A Prime Play, Free Laughs and a Solid Pahrumpian Bargain  

Photo by Ryan Olbrysh

Photo by Ryan Olbrysh

When’s the last time you saw a great prime-rib special on the Strip? I’m sure it’s been awhile, because I haven’t spotted one in years—until now. Available from 4 to 8 p.m. seven days a week in Planet Hollywood’s Planet Dailies, an 8-ounce prime comes with baked potato, vegetable and salad for $9.99. There’s also a 16-ouncer for $14.95 and a steak-and-lobster special for $23.99 during the same hours. The steak and lobster is decent, but the prime rib is the way to go.

➜ Speaking of steak specials, there have been some changes in the requirements for landing the city’s best: the 24/7 steak dinner at Ellis Island. Whereas you used to be able to get it for $7.99 by playing $1 in a machine, that requirement has been raised to $5. That’s an extra 10 cents in expected loss (you only have to play the $5 through once) and an increase in playing risk, but it’s still one of the best steak-dinner deals in town.

➜ On Thursday nights the Downtown Grand has the 90-minute Grand Laughs Comedy Show, and it’s absolutely free—no cover charge or drink minimum. Actually, it’s better than free, thanks to prizes given out during the performance, including a $25 bar tab and a Pizza Rock pie. Tickets are distributed at the front door an hour before the 8 p.m. show, but you don’t need one. Just show up, and you’re in. There’s no pressure to buy drinks, but if you want one, beers start at $5.50.

➜ A good buffet deal for locals is running through the end of May at Suncoast, where dinner is $8.88 Sun-Thurs when you show a B Connected card. This is a good buffet that’s normally $17.99, or $12.99 with the card.

➜ How many different kinds of breakfasts can you think of? However many, it won’t compare with what’s served at Norm’s Eggs Café (3655 S. Durango Dr.). Here’s a partial list: eggs with bacon, sausage, ham, steak, pork chops, salmon, chicken-fried steak, corned beef, roast beef or vegetable hash; five different Benedicts; 10 different omelets; eight different pancakes; Belgian waffles, French toast, lox platter, breakfast burrito; and even an off-the-menu creamed chipped beef on toast (S.O.S.). The ham is one of those monsters that covers the plate, and like almost everything else, it’s less than $10.

➜ Here’s something different: The Pahrump Nugget is offering a Mon-Thur package that includes a wine tasting at two wineries, a room for the night and a two-for-one buffet for $29. OK, there’s also a resort fee: It’s $2 and gets you in-room Wi-Fi and coffee. Call 855-702-8747, or reserve online at PahrumpNugget.com using offer code VIEW.

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