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Planet Hollywood

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-785-5555

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$15-$30

Sun-Thu 11am-12am

Fri-Sat 11am-2am

Burgers

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A fancy burger joint from fiery celebrity chef Gordon Rasmay.

Where is it?

At Planet Hollywood on the Center Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Mainly burgers (hence the name) but a few other sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and milkshakes.

What is the atmosphere like?

It builds off of Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" concept with a fire theme.

How is the service?

Very, very good but be prepared to wait for a table on busy weekend lunch times.

What are the prices like?

Expensive for burgers but cheap compared to most Strip restaurants.

What else do I need to know?

Beware the jalapeno poppers.

What's the bottom line?

A really good burger place and don't forget the milkshakes.

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FULL REVIEW

The most casual of fiery celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's Vegas restaurants is, in many ways, the most successful. It's got a relaxed, almost whimsical approach to food, atmosphere, service, and cost that makes it accessible for just about everyone.

Located inside Planet Hollywood, just off the northernmost casino entrance from the Strip, the restaurant space is done with a flame motif, complete with a wall of fire feature and a sunny design of gold, orange, and red hues. Chairs and booths are comfy although a bit low for the height of the tables. There are also TVs, music, big pictures of Gordon Ramsay screaming, and open walls to the casino foot traffic so a peaceful respite for a light nosh is not in the cards here.

The food focus is, of course, on burgers... sorry, burGRs (bur G R, Gordon Ramsay, get it? told you it was whimsical), but we'll get to that in a moment. Start with the "Snacks" portion of the menu for a big heaping pile of their beer battered Maui onion rings, sprinkled with cheese and served with a slightly spicy chipotle ketchup and a sweet cheddar ranch dip. Delectable. Want more whimsy? Try the roasted jalapeno poppers; six crispy jumbo jalapenos done in cheddar and bacon and served in a cheddar ranch sauce. But here's the kicker... one of them is extra spicy but you aren't told which one... it gets to be a "fiery" surprise.

There are a couple of salads and hot dogs but the aforementioned burgers take up the bulk of the menu. You can go traditional with American cheese and butter lettuce or bump it up a notch with Maytag blue cheese and arugula or go all the way to "Hell's Kitchen" with asadero cheese and avocado. Other options, appropriate from the British chef's brain, include a "Euro" burger with truffle aoli and goat cheese, one topped with chantrelle mushrooms and figgy-onion jam, and another with English sharp cheddar cheese and mango chutney. You also have some non-beef options including veggie, duck, and chicken.

We sampled the blue cheese burger, the Uber Cheese burger (with three different kinds melting off the top), and the "fish and crisp" sandwich. The burgers were both great - smoky flavor, soft buns, savory toppings that felt like quality marriages of taste instead of a cheap afterthought condiments. While they may not be my favorite burgers in all of Las Vegas, they are still really, very good and absolutely worth your time and stomach space.

The fish sandwich had an odd presentation - the bulk of a beer battered cod (including the tail) wedged into a mini-loaf of bread with dill tartar sauce - but was as good as the fish and chips that we have sampled at other Gordon Ramsay restaurants and that's saying a lot.

Oh and you can't forget about the milkshakes. Each is a towering construction of creamy goodness with three different layers of flavors that you can either consume one at a time or mix together. The caramel, chocolate, and toffee was our favorite.

Prices are pretty reasonable. Burgers are all $14-$16 and you can get a buck off if you show your Total Rewards players' club card. More than McDonald's, sure, but about average for an upscale burger joint like this.

You have a lot of choices in Vegas for that particular type of restaurant with a few standouts like KGB and Holstein's. Add this place to that short list.

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