Big Hurt’s Snack Shack

I went out looking for hot dog joints in Las Vegas while at the Affiliate Summit West conference. I found lots of candidates, and Big Hurt’s Snack Shack was my first choice. It’s located right in front of Harrah’s Casino on The Strip in Las Vegas. Wade Tonkin, Football Fanatic and Ultimate Foodie, joined me for today’s story.

There’s quite a variety here. They serve tacos, burritos, quesadillas, burgers, cheese steak, chicken, breakfast sandwiches, grilled cheese, fries, nachos, pretzels, fried pickles, fried Twinkies and more. Of course Big Hurt’s has hot dogs. You can get a good look at the whole menu by clicking on the picture above. What drew me to Big Hurt’s is the presence of a real Chicago Hot Dog on their menu. Brendon, our server told us Big Hurt’s is owned by “a guy named Carl.” Carl rents the space from Harrah’s.
Big Hurt’s is a kiosk about the size of a large hot dog trailer. There is ample prep and cooking space inside.


There’s a kiosk across the way where you can get a beer or a mixed drink too.


Loud, rock music was coming from The Carnival Court across the way.
The seating options are pretty limited.



Most condiments are put on by Brendon (or whoever else is working) but they have ketchup and mustard for those who want something extra.
Here’s Brendon putting the final touches on our lunch.



The Spazmatics were rockin out some classic Cheap Trick tunes in the Carnival Court, so we grabbed a seat in there.
Look at those dogs! They had real Vienna Beef franks, the real sport peppers, the lime green relish, tomato wedges, pickle spears, onions, celery salt and mustard. Of course, all that “drag it through the garden” goodness was in a toasted poppy seed roll. These were real, honest to God, Chicago hot dogs smack dab in the middle of Las Vegas!


Here’s me CHOWING DOWN….


…and here’s Wade CHOWING DOWN.
These were the real deal and you can taste the difference! A Chicago Dog done up right has few peers in the hot dog world, the trick is finding an authentic one if you don’t live in Chicago. We both gave Big Hurt’s Snack Shack


When you’re in Las Vegas and you’re looking for a cheap meal that’s tasty, skip those $1.99 footlong hot dog specials everyone seems to have and head on down to Harrah’s to get a real Chicago Dog right in Las Vegas at Big Hurt’s Snack Shack. Tell whoever’s working that “the Ultimate Foodie and the Hotdogman sent me.”

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  1. Anonymous says

    The chicago dog is awesome! Seating IS limited – I used the red edge of the tree planter in the "limited seating" pic and did the Guy Fieri "lean" since the Carnival Court has a sign posted which doesn't allow outside food or drink inside. That small discomfort made NO difference – I'll go back for the Chicago dog again and again.

  2. hotdogman says

    The Carnival Court guys didn't give us any trouble- probably because we ordered up a couple beers (not pictured in the story) with our dogs. The Spazmatics were into the whole thing too- goofing on us from the stage between songs…

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