While most people associate Las Vegas with cheap buffets piled high with enough food to feel the inhabitants of a small country, and all for the paltry sum of five dollars, a transformation has been taking place of late. Quality restaurants are springing up all over the city, but unfortunately so too is the price of eating out. Even the buffet prices have boomed.
In order to get a meal at a cost which won’t result in yet another chat with the bank manager, you really do need to steer clear of the Strip. If you don’t, you will literally pay the price and then some. Once you arrive in an area where you might actually be able to afford more than a bread roll and some tap water, you are in for a treat. In a city which attracts three times more than its population in tourists every month, it is obvious that there will be an extensive choice of eateries and that there is. If you feel like sampling something local, you can choose from a variety of good old fashioned American cuisine which is in plentiful supply. If bagels and hotdogs are not for you, however, there is sure to be a lot more that will be. All you have to do is decide what you feel like.
Golden Gate, 1, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, USA
This restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas is best-known for being home to the $1.98 shrimp cocktail. Since introducing them in 1959 they've sold over 25 million of them! Seafood aside, there's a deli too where you can treat yourself to extremely hearty sandwiches.
807 S. Main St, Las Vegas, USA
Average Price- Under $10
While this restaurant is not in the most pleasant part of town, if you are a fan of Mexican cuisine, it is a good place to sample. Once inside, the family run establishment is warm and friendly and even more importantly, serves generous helpings of spicy (very spicy actually) Mexican specialties. Opens between 11.00 am and 10.00pm from Monday to Saturday and is closed all day on Sundays.
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, USA
Typical Prices: Main courses $2-$10
Food Courts are always a good option as you are guaranteed to find something to suit everyone’s tastes and this particular one, located on the Strip, is a very safe bet. Attractively decorated and with a large variety of cheap and tasty options, you will not go away hungry or disappointed. Instead, you will leave well fortified for a night on the town, that is assuming of course, that you didn’t stop in to get something on your way home. Open from 6.00am until 3.00am, this may well be the case.
200 E. Fremont St, Las Vegas, USA
Average Price: Breakfast $4.99, lunch $6.45, dinner $9.99 ($14.99 for Seafood Fantasy), Sunday brunch $8.99.
It’s the environment that makes this buffet so interesting, although the food is good too. It is served in a tropically themed atmosphere where diners sit in booths among jungle foliage, birds of paradise and bright tropical flowers. The buffet area itself is surrounded by a mock waterfall and you can listen to island music and bird calls as you decide what you fancy for lunch. On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays you can avail of the Seafood fantasy offering you an extensive range of every type of seafood you can image being guarded by amazing ice sculptures. On the other days, the food is equally as impressive, just a little less fish orientated. You should also check out the champagne brunch on Sundays when girls in traditional Polynesian costumes serve bagels with cream cheese, deserts and as much champagne as you can drink.
Tropicana Resort & Casino, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, USA
Typical Prices: $5.95 - $14.95
Open 24-hours daily, and with plenty of variety, Calypsos is a good place to satisfy your appetite. Serving regular café meals as well as some with a difference including Mediterranean Shrimp Salad, Thai Shrimp Satay and Strawberry Puff Swan for dessert, you are sure to find something you like. While they may well be laden with calories, well most of the dishes are, you will surely need something to give you energy to take part in the hectic nightlife which doesn’t get underway until midnight.
4624 Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, USA
Typical Price: Everything is under $6
If you are getting a little tired of the typical Las Vegas buffet, then why not try some typical American bagels. Einstein Brother offer fifteen different types of bagel with cream cheese also coming in a variety of flavours. You can also choose between a variety of fillings, meaning that not only is the establishment one to go for breakfast, it is also a good place to go at any time of the day if you don’t feel like a big meal or can feel your arteries clogging up from too much rich food consumed in previous days. Service is good with indoor or outdoor seating and the atmosphere is a pleasant one in which to enjoy a freshly baked tradition.
3900 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, USA
Typical Prices: Breakfast $6, lunch $7.50, dinner $10
This is a relatively new addition to the Las Vegas buffet scene and is proving to be a popular one. Looking like it was built in the middle of an archaeological dig complete with all the paraphernalia that goes with it and servers dressed in their Khaki dig outfits, it is certainly an experience. The food is good with a variety of ethnic dishes ranging from Chinese to Mexican. Unfortunately, popularity also means queues but if you have got time on your side, it is worth the wait.
200 N. Main St, Las Vegas, USA
Typical Prices: Range from $5 - $13
This is one of the less tacky eating establishments and it’s also one of the more attractive. It has nine live stations where you can watch your food being prepared, if you wish. There’s a barbecue rotisserie where you can watch your chicken sizzle, a brick oven for the pizza lovers among you, and fresh salsas in the Mexican quarter. Friday night is seafood night serving every type of fish you have ever heard off. Again, because it’s one of the favourites you will have to queue and you cannot make reservations which is a bit of a pain.
New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, USA
If you've been to the Big Apple before, the setting here may seem familiar as this part of the hotel is designed to replicate the city's Greenwich Village. Choose from burgers in 'Broadway Burger' or pizza in 'Sirrico's Pizza'.
Open daily from 7am-3am.