Las Vegas Blvd Fatburger
Fatburger on Las Vegas Blvd.
Fatburger on the Las Vegas Strip is just another fast food joint to some people and a special treat to others (like me.) Getting a burger anywhere is a special treat for me as I only eat a hamburger about once per month or less; but the Las Vegas Blvd. Fatburger adds a bit of a spectacle with the cashier yelling orders to the cooks (who are kind of on display in front of a row of stools, as shown in the photo above) and the atmosphere of being on the Las Vegas strip is different from any other place. Elvis could walk in at any time.
An Elvis impersonator in Fatburger
It's also satisfying in an unusual way and weird at the same time, to be hungrily attacking a big greasy cheeseburger, french fries and Coke at 3:00 a.m. on a Thursday and looking around to see a dozen other people doing exactly the same thing. The concept of time on Las Vegas Blvd. just does not exist. (You'll notice, if you pay attention, that windows and clocks are absent from all Las Vegas Blvd. casinos.) While you might not normally be hungry at 3 a.m.; a Las Vegas vacation totally scrambles your biological clock. If you're in the area near the MGM Grand and feeling hungry, I suggest you visit the Fatburger at 3763 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas Blvd. Fatburger
Fatburger used to be located only in Nevada and California but has been expanding. They now have restaurants in about a dozen states including New Jersey, Florida, and Washington. While they may at some time become similar to McDonald's and Burger King in being located "everywhere"; they will never be the same as far as food quality is concerned. You're not getting some hockey puck patty that arrived in a freezer truck from Chicago, went through a microwave then sat under a heat lamp for 25 minutes. Fatburger prides itself on the freshness of all its ingredients and the delivery of your burger directly from the grill to you. The wait can be longer than expected for fast food, 10 to 20 minutes is not unusual; but it's well worth it. If you really like those other burger places, they're on the strip as well.
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When you order, the cashier yells out to the cooks "Fatburger, fat fries" or "Fatburger, skinny fries" or whatever grill items you requested. (You can get your fries FAT or SKINNY, but that only refers to the size, not the content.) In addition to the standard beef burgers they've got a veggie burger, turkey burger, chicken burger, salad wedge, chili dog, hot dog, chili cheese fries, onion rings, bacon & egg and sausage & egg sandwich, plus root beer floats and shakes made with real ice cream. How's that sound for a 3 a.m. breakfast... bacon & egg sandwich with chili cheese fries and a vanilla shake? What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
If you look closely you may see that the price on the receipt in the photo above is over $10. That's just for a Fatburger, fries, and medium soft drink (what they call the "Fat Deal".) Everything on the strip is priced higher than everything off the strip. Real estate values on the strip are very high, so prices of goods and services must also be very high in order for any Las Vegas strip business to stay in business. The site of the Flamingo resort originally sold for $8.75 per acre in the 1930s and is now worth around $30 million per acre.
The one contradiction to high prices on the strip is when a casino is highly profitable, they may offer great deals on non-gaming products and services. Slots-A-Fun with their $1.75 bottles of imported beer, for example. (Beers cost around $6 at just about every other casino on the strip.)