when he dines there.
Last time at Burger Bar we were disappointed, the service was very slow and they had clearly left the food sitting for at least ten minutes. Was ok but I wasn't blown away. I'd try them again, though, the skinny fries are addictive, like little sticks of crack!
I have heard the burger at Ogden is amazing, might be a way for me to trick my wife into going to one extra nice restaurant. We usually only do two in a trip, if I can get everyone into Ogden for burgers, I can get one extra good place in!
So I went to CJ's yesterday... and that's the last time I take a recommendation from that particular friend at face value. It was bad.
We ordered brisket, sausage and their "signature style" ribs. Not sure exactly what "signature style" is supposed to be, but I'm assuming it's not overcooked, dried out and funny-tasting, as the ribs they served were. The brisket was also dried out. The sausage was decent, but all three meats were served lukewarm at best, and were cold very quickly. Sides were also not very good: the beans were bland (and seriously lacking seasoning), while the cole slaw was mostly just some shredded lettuce as a basis for some sort of mayonnaise-based sauce. CJ's barbecue sauce wasn't too great, either, it had some odd, earthy flavor to it.
I was really disappointed in this place. I wish they put as much effort into their food as they did into the Texana decorating the place. It's a pretty blatant rip-off of the Texas-based Rudy's chain (http://rudys.com/), but one that falls far short of the original. In retrospect, I should have sent the stuff back, I think I was too disappointed to even think about it at the time. I'll have to consult the friend who recommended and see what the deal was; I hope I just caught them on an off day. But if you're in the area and looking for BBQ, at this point, I'd say skip CJ's and hit TC's Rib Crib or Salt Lick in Red Rock.