Later in the week we made a last minute decision to pick up some lunch at another “fancy” chef-owned burger place, BLT Burger located in the Mirage. This decision wasn’t fueled by a burger craving, but more as a way to erase (or at least make me feel better) about my not-so-hot experience over at the Burger Bar.
The “BLT” in the name stands for “Bistro Laurent Tourondel.” The atmosphere is modern and yet retro at the same time; each table had an old fashioned diner-style, and the servers were dressed in a casual uniform of BLT branded t-shirts with sayings on the back like “Tip waiters not cows.” Instead of hiding the cook-top, they treated the overhead vent as a display piece and have the cook-top surrounded by bar-style seating. (I didn’t take a photo but you can see the decor over here.)
We were seated right away because the restaurant, while busy, was quite large. They play their music very loud (probably to drown out the casino noises!), and our server was cheery and helpful.
This time, I was absolutely determined to have meat.
BLT’s burgers are a mix of Black Angus sirloin, short rib, chuck and brisket.They have a number of add-on toppings like portobello mushrooms, fried eggs, and homemade chili, as well as a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic milkshakes.
I decided on the “Shaft’s Blue,” which was a grilled 7 oz patty served with Shaft’s Blue Vein Cheese, balsamic caramelized onion and mushrooms, with a big pickle on the side. And I ordered it cooked medium – which is something you can’t get at restaurants here.
It actually arrived medium rare (indicated by a cute little sign pinned to my burger), but I didn’t mind as it was still warm all the way through. The burger was delicious and I gobbled it up in no time. The cheese had melted, and the onions and mushrooms accompanied the sharp cheese and the beef perfectly. Look at how rare it was! (Pardon the teeth marks.)
The sweet potato fries, which my dining companion and I shared, were dusted with chili powder, but it was so light that I couldn’t really taste any spice. The fries were some of the best I’ve had though – super crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. They didn’t last long either.
Our other order was “The Stripper” – a grilled 7 oz patty minus the bun but with lettuce, tomato, onion, bell pepper and avocado. They were very generous with the toppings and the burger patty was well seasoned.
We ended the meal by sharing a milkshake. To be honest, we were both full and hadn’t planned on ordering anything else, but our server insisted that we have one on the house because we ended up waiting longer than normal for our food to arrive. It was a pleasant surprise as we hadn’t complained (or even really noticed the delay to be honest). After looking through the many choices we settled on the “Nut Job” – a milkshake made up of hazelnut ice cream, Nutella, and topped with slivered almonds. It was smooth, creamy, flavourful, and just sweet enough to please. It made such an impact on me that I kept telling people about this milkshake for almost a week.
BLT Burger has excellent food and excellent service, and I would return in a heartbeat.
Mirage, Las Vegas