Of the myriad deals available in Las Vegas, a handful stand out above the rest. So in the spirit of this magazine’s sixth annual Best of the City issue, here are my selections for the top deals in several categories—ones that bump up pretty close to being downright sure things.
Breakfast: The Sourdough Cafés at both Arizona Charlie’s serve two eggs, a sirloin strip steak big enough to cook to order, choice of hash browns or home fries, and toast or a biscuit and gravy for $4.49 when you show a club card. Ham and eggs and a burger and fries are the same price, but the steak is the play.
Chicken wings: Buffalo’s famous Anchor Bar has opened at the Venetian. Anchor is the originator of Buffalo hot wings, and they’re good (see Page 29). But I don’t know how they can beat the super-crispy jalapeño-garnished wings at Big Wong (5040 Spring Mountain Rd., Suite 6). They come eight to an order for $5.
Bar comp: Both Crown & Anchors (1350 E. Tropicana Ave.; 4755 Spring Mountain Rd.) continue to offer their great lunch comp for playing $20 in a video poker machine. You don’t have to lose it, just play it, and anything on the menu is free, along with a beer or two if you desire.
Steak dinner: Ellis Island’s 24/7 filet-cut sirloin served with a home-brewed beer is still the steak-dinner standard. It’s $12.99, but if you swipe your players card, you’ll get a $3 discount. Then play $5 through any machine to get another $2 off, dropping the price to $7.99.
Souvenir: Get your photo snapped with a million bucks daily at Binion’s. It’s free and it’s digital, so it’s fast, too.
Buffet: You can pay $20-$40 on the Strip for a gourmet buffet, or you can show your Boarding Pass at Palace, Boulder, Texas and Sunset Stations or Fiesta, and pay $5.99-$8.99 (small premiums apply for dinner at Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock and Santa Fe). These well-above-average spreads easily yield the best quality-to-cost ratio of any buffet in town.
Shrimp cocktail: Everyone thinks the best shrimp cocktail is Downtown, and it may well be. But the best shrimp cocktail deal is down Henderson way at the Skyline (1741 N. Boulder Hwy.). Get it at the main bar, around the clock, for $1.49.
Show: Harrah’s Mac King Comedy Magic Show is a hoot that’s suitable for ages 6 to 96. The rack rate is $43 for this “nooner,” but not if you nab the $9.95 promotional tickets that include a drink (try the Total Rewards window or the concierge).
Gambling: The Plaza and Downtown Grand are currently running powerful rebate-on-loss promos. Lose up to $500 at the Plaza or $1,000 at the Grand, and get it all back in free-play (distributed over multiple segments). You have to be a new member of the players club to qualify. If you do, it’s a $1,500 free roll.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.