How many times have you watched a movie scene or a comedian’s monologue that refers to getting a 99-cent breakfast in Las Vegas? It’s a classic reference that’s still used today, but when was the last time you actually saw one? If you’ve been in town for less than a decade, you probably never have.
I’m not talking about a plate of eggs and toast, which still does pop up for 99 cents now and again, but a complete breakfast with two eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes and toast. The last one I recall was a decade and a half ago, when Station Casinos ran a 99-cent graveyard special. But in recent memory, the best deal on a basic breakfast was $1.49 in Emily’s Café at Club Fortune way out on Racetrack Road.
Last month Club Fortune opened the new Club Café replacing Emily’s, and with it came a price raise to $1.99 for the breakfast special. Even with the increase, it looked like Club Fortune was still the lowest-priced option, tied with the Rainbow Club in Henderson, where you can substitute biscuits and gravy for toast (both served Mon-Fri from 6 -11 a.m.), but is it?
The Skyline in Henderson is also advertising breakfast for $1.49 (Mon-Fri from 6-11 a.m.), and with three choices: eggs with bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs and minced ham, or pancakes. But not so fast. This one requires that you also purchase a beverage. Coffee, milk and soft drinks are $2.25 and juices are $2.95, which makes this a $3.74 breakfast at best. That drink stipulation is a bummer, but this is the best breakfast of the group, coming with two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, a big helping of home-fried potatoes, choice of toast or biscuits and gravy, and your drink. Heck, they even ask if you want your bacon crispy or regular. Curiously, the breakfast comes with only one slice of toast, so go for the biscuits if you’re particularly hungry.
Another drink-included deal runs at the Silver Nugget in North Las Vegas, where eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, toast and coffee is $2.99, Mon-Thu from 8-11 a.m. This is the best of the bunch if breakfast isn’t complete without your morning mud.
So is $1.99 as good as it gets? Not quite. Jokers Wild undercuts its Henderson neighbors with a $1.89 special that comes with eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, hash browns, toast and an orange slice, and it’s served seven days a week from 6 to 11 a.m. It ain’t 99 cents, but it’s as close as you’ll get today.
By the way, the best ever cheapo breakfast was a 49-center at Bingo Palace (now Palace Station) that ran back in the ’80s. Some guys used to buy six at a time, getting a dozen eggs, 18 strips of bacon and a half a loaf of toast for $2.94. Those were the days!
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.