Flippin’ Good restaurant is back in business on Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas after a significant renovation.
With its recent overhaul, Flippin’ Good has gone from fast food to casual dining, complete with the addition of servers.
Flippin’ Good isn’t fancy, but it’s downtown fancy.
The restaurant has tweaked its full name from Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes to Flippin’ Good Chicken, Burgers, Beer.
We suspect the restaurant’s pivot had to do with not only sagging business, but also the opening of a White Castle nearby.
All the changes have resulted in vast improvements over the former concept.
Flippin’ Good features the four food groups: Chicken, burgers, fries and beer.
The new interior is a mix of wood, steel and brick.
Booths, with padded seats, are at a premium. During a recent visit, we asked about a lone unoccupied booth and were told it wasn’t available because someone had made a reservation for it. Note to self.
The new Flippin’ Good features a slick new bar.
You can’t Fremont and not beer. It’s the law.
At the moment, the bar serves beer and wine, but our hope is it becomes a full, Captain Morgan-enabled bar soon.
The menu’s prices have been bumped up a bit to reflect the restaurant’s new direction, but from the items we’ve had, it remains a solid value.
The grilled chicken sandwich was excellent, and the fries are as good as we remember.
Pavlovian response in three…two…one.
Here’s a peek at one side of the menu.
We wouldn’t leave you hanging, here’s the other side.
We’re fairly sure concretes are frozen custard, but we are a blog, not a flavor chemist. Here’s a better look.
We also took a stab at the chicken tenders. While they pale by comparison to Cane’s or Twin Peaks here in Las Vegas, they hit the spot, and the dipping sauces cover all the bases.
Yes, we made a sports reference. We won’t let it happen again.
Sauces include Cluckin’, Tennessee BBQ, Carolina Gold, Buffalo, Buttermilk Ranch, Flippin’ Good and Honey Mustard. There will be a quiz.
On a return trip, we tried the Flippin’ Good Burger and found it to be, again, a satisfying offering.
Flippin’ Good gives good bun.
The previous iteration of Flippin’ Good had challenges with food consistency, and it still hasn’t worked out all those kinks entirely, but the new Flippin’ Good has made great strides in quality, variety, portion size and overall ambiance.
Flippin’ Good was once Uncle Joe’s Pizza and Kabob Korner. Consider our intestinal history preserved.
We’re hopeful Flippin’ Good will veer away from its decision to position itself as “the pioneer of Downtown Las Vegas honky tonk.”
First, we don’t know what that means.
Second, country music is to ears as Admiral Nelson rum is to tongues, and we don’t mean that in a good way.
From the Flippin’ Good Facebook page and menu: “Whether you like scorchin’ chicken eats, grass-fed steak burgers, shivery shakes or ice cold local brews, we gotta ‘lil somethin’ for everybody. Lip smackin’ and knee slappin’, we like to invite y’all home. Here, you’ll be treated like kin.”
We’d love to think they’re being ironic, but the country music says otherwise.
Yes, Las Vegas has an “outside.” We just avoid it whenever possible.
Still, Flippin’ Good has upped its game in a big way and we recommend a stop to check out the new look and menu.
Flippin’ Good is located between Inspire Theater and a restaurant called The Smashed Pig, across Fremont Street from one of our favorite downtown haunts, Evel Pie.