Gordon Biersch

October 17th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

looks greatIf you’ve lived in Vegas for any length of time you have probably been invited to join a group of coworkers for Happy Hour at Gordon Biersch at some point. I’ve been there countless times in the 9+ years I’ve lived here for going away parties, or just random group gatherings, but never gave much thought to the quality of the food. So when I was recently sent over there during the day for another work related item, the suggestion arose for me to take the opportunity and check out the burger. I can’t say anyone has mentioned their burger to me throughout my time as ‘burger blogger’, so I was a bit skeptical by this idea but gladly took on the challenge as I always do. continue reading »

Café Cortez

August 9th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

backyard burger?In the world of old school ambiance and institutions I’m here today to talk about Café Cortez inside the El Cortez Hotel. In the 9+ years I have lived here, I have somehow never stepped foot in the building until this visit, and I’ve definitely been missing out. I’m already a huge fan of all things Fremont (aside from the hipsters) and have spent quite a lot of time there, so I knew the second I walked in that I had found the perfect new lunch spot to add to my rotation downtown. If they had a decent burger it would just be a plus. continue reading »

PUB 1842

July 26th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

big bunI still think that one of my most surprising burger meals of the year came from a restaurant that is unfortunately closed now, Nobhill. It was a Vegas institution for over 12 years until it closed in March, and I somehow missed eating there until just before it left us. But with that sad bit of news came something positive; a new Michael Mina restaurant to take over the old Seablue space by the name of PUB 1842. We all secretly hoped that a replacement burger would be made there, and were even given hints at something fantastic during some preview events, so after giving them a few weeks to get their kinks worked out I made my way over just to see what they came up with. continue reading »

Ogden’s Hops & Harvest (CLOSED)

June 25th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

looks prettyTivoli Village is definitely creating a lot of buzz lately with all of its new restaurants; it’s just a pity that they haven’t brought any decent shopping to the table to bring in a few more bodies into the area. While I have mixed feelings about some of them, restaurants like Poppy Den, View, Cantina Laredo and many others have been gaining popularity with the locals. None of this was enough to keep Bottles & Burgers around, but that’s ok as we already have a replacement in the space with Bradley Ogden’s Hops & Harvest. Complete with a burger similar to what he formerly offered at Caesar’s, Ogden’s new restaurant hopes to add craft beers, farm to table comfort food and his famous burger to this growing food scene. I had to venture in there to sample this burger, as the last time I had it I was totally disappointed. Sadly, my recent experience will be just as controversial. continue reading »

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

June 11th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

melty!While almost all of my reviews are planned ahead of time through my always growing to-do list, every once in a while I end up at a random restaurant with clients and the chance to try a random burger. Such is the case with Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, which is where I ended up at recently. Historically this scenario ends in disaster; I hate succumbing to peer pressure and ordering the default burger on some menu because I’m the ‘burger guy’ and everyone wants to watch me eat one, but in this case it actually turned out fairly well. continue reading »

La Comida

May 15th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

gooey bunContinuing the theme of restaurants on East Fremont, today’s review comes to you via the just-opened La Comida, the Mexican joint from Michael Morton around the corner from Commonwealth, Le Thai and all the other hipster hot-spots in the area. I heard early on that they were going to have a burger on their menu, so the anticipation was there long before the restaurant opened. Normally I wouldn’t jump on a restaurant within their first week of opening, let alone a Mexican restaurant that also happens to have a burger on their menu, so this was a huge risk for failure. Not being one to ever turn down any sort of burger meal, risk or not, I bravely ventured in here to give their hamburguesa a shot. How did it fare? continue reading »

Bar + Bistro

February 11th, 2013 by Erik Chudy

colorfulNow that my office is near the downtown area I have a whole new set of restaurants at my disposal. Starting with the closest in my vicinity I first headed over to Bar + Bistro. I’ve had ok meals here in the past, although I’ve found the service iffy and prices a bit high, but when I was contacted by Chef Beni Velasquez to come try their burger I was intrigued because I hadn’t yet noticed it on their menu. He promised me a great burger with three different meats, so that couldn’t be bad right? continue reading »