I took a Friday off recently to have a father/son day before my kid went back to school. Some parents might avoid the Strip like the plague, but not me. My kid thinks it’s a treat to go visit the “big city”. Before heading to a magic show we grabbed lunch at KGB. The place was empty so they sat us in a big, comfy booth.

KGB, of course, stand for Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers (as in Kerry Simon, who has another spot called Simon at Palms Place). Given the acronym, the interior is decked out in a modern take on Soviet propaganda. They’ve sexed it up Vegas-style, along with the waitresses outfits, although some of them probably shouldn’t be so bold. But, who am I to judge?

Their kid’s menu isn’t advertised on their website, but they do have one. It’s full of typical kid’s stuff and my kid got chicken tenders, of course. For $8 he got a basket overflowing with fries and topped with four large chicken strips, with a side of BBQ sauce and ranch.

I went with a BBQ bacon cheeseburger ($14 – homemade BBQ sauce, applewood bacon, smoked gouda, crispy onions, onion roll). It’s larger than burgers at other gourmet burger joints and much better than expected. The onion/poppy seed bun was soft, squishy, and thin, which I liked. The patty was thick and tightly formed, but very juicy. Their BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy but didn’t detract from the beefiness of the patty. The bacon and onion strings on top added to the deliciousness. Make sure you have extra napkins handy because it’s messy. The fries would have been much better if they laid off the salt a bit.

Their menu is full of burger options — not just beef, but short rib, lamb, turkey, and fish. Following the lead of Burger Bar and others of that ilk, you can build your own burger, drink specialty milk shakes, and snack on bar food that has been kicked up a notch. KGB might not be as good as my favorite burger places on the Strip (Burger Bar and Holsteins), but the tasty food makes me think I should give it another try.

3.5 Stars

3475 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(800) 214-9110

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