If it’s good on Tuesdays, it’s probably good every day. That’s the thinking at the Downtown Grand, where its excellent 99-cent Tuesday taco special in the Commissary has been extended to seven days a week. The bean-and-cheese, chicken or brisket street tacos are now available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and until 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The casino has also initiated a Dollar Daze promotion, with $1, $2 and $3 specials in the restaurants and bars. The offers include $3 cheeseburgers, $2 domestic beers and $1 hot dogs. After starting out somewhat stingy in the deal department, the Downtown Grand is turning into a bargain force Downtown.
• The Valley’s all-you-can-eat sushi options vary significantly in quality. One of the better choices is Jjanga, at 3650 S. Decatur Boulevard. This one has dozens of choices, including nigiri sushi and rolls with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, halibut, red snapper, shrimp, eel and more. There are also plenty of non-sushi options, such as edamame, gyoza, siu mai, bulgogi, chicken wings, miso and udon soup, and desserts. It’s $20.95 for lunch and $25.95 for dinner. Pick up a loyalty card, get it stamped each time and your 11th meal is free. That drops the lunch price to just $19.05 per visit.
• Here’s a creative one: The Mad Onion at Hooters serves a better-than-average prime-rib special from 5 to 11 p.m. daily. But here’s the deal—it’s never really $9.95. If you’re not already a member of the Hooters players club, sign up and get a $5 food voucher and a $5 table-game match-play, which has an average value of about $2.47. That knocks $7.47 off the price, making the real cost of the dinner $2.48! If you already have a players card, it’s still less than retail, because you get the $5 match-play every time you eat in the Mad Onion or Hooters (you may have to ask for it). So this special will never run you more than $7.48.
• With football season around the corner, the newly rebranded Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH) will stage the third annual SuperContest Weekend on August 22-23. This event brings together many of the city’s top sports-betting experts, several of whom will offer free handicapping seminars the night of August 22, with many lesser-known (but often more successful) bettors also in the crowd. It’s worth attending, if only to mingle with the personalities.
• Sometimes an advertised deal really isn’t. Haute Doggery at the Linq has a big sign out front offering a shrimp cocktail for $1. But read the fine print: To get it, you have to order a hot dog that costs $6-$8. That’s not cool.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.