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Jan 6, 2011 05:00 AM

Vegas on a budget

I will be in Vegas in April for a convention and we are looking for cool, affordable places to eat in Vegas. We are on a tight budget for the trip so not looking to go all out and not that excited by buffets.

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  1. How much are you looking to spend per person? What kind of food? Will you have a car? Where are you staying?

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    1. re: Eric

      Staying at the Gold Coast Casino. Will Not have a car, Trying to bein the $100-$150 for 2 people in a day range. Really anything We are normally Diners Drive Ins and Dives kind of people but just appreciate good food.

      1. re: countgrog

        A short bus ride from the Gold Coast is Ellis Island Casino. It is on Koval Lane right behind Ballys. It is the first bus stop past Ballys. They have a 24/7 off the menu steak special. It includes a 20 ounce micro brewed beer or 20 ounce micro brewed root beer, soup or salad, 10 ounce top sirloin, garlic green beans and choice of rice or potatos for $7.99. Mon Ami Gabi might be a good option for a nice lunch or dinner. It is right at Paris which is next to Ballys. Sit eithere outside on the patio or towards the front of the restaurant to watch the water show at Bellagio.

        Mon Ami Gabi
        3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

        1. re: countgrog

          Gold Coast has some decent food outlets and their website usually lists specials happening in their Cortez Room Steakhouse etc. Ping Pang Pong is a favorite of many and it's located right there at the hotel. The hotel has a shuttle to the Orleans where the Prime Rib Room is a good bet, and there is a Fuddrucker's Burger outlet . On the strip, Hash House a Go Go in the Imperial Palace, or the Grand Lux Cafes in the Venetian and Palazzo hotels, are a bit pricier than you probably want but offer HUGE portions so sharing an appetizer or salad and an entree will fill the bill.

          Here's a coupon for Kahunaville in Treasure Island if the menu suits your fancy. Should help you keep to the budget as long as you avoid their $15 drinks.

          Ping Pang Pong
          4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

          Grand Lux Cafe
          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          4195 S Grand Canyon Dr Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89147

          1. re: countgrog

            Well, you may be in luck then. If you enjoy good Chinese food, then Ping Pang Pong is right at your casino!


            And just down Valley View is Chinatown, stretching along Spring Mountain Road. Here you'll find some of the best and most authentic Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai food there. China Mama is definitely a good option there. And for ab fab Japanese gastropub fare, Raku is the best of the bunch.

            Ping Pang Pong
            4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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

            China Mama
            3420 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

            1. re: countgrog

              You're in luck. You're right next door to the Rio Hotel and across the street form the Palms Hotel. All three have a myriad of affordable eateries. Check out the website for each hotel and familiarize yourself with the restaurants at each place. Check out the menus and the prices.

              BTW... Where's the convention at?

          2. We went to the Pho restaurant in Treasure Island (that's actually what it is called.) and had a great inexpensive lunch.

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            1. re: nuts4food

              Has anyone been to the buffet at Treasure Island recently? When I tried it many years ago, I thought it was above average for a mid-priced buffet.

              Check out -- there are quite a few places around the strip that participate (sign-up and get the promo codes that knock the cost of a $25 certificate down to as little as a couple of bucks).

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                sounds like we won't venture far to eat reasonably thanks, please keep the suggestions coming.

                1. re: countgrog

                  Unless you have a car to venture out into the suburbs, there really isn't much more to suggest. Visit the websites of the nearest hotels and plan your meal plans. Or use Google maps to search the vicinity around your hotel for "restaurant."

                  1. re: shamu613

                    I will have a friend with a car starting Sunday night so we can venture out if needed.

                    1. re: countgrog

                      Are you looking for breakfasts, lunches or dinner?

                      What kind of cuisine floats your boat?

                      What's your budget, per person, per meal?

                      I'm trying to be helpful, but frankly you haven't given any information that would narrow down suggestions.

                      1. re: shamu613

                        all 3 meals, cheaper if Possbile have about a $100-%$150 budget per day for 2 people to eat on. (This is in a earlier thread)
                        Like all types of cusine Sushi, Asian, Italian, etc. Not looking for any fine dining. Cheap and eceltic.

                        1. re: countgrog

                          OK we leave on Saturday morning and trying o make some plans
                          Sat night dinner (Going to a show at the MGM so need something close to there in the cheaper range)
                          Sunday-breakfast - need
                          Lunch- Mon Ami Gabi is our plan
                          dinner- Going to Mirage for a show looking for something there
                          Mon- breakfast at the Gold Coast
                          lunch - probably Ping Pang Pong
                          then we get into the convention times and will figure it out from there.

                          Ping Pang Pong
                          4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

                          Mon Ami Gabi
                          3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                          1. re: countgrog

                            PF Changs at Planet Hollywood might be the ticket before MGM, they have happy hour 7 days a week with lots of food choices, cheap, you just have to get your orders in by 6pm. (3pm to 6pm)

                            'Wich Craft at MGM is also good.....gourmet sandwich place.


                            Planet Hollywood
                            3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

            2. Eat breakfast at the Gold Coast Buffet. Not the best in town, but really cheap and a good selection of the basic stuff.

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              1. re: vegasmike

                thanks for the Witch Craft idea.
                also one breakfast some friends we are meeting there say we need to go to the Palms for Breakfast because of the cornflake covered french toast.