Binion’s Café

May 24th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

gross sweaty cheeseI’ll keep this one short and sweet since it doesn’t deserve the full treatment based on what you get. As many of my frequent readers probably know, I recently moved my office to the downtown area which opened up an opportunity to try out a whole slew of new places. Today’s review comes from a tip a Twitter friend sent me for a supposed hidden cheap gem at Binion’s Café based on a questionable review. Cheap it was, good it wasn’t.



awful spaceBinion’s Café is located right in the middle of the smoky casino floor, completely open to the noise of the slots and savory Fremont St patrons. The somewhat defined space is a seat yourself, free for all of two and four top tables, as well as a small diner-style counter facing the kitchen. This is definitely not a place for ambiance or fresh smells. I went for lunch on a random weekday and it was totally packed. The 24 hour menu features appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and many breakfast items. There is a hangover breakfast burger on the menu that comes topped with a fried egg, 2 bacon strips, 2 slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and sweet pickle for $9.75, but that sounded like a bit much for me as I was not hung over for this meal.

iffy meatInstead I went with the $4.95 Binion’s Burger with some Swiss cheese. I can’t even explain this burger in much detail, but will instead give you this analogy: if you put this burger in a side-by-side blind taste test with a McDonald’s angus burger, it would probably lose. The generic, dry, foul tasting pre-made patty was hard to stomach, the sweaty cheese was barely melted and too salty, and the previously frozen tomatoes seemed barely ripe. The bun was fairly fresh, flaky and grilled, but too thin and did nothing to save this burger. The generic frozen fries were cooked ok, but didn’t taste great and were also nothing to speak of. My $4.95 burger meal quickly escalated to $10.84 with the addition of cheese, fries and an iced tea. Going back to the McDonald’s comparison, you would do better there for far less.

Overall score: 51

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