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You can bet on Charlie’s Black & Blue Burger

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Boom goes the burger.
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Wynn Las Vegas recently scrubbed its Zoozacrackers Deli in order to create a new food friend to align with its reinvented sportsbook—and the result is a fresh-feeling café open to the casino and the book, as spacious and luxurious as a quick-bite spot can be.

But Charlie’s is not a deli—the pastrami, corned beef and bagels are all gone, replaced by the Wynn version of sport-pub grub. Nachos ($16) are loaded with cheddar, poblano crema and guacamole, and sliders come as a six-pack ($24) stacked with American cheese, onions and pickles on sweet Hawaiian rolls. There’s clam chowder, classic Buffalo wings, a pulled pork hoagie ($16) and barbecue sauce-glazed meatloaf with cheesy mashed potatoes ($23), but if you’re catching a game and picking your team, you might be in the mood for a burger, and if so, you’re in luck.

Although the property-wide dedication to scrumptious vegan eats might tempt you to try the Wynn Burger ($15), which comes with a vegan chocolate shake and fries, it’s my duty to let you know you’re missing out if you don’t devour the Black & Blue ($18). Key to this masterpiece are the fluffy black pepper challah bun, the tangy dijoinaise and the perfect fried egg. The rich flavor profile is rounded out by thick bacon, creamy blue cheese, raw red onions and crispy fried yellow onions. The catch, however, is that you still need to order a side of fries ($8), a pound of thick-cut potatoes with pillowy insides and crisp edges. Excessive, yes, but worth it.

Charlie's Bar & Grill Wynn, 702-770-7000. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

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