The Return of Sugar Factory, Hot Dog Heaven and a Burger Tour

Shaka Doobie Burger at Hard Rock Hotel

Shaka Doobie Burger at Hard Rock Hotel

Having left its previous home in Paris Las Vegas, Sugar Factory American Brasserie ( returns to the Strip in 2016 with its new home on the Plaza at the Fashion Show. The sweet spot is back in all its bling’d-out-lollipop glory, complete with dining room, a Twilight-inspired open-air chocolate lounge and retail space where you can pick up those celeb-endorsed Couture Pops. Also, thanks to a partnership with the owners of Hollywood’s iconic TCL Chinese Theater, you can expect some stars to make this a stop on their Las Vegas itineraries.

Sloppy South Burger at Hard Rock Hotel

Sloppy South Burger at Hard Rock Hotel

While you never really need an excuse to eat a good hot dog, now that football season is here, the opportunities are endless. Personally, when I have to feign interest in Da Bears, I find solace in the dragged-through-the-garden Chicago-style char dogs from my hometown favorite The Wieners Circle (Red Rock Resort, 702-823-4700, But more importantly, if you want to test how many franks it takes to fill you up, on September 10, Turf Grill at Green Valley Ranch (702-617-7777, will host a hot dog-eating contest to kick off football season. Only 20 spots are available to see how many dogs (plus buns) you can house in five minutes. The winner receives dining credits for two to eat at Turf Grill for each Thursday, Sunday and Monday NFL game during the regular season. Think you’ve got all the right moves?

From dogs to burgers: Hard Rock has you covered for all the best bites between two buns. Mr. Lucky’s Café and the Ainsworth (702-693-5500, are your two stops on the seasonal Burger Tour, with four half-pound options to help you break out of your boring burger rut. These are some doozies, too. The Shaka Doobie features a patty topped with Swiss cheese, fried bologna, mustard and pickles—oh, and instead of buns, it’s sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Get down ’n’ dirty with the Sloppy South, which has your burger resting on a bed of macaroni and cheese, bacon and onion rings, all on brioche; extra napkins will be mandatory. Finally, go upscale with the Fancy Pants, adorned with Merks port wine cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeños, bacon and arugula on a pretzel bun. If this is what’s available through fall, for once I can’t wait to see what winter brings.

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