This is the first post in the Winter in Vegas series.
I'm not a huge meat person.
Sometimes I think I could get by perfectly fine without eating any red meat. But then occasionally, I do find myself craving a good burger. More often than not, I find that my favorite burgers come from steak houses. I think it's because steakhouse burgers typically use much better quality meat (it's probably made from all the trimmings from their gorgeous steaks).
Plus, if I'm not in the mood for a whole 16+ oz steak (and face it, most steak houses only have larger cuts of meat), I like getting the burger because it's a much more manageable amount of meat, it's usually delicious, and it costs a lot less.
For a long time, my favorite burger in Las Vegas was the burger at Carnevino, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's steakhouse in the Palazzo. Their steak is phenomenal (in fact, their special 9-month dry-aged Riserva steak is one of Bryan's favorite steaks in the world). Their burger is also excellent, and one of my favorites.
In 2013, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich opened B&B Burger and Beer, a casual burger spot right inside the Venetian. The best part? B&B Burger and Beer uses exactly the same proprietary brisket and chuck blend served at Batali and Bastianich's steakhouse, Carnevino, but with lower prices and many more creative options.
The burgers vary from classics to more creative, "dressed up" burgers. There's also a "Your Way" section where you can build whatever burger you want ($11 based price plus additional cost for add-ons). Finally, they do offer several other types of sandwiches and subs, such as a Pastrami sandwich ($14), a Meatball sub ($16), or a Lobster roll ($21). A small variety of snacks, salads, and sides round out the menu.
Oh, how could I forget? And some fun ice cream shakes!
We ordered Onion Rings ($7) to share. They were nicely breaded with a solid crunch, and overall very good.
We also got the Pickles ($7), an unusual assortment of deep fried pickles and pickled vegetables (bell peppers, celery, and carrots). I personally though the pickles were a tad sour for my tastes, and I preferred the deep fried version.
We ended up choosing to order the 6-oz "Your Way" Burgers. Bryan ordered a pretty classic cheeseburger piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. He also added grilled mushrooms and chose the potato bread.
I went with a simple hamburger with avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and heritage bacon (yum!). I chose the sesame seed bun.
Nom Nom Nom!
The burgers are delicious here and pretty reasonably priced considering its location on the Strip. The beer selection is pretty decent, with many craft beers from all over the U.S. I ordered the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on tap (yum!).
We never made it inside the restaurant because there were seats "outside" facing the casino floor (you could watch a number of sports games on multiple huge screens). Occasionally we'd hear a roar from the crowds watching the football game on the screen, which was kind of fun.
There is also a real outdoor patio facing Las Vegas Blvd as well as indoor seating.
All in all, the food is good and it's a convenient place to stop by for lunch or dinner. We happened to be at the Sands Expo Center for CES, so it was the perfect place to catch a quick lunch before heading out to hike in the afternoon. More on that in another post!
B&B Burger and Beer
3355 Las Vegas Blvd