You actually do have one obligation when you come to Vegas. You gotta eat. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend like a boss to eat like one. Here are some of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget − your budget.
Familiar wooden tables and straightforward decor make this the perfect environment to focus on your three-pancake “short stack.” And while technically, it’s breakfast, this tastes like cake. The fresh-made batters mimic your favorite birthday (or if you’re like us, any day) treats − carrot cake, German chocolate, rocky road, bananas foster, etc. Get the red velvet stack topped with chocolate crumbles and cream cheese syrup. Six for $8.95 or three for $5.75 … both are perfect for Vegas on a budget. It just depends on what your stomach can handle.
Lunch: Sirrico's Pizza at New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Pizza will be one of your best bets for staying under 10 bucks for lunch. Sirrico’s feels just like a New York hole-in-the-wall, and will likely draw you back when the 3 a.m. cravings kick in – it’s open all night.
It has what some would call one of the best Las Vegas restaurant deals. You can get a slice of pie and a beer for $7.77. Or drop the beer and grab two slices. It’s a classic selection, so we recommend going with your favorite.
Dinner: Ellis Island’s Village Pub & Cafe
Cozy in to your booth and take your time for dinner. It’s open 24 hours. And whatever time you decide to eat, the Karaoke Bar will likely still be rocking and rolling. (It goes until 4 a.m. on the weekends.)
You’ll have to ask your waiter for “THE BEST deal in Vegas” − an entire steak meal for $7.99 − because it’s not on the menu. A lot of people claim the “best,” but we have to say this one might actually be the real deal.
Breakfast: Hash House a go go at The LINQ
It feels like a modern western farm. With food to match. It’s farm-fresh classic breakfast recipes piled high and topped with some kind of crispy tower and rosemary. It goes big on the portions and bigger on “the usual.” Some pretty reputable sources call this place a must.
For $18.99, you can get a Man v. Food favorite – Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken with hardwood smoked bacon and a scrambled egg. You might not even be able to eat the rest of the day.
Lunch: Lucky Penny at Palms Casino Resort
The modern lighting and marble tables may make this place seem like a for-sure-out-of-the-budget restaurant. But don’t be fooled! It’s an easygoing place (even on the wallet) that will treat you right with its shakes and juice blends, especially if you’ve been hit with a hangover.
For $20, you can get a good amount of food. A juice runs about $8, and then you still have enough for the $12 sweet potato quesadilla. And if that won’t fill you up, grab a cheeseburger and a shake for a total of $18.
Dinner: Ping Pang Pong at Gold Coast
The clean lines and geometric shapes pull you in, while the lantern-esque chandeliers shed light on this lucky find. It’s been voted one of the Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in America by Travel + Leisure. And lucky for all of us, the prices aren’t as high as they acclaim.
You can get a pretty good spread for under $20. Try a pork, steak or fish dish for around $16. We recommend the lamb tenderloin at $15.95.
Breakfast: Terrace Pointe Cafe at Wynn Las Vegas
The beautiful backdrop makes this a perfect place to rise and dine. Anywhere you’re seated, you’ll have views of the manicured gardens and pool. For $24 you can get the Benedict Trio with of each of its benedicts − traditional, turkey avocado and crab.
Lunch: China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan
It’s food fusion meets art and color fusion. This vibrant place has so much to look at, it’s doubtful you’d ever get bored waiting on food. Plus, the people are super nice. It’s an all-around inviting place that deliciously blends the flavors of China and Mexico.
Start with the guacamole for $16. The corn tortillas that go with it are made a few feet from your table. For the main, try Ants Climbing a Tree. It comes in at $14.88, but if you can swing the extra $0.88, the chicken, pea shoot and wok-tossed glass noodles are worth it.
Dinner: Other Mama
At first, you may not think much of the place. It’s got a submarine, dorm-style vibe with few windows to the sea (paintings of a mermaid and some jellyfish). But, once you take your first bite, you’ll realize it is not at all about the decor. Other Mama is smart fine dining. Las Vegas chefs know it − this is where they go to eat. And we trust the experts.
The menu is seasonal. For $30, you’ll be able to get something fresh and special. Ask your waiter what they’re most excited about. And try that raw fish dish you’ve always been scared to order. This is the place to do it − chef Dan Krohmer is a pro.
There are plenty of restaurants all around Vegas for any budget. Start here, but don’t be afraid to branch out.