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KGB's Monthly Specials Heat Up The Vegas Burger War

Where: 3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
June 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

на здоровье. During the recent restaurant super-shuffles over at Palms, we raised an inquisitively cocked eyebrow at the prominence of Kerry Simon's name as a heavily touted mainstay of the old and new Palms. Not that we thought he was going anywhere you understand, but the celebrity chef has been a low-key figure in recent months despite his edgy black chef-tunics and rock and roll reputation.

KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah's has equally been off our personal radar, but we couldn't help noticing the monthly special burger and shake specials that have been steadily promoted in our in-box. When we saw that June was all about a coconut shake, we absolutely had to make the trek midway into Harrah's casino. We're glad we did. We went back. We think you'll like it, too.

The KGB/Soviet Cold War design gimmick should be more at home at Hard Rock or even Palms. The cryllic fonts and Constructivist motifs are unusual, but naturally are no longer a provocation for delicate Western dispositions. Once inside, the look is strong enough to make you forget you are still in Harrah's. You have to give respect to a design team that features the casino under Russian occupation.

(We'll give you an insider secret. The KGB idea was created before Chef Simon came on board. He was canny enough to add the Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers spin to the concept.)

The pulpy artwork is enough to make Quentin Tarantino's heart flutter. Bring your camera.

With metallic seating, tables and utensils, the look is faux-spartan, deliberate but fun. And, the interesting menu has enough novelty options, cotton candy, without being overwhelming.

So, here's the hype that lured us into KGB:

"Marinated in sweet chili, the shogun burger is made with Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, ginger sesame coleslaw, fried egg and shishito pepper aioli on a white bun. The mocha coconut milkshake complements the shogun burger and is made with mocha ice cream and coconut, topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and toasted coconut."

For those who missed it -- coconut. And, yes, it was so good, we went back. This is one messy burger, you'll need a knife and fork and you'll need to rush over there before July 1st. But, we are big fans. The fries are good, nothing crazy special, but the shake was awesome. And, you'll receive another full glass worth patiently sitting in that metal dispenser.

$18 for the chef combo of burger and shake each month. Not a Fatburger deal, we agree. But, if the size and ingredients hit the right notes for you, you'll probably walk out of KGB a fan.

We're going to give you a VegasChatter sneak peek at the upcoming KGB monthly specials. We'll just quote the press release and let your mind wander:

"For the month of July, guests can experience the all-American BBQ rib burger. Made with an eight-ounce beef patty and drenched in barbecue sauce, the burger is topped with tender barbecue beef rib meat, coleslaw, crispy fried onions and American cheese, all served on an onion roll. Accompanying the burger is the classic apple pie milkshake. The dessert is made with homemade vanilla ice cream, swirled with apples and cinnamon and garnished with whipped cream, pie crust pieces and caramel sauce.

Wrapping up the summer, the teriyaki chicken burger is available for the month of August. The burger is made with sweet teriyaki chicken, lettuce, tomato, sautéed onion, red peppers, julienne cucumber, grilled pineapple and cilantro mayo on a white bun. Paired with the burger is a tasty pink lemonade milkshake made with homemade pink lemonade ice cream topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries."

If you think you are bold enough to tackle a final course, they also offer a killer sweet ending, Banana Split Nachos. They claim it's built for two, but since it arrives on a platter the same size as small marmoset, you might need to engage a third friend to finish the deal.

One interesting point about our experience runs counter to a previous VegasChatter experience. Our Juliab had a dreadful visit. We weren't aware of this prior to our trip, but happened to witness a completely different scenario. All the staff were super friendly, even on a slow afternoon. We also overheard two separate servers happily welcome back a customer who was very surprised they remembered him. It had been a while since he last dropped in. We left the place very happy with the service yet have since discovered it's the one inconsistency in the restaurant's mix.

As you leave, over-stuffed and happy, note the KGB design at the nearby sundries stand.

We were so wooed by the monthly burger, we can't really comment on the other burger choices. But, we can can heartily recommended the waffle fry nachos, Captain Crunch milkshake and and the mac and cheese sticks. They ain't serving foie gras for the proletariat. And, that's a good thing. We also haven't started on the other aspect of KGB, the vodka and cocktail bar. But, we have a strong feeling we'll be back.

KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers inside Harrah's is open Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to Midnight.

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