It’s easy to find amazing food in Las Vegas. It’s easy to find cheap food. It’s a little harder to find amazing food that’s also cheap — but it’s out there.
Since most of your day in Vegas will cost *something*, it’s worth putting in a little effort to figure out where you can get a great, filling meal cheaply. You’ve gotta have something in your stomach to soak up all that booze (or to make sure that 2 Cosmos don’t make you pass out).
No matter where you are in Vegas — on The Strip or around Fremont — you’ll be able to grab a cheap bite that’s worth your time and money.
Mr. Lucky’s Gambler’s Special at Hard Rock
This special isn’t on the menu, but if you know to ask for it, for only $7.77 you’ll get a steak, shrimp, a potato any style (baked, mashed, or fries) and a salad. It’s located at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which is a little bit off the Strip but a fun place to go check out. If you aren’t in the mood for the Gambler’s Special, Mr. Lucky’s is generally affordable and delicious.
Pink’s Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood
Pink’s in Los Angeles is known for celeb spotting — and, of course, bomb ass hot dogs. While I can’t say that the Vegas location offers you a chance at spying on Brad and Angie, it still offers you the same amazing hot dogs at good price. If you aren’t able to make it to the LA location, you can get the same experience at Planet Hollywood. Go HAM with one of Pink’s Special Dogs and Deluxe Chili Cheese Fries and you still come in under $20.
The Peppermill Resturant and Fireside Longue
The Peppermill is known for its vintage Vegas feel with neon tube lights and vinyl booths. The portions are huge and it’s open 24/7. Whether you’re here for late night munchies or brunch, you won’t be disappointed. The french dip with curly fries is epic, and it won’t hurt your wallet at $13.
While they’re known for their frozen hot chocolate — which is actually amazing and totally worth it — Serendipity also has lots of options for good food at a reasonable price. Get an enormous foot long hot dog piled high with toppings with a heaping side of fries for $19, or the Hangover Omelet stuffed with bacon, french fries, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, and sour cream with a side of breakfast potatoes. You really can’t go wrong at this adorable restaurant located at Caesars Palace.
Grand Lux Cafe
My boyfriend raved about this place and how we had to go when we were in Vegas. I really didn’t understand until we went there after a night out. Looking at the menu makes it seem like your basic chain somewhere in between Ruby Tuesday’s and Cheesecake Factory. Good… but not that noteworthy.
OMG was I wrong.
They have a unique take on classic American food at extremely reasonable prices. I highly recommend the Double Stuffed Potato Spring Rolls: creamy mashed potatoes with a touch of green onion, rolled in crispy Asian wrappers topped with melted cheddar and applewood smoked bacon and served with sour cream. Best late night food EVER, and it’s located conveniently in The Venitian. Plus, it’s open 24 hours YAAAASSS.
Sure, you can always slum it and get a cheap meal at Panda Express or Chipotle, but don’t be basic. You can do that anywhere. When in Vegas, you may as well try something local — or at least more unique. Check out more suggestions on our short guide to unique Vegas dining experiences.