Monday, March 24, 2014


During a visit to Vegas in 2013, I had the pleasure of eating lunch at Public House inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino.  We enjoyed the food at Public House and they had plenty of TVs for us to watch the March Madness games.  I heard from a friend that Block 16 Restaurants, the group that owns Public House, also had a burger joint called Holsteins.  Since I am always up for a good burger, my wife and I ventured down to The Cosmopolitan to give Holsteins a try.
Seasoned Popcorn
We arrived to a busy weekday lunch crowd, but we only had to wait a few minutes before we were seated.  Our waiter brought us waters and seasoned popcorn right away while we perused the menu.  The menu had several delicious-sounding appetizers and "adult" milkshakes.  We decided to start with the buttermilk onion rings and they arrived before we had even decided which entree to order.  The crunchy buttermilk batter was absolutely amazing and they were served with a nice Chipotle aioli dip as well.  These onion rings were unquestionably some of the best onion rings I have ever had.  
Buttermilk Onion Rings with Chipotle Aioli 
Dining Area at Holsteins
Holsteins menu had several appetizing burgers to choose from, including the $28 Billionaire burger that included Foie Gras as a topping.  I decided to pass on that particular burger because I once had a distasteful dining experience involving Foie Gras.  For my entree, I ordered the Gold Standard burger with fries.  The Gold Standard was a dry aged sirloin burger with smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, tomato confit, baby arugula, and garlic-chive aioli.  The burger was very juicy and the toppings gave it a very unique taste.  This burger gets a thumbs up, but the fries were very bland and a complete disappointment.  Hindsight is 20-20, but I should have just substituted the fries for more onion rings.
The Gold Standard with Fries
My wife had the Maine lobster roll sliders with cole slaw and gave them her stamp of approval.  She allowed me to try a bite and I thought the toasted mini-hot dog bun was a perfect fit for the lobster.  I am usually not a huge fan of lobster rolls, but I would have eaten these any day of the week.
Mini Lobster Rolls and Cole Slaw
Holsteins ended up being an perfect choice for lunch.  The food, with the exception of the fries, was much better than your average burger joint.  The service was good and we did not have to wait more than a few minutes for either our appetizer or our entrees.  Holsteins was a little on the pricey side, so I certainly wouldn't consider it a great value.  Even though it was a little pricey, I would certainly go back because I want to try some of their other burgers.

Livin the Good Life Rating = 3

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