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Crushing Burgs at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar

Crushin' it.
Crushin’ it.

Las Vegas in unquestionably a land of excess. So not surprisingly there is Guy Fieri restaurant on The Strip called Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar. It’s not exactly the most inspiring name, but it was enough to pull me in from the street when I was on my way to eat elsewhere. The menu was not far from this, but seemed somewhat more edible. The prices were a bit high, but I figured in the land of excess, this would result in an excessively large meal.

A beacon of...something.
A beacon of…something.

I ended up ordering the Mac-N-Cheese Bacon Burger, which apparently did pretty well in some New York burger competition. The ingredients are all pretty much listed in the title, but in a more extreme way in the burger description. Plus, the title leaves out the lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion and the fact that the bun is garlicked up. Also, it comes with a smattering of fries. I ordered without those veggies and since I wasn’t asked how I wanted the burger cooked, I greatly anticipated the result of my order.

Oh there's the hidden mac.
Oh there’s the hidden mac.

Disappointed was probably the first thing I thought of when it arrived. In terms of excess, this burger and fry basket was certainly lacking. There was only a small dollop of mac and cheese on top and the patted itself seemed squished into oblivion. When I dug in, I found small amount of mac and cheese to taste great and the patty to be highly seasoned (actually in a good way). But the patty was overcooked as though I was in some diner in the middle of nowhere. Yet, I wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, I was in Vegas. And in Vegas when you pay $19 for a burger there are expectations. The burger fell far short of these expectations, as did the fries, which were a random mix of basically every fry variety that exists.

Unfortunately as a fan of Guy’s show, his restaurant tasted nowhere near as good as the food he finds. This wasn’t a diner, drive-in or dive, but at least if it had been I wouldn’t have been so disappointed in the meal. Vegas has far too much good food to waste time at Guy’s.