Bobby’s Burger Palace
Fries – Bacon, Cheddar, Scallions, Fry Sauce
Buttermilk Onion Rings – Ranch Dipping Sauce
Sweet Potato Fries – Honey Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
Palace Classic Burger – American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Potato Chips
Canadian Burger – White Cheddar Cheese, Canadian Bacon, Maple-Mustard Sauce, Potato Chips
Bobby’s Veggie Burger – BBQ Wild Mushrooms, Chickpeas, Quinoa, American Cheese, Romaine, Tomato, Pickles, Red Pepper Chipotle Mayo
Bobby Blue + Bacon Burger – Blue Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Potato Chips
Cookies ‘n Cream Shake with Whipped Cream
Pistachio Shake with Whipped Cream
Dark Chocolate Shake with Whipped Cream
Banana Nutella Shake with Whipped Cream
Now with a dozen locations, but only one west of the Mississippi River, Bobby’s Burger Palace can probably be considered a chain, yet from the moment one enters the doors at 3750 South Las Vegas Boulevard the experience goes well beyond what one might expect from a “Quick-casual” concept.
Soon celebrating six years serving Sin City, and currently one of three local Restaurants from Food Network superstar Bobby Flay, it is on a unique piece of pavement between Aria and Park MGM that guests will find a modern space flanked by Starbucks and Pinkberry, its attachment technically to Waldorf Astoria though there is no formal affiliation.
Built on Chef Flay’s love of grilling as well as travel, an affordable menu running from Philly to Dallas and LA by way of themed Burgers, it is on entry that guests will find a counter to the left and bar right, the former with a line immediately after an 11:00am opening while the latter offers full service including Frozen Margaritas, Beer and Wine.
Fast paced but not rushed, several guests taking a moment to peruse their options before selecting everything from Condiments to temperature, it was through a friendly middle-aged woman that an order was placed, her smile carrying over to everyone from servers to bartender and kitchen staff.
Able to watch each item’s preparation through a window, the General Manager expediting orders with every Sandwich and Side photogenically stacked, it was perhaps ten minutes after seating that the whole order arrived simultaneously, hand-cut Fries immediately impressing with their ability to remain crisp amongst Cheese and Bacon while Sweet Potatoes tasted great with the accompanying sauce, but better with Bobby’s Chipotle Ketchup.
Often disappointed by Onion Rings, though not at BBP where thick cuts and adherent Buttermilk Batter marry to form Las Vegas’ very best, it was after pictures that Burgers were tasted, a medium-Fat grind providing ample juiciness whether dressed classic or beneath Bacon and crumbly Blue Cheese.
Given the choice to “get crunchified” at no additional cost, handmade Potato Chips without a lot of salt adding both visual appeal and texture, it was after devouring January’s “Burger of the Month” with Canadian Bacon and Maple-Mustard Sauce that Bobby’s “Veggie Burger” was tasted, its consistency more like that of a Sloppy Joe with a bit of heat and bold BBQ flavor.
Finishing up with four Shakes, the question of whether to add complimentary housemade Whipped Cream definitely one to reply “yes!,” the answer to which is best largely comes down to personal preference, though fans of Wendy’s Frosty will undoubtedly be spellbound by Dark Chocolate while guests seeking more subtlety may want to consider surprisingly natural Pistachio, this month’s special featuring fresh Bananas and Nutella or Fudge-streaked Cookies and Cream.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Holding an overall favorable impression of Bobby Flay and his concepts, the only real reason I hadn’t been to Bobby’s Burger Palace prior to Saturday was its odd location, but having now sat down to nearly a dozen items I’m happy to say I’ve been missing out. Always skeptical of “celebrity” Burger joints, what I found was very impressive Sandwiches, cooked-to-order, and made with care. I visit a lot of restaurants both foreign and domestic, but rarely do I come across a venue putting so much effort into a product under $10.
RECOMMENDED: Buttermilk Onion Rings, Fries, Canadian Burger, Bobby’s Veggie Burger, Bobby Blue + Bacon Burger, Pistachio Shake, Dark Chocolate Shake.
AVOID: Although any Restaurant playing Interpol and TV on the Radio gets an A+ for effort, a few less decibels during peak times would be ideal for guests trying to carry on a conversation without shouting.
TIP: Burger of the Month and Shake of the Month are revealed on the 1st, and guests wishing to skip the line can pre-order using #flayforall through Olo.com.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.