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Best gourmet burger

denhams Oct 20, 2010 08:35 PM

Looking for the best Gourmet burger on the strip. We are atraying at Encore and want to find a great burger.

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    QAW Oct 21, 2010 06:44 AM

    There are some good places dedicated to the burger, with Burger Bar (Mandalay Bay) and BLT (Mirage) the cream of that crop, but Bradley Ogden seems to be just a cut above (you will find it on the lounge menu).

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    1. re: QAW
      BubblyOne Oct 21, 2010 09:57 AM

      +1 for the Bradley Ogden.

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

    2. SDGourmand Oct 21, 2010 07:46 AM

      Love the burger at L'Atelier..

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      1. re: SDGourmand
        observor Oct 23, 2010 01:01 PM

        What is that white thing on it?

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          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Oct 23, 2010 01:15 PM

          Pretty sure that's foie gras.

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            SDGourmand Oct 23, 2010 02:59 PM

            Foie it is. Nothing better.

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              observor Oct 24, 2010 01:06 PM

              Never had foie gras.

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                rednyellow Oct 24, 2010 02:48 PM

                I love LOVE foie gras but don't care for it on a burger. I find it distracting at best. however, I love it in tournados rossini. so go figure.... If you've never had it, I'd try it first in a more traditional presentation. The best ways I've enjoyed it have been seared and served with cooked fruit like orange segments or pear slices, but there are a zillion ways that its great.

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                  JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Oct 24, 2010 08:57 PM

                  I'd try foie gras on something else before having it on a burger... not that it's especially an acquired taste (it took me all of two seconds to acquire a taste for it), but I think I would prefer to enjoy it on its own in a more traditional presentation.

                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                    shamu613 Oct 25, 2010 03:04 AM

                    I grew up in Hungary with a completely different perspective on foie gras. Most see it as an exotic delicacy. For me, it was peasant food. During the last century, Hungary was a major producer of goose liver and most was exported to France. Buying retail in country was difficult. Virtually the entire supply was exported. What was available was canned in one kilo cans. That's pretty much a whole liver. My mother would take it out of the can and gently sear the outside in schmaltz and garlic to get rid of the metal can taste. She then put it in the refrigerator to cool down again.

                    As a kid, a perfect lunch was an open face sandwich on country bread smeared with schmaltz (chicken fat). That's it. Maybe a sprinkle of salt. As a treat, when it was available, a slice of goose liver.

                    If you are ever faced with a burger with foie gras, take it. But hold the beef and substitute schmaltz for mayo.

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            LVI Oct 21, 2010 09:33 AM

            On my most recent trip I had the pleasure of going across the street from Wynn to Strip Burger for lunch. Wasn't overly excited about it and as we got to the other side of Las Vegas Blvd. an attractive gal walked up to me with what looked like a business card (oh not this again) only to discover that she was giving me a 2 for 1 margarita from…Strip Burger. I have to say I was impressed with not only the burger but the fries and the out-of-this-world onion strings. Man they were GOOD! Also had In-n-Out on this trip and as always was a great burger. It really depends on what you are looking for. Personally, no reason to all the way to the other end of the strip and hit the "other" gourmet burgers as the Strip Burger is pretty darn close in terms of quality. And if you travel all the way down there why not just go to In-n-Out for a fraction of the price?

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              BubblyOne Oct 23, 2010 11:52 AM

              Going from the Encore to Caesar's (for example) is either a 15 mintue walk or a $7.50 cab ride. Well worth it to savor Bradley's burger and a bottle of champagne, for me anyway. I've got INO at home-I want to spurgle in Vegas a little, not eat fast food.

              1. re: BubblyOne
                QAW Oct 23, 2010 01:00 PM

                Champagne? I prefer a good Zinfadel with the burger (they serve Tobin James Ballistic by the glass). But perhaps time to try something new every once in a while...

            2. linguafood Oct 21, 2010 09:38 AM

              BLT Burger, hands down. And get a milkshake - they are fantastic!

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                baseballfan Oct 21, 2010 05:16 PM

                I love the burgers at Mesa Grill and I am huge fan of Burger Bar.

                Mesa Grill
                3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                  palmdoc1 Oct 21, 2010 06:37 PM

                  You will not find a consensus for your question; however, nearly all the usual suspects have been mentioned. I would add the burger at Carnevino at Palazzo, across the street from Wynn/Encore.

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                  1. re: palmdoc1
                    zin1953 Oct 22, 2010 07:37 AM

                    Agreed . . . me? I've a Burger Bar kinda guy, but it all depends upon a) which burger you order, and b) what YOU like . . . .

                  2. TheBurgerBusters Oct 22, 2010 02:01 PM

                    My favorite burger, hands down, is the burger at Olives at the Via Bellagio shops. In my opinion, it is the best burger in the country, and I have been on a quest for 10 years. I know for a fact that it is on the lunch menu, but I can't vouch for its availability on the dinner menu.

                    Hours of Operation:
                    Lunch and Dinner Daily
                    Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
                    Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
                    Bar Open Daily:
                    3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                    Bar menu available 7 days a week
                    Reservations Suggested by calling
                    866.259.7111 or 702.693.7223


                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                    1. re: TheBurgerBusters
                      selfportrait93 Oct 24, 2010 09:54 AM

                      Really worth a try considering your "burgerxperience"

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                        observor Oct 25, 2010 05:45 AM

                        I'm surprised to hear this as Todd English seems like such a moron. Any recollection on price?

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                          BubblyOne Oct 25, 2010 09:47 AM

                          Can't wait to try this on my next visit, since Bradley Ogden sets the bar pretty high for me.
                          I did have one of my favorite lunches ever at Olive's a couple years ago- an heirloom tomato Napoleon that was beyond divine.

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

                          1. re: observor
                            TheBurgerBusters Oct 26, 2010 06:24 PM

                            I think it was about 16 bucks.

                            Note: I tried the same burger at the NYC location, and it was AWFUL

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                            TheBurgerBusters Jun 24, 2011 08:48 PM

                            Sadly, the burger at Olives is no longer good...new ingredients and a change of staff, and it is just over-priced chuck. Holsteins over at The Cosmopolitan is pretty amazing, though. It was fine dining on a bun.

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                              TheBurgerBusters Jul 9, 2011 09:25 PM

                              Never mind. Chef Thomas Cullen departed Holstein's, and it was no longer amazing after his departure. BLT was very good, though.


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                              blackbookali Jul 30, 2011 11:19 PM

                              Th burger at Olives is a must miss

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                              sockster Oct 24, 2010 06:31 PM

                              My vote is for the Bradley Ogden burger...incredible!!

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

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                              1. re: sockster
                                A5 KOBE Jun 24, 2011 10:51 PM

                                The best.

                                Closely followed by the burger at Carnevino. Sometimes inconsistent, but awesome when it is right.

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                                  TheBurgerBusters Jul 9, 2011 09:22 PM

                                  Bradley Odgen has walked away from his namesake restaurant, and the burger is now a sad, oily thing. I had it last month, and it was a PASS.


                                  1. re: TheBurgerBusters
                                    BubblyOne Jul 14, 2011 12:48 PM

                                    I just had it too and it was as divine as ever. Bryan Ogden (Bradley's son) was running the place back on my first visit several years ago as well.

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                                  vikingvegas Oct 26, 2010 09:12 PM

                                  Since you're staying at the Encore, venture over to the Wynn and Tableau. They have a great Kobe Burger and their fries are the best I've ever had.

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                                    buytheredcar Jun 24, 2011 09:10 PM

                                    To me Burger Bar is over rated. Very pricey, dry and somewhat flavorless.
                                    Place is kinda dirty too.

                                    In N Out is better to be honest.

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                                    1. re: grimaldi
                                      Friend of Bill Jun 26, 2011 06:04 PM

                                      Holsteins at the Cosmopolitan; closely followed by Bradley Ogden's.

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

                                      1. re: buytheredcar
                                        TheBurgerBusters Jul 9, 2011 09:20 PM

                                        Amen, Burger Bar has fallen apart. I sent mine back twice and finally gave up. The manager lied and told me that they have never seasoned the burgers. IMHO this place has been sliding down for about three years.

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                                          raider Jul 11, 2011 05:47 AM

                                          ok TBB, what do you recommend these days?

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                                            TheBurgerBusters Jul 26, 2011 05:18 PM

                                            I Love Burgers at Pallazo is pretty solid, and the shakes are great.

                                            LBS out at Red Rock was solid--not amazing---but solid.

                                            The young chef (Eli Fortney) at KGB burgers at Harrahs is really good and turns out solid food.

                                            I hear Mon Ami Gabi at Paris is great, but I have not tried it yet.

                                            I am a fan of BLT at Mirage. They grind their own custom blend on-site. The deep fried pickles were a revelation.


                                            Mon Ami Gabi
                                            3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                                            Red Rock Bar
                                            1729 E Charleston Blvd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89104

                                            1. re: TheBurgerBusters
                                              grimaldi Jul 29, 2011 12:07 PM

                                              American cheese. That's all I'm sayin... <shakes his head, rolls his eyes>

                                      2. skaboy Jul 29, 2011 09:04 PM

                                        A little bit off-strip, 5 minutes south of Mandalay Bay, go East on Windmill (Blue Diamond hwy in the other direction) to Bermuda is Bachi Burger. Great burgers, asian flair, awesome sides, braised pork belly dumplings...a deal compared to strip pricing.


                                        Bachi Burger
                                        470 E Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89123

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