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Jan 10, 2012 08:25 AM

budget dining in Vegas in April

I am coming back to Vegas for a convention in mid April and will be staying at the Gold Coast (where the convention is at) needs some dining choices for the trip we have 2 dinners already taken care of with the convention but need lunches and some other dinners but we are on a budget (2 of us me and my wife) we won't have a car but the Gold Coast has a decent shuttle to the strip. Last year we did a good job on staying within our budget (most expensive meal was at Mon Ami Gabi and even then under $100) Ping Pang Pong is in the Gold Coast and good for at least 1 or 2 meals while we are there (thats is a great price range for lunches) not the biggest fans of buffets looking for good food, good price and within our transportation area.

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  1. About a ten minute bus ride west of the Gold Coast is Nora's Italian Cuisine. One bus there and back. The bus runs every fifteen to twenty minutes most of the day. $2 per person each way and exact change only.

    1. Gold Coast has a free shuttle to the Orleans, the Prime Rib Room there is good. The Cortez Room steakhouse at the Gold coast is pretty good, too and sometimes has specials if you sign up for the Coast card. Check out the menu for P.J. Clarkes in the Caesar's Palace Forum, I'm sure you can get out of there under $100. Canaletto at the Venetian, maybe? Or you could hit some of the happy hours if you can have dinner early,

      1. In general, I think Ping Pang Pong is much stronger than Noodle Exchange, but N.E. has started offering individual-sized hot pots, big enough for two people to share with another entree or for one person. I didn't have a chance to try it myself, because my friends were so happy with the dim sum, we went to PPP twice. A cab ride to Spring Mountain Rd. is inexpensive, and I'd rather go to Monta for ramen or Noodle Exchange or many other options than an indifferent place on the Strip.

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        1. re: Dave Feldman

          has anyone tried the Po Boys at Big Akl's at the Orleans? Are they close to authentic or basic casino version?

          1. re: countgrog

            also if I was looking for a really good burger (under $20) for lunch where should I go? Trying not to have to venture too far down the strip taking the shuttle from Gold Coast to Wild Bills, so something in that area. Ceasars, Bellagio, Paris, etc?

            1. re: countgrog

              The burger at Bradley Ogden is outstanding and $20 - right at the top of your budget but I think worth it.

              1. re: countgrog

                I've never had a Bradley Ogden burger, but I'm a great fan of Hubert Keller's Burger Bar at the Mandalay Bay. Ground fresh, cooked medium rare, and the toppings are amazing. I've done Perigold truffle sauce and foie. I'm also a fan of the alcoholic milkshakes...the Strawberry Cosmo being my favorite.

                1. re: attran99

                  I have added both Bradley Ogden and Burger bar to my list some friends have told me BLT Burger at the Mirage and Mesa Grill