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From food truck to Chinatown hot spot, Fukuburger remains a favorite

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Fukuburger’s Tamago burger.
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From its upstart days slinging grub around the Valley from a big red food truck to its current, ideal location in the Chinatown district, Fukuburger is nothing less than an icon of late-night Vegas eats. Founder Colin Fukunaga has evolved the idea of an all-American burger with some Japanese twists through several iterations since launching his truck in Las Vegas in 2010, including special-event catering, mega-sized food festivals and restaurants in Hollywood and on the Strip. But the one constant has always been the simple understanding that after a night of partying, nothing hits the spot quite like the Tamago burger, a sizzling, juicy beef patty topped with a fried egg, furikake, crispy onions and house-made teriyaki and wasabi mayo sauces.

Of course, the bacon-laden Buta, the mushroom-stacked Kinoko, and the spicy Karai with its habanero kabayaki sauce are equally satisfying, along with the original No. 1 Fukuburger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and Fuku sauce. At the Chinatown spot, which opened in the fall, not only can you find favorite Fuku specials like the spicy hot link Naga Dog and the chicken and waffles rotating onto the menu, but a nice selection of craft beers is ready and waiting. Try pairing an icy Asahi with the crunchy chicken katsu sandwich.

Through deliciousness and fun, Fukuburger has embedded itself into the Vegas nightlife and culinary cultures. And somehow, stopping in for a late-night bite at its new location still feels as exciting as chasing down the truck. But if you get a craving for that original experience, don’t worry—the Fuku truck rolls on. Fukuburger at 3429 S. Jones Blvd., 702-262-6995; Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m.

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