My name is Ivonne, but he calls me Spicy Number. The Beast and I go way back, and one of the things that originally nurtured our friendship was our love of food. Although these days I spend a lot of my time teaching people about diet and exercise and helping folks eat LESS or eat a little healthier, I am definitely not opposed to scarfing down a damn good burger once in a while. Or as was the case this past weekend, three days in a row. This is one of two guests posts on some of the places I visited in Las Vegas.
This past week, my husband and I went to Las Vegas for a conference. Well, HE went to LV for a conference, and although I went to the conference too, I really went to LV to eat. Usually, we go to various buffets (we’re very classy people), some of the more affordable diners and restaurants, and maybe ONE nice ($$$$) restaurant. This time, we were blessed with a very generous Visa gift card left over from our wedding presents, and that meant only one thing: we were going to eat like royalty every night. While in Vegas this past week, we went to FIX at the Bellagio, Onda at the Mirage, Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace, and Le Burger Brasserie at Paris. I thought Beast might like to hear about some of these meals, since they did include burgers, so I shot some photos and offered to write up a little summary for some of these.
First up, FIX…
The first night we met up at the Bellagio with some friends from San Antonio who were staying there. Unsure where to go, we walked around a bit, and they suggested FIX, featuring high-end American food (Chef Brian Massie). There were some things on the menu that sounded crazy-good, but my eyes kept going back to the Bobby Baldwin Burgers. I don’t know if it’s because I’d been reading about The Beast’s adventures recently or what, but I have had this persistent craving for a burger, so no matter how tempting the steak, sea bass or salmon seemed, I think my mind was already made up. The funny thing is that all four of us ordered the exact same thing.
So what are the Bobby Baldwin* Burgers? Three perfect little Kobe Beef sliders, with aged cheddar and grilled onions, on buttery buns. They came with the most delicious french fries I’ve ever tasted. The dish was $25 and while I was hesitant to pay that much for freaking sliders, after one bite, I shit you not, I would have paid $50. It was that good. The meat was juicy and perfectly cooked, medium well, with just the right amount of onions and cheese, and a slice of tomato and pickle (I took those out). The buns were soft and lightly sweet, and together with the flavor of the cheese, it was an amazing combination.
The fries… holy hell. They had a spice I can’t put my finger on, but it was something along the lines of ranch/buttermilk, and crispy on the outside but not crunchy. Just right.
The men sat out the dessert course (lightweights!) but we girls shared a Shake and Cake – espresso malt shake and a warm chocolate brownie with some whipped cream on the side. The shake was small and came in an espresso cup, with a milk and white chocolate “straw”. The brownie was about 3 x 3 inches, and not very thick, with an ooey gooey chocolate center. Not sure if it was syrup or just very melted ganache. The whole thing was VERY rich, and pretty tasty, but after seeing the warm donuts making their way to someone else’s table, I had donut envy and wished we’d ordered that instead.
As for the bill – if I remember correctly, it was about $160 for four people, including two sodas and two glasses of wine.
None of us had known what to expect, but after this, we would not hesitate to eat there again (and I’ll absolutely get the warm donuts next time).
FIX at Bellagio Resort & Casino
3600 S. Las Vegas, Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 693-8300
Hours of operation
Sun-Thu: 5pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 5pm – 2am
*Bobby Baldwin: So I didn’t know (shame on me?) why these burgers were named after some guy. After a little research (thanks to the Beast who actually found what I was looking for), turns out Mr. Baldwin is not just some guy who likes burgers.