25 February 2008

Las Vegas!

It's official. I have now been to Las Vegas, eaten at an In-n-Out Burger, been asked by an Elvis impersonator "what's shakin', mama?", played roulette and eaten at a Michelin two starred restaurant. I feel as if I've arrived!

But first things first. Day 1, which was really just night 1 since we arrived at 11pm. There was only one stop I wanted to make.

We took a cab from the airport to the MGM Grand, our home away from home for the next five days, checked in to our deluxe room, and promptly left the hotel in search of the In-N-Out Burger. G, the excellent navigator, knew that it was right down the street from the hotel, a mile or less away. So we set off on foot.

Now in Vegas, lots of people are walking around all the time. But not off the Strip, and across an Interstate. We walk and walk, and realize that we have run out of sidewalk and are going to have to walk in the middle of the highway if we are going to go forward. Undeterred, we troop back to the closest hotel (New York New York) and get in the taxi line.

The cab driver seems unamused that we want to merely cross the bridge to get to the other side. But he drives us there. Of course, the worrier in me is concerned with how we are going to get home, as the other side of the highway is a cab free zone, but the sights and smells of the delicious burgery food were beckoning.

Oh my.

So, I'd read that the thing to try was the double double. So yes, despite the fact that it was after midnight, it was a Double Double with fries and a vanilla milkshake. I'd like to thank those folks at the blog, A Hamburger Today, for their suggestions!

The Double Double. The Double Double. Tasty tasty tasty. Honestly, let's start with the amazing bun. It was PERFECTLY toasted. Biting into it was like biting into hamburger's my Mom made when we were kids. Really really really really good. The patties were perfect. Seasoned meat. The cheese was melty and oozy and hot. It was glorious. Really, in the top three hamburgers of my life.

And then there were the fries.

These fries look undercooked, but they were PERFECT! They are handcut, flavourful, not greasy, and really rocking on all cylinders they are so good. I ate the whole lot. The combination was glorious. Absolutely heavenly. I was happy overall with the whole experience. And the place was hopping with lots of folks eating huge amounts of food.

The walk home was a little less hair-raising. We found the sidewalk, it was a bit sketchy, but so what. We're in Vegas and I'd just had an In-N-Out Burger!!!


Rodney said...

Can you tell me how to walk to the In-N-Out Burger from the MGM Grand? I'm going in April & really want to try the burgers...


dynagrrl said...

Sure Rodney . . . the trick is being on the South side of Tropicana Avenue where there is an actual sidewalk. Basically you will cross the street until you're in front of the Excalibur and walk along towards the interstate. The sidewalk meanders a bit under an underpass and stuff but just keep going and there are lights and sidewalk the whole way. Once you get to the other side, you have to take the long way round on crossing the intersection to get to the In-N-Out but you'll see that the long way round is just the way it is in Vegas! Enjoy and try the milkshakes.


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