Know what I like best about Jared’s? “Cheese.” Not Swiss or aged cheddar or smoked gouda. If you want cheese on your burger, your only option is “cheese.” In a city full of restaurants dedicated to fantastical burger creations with infinite optional toppings and flavor combinations, simple and classic is what I find myself craving.
Turns out the cheese is American, just one of the elements that makes the burgers ($4.99 single or $7.49 double) at Jared’s taste and feel like a backyard summer cookout. They might leave the meat on the grill a little too long for my tastes, but the finished product looks impressive and eats like a winner, especially if you take advantage of free toppings like thick slices of raw red onion and juicy red tomato, pickles, grilled mushrooms or jalapeños. “Cheese” costs 99 cents, and super crispy bacon is $1.49 extra; I’d get both.
Jared’s is a recent replacement for the delicious but very specialized Smoke’s Poutinerie. I didn’t think gravy-and-cheese covered fries would be too esoteric for Downtown, but there you go. Burgers, all-beef hot dogs ($3.99 or $5.99 with chili and cheese) and exquisite beer-battered onion rings ($3.99) might prove to be a better fit at Pawn Plaza. Pro tip: Create your own Chicago dog without incurring extra charges by adding the freebies of mustard, onions, relish, tomatoes and sport peppers.
Gorging on these all-American treats on a colorful, sunny patio while watching tourists line up to get a glimpse of the Pawn Stars crew—could this be quintessential springtime fun in Downtown Las Vegas?
Jared's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs & Hamburgers Pawn Plaza, 725 Las Vegas Blvd. S. #150, 702-846-6666. Daily, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.