Posted on | July 5, 2010 | 6 Comments
It’s been awhile since we’ve gone out for burgers, and since KGB just opened, we figured we’d give them a try.
I was a bit surprised to hear that Chef Kerry Simon decided to open a new restaurant in Harrah’s, but while the hotel is still a bit outdated, the restaurant is quite nice. It’s in a large multi-level space, with plenty of seating, bar, and a lively atmosphere. While I wanted to try the “Iron Chef sliders”, they had a deal for 2 for 1 burgers, and we couldn’t pass that up!
Adam opted for a vanilla shake and the BBQ Bacon burger. I couldn’t decide which burger to order, so I made my own. Angus beef with aged cheddar, sweet onions, and wild mushrooms on a whole wheat roll. I’m very happy with my decision.
I had a bite of the BBQ bacon burger, and while it was good, there was a bit too much going on in it for me. I preferred my simple burger, as the meat was quite good, and cooked perfectly. I also appreciated that there wasn’t just a pile of button mushrooms thrown on top, but a nice mix of enoki, oyster, etc. And there was just enough of it.
A couple of issues we had? Adam was a bit put off that they don’t grind their own meat… me, not so much. The waiter explained that they import their beef from Creekstone farms, and I’m assuming it only comes ground. I found it to be quite tasty, and had no issues with the meat itself. The only slight issue I had was that the seasoning was a bit inconsistent. In some bites, I got just the right amount of seasoning, and in other bites, it bordered on overly salty. Other than that, I found it juicy, flavorful, and I loved the burger!
We also ordered the tater tots, and the sweet potato tater tots. I still can’t decide which I liked better… as they were both really good! Simple, but well executed.
The prices were about on par with other ‘gourmet’ burger joints, and the service was really good.
I would rank KGB’s burgers somewhere between my two other favorite burgers in town; LBS and Burger Bar. I’d definitely like to return to see how they change/improve, if they do, once they’ve established themselves a bit more.