Las Vegas, aka the City of Sin, is not always known for its cheap living. It is here, after all, where people go to all-hours ultra-modern, uber-chic clubs to “make it rain” with dollar bills. Still, there is plenty to do and see in Vegas, even on the strictest of budgets, and Vegas caters to all parties. If you’re looking for the best places to eat while you’re in Vegas and watching the checkbook, here are some good bets.
Las Vegas, in general, operates on a sliding scale, by which I mean that if your hotel costs $29 a night, unless you found it on an unbelievable deal, the gambling and meals there are likely to cost similarly. If, however, your night at the Bellagio ran you over $300, you can expect your entertainment to be comparable. And though this is the trend, it is far from the rule. Table 10 at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel and Casino offers spicy and sweet gumbo and a beer for under $20, which, for authentic southern food in the middle of the desert, is pretty spectacular.
For the Asian-food lover, there is Wazuzu in the Wynn. The Drunken Noodles here are a treat you’ll rave about for years, the Indian Flatbread and Coconut Curry will set your senses ablaze, but most importantly, if you’re trying to get out of the door for under $20, the Roti Panang and a beer will keep you whistling Dixie.
For the steak-lovers out there, a truly cheap eat can be found at the Ellis Island Casino, right behind Bally’s. Here you’ll find little in the way of décor (unless you’re really into the 1970s thing), and there are little frills, but the off-the-menu steak special gets you a 10oz thick cut sirloin, choice of side, and a glass of beer, for $7. Call that a bargain? I’d bet on it.
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