El Cortez’s Burger Deal Still One of the Best Around

As is common in the spring, several new specials have sprung up around town.

Actually, one of the best isn’t all that new, but with $11 and $12 hamburgers becoming the norm, El Cortez’s half-pound burger and a 12-ounce beer for $5 is a deal that deserves its due. These burgers, served in Café Cortez, are just like the ones everyone crows about at Binion’s snack bar, only a little bigger, and you get a bag of chips on the side. The deal is available around the clock.

• If you want prime rib for a buck less, drive north on Las Vegas Boulevard. From 11 a.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, the Silver Nugget has a prime rib special, served with mashed potatoes, corn and a roll, for $3.99 in the Hometown Kitchen coffee shop. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen one this low, and it’s not bad. If you want to carry in a beer, Bud in the bottle is just $2 at the main bar.

• Here’s a pretty potent lobster play. The Hard Rock Hotel is still running its $17.95 whole lobster special on Fridays in Mr. Lucky’s, but you can get a similar dinner on Wednesdays at Miller’s Ale House in Town Square for $16.95. Better yet, take a chance at Miller’s on Thursdays when—if lobsters are left over—the same dinner is just $12.95 till they’re gone. I’m 1-for-2 on the Thursday play, but even if they’re gone, there’s a decent $12.95 prime rib special to fall back on.

• Looking for a good way to spend a buck? All South Point casino bars have $1 Bloody Marys and mimosas daily from 6 a.m. to noon throughout April. Longhorn on Boulder Highway has $1 Miller Lite 24/7. And keep your eyes open for drinking deals all day on April 7, National Beer Day, including 20-ounce Ellis Island microbrews for $1 and 2-for-1 beers in Rockhouse at Palazzo.

• The Mob Bar at the Downtown Grand is running a comedy club on Friday and Saturday nights with a two-drink minimum. Given the ever-rising price of show tickets, this is a welcome addition Downtown.

• This month’s video-poker deal at Home Plate bar on Blue Diamond Road is a pizza-buffet comp from 3 to 6 a.m. daily. Buy in for any amount on a bar game and eat up. And if you hang around for a while, you can play in a race to set the card of the day. The first four-of-a-kind that’s hit after 8 a.m. becomes that day’s card, and you get a $50 bonus for your trouble. I love these creative bar deals!

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.