To start off, let me say that I really like Guy Fieri. He has come a long way from when he first won Season 2 of the FoodNetwork Star into a mega million marketing whirlwind. I am happy for him…I really am. In spite of all his fame, he still remains the humble, affable, goofy person that everyone so thoroughly enjoys watching. His personality is somewhat disarming. Even if you find him a bit annoying at first, he quickly grows on you. But what I really respect about him the most is that he embraces the haters. There is no snootiness, no bitterness. He calmly accepts the fact that some people may not like him nor his food. Having said this…
I really dislike Guy’s food. From the food on his shows to the food served at his restaurants, I have come to experience a horrible twinge in my gut every time I imagine eating it. I know that I have stated in my blog’s mission statement, that I would focus on the positive and only share something that is good, or at least noteworthy. His restaurants are definitely in the noteworthy category because he is a celebrity chef, and there are hordes of people who want to try his food. Love it or hate it – people seem to fall into one of these two categories.
You will hate his food if you are the type of person who enjoys fine dining and has an expectation of complementing flavor profiles that are simultaneously simple, yet complex. You will love his food if you are the type of person who makes dinner using every possible ingredient found in your refrigerator. Or if you love to eat at Applebee’s or TGIFriday’s. Or if you are from the Midwest. Then you will think that his food is some of the best shit that you have ever had. I will let you read my review and let you decide on your own if you feel hungry or want to hurl.
The theme at his Vegas restaurant is a lot like his tv personality and show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”. Over-the-top is an understatement. It is as if he took all the gimmicky dishes that were ever featured on his show and then combined them in one form or another into similar dishes at his restaurant. Each dish is almost like a cliche on the palate.
Peruse the menu and you will find tons of catchy names. Take for instance, the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries. Made with his signature Dragon’s Breath Chili, it is a monstrous beast of a dish, meant to be shared. They are pretty liberal with the chili which is paired with waffle fries, cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. It is the love child between nachos supreme and chili cheese fries – exciting for some, horrifying to others. Contrary to what the name implies, it is not that spicy so you can tackle it without any trepidation. The dragon’s breath is probably a reference to what your breath will smell like in the morning.
The Mac n Cheese Burger is another monstrosity that incorporates mac n cheese piled atop a bacon cheeseburger. Although the mac n cheese was good, it gets lost in the flavor of the burger. It is gluttony for gluttony’s sake. The plate is a hot mess with stuff just hanging out everywhere like a hippo trying to fit into a bikini. The garlic brioche bun is excellent and adds some dimension even though there is a lot going on in this burger. Accompanying fries are an eclectic mixture of waffle, shoestring, crinkle cut, and thin chippie ones.
Th Motley Que Sandwich is filled with pulled pork, citrus slaw, pickle chips, onion straws, and BBQ sauce atop a pretzel bun. Guy pulled out every trick in the book to make this one. The only thing missing is a scrapple patty. The slaw is a bit on the sweet side and gives a nice vinegary contrast. What I really enjoyed were the sweet bread n butter pickle chips. It gave a change of pace to the texture as well as the flavor.
So it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to visit Guy’s restaurant for the foodie freakshow or if you just love this type of food. Since they are still relatively new, service is a hit or miss. It was a very bad miss on our trip there. But be forewarned, the food is a bit overpriced even by Las Vegas Strip standards with burgers running about $20.
Bill total = 1 appetizer, 2 burgers, 2 drinks, tax, tip = $62 ($31 per person)