What Would You Do for an El Cortez Klondike Bar?


When writing about Las Vegas’ best breakfast buffets under $10 a while back, I missed one. I was fooled by the Suncoast, because the base price is $12.95. But there’s a big $5 discount for showing a B Connected card that drops the price to $7.95 and puts it in bargain territory. None of the buffets I originally checked had lox, but the Suncoast does, along with bagels, cream cheese, onions and capers. And not just plain bagels, but three choices, including “everything”-style. There’s also eggs Benedict, hard-boiled eggs, herring, sticky buns and cinnamon rolls, along with an omelet station. With the exception of South Point (for the unlimited Bloody Marys), the Suncoast is the best bargain-buffet play in town.

• Along with the recent demise of the Triple Play bar came the loss of its great Wednesday pot-roast special. Not to worry—get an equally good pot roast on Thursdays at Kopper Keg West (2257 S. Rainbow Blvd.). And whereas the Triple Play’s was $6.99/$7.99, it’s just $5.99 all day at Kopper Keg. There are also good prime rib ($11.99) and fish & chips ($5.99) specials on Fridays.

• The only thing better than a good bar special is a casino comp, and there’s a good one at the Rampart, where earning 1,000 same-day points gets a choice of four meals, including lobster tail or prime rib, in the Carmel Room. That’s $2,000 coin-in, which takes about two hours playing quarters and less than an hour playing dollars. Given that the Rampart has some of the best video-poker schedules in town, the expected loss on that amount of play is less than $10. Table-game players can get the same comp for two hours of rated play at $25 per hand, which at a full blackjack table works out to about the same expected loss for a basic-strategy player. The deal is offered seven days a week.

• Video-poker players will find another good wheel game at the Edge of Town Bar and Grille (10490 W. Cheyenne Ave). Spin on all quads from 1 to 3 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m. and midnight to 3 a.m. daily, plus all day Sundays. The best game is 6/5 Bonus Poker, so it’s not a positive return, but it’s more than 99 percent with the bonus, which is a good play at any local bar.

• And how’s this for a cool premium? Hit a jackpot of $25 or more on Wednesdays at El Cortez and get a free Klondike bar.

• Did anyone notice the closing of the El Sombrero on Main Street? It was the oldest restaurant in Vegas, open since 1951. That distinction now falls to Bob Taylor’s Original Ranch House, which has been operating since 1955. Second-oldest is the Golden Steer, operating since 1958, and third-oldest is Macayo’s on East Charleston Boulevard, which opened in 1960, preceding the two other Macayo’s in town.

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