In this edition of "Grilled", we're talking burgers with Mark Estee of Burger Me! (Reno, Nevada and Truckee, CA).
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Vegas is a big burger town, but with the average price of a burger and fries hovering around $18 at most restaurants on the strip, it's not the place to roll the dice. To help steer you towards some of the city's best burgers, we turned to Anthony Meidenbauer, Executive Chef at Holsteins.
Executive chef Anthony Meidenbauer shows how Holsteins' signature burger—the Gold Standard— comes together, from the (brioche) bun up.
The great craft beer culture of Las Vegas remains one of the city's best kept secrets. Here's our guide to the best places to go if you're seeking out good beer in Vegas.
You know that irritating catchphrase, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?" They're wrong. Disappointment definitely comes home with you.
Today, Shake Shack announced they'll be opening in Las Vegas at the end of 2014. We'll finally be able to do a real side-by-side In-N-Out vs. Five Guys vs. Shake Shack taste test.
Las Vegas may be a town for gambling, but when it comes time for lunch or dinner, you want to go with a sure thing. Luckily, there are several tasty burgers to be had, all of which are reasonably affordable, even by Vegas standards. Here are my top burger picks on the Strip.
This nation—at least half of it—always seems fascinated with what our presidents eat and where. Nattering nabobs like to pick apart their ordering options. Haters like to say, "Who cares?" We've had the opportunity to highlight President Obama and the First Lady's numerous burger runs, but it's rare he does pizza. On that note, did you see that the prez ordered a dozen pizzas and cannoli from Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria in Las Vegas?
Few people come to Las Vegas specifically for the pizza. Fortunately the city is dotted with reputable pies such as Grimaldi's, Dom DeMarco's and the VPN kitchen of Settebello. But when craveing a Neopolitian-style pizzaon The Strip, the options dwindle down to just one: D.O.C.G. at the Cosmopolitan.
As any experienced buffet aficionado knows, you've got to have a strategy when it comes to bellying up to an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. Pacing, planning, and clear priorities are all key characteristics of the serious buffet diner. And as I learned recently while visiting the pastry kitchen for the Wicked Spoon Buffet at the new Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, a similar philosophy is essential behind-the-scenes as well. When serving between 2,000 and 3,300 people per day, strategy is the name of the game.
Part burger, part Filet-o-Fish, with a bagel and lox thrown in for good measure, the Captain Hook ($15.50) at Holsteins in Las Vegas is one hulking hybrid of a sandwich. Grilled Atlantic salmon (best ordered medium rare for ultimate buttery richness), dressed with crisp frisée, tangy pickled shallots, and a creamy caper-herb mayonnaise that's just this side of tartar sauce, in all the right ways. In Vegas, more is always better, so the salmon fillet is then topped with a really generous slab of house-cured gravlax.
Anybody who's been halfway around the block is aware of In-N-Out's secret menu, which allows you a few custom options other than the regular hamburger, cheeseburger, fries, shakes, and Double-Double that appear on their printed menus. But the options don't stop there. Here's a rundown of everything you can get at In-N-Out, secret menu and beyond.
[Photograph: Bukowsky18 on Flickr] I'm making a quick trip to Las Vegas next weekend, and was searching AHT for some burger reviews and suggestions. Aside from the reader tip promoting the Awful Awful Burger (fantastic, by the way) in...
The Best in the West: Nugget Rib Cook-off in Sparks, Nevada, spans over six days, but I only had one. So I came up with a strategy: seek out the best ribs of the 24 pitmasters based on the pros' recommendations, and eat no more than two from each team. Lots of saucy, fall-off-the-bone tastiness ensued.
"Pitmasters here represent the entire nation." [Photographs: Joshua Bousel] I had the most perfect Labor Day planned, a lazy afternoon next to the smoker filled with pork, some beers, and close friends. That was until I received an invitation to visit the The Best in the West: Nugget Rib Cook-off in Nevada. After a second pause contemplating whether I wanted to alter my ideal holiday, I thought better of my reservations, and before I knew it, I was on a plane headed for a weekend of pure barbecue bliss. If you're an East Coaster like myself, the Nugget Rib Cook-off may not sound familiar, but for the pitmasters and attendees alike, it's the biggest event of the year. The six-day...
"Pools of white mozzarella swam in a sea of ruby sauce on one side, while chunks of sweet, fennel sausage seemed to dance on the other half." Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizza 9595 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89123 (map); 702-657-9400; grimaldispizzeria.com Editor's note: Today we've got a dispatch from "L.A. Pizza Maven," our man in the City of Angels. LAPM filed this quite some time ago, and my lazy ass has sat on it—hence the references to the Big Dance of last month. Take it away, LAPM! —The Mgmt. March Madness has new meaning for me ever since...
Rameniac, one of the premier noodle blogs, has revealed its 2009 King of the Bowl ramen ratings, with lists for Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York City. In Los Angeles, the noodle scene was largely static, "save for the opening of one or two sub-par shops." Seattle was all about tonkotsu (a specific type of ramen). "Had Kurt Cobain slurped down a few Samurai Armor Plates (from Seattle's Samurai Noodle) during his lifetime, grunge might have never happened." Vegas is more famous for "99¢ buffets and Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo," but there are three ramen spots worth noting. And then there's New York. Fresh off the Japanese airlines, the heaviest hitters go straight to this...
Clicking in to the AHT inbox recently, we've got this bit of juicy intel. Eat up! I notice you have no hamburger source in Nevada....until now. In the back of one of Reno's more funky casinos, The Nugget, is a...
Brand Steakhouse in Las Vegas will give you their 120-ounce (seven and a half pounds) steak for free if you eat the whole thing by yourself. Otherwise, you'll have to pony up $267. Whether the rules include a time limit or puke allowance is unknown. [via EatFeats]...