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Heart Attack Grill

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by VegasSteven, May 1, 2013.

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  1. VegasSteven

    VegasSteven Low-Roller

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    The Heart Attack Grill is unique. I gotta give them that. The place is fun, much more so than your average burger joint. There's even a huge scale outside where you can weigh yourself 24/7 (the scale weighs heavy, by the way). And wacky rules like, if you weigh over 350 lbs you eat for free.

    Upon entry you are fitted with a hospital gown and wrist band. And much to my relief, you’re allowed to keep your regular clothes on underneath.

    The servers are all referred to, and dressed as, doctors and nurses. And the menu is set up that way as well (triple bypass burger, flatliner fries, etc.).

    There is a slight whiff of “death” in the air, too. I don’t mean a smell, but a subtle hint that this meal could indeed be your last. I sure hoped not. And fortunately for me, it wasn’t. :wink2:

    There’s even a sign up that reads: “Cash only because you might die before the check clears.”

    Gulp!

    And an old-fashioned ambulance parked right outside.

    Noooooooooooo!!!!!

    The food is mediocre at best. One step below a Denny’s (which is right next door now, btw). The burger was huge, and I only went with the simple “single bypass.” But it had very little flavor. Same with the fries. Kind of a cardboard consistency. I had a water and it was outstanding!

    So for the kitschy experience, I’d say everyone should come do it at least once. But once was probably enough for me.

    If you're thinking of checking it out, I included a few more observations and photos here: http://vegasdowntownreport.com/2013/04/27/flatliner-food-at-the-heart-attack-grill/

    Enjoy! :beer:
     
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    Thanks for the review of this place, I walked past it on my last visit to downtown and wondered about it. I also found the scale was off (But I'd still have to had to pay!)
     
  4. makikiboy

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    I would consider visiting to have one of their shakes but since I don't eat as much I would pass on the other stuff.

    I'm kind of surprised, with this health conscious thing going on, the place is still open. while the place isn't that busy much of the time I think I see more people there than in denny's, lol.

    thanks for your review, I heard from others that the food wasn't that great either.
     
  5. VegasSteven

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    Honestly, I didn't think it would last this long either. But it seems to do well.

    I may come back again once I reach 350. :peace:
     
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    I have heard the HAG is a real killer. I prefer In n Out, a place that may inhibit some discomfort, however, it beats the Morgue.
     
  7. ClownHo

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    I love the idea behind HAG, but I haven't eaten there, and don't plan to.

    Giant burgers: yeah, I'd indulge. Wash it down w/ a shake? Great? Fries w/ the fixins? A little much, but I'm game.

    Waitresses in sexy nurse outfits? Yummy!

    What would get me to eat there? Quit loading up the food w/ unnecessary calories.

    The problem I have with the concept is that they try too hard to add calories to an indulgent meal.

    I know bacon and cheese on top of big patties of meat is not healthy, by definition, but make a good, flavorful patty instead of marinating the meat in butter.

    Top the fries with indulgent stuff like cheese, sour cream and bacon, not corn oil, olive oil and peanut oil.

    Does a milkshake need to be artificially indulgent?

    They could easily have fun with the theme and sell expensive burgers without such gross cooking practices. Then I'd feel like I have to try it at least once. But perhaps I'm in the minority.

    They most know what they're doing, despite the fact their previous locations have closed.
     
  8. ken2v

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    I don't get it. I'm a foodie, and by that I mean I like good food. I don't eat for novelty or sheer size for size's sake, and w/i that I certainly don't graze around the healthy side of the ledger to the exclusion of all else. I like all types of food, from the simplicity of a great burger at a little local place here to paying a visit to some of the nation's top eats.

    If the food ain't all that, why go? The spectacle?

    As for those wondering how it survives, please, just look how America eats and what we freely avail ourselves of as a nation of undiscerning consumers in general.
     
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    I was going to answer "curiousity"' and had considered a visit on my next solo trip, but after ClownHo's eye-opening description I might just take a pass. There are too many great places to eat in Vegas.
     
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    I exaggerate, but yeah, they openly market how unhealthy their food is. What is it in their shakes, butterfat? I don't even know what that is, I just know I don't want it.

    I think their quadruple-bypass burger is supposed to be more than 9,000 calories. Most of us could never eat it if we tried, but as a consumer, why would anyone find that appealing?

    Ken's right, people just don't care enough, even when you tell them how nasty the food is. I guess I can stop feeling guilty about drinking 3-4 cans of Diet Pepsi a day.
     
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    yes, it is a spectacle and a novelty. but when I look in the place a number of people eating there aren't the slim and health conscious types anyway.

    I would rather they put an in n out someplace downtown, I would eat there, even though the food isn't that nutritious or healthy or low calorie or even really "good" food I would eat there over HAG or denny's IMHO. Sorry, not a Denny's fan.

    by the way, I saw someone taking a picture on the scale, HAG's claim is that if you are over 350lbs or something you either get a free meal or discounted meal, the guy had another guy or two sitting below him on the scale to make it seem like he was over the weight minimum.

    I guess whatever turns you on, most of us would pass on HAG but I guess there are enough people eating there to keep the place open and pay the waitresses and everyone else working there.

    Actually I didn't expect the toy store to last in the neonopolis, I hardly see people in the store and as a tourist I didn't have any real urge to buy something there.
     
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    as craptastic as the food has to be, if there are enough curiosity seekers willing to dine on high-caloric food, and that gets 'em to neonopolis, live long and prosper, HAG. as someone who likes it downtown, i keep hoping they find a good mix of things to see and do to finally make neonopolis work, keeping unique places like the toy store in biz.

    liberace museum is supposed to be opening a scaled-down version of its exhibits in neonopolis, and it's my hope more of that stuff finds its way inside.

    not sure that denny's or HAG would appreciate more competition, but an In 'n' Out couldn't fail in neonopolis, could it? if mcdonald's can survive inside both the D and the Plaza (there's one in the plaza, right?) and subway can make a go of it in el cortez, then In 'n' Out would have to succeed downtown.
     
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    Kinda agree with Ken's assesment
     
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    I get spectacle and curiosity, otherwise I'd never have seen Reptile Gardens or the Corn Palace. I just don't see novelty extending to crap like Ripley's Museum in SF or big bad food and playing it up. I don't even see how it would register with the food-is-nothing-but-fuel crowd.

    So much shit is being thrown at downtown and apparently in America that's all it takes. Now the stuff going on in Fremont East, THAT I get.
     
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    I ate at HAG right after it opened in downtown. I saw a story about the restaurant on TV once when it was still in Phoenix and though that if I ever had the chance, I'd eat there. When I saw that it relocated to Vegas and I was there after opening, I had to try it.

    Did I go as a health conscious eater? No. Did I go looking for a salad bar? No. Did I go knowing that everything on the menu was bad for me? YES.

    The name of the restaurant tells the story. Everything is tongue in cheek.

    Now, will I go there everyday, week, month? NO. IT was something I wanted to try, and did, and had a great time. Got dressed up in a hospital gown, and my server was a cutie named Stephanie.

    I ordered the Quadruple bypass burger with bacon, never thinking that I would have finished it, fries and a bottle of coke from the bottles that you just cant find any longer.

    My wife and I sat there for a good portion of an hour (she got a double burger and didn't finish it.) Listened to the 80's music, took everything in, laughed at the table next to us when someone tried to pay with a credit card. They only take cash, there's an ATM by the register.

    The food was ok. Burger was above average and didn't have all the crap you normally find. There was burger, cheese, slice of tomato, 4 slices bacon. Repeated 4 times. The fries did suck though. They cook them in lard and are very dark brown. Not tasty at all.

    The only way to eat the burger was from the top down, in layers. I took off the top bun and went to work. Again, still not thinking I would ever finish it.

    I was astonished when I looked down at my plate and had just 1 burger, slice of cheese, tomato and bacon left. So basically, a bacon-cheeseburger. Thought hat I just might be able to finish it. I put the bun back on top and took small bites. Next thing I know, I had 1 bite left. Took a picture of it and popped it in my mouth. VOILA! all gone.

    Sat there for about 15 minutes or so before making it to the register to pay. I told the girl at the register that I couldn't believe I ate it all and she told me that by doing so, they were suppose to wheel me out in a wheelchair. I thought that was a bit over the top and declined.

    For the next 30 minutes or so, walking down Freemont and whatever casino we hit next, I was ever watchful for the nearest trash can. Just in case.
     
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    Good review. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    tried them out on spring break

    We tried them out on a recommendation and we were disappointed. It was good for some laughs and certainly a unique place. Although none of us were even near the 350 pound weight to get the food free, we wanted to try it out. The food bordered on terrible, but we are from Wisconsin and we know how good food can be when it is bad for you. Greasy burgers and things made with butter are our specialties, so maybe it just depends on what you are used to eating. LOL
     
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    Wasn't there a Ripley's Museum near Circus Circus? I went to it eons ago. It was a dump. I did a search and it said downtown, but i do remember Ripley's on the backside of Arby's on the north Strip.
     
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    Now if they put an In-N-Out Burger downtown, I'd be hooked!

    I've been using the McDonald's (in the D) as "absorption" food since the Fitz was heavy into the Irish theme. Would much rather turn to Animal fries and burger to cure what ails me...:eek:
     
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