Hamburger Mary's is a Las Vegas institution, whether or not you know about it. Once a favorite among the LGBTQ community, the burger joint—then located on Harmon Avenue across from the Hard Rock Hotel—closed 13 years ago before reopening on Flamingo east of Maryland Parkway in 2018.
Perhaps best known for its drag shows, Mary's has always done things a little differently. For one, it doesn't tout itself as a gay venue but as a restaurant for everyone. Despite its history, however, Mary's return was rockier than expected, according to co-owner James Healey. "We had a rough opening," he says. "We had to basically rebuild the business from the ground up."
Part of that overhaul includes an entirely new food menu and additional entertainment programming, like karaoke on Tuesdays. "We went from a very small one-page menu to a full menu, and our drink menu is brand-new," Healey says. (Each drag queen even has a cocktail named after them.) Burgers start with certified Angus beef patties, or you can customize any order to include Kobe beef or the vegan Impossible. There are 11 different burger styles, including the Sloppy Mary with steak or vegan chili and the Queen Mary with grilled onions, bacon, cheese and Mary's Thousand Island sauce—plus lighter options, like the LGBT sandwich with lettuce, guacamole, bacon, tomato and garlic-herb mayo.
Don't skip the fried pickle spears, which are superior to their pickle chip brethren, and be sure to order a Magical Unicorn cupcake on your way out.
HAMBURGER MARY'S 1700 E. Flamingo Road, 702-733-8787. Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight.