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Mar 29, 2011 08:42 AM

Cheap Eats ON the strip

We are 7 women (all in our mid to late twenties) coming to Vegas in May from Thursday to Sunday night. We are staying at the Wynn. Most of us have upwards of 7 weddings to attend this summer, staggering student loan repayments, irritatingly expensive taste in clothing, and also we ive in Toronto, which is expensive and in Canada (so cold and expensive.) Basically, we dont have a lot of money to spend on eating out. But we love good food.

The girls want to stick to the strip exclusively (despite my recommendations for off-strip eating) - I've never eaten on the strip actually and am more familiar with the cheap eats off -strip.

I'd love some recommendations for good food on the strip that isn't bank breaking - so like $30.00 with tax and tip (no booze) per person and under.

This is the intinerary set by the maid of honor.

Thursday Night: - Grab a quick bit to eat (nothing too fancy), something in or close to the wynn, and start getting ready for the night
- Tryst Nightclub

Friday: Pool Party!!
- Wet Republic at the MGM!
- Friday night is TBD

- Laze around the Pool all day
- Go to Tao nightclub (at the Venetian) for dinner and stay for a night out.

Recommendations much appreciated. I have read through the postings and find that a lot of the recs are for more expensive dining experiences, but please do correct me if you can think of a stream that I should have consulted first.

Looking for coupon recommendations, good deals, cheap restaurants (that aren't really gross), etc.

Thanks very much

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  1. "Good," "cheap," and "Strip" are 3 words that cannot be combined without copious laughter from locals. I am not a local, but I visit often enough and have local friends. So here are some budget conscious choices....

    A) Breakfast @ Bouchon. Order the pastry basket (4) for two people, a side meat (good portions on really good bacon and ham) coffee, and you will feel spoiled at a good price.
    B) Break the Strip only rule.
    1) Ellis Island is walking distance from the Wynn and has good, cheap food. But make it a daylight hike ladies.
    2) Go to Firefly on Paradise. Very close to the Strip. Good tapas and sangrias. Good group party.
    3) Lotus of Siam.
    C) Make good use of Happy Hours. check out the HH's @
    1) Diego's and
    2) Seablue in MGM.
    D) Todd English P.U,B.
    E) Keller's Fleur in Mandalay Bay has gone down the tapas road and in now more budget friendly.
    F) BLT in the Mirage.

    But seriously, as easy as it is to menu AND price check online, please do so and then have some reality check discussion with your group.

    Enjoy your trip.

    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Seablue Restaurant
    3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

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    1. re: fishyak

      As a Las Vegas local I strongly suggest that your group reconsider dining off the Strip. The group is basically limiting itself to the suggestions above or to lunch buffets or food courts. Rent a car or take the bus and enjoy the restaurants off the Strip. The other alternative is to increase the dollar amount.

      1. re: fishyak

        Hi, I totally appreciate your advice. My brother is a Vegas local and we ALWAYS eat off strip. The only thing is, I know these women, they want strip only - no cabs elsewhere (so no cream pancakes at Duprees for me :(

        Thanks very much for the feedback.

        1. re: katesalter

          Cream pancakes at Duprees? Do tell! I tried googling it, and all I could find for Vegas was an attorney and some guy's rap sheet....

          1. re: janetofreno

            Maybe she means Du-Pars at the Four Queens?

            1. re: Eric

              If she is talking about Du-Pars (and I hear they do have fantastic pancakes), they're located in the old Golden Gate Diner space in Golden Gate casino if I'm not mistaken.

              1. re: jsa056

                Yes, sorry Du-Pars ... delicious.

      2. Let's look at this from a practical point of view. You're coming to Vegas to party. That's obvious. The reference to the maid of honor tells me that it's a bachelorette party. Or parties. Car rental is out. My guess is that you're all going to be drinking and unless someone wants to volunteer to be a designated driver of a minivan or large SUV, you might even need two vehicles. So scratch any thought of rental cars.

        Bachelorette party means tight dresses and high heels so no long hikes up and down the strip. All together that means you need to look within the Wynn or someplace right next door.

        Terrace Pointe Café at the Wynn. It's their coffee shop, but it's very good. Stratta has a lounge menu that may save you a few as well as a great late night menu if you're hungry after all that dancing. ZOOZACRACKERS for New York style deli food. And Red 8 if you want Asian food.

        Across the street at the Fashion Show Mall are relatively inexpensive places like El Segundo Sol, California Pizza Kitchen, Maggiano's Little Italy and a diner called Johnny Rockets.

        At the Venetian, you may want to try their version of a coffee shop. It's called the Grand Lux Cafe.

        I hesitate to recommend anything at the MGM as Wet Republic is as far away from the hotel and their restaurants as possible. In fact, it has its own separate entrance. Don't tell the cab driver to take you to the MGM, tell him to take you to directly to Wet Republic. You might want to eat before you go, either at the Wynn or stop at an off strip breakfast place.

        Oh... don't forget to invite me to the en suite pillow fight.


        Maggiano's Little Italy
        3200 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 2144, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        California Pizza Kitchen
        6659 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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

        Terrace Pointe Cafe
        3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

        3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: shamu613

          Andy looks right on target about your logistical issues. You can also add the Nieman Marcus Cafe across the street at the Fashion Show Mall, a sleeper that does not get much attention on these boards because it is inside of the department store, and lacks visibility. And offering some kitschy old Vegas feel, and very large portions that can be shared, is the Peppermill, a short stroll from the Wynn. Open 24 hours, so particularly worth keeping in mind if you find yourselves with any food cravings after an extended night out. Or if the pillow fight builds up appetites.

        2. Grand Lux Cafe is part of the Cheesecake Factory chain and the portions are huge, so 7 can eat pretty cheaply sharing a few big salads, some appetizers, pizza or a few entrees, etc. There's a cafe in the Venetian and one in Palazzo as well.

          Happy Hours are listed here: www.lvhhtime.com

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

          1. Striburger is right across from Wynn and is cheap and tasty. For breakfast, Hash House A Go Go is a solid choice (although the portions are huge) and there is one located within Imperial Palace.

            I would suggest Enoteca Otto Pizzeria at the Venetian. You could share some pizzas for a cheap light meal before going.

            For Friday night dinner definitely check out the Wicked Spoon buffet at Cosmo. It's $30 with tax and is on a much higher tier than the other buffets.

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            1. re: Wabash70

              At the Cosmopolitan, D.O.C.G. is the "little sibling" of Scarpetta; good dishes to share. And, of course, the "hidden pizza place" there as well. PBR on tap, and very good pizza.