By Andrea Harward
A casual, quality burger joint is exactly what downtown Las Vegas has been dreaming of, and with last weekend’s grand opening of Flippin’ Good Burgers, that’s exactly what downtown has. Set on Fremont Street near the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard, Flippin’ Good occupies prime territory for record burger sales to locals and tourists roaming the Fremont East district. From the lunch rush to the post-pub crawl crowd, Flippin’ Good will certainly satisfy any time of day.
If patiently waiting for your order seems humdrum and archaic, you can opt for a draft beer while you wait. Yes, I said draft beer. Goose Island’s IPA as well as local Banger Brewing’s DTB Brown Ale make appearances on the taps. The cherry on top is that they also offer an impressive selection of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers. Yes, I said wine coolers.
I opted for the simple and unfussy Flippin’ Good Cheeseburger and then shamelessly upgraded myself to the combo meal with fries and a drink, all for around $8. The standard fries are far beyond standard. Thick, hand-cut slices of potato, more substantial than a shoestring and less clunky then a wedge, Flippin Good’s fries offer up everything you could ask for from a deep-fried potato. That being said, without a pinch of hesitation, I upgraded my fries to an order of Spicy Flippin’ Fries ($4.25). This creation consists of melted pepper jack cheese, spicy Flippin’ sauce and grilled jalapeños nestled atop a nest of fresh, piping-hot French fries. Alas, comfort food on steroids.
My cheeseburger arrived wrapped in a thin layer of brown paper and enveloped in a paper sleeve. I swooned over the potato bun with its egg-washed exterior and ever-so-lightly toasted interior. The juicy beef patty was cooked to a perfect pink. Lightly painted with a layer of thousand island-esque Flippin’ Sauce and generously filled with crisp lettuce, grilled onions, tomatoes and a healthy, melty slice of American cheese, there is nothing about this burger I didn’t love.
Flippin Good’s menu extends past burgers into a diverse array of frozen custard, milkshakes, blended floats and concretes. The custard based concretes are sinful. Just as their name implies, they are dense, thick and packed with fillings and toppings, like the Banana Monkey ($3.45) loaded with rich peanut butter, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, and slices of ripe banana.
My personal favorite from their chilly choices is the Huckleberry Milkshake ($4.25). Similar to blueberries in appearance and flavor, huckleberries pair so well with ice cream I don’t understand how I’ve lived so long without experiencing this mind-blowing combination. Made with huckleberries flown in from Montana, this milkshake is like biting into the fluffy, sugary clouds of pie heaven. Tart and sweet, cold and refreshing, perfectly designed for summertime - just order the large. You won’t regret it.
Flippin’ Good is surely destined for burger triumph. Everything is made fresh on site and you can taste it. I envision throngs of eager diners descending upon this delightful burger joint confident in their belief that old or young, rich or poor, at noon or dinnertime or at 2 a.m., there’s nothing in the world quite like a good old-fashioned hamburger.
505 Fremont St.