Cheap Eats 2017

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Dollar Donut and Coffee Deals

Donut Bar

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

Donut Bar’s $1 old-fashioned doughnuts and coffee

Dating someone who lives Downtown? If so, you might just get lucky … and, of course, by that we mean that you might get to partake in the DTLV denizen morning ritual of strolling or rolling up to Donut Bar (gotta love that 15-minute loading-only spot!) for what is quite possibly the best deal in town. Score an old-fashioned cake doughnut ($1 plain and half-dipped chocolate, $2 half-dipped vanilla bean) and a $1 small coffee ($2 large—the Portland Roast is where it’s at, kids!). Take your treats out back to the Adirondack chairs or, if it’s sweltering, stay inside and watch fish swim around replica Big Poppa Tart doughnuts in the fish tank. For less than $5, you can have doughnuts and coffee for two. Hey, big spender! 124 S. Sixth St.,

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich


Courtesy of The Cosmopolitan

You’ve been waking up with that traditional breakfast sandwich for weeks now, and it’s gotten a little stale. Its buns aren’t as big anymore. It doesn’t warm your insides like it used to. We all have needs, and Egg Slut’s Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich fulfills them best. This classic creation covers all the bases of a good breakfast sandwich—fluffy brioche bun, hardwood-smoked bacon, melted cheddar—but the egg is the star ingredient. Instead of a standard scramble, it’s cooked over-medium, leaving the yolk intact but not too runny. As you bite into the sandwich, the delicate yolk bursts, coating the bacon and cheese. This one’s a keeper. $8, The Cosmopolitan,

Fried Egg Sandwich

The Goodwich

Breakfast being the most important meal of the day, we’d be remiss in mentioning just one egg sandwich. The Goodwich’s fried egg sammie ($4) has just four ingredients: choice of bread (marble rye, please) that is buttered, salted and griddled to shore up the fried egg, which is served by default with a silky broken yolk but can also come with a firmer center by request. Now, here’s your opportunity to get creative and remain within budget. From the “Stack” menu, add melty cheese (+$1) and bacon (+$2) for a stacked-rite delight that’s still less than the cost of the other sandwiches on the menu. Feeling more adventurous? Layer on avocado (+$1.50), jalapenos (+$1) or chicharrones (+$1). No, really, though: Have it your way. 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 120,

Hawaiian Benedict Sandwich

Vesta Coffee Roasters

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

That feeling when it’s Monday and you’re not in Maui? There’s a cure for that at Vesta Coffee Roasters. The laid-back atmosphere, smiling baristas and generous sunlight pouring in from large, uncovered windows will almost make you feel like you’re in the islands. Just add a bite of the Hawaiian Benedict sandwich, with an easy egg, Spam, cheddar and sriracha hollandaise, to complete the experience. Never mind the triple-digit temperatures and that pesky dry heat. $7, 1114 S. Casino Center Blvd.,

Croque Madame

Café Breizh

Whether it’s true or not that the ham ’n’ cheesy grilled French sandwich was discovered when workmen placed their lunch pails next to the radiator, resulting in a melty, toasty meal, it does make perfect sense that the female version of the Croque Monsieur has an egg on top. But that’s just one of the reasons that makes the Croque Madame at Café Breizh so sinfully delicious. There is also the buttered toast, Gruyère cheese from the Swiss Alps, béchamel sauce and ham. The crunch of the bread, the cheesy goodness and the egg just waiting to be popped result in an explosion of texture and taste. $9.50, 3555 S. Fort Apache Rd.,


Makai Pacific Island Grill

Got the itch for Hawaiian kine grindz and a fan of build-your-own food bars? Head over to Makai Pacific on the southwest side and get your island-flavor fix. There are three sizes to choose from depending on how hungry you are, all starting under $10. Grab the Ono’er, which includes two scoops of rice, two choices of meat and two sides. Definitely upgrade to the sticky-icky mochiko wings for 50 cents more, and don’t forget the mac salad. $7.69, 5165 S. Fort Apache Rd.,

Vegan Stromboli

The Pizza Company

The Pizza Company has gained quite the vegan following, thanks to its many options (hello, garlic knots of awesome) and pies. While you can’t go wrong with the local shop’s pizza, the small-size vegan stromboli is definitely worth changing things up a bit. Choose from either Daiya mozzarella or house-made cashew ricotta cheese, then add a choice of three veggies, such as spinach, mushrooms and banana peppers,
to create a custom roll. $9.99, 2275 E. Sunset Rd.,

Truffled Potato Chips

Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill (Summerlin)

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

Cheap eats and celebrity chefs are two things you don’t see together often. With the name Wolfgang Puck attached to a dish, you instantly know you’re in for some quality food. The Truffled Potato Chips—thinly sliced, crisp house-made potato chips drizzled in a creamy, truffled blue cheese sauce finished with blue cheese crumbles, chopped parsley and chives—is the perfect starter dish to whet the appetite. It’s served at lunch and dinner, but stop in for happy hour any day of the week from 3–7 p.m. and snag them for a bargain. $5 (happy hour), $9 (lunch and dinner), 10955 Oval Park Dr.,


Bin 702

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

Want to sit outside drinking bottomless rosé, but you have little ones? You can at Bin 702 inside Container Park, where children are now allowed on the patio. Take your pick from the expansive wine and beer lists, then pair with a perfectly crafted charcuterie board or a few montaditos—tapa-sized rolls of bread shaped like a wide baguette—which come in varieties such as the Cuban (porchetta, Gruyère, mustard and pickle), Flamin’ Hot Cheeto house spread, Brie with honey, and turkey with smoked gouda and fig jam. Try them all and watch the afternoon fly by. $2.50 each, 707 E. Fremont St.,

Double Vegan Burger


Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

You’ve probably heard that becoming a vegetarian is a huge “missed steak.” In the case of VegeWay’s Double Vegan Burger, it’s technically two missed steaks, sans the beef. This burger—two vegan burger patties, lettuce, tomato, onion, special sauce and melty vegan cheese—has all the accoutrements minus the greasy beef patties. What it lacks in meat, it more than makes up for in flavor. It’s truly a burger you can feel good about. Even better? For less than $10, you can upgrade with fries and a drink. $5.89, 7790 S. Jones Blvd.,

The Mutt Dog

Dirt Dog

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

Mama probably warned you about the dirt dogs when you were younger, but she can make an exception for this one. The Mutt is the Gemini of Dirt Dogs, topped with ingredients from both the Red and Green Dogs, two very different, and tasty, personas. Between a choice of a traditional, Portuguese or lobster bun, there is a bacon-wrapped (bacon-wrapped!) dog loaded with onion and bell peppers cooked in chimichurri sauce, bacon bits, chili flakes and cilantro. Spicy chipotle aioli inside the bun heats your cheeks on that first bite, but the guacamole spread evens it out for a cool finish. $6.25, 8390 Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100,

Steak Tartare

The Kitchen at Atomic

If you’re looking to ball on a budget Downtown, the Kitchen at Atomic has you covered. Sit beneath the string of white lights and the red neon glow radiating from Fremont Street on the restaurant’s patio and nosh on chef Joshua Horton’s steak tartare, made of diced prime beef tenderloin, seasoned with Worcestershire, Italian parsley and shallots, topped with caper remoulade, crispy carrot tops, fried capers and cured egg yolk, and served with truffle crostini. Enjoy the explosive flavors while contemplating the history of Atomic Liquors next door, Nevada’s oldest freestanding bar. $10, 917 E. Fremont St.,


Viet Bistro

Ph is often the first dish that comes to mind when we talk about Vietnamese food, but a steaming bowl of soup does not exactly appeal when the temperatures climb to triple digits. A lesser-known option perfect for hot weather is bún, a rice vermicelli served at room temperature with fish sauce “dressing.” It comes with iceberg lettuce and cucumbers, shredded carrot and a choice of grilled sliced pork, grilled shrimp, egg roll (or a combination of those three items) or grilled chicken or beef. For a vegan option, try bún with crispy tofu strips. $8.50–$9, 7175 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 4145 S. Grand Canyon Dr.,

Poke Crunch Bowl

Pa’ina Cafe

Sure, the poke bowl craze has been on the mainland for a little while now, but can you believe that the first chef responsible for officially adding the term “poke bowl” to a menu has opened up shop in Las Vegas? Absolutely. This is the ninth island, after all. Pa’ina Cafe offers a range of poke bowls, including the Poke Crunch Bowl with rice, which comes with your choice of poke, the house special teriyaki glaze blend, shredded nori and crispy tempura flakes. While you’re there, don’t forget about the super ono desserts. $9.95 (regular), 6870 Spring Mountain Rd.

Lunch Special

Thai Room

If you’re near the University District looking to kill some time, there’s a great spot for lunch that won’t break the bank. Thai Room’s lunch special comes with a refreshing plate of iceberg lettuce and shredded carrots drizzled with a tangy honey mustard dressing, chicken and cabbage soup with a savory broth, steamed or fried rice and an entrée featuring a choice of protein—pork, beef, vegetable or tofu. Some favorites are yellow curry with potato and carrots, red curry with bamboo shoots and bell peppers, and pad Thai. All that and a soda is included. It’ll fuel you through your vintage book search at the Goodwill next door, you hipster. $7.50, weekdays only, 3355 E. Tropicana Ave.

Cheese Whiz Cheesesteak

Pop’s Philly Steaks

Most of us have driven past Pop’s Philly Steaks and wondered what’s up. The building is beautifully lit with purple neon strips and has a nostalgic drive-in-type diner feel. Whether you’re looking for a late-night snack or just craving some good ol’ cheesesteak, Pop’s has you covered. Keep it classy with the Cheese Whiz Cheesesteak. Served on a fluffy yet crispy roll, the thinly sliced steak is cooked with peppers and onions and smothered in Cheese Whiz. Yes, Cheese Whiz. $10, 501 S. Decatur Blvd.,

Brown Bag Portobello

Burger Joint

There’s a supersecret menu over at Burger Joint … and we’re letting you in on it. Take the thinking out of ordering and opt for this meal deal that comes with a portobello burger topped with onions that have been caramelized for 18 hours, fennel escabeche and avocado, plus a side of hand-cut fries or the uberpopular tater tots (spud or sweet potato variety) and a fountain drink. (Take note: This brown bag deal is only available at the restaurant. Postmates can’t drop it at your door.) $9.50, 10890 S. Eastern Ave.,

Grandfather Dog


No small plates here, just big dogs piled with unusual ingredients, packaged the familiar way. With a choice of beef, turkey or vegan frank, there’s no reason not to stop by this favorite, located in Container Park. Go all the way out with the Grandfather Dog, accompanied by pork belly, red bell peppers, caramelized onions, crushed potato chips, spicy mayo, basil aioli, pickled mango and topped with a fried quail egg. $8.99, 707 E. Fremont St.,

Meal Combo

Pancho’s Vegan Tacos

Can’t have dairy or meat but still long for tacos? Enter Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, which has a massive menu packed with Mexican staples. But what we’re crazy about are the meal combos. Three soft street tacos filled with vegan meat, onion, cilantro and salsa with a side of rice and beans and a medium drink for $6.99. Order up the three rolled and fried potato tacos with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and salsa with rice and beans on the side for $8.99. Want something a bit heartier? There’s a burrito packed with all the goodies for $8.99. 4865 S. Pecos Rd.,

Hot Dogs and Sausages


This bar/antique shop/hot dog spot has it all: ambiance, cheap booze and cheap eats. Choose from an beef dog, Polish sausage, hot or brat link—all priced between $6–$8. For the vegan crowd, there’s a kielbasa (skip the pretzel bun and request the egg-free option). Add oomph to your dog by ordering with “the works,” which loads on spicy and yellow mustards, sauerkraut, sweet pickle relish and vinaigrette onions. Open late, it’s the perfect place to do some post-drink Downtown grubbing on the cheap. $6–$8, 1225 S. Main St.,

Pastrami Boyger

Fat Boy

There are burgers and then there are boygers. Fat Boy’s notorious Pastrami Boyger is something to behold. The first mouthful of pastrami bears a flavorful kick when ordered with jalapenos, and as you take more bites, the reams of meat keep on coming. Fat Boy is generous with its servings—so generous, actually, that it snuck a beef patty underneath all that pastrami for a dual layer of flavor. For the full effect, add cheese to this bad boyger, as it’s rich and melted directly onto the meat, no rubbery slices included! $4.99, 4425 E. Stewart Ave., 1570 W. Horizon Ridge,

Matzo Ball Chicken Noodle Soup

Weiss Deli

Tired? Hungover? Under the weather? Weiss Deli’s matzo ball chicken noodle soup is the cure for what ails. Tucked away in the corner of Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road, the beloved breakfast spot is a hub for cured meats, bagels and knishes that leave us verklempt. For those days when you need a little TLC, this matzo ball soup—brimming with chunks of chicken, al dente angel hair pasta and perfectly cooked vegetables—is just what your bubbe would have made. $9.99, 2744 N. Green Valley Pkwy.


Paymon’s Mediterranean Café & Lounge

Wrap your lunch or dinner in a pita with the Falamus. “What’s a Falamus,” you ask? It’s a combination of Paymon’s sensational deep-fried falafels made with chickpeas, fava beans, veggies and herbs wrapped in pita, filled with creamy hummus, lettuce, tomatoes and tahini sauce. Swing by for dinner any Wednesday from 5–9 p.m. and enjoy 25 percent off your bill in the cafe only, courtesy of the restaurant’s Customer Appreciation Night. $8.95, 4147 S. Maryland Pkwy.,

Doña Juana Sandwich

Bodega Forte

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

In the mood for an extraordinary sandwich? For the real deal, head to Doña Juana at Bodega Forte, located inside Forte. Named after the 77-year-old rock star of premium artisanal Spanish meats (and Forté friend), it’s a lunch that celebrates Spain’s culinary treasures. Bite into slices of cured serrano ham and two types of Spanish dry-cured sausages between a sizable, house-made crunchy baguette, with layers of intense and zesty Manchego cheese, roasted piquillo peppers and olive oil. The sandwich is served with a mix of marinated olives and makes a complete lunch. $8.50, 4180 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 806,


Starboard Tack Rum & Provisions

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

If there are more than just a couple of seasonal frozen Chi-Chis in your future, you’ll want something substantial in your stomach. The best deal going at this new rum joint is the skewers, which, like everything else, is inspired by the rum trade of centuries past. Choices include Szechuan chimichurri beef, tom kha mushroom, kung pao chicken, mapo tofu and coconut shrimp, served with rice. Now you’re ready to power your way through the Tack’s rum collection—somewhere between 230 and 240 at last count! $3.50 each, four for $12, 2601 Atlantic St.,

Bukkake Udon With Soft-Boiled Egg

Marugame Monzo

Don’t knock it till you try it. Marugame Monzo’s Bukkake Udon with a soft-boiled egg is great during the scorching heat of summer. It’s light, can be enjoyed cold and comes with a dashi-based broth, served on the side and splashed onto handmade udon noodles, hence the name “bukkake.” (If you’re not familiar with the term, Google it at home, because it’s NSFW.) Topped with a soft-boiled egg, bonito and tempura flakes, grated daikon radish and green onions, it’s a dish you won’t soon forget. $8.25, 3889 Spring Mountain Rd.

Slice and a Beer

Pizza Lotto

If you find yourself Downtown on Fremont, there’s a good chance you already have a beer in hand. With the other hand free, the possibilities are endless. Pizza Lotto offers a slice and a beer for $6—your choice of a New York–style slice and a generous 16-ounce PBR or Coors Light to wash it down anytime of the day or night. With cheap eats becoming harder and harder to find on Fremont, this might be the best meal deal Downtown. $6, 600 E. Fremont St.,



Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill serves up SoCal-inspired Mexican food (or maybe
Mexican-inspired SoCal food?) made with organic, non-GMO, hormone- and preservative-
free ingredients. The half order of nachos is a standout, with cheese, choice of black or pinto beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico and jalapenos. With the four types of cheeses used, you’d think the chips would sag under the weight. Not so—just ask your server to go light on the cheese, and you’ll have a good balance of saltiness, sweetness, coolness and spice. $8.69, 8975 W. Charleston Blvd.,

Tony’s Fried Boloney


Tony’s Fried Boloney is nothing like the Oscar Meyer bologna sandwiches you were forced to eat as a kid. This is premium Italian bologna fried and piled high with fried onions, melted American cheese and a choice of special spicy mustard on a toasted kaiser roll. It’s a simple sandwich with only four ingredients, but it’s packed with enough flavor to wipe out all those bad memories of bologna sandwiches past. With a price tag coming in under $8, it’s one of the Valley’s most delicious deals. $7.25, 8680 W. Warm Springs Rd.,

Hog Heaven

Evel Pie

Made of equal parts badass and pizza, the Evel Knievel–themed joint, Evel Pie, nestled into the craziness that is Fremont East, has gained a reputation for its bold flavors and atmosphere since Day One. Whether you’re a traditionalist and want just a slice of cheese and a beer for $5 or you’re looking to expand your palate, pizza maker Vincent Rotolo has your back. For our money, we’d bet on a piece of Hog Heaven, topped with Evel’s BBQ sauce, smoked mozzarella, Fontina, pulled pork, candied bacon, red onions and fresh parsley. $5.50, 508 E. Fremont St.,

Pork Belly

Sporting Life Bar

After a couple of adult beverages, it’s only natural to find yourself looking over the bar menu to satisfy late-night, possibly alcohol-induced hunger. You’re likely to find just about anything that can fit into a deep fryer on that menu, but not at Sporting Life Bar, known for upscale bar food and reasonable prices. Take the braised slab of pork belly finished in a cider glaze reduction atop a creamy layer of polenta. One bite and you’ll think you hit the jackpot. $8.99, 7770 S. Jones Blvd.,

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Cornish Pasty Co.

Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

Pasties are the star at Cornish Pasty, but don’t miss out on the selection of soups (up to four daily), which serves up comfort any season of the year. The crowd favorite is the roasted red pepper soup made with red pepper, black beans, rice, chicken and jalapeno, which comes with homemade bread that is as impressive as the soup itself. The combination is just as filling as a pasty. $6.50 (bowl), 10 E. Charleston Blvd.,

Spicy Veggie Ramen


Krystal Ramirez | Vegas Seven

This noodle soup gets your eyes watering and your nose running in the best possible way. Tapping into the ramen obsession, Kabuki offers its own version of spicy veggie ramen, with a heaping bowl of noodles in veggie broth, packed with sautéed kale, onions and sprouts. We dig it for the taste and heartiness factor, but also because it checks off as being gluten-free and vegan, too. Bonus: You also get a side salad, just in case there’s extra room. $8.95, Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South; Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd.,

Soft Serve/Milkshake

Milk Bar

Yes, there are totally cheaper and just as delicious dessert joints in this town, but every now and then, do as the kids say and treat yo’ self with the $6 soft serve special at Milk Bar. Christina Tosi’s sugar haven at The Cosmopolitan offers up little delights in flavors such as cereal milk, fruity cereal milk, crack pie and sweet potato pie. Try any of those flavors as a milkshake for a couple of bucks more. $6–$9.50, inside The Cosmopolitan,

“Sushi” Rice Crispy Treats Gummies

Honey Salt

Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau has long sought her son Cole’s input for the kids’ menu at Honey Salt, hence the tagline “Cole Tested, Mom Approved.” Recently, the pair unveiled “Sushi” Rice Crispy Treats Gummies desserts that are highly addictive at any age. When making the “rolls,” Blau adds more marshmallows to soften traditional Rice Krispies Treats, then stuffs the centers with chunks of Milky Way bars or Twizzlers and wraps them in a Fruit Roll-Up. If you prefer dessert nigiri-style, you can get a Rice Krispies Treat topped with Swedish Fish or gummy worms. Why don’t we just take one of everything? $5, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd.,