Everyone’s pocketbook is a little lighter after the holidays but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great meal in Las Vegas. There are plenty of places where you can eat tasty food and still have money left over for your other Vegas adventures. Here are 10 places where you can dine for less than $10:
1) Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan: For a great piece of New York-style pizza, head to the third floor of The Cosmopolitan and look for the nondescript hallway decorated with old album covers. At the end of the hallway you’ll find this hidden walk-up counter, which offers fresh pepperoni, cheese and other varieties of pizza for around $5 a slice. Bonus: Secret Pizza is open until 4 or 5 a.m. for the late-night crowd.
2) Pink’s Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood or Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa: Pink’s has been a staple in Los Angeles for more than 65 years and offers unique takes on hot dogs like a bacon burrito dog, Polish dog and a stretch chili cheese dog. You can get a great hot dog here for around $6.
3) Tacos el Gordo at 3049 S. Las Vegas Blvd.: For $2 – $3 a taco you can’t go wrong at Tacos el Gordo. The restaurant serves delicious authentic tacos including varieties like cabeza, lengua, spicy pulled pork and carne asada with meat sliced freshly off skewers.
4) Pop Up Pizza at the Plaza Hotel downtown: Pop Up Pizza serves a variety of pizzas topped with fresh ingredients and homemade tomato sauce, including vegan options for around $4 per slice. Pizzas are named after famous downtown Las Vegas landmarks and people like The Fremont, with Italian sausage, bacon, pepperoni, roasted peppers and eggplant. The Goodman features mozzarella, carmelized onions, roasted mushrooms, spinach and red potatoes.
5) Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood: Earl of Sandwich serves deli-style, made-to-order hot sandwiches on artisan bread. Sandwiches cost around $6 and come in varieties like The Original 1762, which features roast beef, cheddar and horseradish sauce. Other options include the Hawaiian BBQ, tuna melt and Holiday Turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry.
6) Ellis Island: Head to Ellis Island Casino’s 24-hour restaurant for a variety of cheap food deals. You can get breakfast for $3.99 with two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast. For lunch there’s a BLT for for $5.49. Dinner choices under $10 include a pork chop dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables for $8.99; chicken fried steak for $8.99; or a grilled chicken breast with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes on a bed of rice for $8.99.
7) Luv-It Frozen Custard: If you want a sweet treat that won’t break the bank, you need to try Luv-It Frozen Custard, a Vegas institution since 1973. You can get a creamy custard sundae for $3 – $5 depending on the size. Our pick: the Western sundae — vanilla custard topped with a thin layer of hot fudge and several salted pecans.
8) American Coney Island at the D: For around $4 you can indulge in the iconic Detroit Coney Dog. A favorite of Detroiters and visitors for nearly a century, American Coney Island is the oldest family-owned business in Detroit. Founder Gust Keros coined the phrase “Coney Dog” and introduced the now legendary treat to the city of Detroit in 1917. The high-quality, specially seasoned, natural-casing Dearborn sausage brand hot dog is topped with the Keros family secret recipe Coney Island Chili Sauce, mustard and chopped onions, and served in a warm steamed bun.
9) Du-par’s at the Golden Gate: Want a traditional Vegas shrimp cocktail? Head to the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino downtown where they have been offering it since 1959. Du-par’s restaurant serves a mound of fresh shrimp with secret cocktail sauce and a wedge of fresh lemon for just $2.99.
10) Monta Ramen in Chinatown, 5030 Spring Mountain Road: You might have survived on Ramen noodles in college because they were cheap, but the noodles Monta serves are way better than anything you used to make in the microwave. Monta has bowls of Ramen for around $7 with toppings ranging from 50 cents to $2.50. The Tonkotsu Ramen has a thick, creamy broth and the Shoyu Ramen is a clear tangy broth with a chicken and vegetable stock base and plenty of soy sauce.
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