Fat Choy

February 18th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

big eggThere seems to be a trend in Vegas where a slightly unique restaurant opens in town and everyone goes nuts over it for months on end. Case in point: Honey Salt, Eat, Poppy Den, any Gordon Ramsay restaurant, and pretty much half the places on the Strip. And from my experience so far at some of these places, they’re all overrated and honestly nothing out of this world. If you were worried that there weren’t any new ones, along comes Fat Choy to kill your worries. On top of their ‘famous’ bao buns they’re now offering a trendy burger to please the masses, so I headed over to see what all the hype was about. continue reading »

Windy City Beefs N Pizza

January 21st, 2013 by Erik Chudy

I hate baskets!Even though my writing isn’t necessarily perfect, I’m here to give you a grammar lesson in addition to my opinion this week. After some burger plans fell through late last week, I scrambled to find a place to review with some very short notice and little time, and headed over to the apparently grammar-challenging Windy City Beefs ‘N Pizza restaurant. People have a hard enough time determining when to place an apostrophe in a pluralized or possessive word, this one promised to bring me several iterations. In addition to presenting me with plenty of silly things to complain about, did it deliver a decent burger? continue reading »

Honey Salt

December 18th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

pretty burgerIt’s not very often any more that I’m excited to try a new burger in town, and when I do I really have to make a conscious effort to not set myself up for disappointment. Honey Salt recently opened in Summerlin, and as an overall foodie I’ve been very excited to try this new spot. While I didn’t make it there too often, I always enjoyed Nora’s that used to be in the space, both the menu and farm-to-table concept of its replacement gave me much hope. So after impatiently waiting a few weeks to let the crowds die down I finally ventured in there for dinner one night (and ran into foodie friend Splurgemonkey). Did it disappoint? continue reading »

Fat Boy Restaurant

November 12th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

have I seen this before?To be filed in the ‘shady part of town’ category, I recently visited Fat Boy Restaurant in the north east part of town. You can thank me now; I risked life and limb to increase my cholesterol level and try one more burger for you all to read about. I came across Fat Boy in a recent Yelp post about burgers along with a few other oddball places that are high on my list to try. It’s not very often that I drive into the depths of North Las Vegas for anything, let alone a burger, so this better have been worth it. Was it? continue reading »

Sammy’s LA Pastrami & Burgers

November 8th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

that's a lot of stuff!There’s a trio of burger locations in the East Tropicana area of town that are kind of lumped together as classic, ‘must have’ places to try. I have already visited and been pleasantly surprised by The Dispensary Lounge and The Badger Café, it was only a matter of time before I visited Sammy’s LA Pastrami & Burgers. I’ve received plenty of comments on the three, and have equally read plenty about them on the internet. So after finally closing out the set, how does Sammy’s stack up with the rest? continue reading »

Max Brenner

October 19th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

big plate!Everyone seems to think they know it all when it comes to their favorite burger in town, myself included, and this problem doubles when that place also happens to be where they work. People have a certain pride in their workplace if they love it there, and will defend it to the death. I had a friend who worked at Max Brenner in the Forum Shops who always swore they had one of the best burgers she’s ever eaten, which I would normally accept if this place wasn’t known mostly for their chocolate. How can a dessert place actually have a decent enough burger for her to recommend to me? continue reading »

Public House (Luxor)

September 24th, 2012 by Erik Chudy

looks a bit plainHow often do two different restaurants open with the same name in the same city? I guess this is a stupid question because I really don’t care about the answer, but it surely creates some confusion. This recently happened with the opening of Public House at the Luxor. Somehow sharing the same name as the expensive but superior Public House at the Venetian, the one at the Luxor opened with minimal fanfare a couple weeks ago. Does it hold up as well as the fancy Gastropub down the street? continue reading »