On The Vegas Strip, Rattlecan at Venetian

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What goes good with a night of poker and watching your games in the sports book? If you answered a hot ’n juicy burger then you should head on down to Rattlecan in the Venetian.

Rattlecan is located just past the newly remodeled poker room and sits directly across from the fabulous sports book. The name Rattlecan refers to a can of spray paint and once you walk inside you will understand. 

Patrons will be amazed by all of the Graffiti art painted on the walls, giving Rattlecan a cool décor. There are several different sections to sit in – each distinct. If you want to sit at the bar they have an ample selection of TV’s and beers so both your sports fix and thirst will be taken care of. 

The draft beers are served in Mason jars, just another nice touch to the eclectic vibe of Rattlecan. If you want to see more sports just ask for an outside patio seat and you will be staring right at the jumbo screens in the sports book. You can even keep your seat in the sports book and have a Rattlecan waitress bring the food.

It’s a burger joint so the menu is full of different burgers. I went with their namesake the Rattlecan, which basically is a gourmet Big Mac. I was very pleased with my choice as my burger came out juicy and pink in the middle.

They have several options when it comes to your potato choice. You can go crinkle cut, fresh cut, sweet potato fries or tater tots. I went fresh cut while the friends I came with went with the tater tots. All of us were happy with our choices.

My one friend, who shall remain nameless to protect his image, actually liked his burger so much he ordered a second. He had the Vintage burger topped with goat cheese. Now the reason I don’t want to call out my buddy for ordering two is I don’t want to make him sound like an oinker. If anyone was going to order a second burger of the four of us I would have been the odds-on favorite. The burgers are huge and my buddy who had two is the skinny one of this crew, which really made his reorder hilarious.

The waitress told us about this special dish called the “Hot Mess.” It’s a plate that has mashed potatoes, chili, cheese, chicken sticks, cheeseburger, onions, bacon, grilled corn, pickled jalapenos, ranch drizzle, cheddar, polish dog, fried egg, roast chili peppers, onion rings, hot sauce, diced tomato, red onion, and pickles. As interesting as the dish sounded none of us gave it a try.

They have their version of a moon pie for dessert that comes out in a container as if you ordered a burger at your favorite fast food drive thru. It was a nice touch for presentation. Most of the burgers with fries will cost from $9 to $16. It’s a little more than your average price but with the quality of the burger and being located on the Strip nestled between one of the top poker rooms and best sports books makes it worth the extra couple bucks.

I prefer Rattlecan to the “I Love Burgers” located next door in Palazzo. So if you want a good burger in a hip restaurant go to Rattlecan. I give it 3.5 Forks!

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday night at 11 pm on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas . Contact him at [email protected] ay.com.

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