Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dining at The Cosmopolitan is a Vegas must

My favorite food is burgers. I actually consider myself somewhat of a burger connoisseur.

Sonic’s double cheeseburger is the best of the fast-food category, followed by the jalapeno burger from Carl’s Jr.

Chili’s chipotle bacon blue cheeseburger is the most delicious of the casual-dining establishments and the classic burger with cheese from The Cheesecake Factory is the most decadent and satisfying of the next tier of restaurants.

Today I had one of the best burgers of my life at Holstein’s at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. When I woke up this morning, there was nothing I wanted for lunch than a burger. I knew of this location from reading up on The Cosmopolitan in the months leading up to its opening and I headed there to satisfy my appetite.

Immediately I knew this would be a great experience because instead of a basket of bread, I was brought a small bucket of popcorn. Yum! Paired with a Diet Coke, the flavor reminded me of being at the movies. After carefully reading the menu to assess my options, I decided on the cheeseburger. A cheeseburger is a creation which is brilliant in its simplicity. Meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mayonnaise is not a complex recipe, but when it’s done to perfection, as this one was, it deserves praise.

What made this burger so exceptional was not only the freshness of the ingredients, but the way the flavors of each did not blend together, but rather stood on their own. It wasn’t one tasty flavor, which many burgers have and is just fine, but it was a layered buffet of individual pleasures. It was also one of the most carefully and expertly crafted burgers I’ve seen and held. It was evenly arranged and did not sit too high, so when I took each bite it retained its structure. The last few bites had more mayonnaise than the others, allowing this to crescendo with a unique flavor to the overall burger.

This is certainly a top-notch burger spot.

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