Breakfast of Champions, and Other Bargains

The cheapo breakfast was once synonymous with Las Vegas, but it’s hard to find one these days. What’s cheapo? Ninety-nine cents is the standard, but even a buck-ninety-nine qualifies, and they just don’t do those much anymore. One place that does is Emily’s at Club Fortune, which comes in right in the middle with a $1.49 breakfast, served daily from 6 to 11 a.m. This is a good one, with three eggs, two bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast. The only problem is getting out to the south end of Boulder Highway.

Another old-style deal: The Fremont’s Lanai Express snack bar offers one of the few remaining 99-cent shrimp cocktails in town, as well as footlong hot dogs for $2.99, or $3.99 with chili. Both are available 11 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

The best happy hour no one knows about runs in the Cortez Room at the Gold Coast. Weekdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., appetizers and drinks are half price in the bar—that means nothing’s more than $7. The highlights are bacon-wrapped shrimp ($6.50), oysters Rockefeller ($6.50) and seared scallops ($7). Beers are $2-$2.50; wines by the glass are about $3. I’m told the hours are changing to 5-7 p.m.

A beer-only happy hour runs daily in the cigar bar Napoleon’s at Paris. From 4 to 9 p.m., draft beers are 2-for-1, including Heineken, Stella Artois, Guinness, Fat Tire, Modelo and Pacifico. They’re normally $6, so it’s $3 on the deal.

The South Point is at it again, adding a component to its slot and video poker machines that allows players to win credits in a virtual horse-racing game. The races run Thursdays at 4, 6, 8, and 10 p.m. You must play with a players card inserted and have earned 25 points in two hours, which is only $25 coin-in. South Point puts up $30,000 in bonus money, so it’s a pure value-added to play at one of the best video poker houses in town.

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