Posted by: cassymuronaka | April 19, 2011

The $5,000 hamburger

Yes, “Top Chef” fans, it does exist. Television food judge and twinkly French chef Hubert Keller was not exaggerating when he said on the show — with almost a straight face — that he sells a $5,000 burger at one or more of his restaurants.

Like P.T. Barnum, Keller knows that there is a sucker born every minute, and Las Vegas is certainly where you find a large number of them with Mastercards loosely hanging out of their back pockets.

Five grand at Fleur, a Mandelay Bay hotel/casino eatery that looks like a high end fast-food joint, actually gets you a hamburger and a bottle of wine. The latter, a 1995 Château Petrus, “normally” retails for about $3,000, so the profit line on this particular meal is about more or less about $2,000. Minus the overpriced ground cow with truffles and foie gras.

If you want to pay homage to a Top Chef  god, get a good meal and not empty your wallet at the same time, mosey on over to ‘witchcraft at the MGM, which is head judge Tom Colicchio’s sandwich joint. I have wandered heavily through this menu on several occasions.  I highly recommend that steak and egg breakfast sandwich for less than $10.  To die for.



  1. FaughBurger. Phooey.

    Give me that scrumptious looking sandwich at ‘wichcraft’. It’s 1:00am and I’m drooling over it.

    Really, it’s long past bedtime. Well…maybe I can have a little snack before I turn in, right?

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