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The Linq

3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-430-4435

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$6-$12

Sun-Thu 10am-12am

Fri-Sat 10am-2am

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A small eatery offering new twists on classic American hot dogs.

Where is it?

At The Linq in between The Linq Hotel and The Flamingo on the Center Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Lots of varieties of hot dogs but also burgers and some sides.

What is the atmosphere like?

It's primarily a grab and go place so there really isn't an atmosphere.

How is the service?

The folks behind the counter are very patient with indecision.

What are the prices like?

A bargain at twice the price.

What else do I need to know?

The restaurant was created by the same folks who do Holstein's at The Cosmo.

What's the bottom line?

This is a great place to go for a cheap, good meal.

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FULL REVIEW

Over the last few years, burger places have become omnipresent up and down the Las Vegas Strip with every major hotel having at least one and some having multiple.

But that other staple of American dining - the hot dog - hasn't gotten the same kind of love with the exception of the classic Pink's down the street and the occasional Nathan's in the food courts. Maybe the Haute Doggery will change all that.

Created by the same folks who do Holstein's, the burger place at The Cosmopolitan, this small eatery is located at The Linq Promenade, the shopping street between The Linq hotel and The Flamingo. It's pretty small - mainly designed as a to-go place - but there are a few first-come, first-served tables. It's nothing fancy but this is a hot dog joint so why should it be?

We'll get the non-hot dog things out of the way first. The burgers come in classic, southern smokehouse (topped with beef brisket and cole slaw), chili-cheese, and bacon and gruyere cheese varieties. Since the burgers at Holstein's are so good, I'll take a flyer and say that these should be pretty good as well but if you want a burger, go to a burger place.

Other items include fries with a variety of dipping sauces available, onion rings, poutine with cheese curds and brown gravy, and even a $1 shrimp cocktail.

But then it's on to the dogs. The Retro section of the menu has classics - plain, Polish, Chicago style with tomato and dill pickle, Detroit Coney style with chili and mustard, DC Half Smoke with chili and spicy onions, and a Tijuana with bacon and jalapeno among others.

The Haute Dogs go off in new directions with toppings like grilled mushrooms and gruyere cheese on the Fun-Ghi, borracho onions and pepperjack on the El Machete, teriyaki and tempura avocado on the Rising Sun, feta and tatziki on the Big Fat Greek, and even Foie Gras and truffle mayo on the Billionaire Dog.

I went for the Gold Standard, a hot dog version of the burger of the same name served at Holstein's. It's got smoke bacon, cheddar cheese, roasted tomato, arugula, and garlic aioli and while I could have done with about 50% less argula, it was quite fantastic - a perfect snap to the dog, excellent smoky bacon, and fresh cheese. Loved it.

Prices are so low that you almost want to double check that you didn't see it wrong. Dogs start under $5 and top out at $11 with most in the $5-$7 range. Burgers are all around $11 and sides $4-$7 and big enough for sharing. You can easily do lunch for under $15 and maybe under $10 if you try hard enough. I know they are "only" hot dogs but they are big enough and loaded with enough toppings that you really only need one.

Watch out burgers... the hot dogs are coming to get you!

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