Some people love the smell of coffee in the morning. Some even like waking up to the whiff of bacon and eggs. Not I though thanks to one breakfast on holiday that I will never forget.
So I was in Las Vegas on holiday and after a big night out on the town I woke up feeling not my usual 100%. And in between pottering around different places on Fremont Street to figure out what to have for my brekkie, I stumbled across a diner like spot inside the El Cortez hotel called Café Cortez (it’s sadly closed down now but that’s another story). I straddled up to a seat and asked what was good for breakfast. The server asked what I liked. I of course said bacon and to my surprise she said “Oh, you’ll want the breakfast burger then”. And it was a sight to behold. A burger patty bigger than my head with strips of crispy bacon on top and enough fries that it’s not embarrassing if you hand back a plate still with a mini mountain of fries on the side.
Las Vegas is an amazing city for burger lovers (especially if you love bacon in there) so I decided to compile a list of the best places to go for a burger when you’re lucky enough to be on holiday there.
Burger Spot No.1 – Wahlburgers
The flight to Las Vegas can be a long one, especially when you’re hungry. My mind was on one thing upon landing at McCarran; I had to finally get to Wahlburgers. This is a very popular chain in the States that is owned by the family of Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg, hence the name. I’ve been watching their TV show about the restaurant chain for a few years now and I always wanted to try their Sloppy Joe. It’s a burger you don’t really get at home in the UK but it’s basically a burger all mushed up instead of served as a patty with tobacco style onions on top. It’s very messy and oh so delicious, especially after airplane food so except to get at least some tomato sauce stains on your clothes.
Burger Spot No.2 – In-N-Out
Not all fast food burgers are created equal. In-N-Out has legendary status on the West coast of America for being more than a notch above their competitors. Their burgers are just little more expensive but are worth seeking out. The closest to all the action is just at the bottom of the strip up the road from New York New York. In true American style it’s a road site burger joint that is inconveniently behind one of the busiest motorway junctions in the city so if you really want one, hop in a taxi and tell the driver to take you to the one by the University of Nevada. You can have am animal style burger and then take a short jaunt around the corner to the Pinball Hall Of Fame; an actual museum full of pinball machines you can play.
Burger Spot No.3 – Glutton
If you are staying in Downtown or visiting Fremont Street, you’ll walk by the famous Heart Attack Grill that serves calorific meals that are honestly just a bit too much. Watching people inside tackling burgers and pizzas the likes of which you’d usually only see on Man V Food feels like watching animals at the zoo. If you love a good food challenge then by all means go for it, but if you prefer a well-made burger over shock value, nip a block over to a place called Glutton. It has that typical laidback American bar feel that is sometimes missing in Vegas. I went for lunch one day and had their Glutton burger (with bacon of course) and duck fat chips that are served like garlic potatoes.
Burger Spot No.4 – Holsteins
Prefer to get your burger somewhere a little fancier? Well there are a few high-end spots on the famous Vegas Strip that try to make burgers look more posh than an M&S ad. Famous chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck have burger only restaurants in hotels like Planet Hollywood and the MGM Grand, but I dined out in style at Holsteins in the Uber trendy Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Burgers are on average $20 if that gives any indication of how high end we’re talking. I had The Rising Sun which was an Asian inspired burger with teriyaki glaze and tempura avocado with The Fat Boy Milkshake ($15) that had candy flavoured vodka, Reese’s pieces, Oreo bits, Pretzels and candy floss on top. It was a meat and sugar coma I was happy to be a part of.
Now these are just a few of the many amazing spots to eat in Las Vegas when you want a nice burger. There are other foods too like the unbelievable BBQ i had at Big Ern’s in the Container Park and the super healthy Hula Bowl at Bowlology (because you can’t go too crazy with your diet on holiday) but if you just want a tried and trusted, proper American burger, these are the places to go.
And if you’re thinking of booking that dream holiday to Las Vegas anytime soon, have a look online for a discount code for Thomson as they run special deals for holidays to the States.