I’ve hunted for the best veggie burger in Las Vegas for years, but comparing the Ultimate Burger at Panacea in Boca Park to other veggie burgers does it a disservice. It’s simply one of the best burgers—meat or meatless—in the Valley.
If the $14 price tag sounds high, consider the quality of ingredients: two patties made from farro, black beans, mushrooms, onions and quinoa—it adds up to something textually awesome with a taste to match. Along with the normal accoutrements, it comes topped with agrodolce onions, chipotle ketchup and ginger mustard, combining sweet, sour, tangy and spicy. It’s epic.
Panacea owner Shane Stuart, formerly of Downtown’s GrassRoots Juice Bar, took some heat in the vegan community before his new place opened for shunning the word vegan and marketing his brand as plant-based. He says he simply wanted customers to know Panacea has more to offer than typical vegan options. This is a restaurant for all types of diners.
For one of the best healthy dishes in town, look no further than the cracked freekeh grain bowl ($14). The Mediterranean grain is topped with Moroccan spices, roasted red peppers, beet tahini, spiced chickpeas, jalapeño, tomato water, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, cherry tomatoes, pea shoots, radish, lemon, Kalamata tapenade, trilogy herbs and vegan virgin feta cheese.
Panacea 750 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-684-5562. Daily, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.