Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential. All this week, we have a special Burger Week edition. Know a chef who wants to share some top dining spots? The tipline is open.
Christina Wilson jumped from obscurity in Philadelphia to the national stage when she won season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen when Gordon Ramsay hand picked her to land a one-year gig as the head chef of Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. That was in 2012, and now Wilson is the executive chef of Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort. Here she shares some of her favorite places to eat burgers in Las Vegas.
Which restaurants do you turn to when you’re not working?
Carson Kitchen, In-N-Out Burger and of course Gordon Ramsay BurGR.
What do you like to order there?
I have to admit, I am spoiled rotten with my favorite burger in Vegas so it makes it hard for me to even consider one outside of Gordon Ramsay BurGR. In-N-Out is definitely the runner up though. At In-N-Out, I go double double with grilled onions and animal fries. OK. And a vanilla shake.
Downtown, Carson Kitchen is also a favorite. I feel as though the menu is built for chefs. It’s the one menu in this city that every chef would sit down and completely enjoy. Kerry Simon is a pillar in the culinary community out here, and Carson Kitchen is such a gentle reminder as to why. Carson Kitchen puts out this butter burger with Boursin and cheddar that is delicious! That, paired with spicy tots and the share plate of Bacon Jam, brings gluttony to a whole new level.
Do you have a favorite side dish at any of these restaurants?
I love the animal fries at In-N-Out. I won’t always let myself have them, but it’s worth it every time I do!
The onion rings and pudding shakes at BurGR are two of my strongest vices out here. I have to remind myself often that they aren’t exactly an appropriate breakfast choice.
I won’t even share the tempura green beans at Carson Kitchen if I order them. Not even on a first date. Judge me all you want, but order your own.