In researching National Burger Day, observed on May 28 since time immemorial, I found a story on CNN’s Eatocracy involving Food & Wine’s executive editor pairing our most beloved sandwich (yes, it’s a sandwich, fools) with red wine. That’s how pervasive the burger has become in our dining consciousness, whether it’s a simple classic greasing up a takeout bag or gourmet fanciness standing like a monolith on spotless china. So let’s celebrate, Las Vegas. If you’re into the idea of a casual bite, neighborhood taverns Remedy’s, Elixir and Distill are offering free (plus tax and tip) burgers May 28 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for “lucky patrons with any variation of ‘ham’ or ‘burger’ in their legal name.” Even if it doesn’t say Julia Hamslice on your driver’s license, you should nom on the Cure Burger’s beef/pork patty stuffed with Fontina and topped with soy-marinated onions, jalapeño jelly and parsnips on a brioche bun. Or, if you can justify dropping $20 (you can), DB Brasserie’s Frenchie will melt your face with Morbier cheese, confit pork belly, tomato-onion compote, arugula and really, really good mustard. I had one in February, and I’m still not over it.
National Burger Day Need inspiration? Check out the Weekly's roundup of 10 Brilliant Burgers to Eat Right Now at lasvegasweekly.com.