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Las Vegas cheap, fun eats for college students?

Group of ten college students celebrating end of finals on shoestring budget; where to eat? Open to ethnic and hole in the wall. Please advise.

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  1. You don't mention what your budget is or if you will have a car. The first place that comes to mind is Ellis Island Casino's $6.99 steak special. Comes with soup or salad, ten ounce sirloin , choice of potato and twenty ounce micro brewed beer or root beer.

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    1. re: Eric

      Yes, they have two cars. I'm not sure what the budget is. They are there for three days. The Ellis Island special sounds great. Thanks, Eric!

      1. re: Eric

        I second Ellis Island! Lots of other specials under $10, as well...they serve awesome breakfasts, too. They're open 24/7.

      2. Bagelmania for breakfast. Specials before 11:00AM 5:99.

        Mr Lucky at the Hard Rock. Steak and shrimp special... $7.77 off the menu,

        Happy Hour at Cafe BabaReba, $3.00 tapas and half priced Sangria,

        Lunch specials at Mushashi. Teppan 1/2 price, IIRC.

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        Bagelmania
        855 E Twain Ave # 120, Las Vegas, NV

        Hard Rock Cafe
        4475 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

        Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
        3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 1144, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: shamu613

          FYI -
          The teppan at Musashi is also cheap from 12am - 4am.

          1. Make a reservation at Lotus of Siam. Often touted as best Thai in US. I just know I love it and it's reasonable. And with 10 people you'll be able to try a lot of dishes.

            I'd also check out Raku or Ichiza (izakaya style). Raku is kind of small but you can do it reasonable and the food is awesome. Haven't hit Ichiza but maybe better for 10 college students? Think it's a bit bigger & supposed to have a fun atmosphere. Have read the food is good.

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

            Aburiya Raku
            5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

            Lotus of Siam
            953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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            1. re: ccl1111

              They stayed at the Venetian but they had a car, actually two cars so transporation wasn't a problem. I really wanted to send them to LOS however it is currently closed for remodeling. Shucks! I didn't know about Raku or Ichiza but they go to school in San Diego where they can get some great izakaya style Japanese. Thanks for your reply.

              1. re: dimsumgirl

                LOS reopens Christmas Eve. I also thought of Ichiza. What about Hot & Juicy Crawfish? Or Hue's Thai Sandwiches for bahn mi or one of the Pho places? Or Sam Woo's for roasted meats?

              2. re: ccl1111

                I haven't been to Raku yet (sigh) but my sister JanetofReno informs me that it can get quite pricey unless one orders carefully. She said her last dinner there for three was $120, without alcohol. She also nixed it for a group of nine that she was hosting (and that I was a part of) saying that it was much too small for a group that size.

                1. re: susancinsf

                  Actually, I think that 120 included a couple of beers...but still, Raku is one of those places where its easy to spend more than you intend to....Ichiza is a LOT cheaper. What about Dad's Grilled cheese that has been a topic of discussion on the board lately? And I don't think you can go wrong with the lunch buffet at Namaste...very fresh ingredients; a delicious Idli-sambar and very good tandoori chicken, usually several vegetable dishes and salad choices that are very fresh and a cut above the usual offerings....for 8.95.

                  We had lunch there with my sons the other day...the only problem was that they wanted saw LOS next door and wanted to go there...of course LOS isn't open for lunch on Sundays...Anyway, the other thing I noticed about Namaste is that most of the patrons were Indian...always a good sign....

                  Another inexpensive favorite is Bosa1, a vietnamese place on Jones just off of spring mountain.

              3. Another good place is the brew pub in the Monte Carlo hotel. Really good beer (and cheap) and great nachos.