Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 3:28 p.m.
TV celebrity chef Bobby Flay flew back to Las Vegas on Tuesday to host the opening of his Bobby’s Burger Palace and margarita to-go bar and restaurant here today on the Strip in front of Mandarin Oriental.
Bobby, dressed casually in a black Bobby’s Burger Palace T-shirt, was presented with a Key to the City by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and cut a ribbon to officially open his burger joint on the Strip.
Bobby told me: “I’m really excited to open BBP in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities, and it’s such an important food city. This city has a sophisticated palate, and people here take dining very seriously, even when it comes to their burgers.
“The menu at BBP is about celebrating the regional flavors of America. When you travel across the country, every region has their own specialty flavors, their own regional touch that they add to their food. Those are the true American flavors that have inspired the menu here.
“One of the best features about the menu here at BBP is that we do what I like to call ‘crunchification.’ You can top any burger on the menu with a layer of crispy potato chips at no cost. We set the chips on top of the melted cheese, and it gives the burger a nice texture and delicious bite.”
Bobby’s Las Vegas outpost is the 18th location of the nationwide chain, but the first margarita bar and the first to feature his newly revamped and expanded menu of signature burgers, including the just-unveiled Vegas Burger, made with white American cheese, Fresno red chiles and BBQ potato chips.
His menu also includes the Carolina Burger with smoked American cheese, green onion slaw and mustard BBQ sauce; the New Mexico Burger with queso sauce, roasted green chiles and pickled red onions; the Dallas Burger with a spice crust, coleslaw, Monterey Jack cheese, BBQ sauce and pickles; and the L.A. Burger with avocado relish, watercress, cheddar cheese and tomato. All are served on a sesame seed bun.
Also offered is the BBP Burger of the Month, which in February will be the Canadian Burger with white cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon and maple mustard sauce. All burgers may be prepared with certified Angus beef or ground turkey, and a whole chicken breast option also is available.
All burgers at BBP can be served topless, where the burger or whole chicken breast is stacked onto a bed of greens without the bun. Bobby has made a selection of house-made sauces, including chipotle ketchup, BBP burger sauce and jalapeno hot sauce. Plus, the new “Half & Half,” which allows diners to order a sampling of any two sides of their choice. The menu includes 10 milkshakes and malteds, and the margarita bar serves Bobby’s signature frozen cactus pear and frozen mesa margaritas.
The restaurant has 146 seats with a fiery red, bold yellow and vibrant green 54-seat counter and an outdoor patio for al-fresco dining. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling feature walls from a mosaic of wood, bamboo and tri-colored glass tiles with photographs of farm-fresh ingredients.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The 47-story hotel and condo tower is the first venture for Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. It is the only resort in Las Vegas that has a five-star hotel, a five-star restaurant and a five-star spa.
The tower has 392 guest rooms and 227 residences, decorated in a contemporary design with oriental touches.
Amenities include a 27,000-square-foot spa and a pool complex with 20 cabanas. Mandarin Oriental also includes six restaurants and bars, including Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first U.S. restaurant, Twist.