Yes, I know there are a shit ton of Burger joints on the Strip.
So I only went to a couple this trip.
First we check out LVB BURGERS AND BAR at The Mirage then BURGER BRASSERIE at Paris. Two lesser known places after that. Vince Neil's Tatuado and Hennessey's Downtown.
When you sit at the bar at LVB Burger you get the opportunity to watch the cooks in action. The grill is a massive round Hibachi style unit. A couple small fryers on the sides out of the way and about 4-6 cooks doing there thing as the bartenders take drink and food orders. Very cool atmosphere. We liked the smell of the fresh burgers coming off the grill, never once did we see a disappointed customer and we were happy with our Mushroom and Swiss. Cooked exactly medium and we got to see it leave the grill and hit the plate seconds before our first bites. Flavors blended well (Marinated portobello mushrooms, gruyere, spinach, house aioli). As a side note the bun was also very fresh and toasted nicely. They have some really good looking aps and side dishes but we were just there for a snack.
Next time I will definitely imbibe in a few more items like an adult shake or something, which all looked pretty good. To be honest the aps didn't look all that interesting.
Their prices are very reasonable for "gourmet" burgers on the Strip. The Chef (Michael LaPlanca) is well known for his quality work. He has just opened another restaurant in The Mirage we intend to visit next trip
There's a large seating area, very roomy and looked comfy. Plenty of huge screen TV's to catch up on scores or watch a game. Since we sat at the bar, a beer with the burger sounded great. The bartender suggested something I ignored, as usual, and went with a Tall Bud Light but it went perfectly. LVB Burger is located by the entrance next to Rhumbar and they are open from 11a-12a Sunday through Thursday and 11a-2a Friday and Saturday.
Burger Brasserie located at Paris Hotel and Casino is a little hard to categorize. Our waiter (Billy) said "we have a Huge Identity crisis." Which is NO reason to not visit this place. Amazing food and a great atmosphere with TV's everywhere and the room is warm with big comfy half booths half tables that seemed very private if you wanted it to be. Crossed between a sports bar and something out of a Parisian Cabaret.
The French influenced burger menu was not limited to beef but offered ground chicken, lamb and Veggie burgers to boot. Food came out perfectly cooked as ordered. One medium Paris Burger (brie cheese, caramelized onion, smoked bacon) with Onion Rings too many to eat, stacked on a spike and served with some really tasty spicy ketchup. One California Chicken burger with regular fries, again too many to finish, over-filled into a cone shaped cup. Being honest this was perhaps the best burger(beef) I've ever had in Las Vegas but it WAS by far the best Chicken Burger I have ever tasted anywhere. They both blew us away in terms of flavors. The service blew us away in terms of knowledge, the aforementioned Billy, walked us through the menu as if he was a cook, then gave us a mental tour of the entire restaurant including the basement butcher shop. He made the experience twice as pleasant, and it was already pretty perfect. We will ask for him in the future. The average price on burgers was ridiculously average at $14 each and this is definitely both a "destination" restaurant as well as a "spur of the moment" stop and grab a burger spot. They are open from 11a-Midnight every day and Happy Hour is (2 for 1 drinks) Monday through Friday 2-6p.
On to the pleasantly surprising Vince Neil's Tatuada. Yes we traveled into that Huge Hideous MCdonalds Playland called Circus Circus, but only because Motley Crue RULES!
I've been here before and just wanted to make a pit stop to see any new developments. To be fair this is a well run restaurant and they serve some pretty good food at reasonable prices. Vince Neil's has karaoke every freakin night I guess. which isn't bad unless the place is empty then it seems moot. The place itself seems modeled from a late 80's Rock Club right off the Sunset Strip but has that old Vegas charm of dark reds, leather and high backed booths. I sit at the bar generally and this was no exception. Karaoke was of course happening as it does every night from 8:30p until 11:30p. I was feeling a little peekish so I thought Id better eat a little something. Browsed the menu and discovered what else, burgers. Big sloppy messy burgers that looked like you might find at Guy Fieri's joint. Well this is a Rock and Roll Restaurant so we're all in on what I thought might be a mistake. I was pleasantly surprised, don't get me wrong it was 2 plates of mess but in a tasty way. We got one burger which was topped with mac and cheese and one chicken sandwich smothered in avocado and salsa. These aren't burgers you can manipulate to look better for Twitter or Snapchat these are burgers and sandwiches spilling from the sides, extra napkins a must, can not pick up without eating around it first, type of foods. We persevered and with all sincerity I am glad we did I finished every bit of mine and enjoyed it. The cheese was just the right amount of thickness to glue it safely to a 100% Angus beef patty. I never asked what made the sauce spicy or what secret ingredients were in the mac and cheese it just worked well. The Chicken sandwich was not as messy but nothing stayed under the bun. The first bite sent a monster amount of avocado and salsa out the back, from there you must salvage it with fork and knife. Karaoke was run very well and didn't overpower the place like some places can. The one knock I had was the "Specialty Drinks" we ordered came pre-mixed and that was a turn off considering how expensive they were. I switched to beers and ended the evening talking with a pretty cool bartender about Vince Neil and the restaurant he had before this one and a few of his exploits most Motley Crue fans already know about. I am a Crue fan and loved the Gold Albums and posters lining the walls. Most of the tv's were tuned into what seemed to be early MTV videos, mainly Motley Crue. Vince Neil's is open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner 7am till 12:30am with Happy Hour(s) from 11am till 7pm. Thats a Rock Star Happy Hour.
Last but not least..... well maybe least, is Hennessey's downtown. We stopped in for their Tuesday, 2 for 1 burger special but they basically told us they were out of some burgers including the Burger of the Day but gave us a few other options. Not a problem we are willing to improv. Looking at the menu in the dark was the first issue but everyone around us was doing it so we did too. The noise coming from outside was the second issue but we chose the seats so that was our fault. They had some over head music but it wasn't quite audible with the group next to us screaming and complaining every 2 minutes about their waitress as their kids ran around unabated until one fell off a tall chair onto his head. The food did come quickly but that's not always a good thing as mine was a little over done and not much in the way of flavor. Cheese was warm at best and seemed to be something sitting for a while giving me the sense it was not my order. I noticed most people had plates and a pretty decent presentation, we got baskets with paper linings. Then again it could have been that busy. The other basket was a Club and it was received well but then again it's a Club. Fries were nothing special but done with a nice crisp finish. The server (Callie) was great and even stopped to apologize for the rude activities of the family sitting, or should I say running, around our booth. Im Irish so I will be back maybe when i can sit at the bar and have a pint but i am not planning it ahead of time. They are a chain restaurant much like a Tilted Kilt or Outback and I usually take Concept style Chains with a grain of salt, so you be the judge on your visit. Prices were average for burgers but very high for drinks and beers. Hennessey's has a pretty popular Happy Hour from 4-7p Mon-Friday. That will be my reason to try it again, I heard the Irish Coffee is amazing.