Category West

Mesa – Las Vegas, NV

As we were planning out the week’s food events, we had originally planned to dine at Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare.  But the timing didn’t work out with other things, so instead we made a reservation at Bobby Flay’s Mesa, at Ceasar’s Palace.  We arrived for an early dinner (5:45) and the place was already beginning to […]

Le Burger Brasserie – Las Vegas, NV

Looking for a quick bite before a meeting and seeing the variety of burger options available at Le Burger Brasserie , I thought it might be a good quick, lunch choice.  Located in the Paris resort in Vegas (technically, it is in the walkway between the Paris and Bally’s resorts), it is, for all intents […]

CUT by Wolfgang Puck – Las Vegas, NV

Having a chance to be in Vegas for a couple of days for a conference, this of course led to food opportunities. I was shocked (SHOCKED, I tell you) when I went to my burger reference points and I had no places listed to try. The Burger Bar at the Wynn was mentioned in a […]

Larkburger – Arvada, CO

As the first culinary stop on a journey to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, we stopped to meet a friend who had just moved to Denver from DFW. Knowing that he was new to the area, and that we had a seven and a half hour drive ahead of us, we decided on a spot close […]

In-N-Out – Berkley, CA

No trip to California would be complete without a stop at the BEST chain restaurant in the West: In-N-Out.  Heading back into San Francisco, we realized that we needed to eat and had no earthly idea what we wanted.  And then we saw the sign on the side of the freeway.  The clouds broke, a […]

Nation’s and Andie’s – Napa, CA

Since we’d already hit all of the burger spots on my list, I did some wandering around town while Jo was antiquing.  The first place I stopped in was Nation’s Giant Hamburgers.  With a name like that, how could I drive by?  I didn’t know this going in, but they’re a chain out of the […]

Val’s – Hayward, CA

One of the places that I did have targeted on the trip west was Val’s Burgers in Hayward, just south of Oakland.  Val’s has been in business serving burgers and steaks since the 1950s.  We headed down that way from Sonoma and arrived just ahead of the dinner-time rush.  When we got there the waitress […]