Ten places in Las Vegas to grab a meal for under $10

You’re in Vegas. Maybe you lost a few dollars at the blackjack table or maybe you’re just saving your cash for bottle service at the club. In any case, you’re on a budget, but you still have to eat. Don’t worry – we might have a lot of high-end gourmet restaurants in town but there are also plenty of places where you can find a bargain meal.

Here are 10 places where you can eat a meal for under $10.

The Original 1762, photo courtesy Earl of Sandwich

The Original 1762, photo courtesy Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood: This popular sandwich spot serves deli-style, made-to-order hot sandwiches on artisan bread. Sandwiches cost around $6.99 and come in varieties like The Full Montagu with roasted beef, turkey, Swiss, cheddar, lettuce, Roma tomato and mustard sauce. We like the Holiday Turkey with turkey, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and mayo. It’s Thanksgiving in a sandwich.

Ellis Island Café, 4178 Koval Ln.: Ellis Island Casino Hotel, located a few blocks off the Strip on Koval Lane, is a great place to go for bargain food at any time of day. For breakfast you can get a 10-ounce sirloin steak, two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $9.99. That might be enough food to last you until dinner but if not, the café also has a variety of lunchtime sandwiches like a Philly French dip and burgers for under $10.

Photo courtesy of Grimaldi's Pizza

Photo courtesy of Grimaldi’s Pizza

Grimaldi’s at Palazzo: New York institution Grimaldi’s serves, you guessed it, New York-style thin crust pizza cooked in a coal-fired brick oven. Fresh ingredients, including handmade mozzarella and “secret recipe” dough and sauce make these pizzas irresistible. You can get a 12-inch personal pizza for $9. Toppings are an additional cost.

Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast: This restaurant was named one of the Top 10 Chinese restaurants in America by Travel + Leisure magazine but it’s not super fancy – it’s totally affordable. You’ll find noodles, rice and vegetable dishes. Try the Singapore rice noodles (light curry-flavored rice vermicelli with shrimp, BBQ pork and onions) for $9.95. The Shanghai noodles – stir fried Napa cabbage, mushrooms, spinach and pork – are $7.95. The menu also includes Chinese favorites like orange beef or kung pao chicken for $9.95.

Photo courtesy of Le Thai

Photo courtesy of Le Thai

Le Thai, 523 Fremont St.: This downtown hot spot has some tasty and affordable lunch specials for $9.95. Choose from a variety of curry dishes, a couple of stir-fry dishes and spicy eggplant. The special also includes a drink. Lunch is available Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Shake Shack at New York – New York: Shake Shack has been a New York phenomenon for years and now the West Coast is finally finding out what all the hype is about. Shake Shack serves up Angus burgers made from hormone and antibiotic-free beef, all-beef hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer and wine. Try the traditional – and delicious – Shack Burger with lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce. A Shack Burger is $5.19 and fries are $2.95.

Eat, 707 Carson St.: Eat, from chef Natalie Young, serves fresh breakfast and lunch items. Start your day with cinnamon biscuits, steel cut oats or pancakes for under $10. For lunch, go for the Killer Grilled Cheese for $9. It’s aged cheddar on sourdough with “kick-ass” tomato soup. You also get house made chips or potato salad and a “really good pickle.”

Photo courtesy of Pink's Hot Dogs

Photo courtesy of Pink’s Hot Dogs

Pink’s Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood: 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 $7.

Tacos and Beer, 3900 Paradise Rd.: For fresh, artisanal tacos for a great price, you’ll want to head to Tacos and Beer. There are 14 signature tacos including lengua ($3.50), Baja fish ($3.95), chicken tinga ($2.95), shrimp ($3.95) and more. If tacos aren’t your thing they also have enchiladas for $8.95, sopes for $9.95 and tostadas for $7.95.

Mr. Lucky’s at Hard Rock Hotel: We’ll let you in on a little secret. The Gambler’s Special is not on the menu at Mr. Lucky’s, so you’ll need to ask your server for this bargain. For $7.77 you’ll get a steak, three small grilled shrimp, green beans and mashed potatoes. The special is available around the clock. You need a player’s card to get it, but if you don’t have one, the restaurant will hook you up with one.


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