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I'll be in Vegas for the first time for Labour Day weekend. I'll be staying @ The Venetian and I wanted to know if and where I could find good quality cheap / value eats in Vegas around the location where I will be staying.

Anything from sandwiches, pizza, burgers, sushi, pasta, asian / fusion food etc is fine ...

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  1. I just happened to catch this episode of Rachel Ray's Food Network television show last evening and I can tell you every place she visited has been put on my list of places to try the next time I visit Las Vegas.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/rachaels-v...

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    1. re: fourunder

      One problem with Rachael's list: It doesn't tell the OP *anything*. The only one of those even close to the strip is Origin India, and $16-$20 for an entree certainly doesn't qualify as cheap eats. Never mind that her inclusion of The Egg & I is completely unforgivable.

      There isn't a whole lot for true cheap eats right on the Strip. There are some incredible values thanks to prix fixe menus at many nice places up and down the strip; Joël Robuchon has menus starting at $89 now, surely the least expensive Michelin three-star on the planet.

      My favorite for true cheap eats is the $7 off-the-menu steak special at the Ellis Island casino, on Koval south of Flamingo, right behind Bally's. The people on this board who debate the merits of Cut, Carnevino, Prime, et cetera are likely reaching for their smelling salts at the mere mention of Ellis Island; the attached hotel is the world's largest Super 8, the restaurant is simply titled "Restaurant", the decor looks to date back to the mid 1970s, some of the waitresses do too, and a low wall you can see over is all that separates you from the bustle and smoke of the casino. The restaurant is a no-frills 24-hour coffee shop. The menu is predictable American fare, the most expensive wine is $25 a bottle (Santa Margherita pinot grigio in case you were wondering), and the dinner menu tops out at $11. The off-the-menu steak special gets you a 10 ounce thick cut sirloin, choice of potato, green beans, soup or salad, and a house-brewed beer, all for $7. Sure, you aren't swaddled in the luxury of the high-end Strip steak palaces, but a special like that is a slice of old-school Vegas that is increasingly hard to find. And c'mon, if you go to Prime, that $7 won't even buy you the beer ;) They do also have a brewery patio that has two things on the menu: Ribs, or roast chicken. Half a chicken is $7, half a rack of ribs is $8, half a chicken and half a rack is $9, and a full rack of ribs is $12, and they're served with a mess of sides.

      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        one star, not three star

        1. re: lalaw05

          If you're referring to JK's mention of Joel Robuchon, Michelin has indeed given it three stars, and it does have a special $89 menu.

          1. re: lalaw05

            You are thinking of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, not the full Joël Robuchon next door to L'Atelier. L'Atelier currently offers a $39 "L'Unique" three-course menu, a $75 five-course summer tasting menu, for the week of August 31 a $50.09 three-course Restaurant Week menu. Joël Robuchon is the three-star (the only one in Vegas) and offers prix fixe menus ranging from $89 for two courses to $195 for six courses. And of course, the twelve course degustation menu for $385.

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            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              You can get out of Jean-Georges and Le Bernardin at Lunch for less than $89. ;-)

          2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            Personally I would not say that $89 for 1 entree and 1 dessert is an "incredible value". Just my opinion though.

            1. re: LVI

              Value and price are mutually exclusive. I've spent 25 bucks on breakfast at Bouchon, and 20 bucks on a burger at Burger Bar, and found them to both be incredible values. I've also spent less than five bucks on some reportedly good local dive and felt completely ripped off. It's all relative.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Oh I certainly agree. Give me Huevos Rancheros, coffee and a paper on the patio at the Verandah at the Four Seasons and it is the best $25 spent in the morning in Las Vegas. However, I would never consider it an incredible value. I am not one who is afraid to spend money on good food (well, that is until my wife opens the credit card statement...then I am very afraid!). But I also realize that the $89 spent at Joël Robuchon (which doesn’t include any thing else...tax...tip...drink...and approaches $120 without drink when all included) will feed me like a KING, at a place like Lotus of Siam. Not to mention the wine pairings that will accompany the meal. THAT, IMHO is value.

        2. Will you have a car? If so, a trip to LV Chinatown is a -must- Cheap food on the Strip is an oxymoron if there ever was one.

          But, the food court on the casino level of The Venetian is decent, and I think the pizza at Enzo's is good. If you want to splurge for breakfast once, eat at Bouchon. Excellent, and not too pricey. ($11 for bread pudding french toast isn't bad)

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          1. re: Honeychan

            Definitely second the recommendation for breakfast at Bouchon. It's expensive for breakfast (my friend and I spent $50 for two people without batting an eyelash), but at the same time cheap eats when Thomas Keller is involved. I don't remember if they take reservations, but even if they do don't bother with them. Walk-ins with a wait have madeleines and a freshly pressed New York Times awaiting them in the foyer, and I'm sure they'll bring you coffee if you ask.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              There is no breakfast/brunch reservation at Bouchon, only dinner.

              1. re: uhockey

                Madeleines and a New York Times it is, then! Oh, if only there were other places that had even half as enjoyable of a wait as that.

                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  They had coffee, epi-baguettes, and nutella when I went - I think that MIGHT even top Madelines and the times. :-)

                  FYI, to anyone considering Bouchon for breakfast, if you e-mail or call ahead they can accomidate pretty much anything........including the gnocchi for breakfast......oh yes I did.

          2. First Food and Bar is popular and inside the Palazzo. Second the suggestion to eat Bouchon for breakfast. Babreeba and stripburger are across the street and offer great happy hour specials.

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            1. re: vegaschick

              alright so I see that there is no real cheap food on the strip ... how about value and best bang for the buck? what would be some good mid-range resto's to check out?

              1. re: squirms

                Best bang for the buck is the Peppermill, a true Old Vegas testament.

                Huge portions and pretty kitschy all the way around. The fruit salad is the stuff of legends.

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                Peppermill Inn
                2985 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                1. re: Seth Chadwick

                  Something to note if you hit Peppermill for fruit salad: There are two different ones on the menu. There's the Western Fruit Plate on the breakfast menu, and the Fresh Fruit on the dinner menu. Both are available at all hours. You want the Fresh Fruit. My mom accidentally got the Western Fruit plate and wasn't as impressed. When the Fresh Fruit comes out, it looks less like fruit salad and more like Carmen Miranda's hat. Oh, and get it with cottage cheese unless you're splitting it with at least 4 people as a side dish. Rainbow sherbet and ice cream sound fun (and it is fun to order something with rainbow sherbet at 9 AM, trust me on this) but it's just too much sweet when paired with all that fruit. Cottage cheese provides a nice salty contrast to the fruit.

            2. Definitely second the other reccs for Bouchon for breakfast and the Peppermill for a step back in time to a '70s coffee shop--definitely order their famous fruit bowl--good place to people watch, too. Plus friendly waitresses. I think I got the french toast zt Bouchon and it was excellent. Note: bottled water will incur a 7 dollar charge there.

              1. Just got back from Vegas last night and was looking for good value too. In the Venetian Canaletto turned out to be a good value. Second (third, fourth?) Peppermill - it's north of the Venetian, on the other side of Encore...would recommend a cab or the Deuce (bus) to get there. We had an outstanding experience at Stack at the Mirage (across street from Venetian) - ask for their $29 menu where you choose an appetizer, entree and dessert from the menu all for $29. Best flat iron steak I've ever had, other menu items were excellent and portions were huge...drinks got a little expensive there though. Very attractive restaurant too. The deli at the Wynn (Zoozacrackers?) is a great place for cheap good food. The portions are big enough to share.

                Almost forgot the Cheesecake Factory (yes, Cheesecake Factory!) at Caesar's Forum Shops where they just started a new small plates menu. Each item was between $5 and $7, and some were excellent - especially the asparagus salad and shrimp crostini. The service was laughable but the good food and prices made it worth it.

                I've said it before, but eating in the bars at the best restaurants is my favorite thing to do because you can split plates of their large portions. Morels at Palazzo and Daniel Boulud at Wynn were the best.

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                Canaletto
                3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                Daniel Boulud Brasserie
                3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                grace 17.20
                5155 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30092

                1. I am in Vegas now. Had "dinner" last night at McCormick & Schmick's Happy Hour (ends at 6:30pm but I think it starts up again at 9:30pm). I walked it from the strip and it took me about 10 minutes. Only in the lounge: big menu but we shared a very good $2.95 half pound cheeseburger, $1.95 California Roll, Parmesan Garlic Chips, also $1.95, Asian Popcorn Chicken $3.95 and Cod Sliders for $4.95. Could not come close to finishing and was only about $15 for the two of us. All good, some great.

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                  1. re: Phoenix99

                    thanks for the suggestions everyone. it is greatly appreciated!

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                  2. Best value is Cafe BabaReba at happy hour if you sit anywhere in the bar. $3 tapas and half price sangria.

                    Maybe the finest cheap eats can be found in Chinablock (http://www.lvchinatown.com/) along Spring Mountain Dr. You could take a bus or even a cab.

                    Good dim dum at Harbor Palace Seafood. Excellent Szechwan at Emperor's Garden Restaurant, wonder Japanese izakaya at Ichiza.

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                    Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
                    3200 Las Vegas Blvd S # 1144, Las Vegas, NV

                    Hot & Juicy Crawfish
                    4810 Spring Mountain Rd Ste C, Las Vegas, NV 89102

                    Ichiza
                    4355 Spring Mountain Rd Ste 205, Las Vegas, NV 89102

                    Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant
                    4275 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102