If there’s an Old Faithful of casino deals, it has to be the hot dog. While 99-cent shrimp cocktails and $1.99 breakfasts are all but extinct, for some reason the joints can still see their way clear to selling hot dogs at bargain prices—$2, $1, even 75-centers are still out there.
What got me thinking about hot dogs is a new dog-and-beer special for $2 at downtown’s Vegas Club. The hot dog is run-of-the mill and the beer is a 12-ounce draft, but it’s available 24/7 from the main bar and that kind of availability makes everything better. Another good dog-and-brew deal can be found at the little Stage Door slot bar on Flamingo just east of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, where a quarter-pounder and a Bud are $2.50, also 24/7.
Want a big dog? Casino Royale has a foot-long for $1.99. The long, skinny weiner extends beyond its bun on both ends and comes with chopped onions (add chili, cheese or kraut for 75¢ each). You can get a Michelob in the bottle for a buck at the bar, making for another good dog-and-brew parlay. Meanwhile, “big” actually doesn’t do justice to the famous half-pounder at Slots A Fun. This monster is also $1.99 and can easily feed three.
For a jump in quality, go to the sports book carts at Gold Coast, The Orleans, Suncoast or South Point. These aren’t just a better brand of dog (Vienna all-beef), they also come with the best toppings, including sauerkraut, at no extra charge. The ridiculous 75-cent price at both Suncoast and South Point puts these among the best values, for anything, in town.
Finally, as a former Detroiter, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the only authentic Coney Island in town. Motor City Coney Island on Water Street in Henderson serves up coney dogs, loose hamburger, Sanders ice cream, Vernors Boston Koolers and Faygo “pop.” If you’re from Detroit, those will all mean something to you. If you aren’t, you really don’t know what you’re missin’!