Unlike most of the places I review on this blog, Burger Bar is a place I can write a review on based strictly on memory. Still, given the opportunity a few days ago to stop in there for lunch I didn’t hesitate. Besides, I didn’t have any quality pictures to post until that point. Because I’ve been here so many times I was almost nervous that I would give this restaurant preferential treatment, but since I’ve been taking a way more analytical approach to my burgers lately I found that Burger Bar wasn’t quite the perfection I remembered it. But it was still close.
Located in the elusive Mandalay Place shopping area connecting Mandalay Bay and the Luxor, Burger Bar is placed amongst overly expensive clothing stores, men’s shaving boutiques and some other more touristy shops of late. The restaurant has been there for quite a few years now and is maybe looking slightly dated, but it’s still a good atmosphere. It’s very open pretty much anywhere you sit, even in the booths, so don’t go there if you’re looking for a decent amount of privacy. Also if you’re going on the weekend, or even potentially during a weekday lunch, expect a wait or try the bar.
Other than a small selection of slightly overpriced burgers, the menu is pretty much do-it-yourself. You have your choice of meats; Angus, country natural, Kobe and buffalo, along with chicken, salmon turkey and veggie if you’re into that sort of thing. While the Kobe is totally delicious, I find it to be a bit expensive and have been completely happy ordering the Angus. But more on that shortly. Once you’ve chosen your meats, you have a very long list of choices for veggies, cheeses, meats, sauces and plenty of other fancy things. I’ve had quite a few different burgers over the years, and all of the toppings have been great.
For this particular meal I went with the Angus, Swiss cheese, and mushrooms on a sesame bun. Fairly simple, but that’s fine because the meat always stands out as a great flavor on its own. One of the biggest things I can say about this restaurant is that however you order your burger it will always come out that way. Consistency is key, and they never disappoint. I ordered medium-rare, and as you can see in the picture it’s as pink as it could be. And like I said, the meat really has great flavor, so whether you have a ton of toppings or almost none, you’re guaranteed a great burger. After eating a lot of others around town lately, I could say that this burger might be lacking a bit of seasoning now, almost as if the burger is outdated like the restaurant. Still it is fantastic and won’t disappoint.
The various buns I have had are always good, no matter which one you get there seems to be a proper meat to bun ratio. The mushrooms were flavorful, and just the right amount. My cheese was melted as always, the lettuce and tomato on the plate were also very fresh. I haven’t always been a fan of pickles in the past, but they’re growing on me with all these burger meals so now it’s a welcome sight on my plate.
The fries are the one slight weak spot in this meal; my skinny fries were just ok, a bit too generic for such a fancy menu. The sweet potato fries have been really good in the past, especially with some ranch, although it’s been a while since I’ve had them. I’m not always a fan of fat fries, but they’re a little better here so you might want to try them when visiting.
My burger, fries and drink came to almost $19; I would consider that a bit on the high side if it wasn’t in a very touristy spot on the strip. I’m not always too happy about spending that much on a burger meal anywhere, but compared to Bradley Ogden or even BLT this is a huge value for the same price. This place is still one of my favorite choices in town based on the burger alone, so do yourself a favor and check it out.