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Holstein’s, Las Vegas

It was our last night in Vegas and we debated the different options. Dr. Marc was going back to Lotus of Siam, but Steve felt like he had eaten a lot of Asian food during the week. My Seattle friends were hitting the Bacchanal buffet, but we were both still sick and did not feel the need for an over-the-top gluttonous amount of food. (Although, I am sad I didn't go to a single buffet during the trip, unlike my friend Nate, who went to half a dozen) Finally, we settled on Holstein’s, a gourmet burger joint in the Cosmopolitan hotel. I have to admit their assortment of boozy shakes was a major factor in choosing them over the all the other burger options on the Strip.

We arrived at 8pm on Sunday night and the restaurant was packed; the wait was 90 minutes long. We hopelessly meandered down the bar when I spotted two shorter stools tucked under the very end of the bar, in an area that was lower than the rest. It almost looked like a handicap accessible space, right in from of the register. We inquired if we could sit there and we got a nod from the busy bartender. Score!

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I had the Crème Brulee shake (frozen custard, caramel garnish, Blue Ice Crème Brulee Vodka, $13). It was cold, smooth and creamy, the perfect salve to my sore throat. It was a tad too sweet, but that’s okay (I drink like a sorority girl, remember?). I love that it came with the metal canister – I think all shakes should be served that way.

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There are a lot of tempting options on the menu. There was a great looking lamb burger, but I decided to go with Holstein’s signature, the Gold Standard (dry aged beef sirloin with bacon, aged goat cheddar, tomato confit, baby arugula & garlic-chive aioli, $18.5). Goat is my least favorite cheese, but I wanted to experience the burger the way the chef meant for it to be enjoyed, so I ordered one, medium rare. The burgers come with fries, but Steve opted to pay the extra $2 for the thick cut onion rings with his burger (medium rare with provolone, lettuce and tomato).

The burger looked great; it was piled high with all the accouterments on a toasted brioche bun. Sadly, the burger was overcooked to medium well (as was Steve’s) and there was too many flavors competing against each other. The skin-on fries were better than the thick, too-bready onion rings.

Steve attempted to get a glass of red wine, but they did not have first two he ordered, and he finally settled on an “okay” Cabernet. Our bartender was proficient, even with the crowded restaurant. The prices are Las Vegas high, but that’s to be expected.

I realized that during the week I had not dined once in the Westgate Hotel, where the tournament was located, but had eaten at the Cosmopolitan 3 separate times (Secret pizza, Jaleo and Holstein’s). I guess it’s a good thing that Bridge Nationals will be there in 2019 and 2024, but I will be getting my burger and boozy shake elsewhere.


http://www.holsteinslv.com/

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