Dining on $40 a Day

The Omnivore

By Jessie O’Brien

Cierra Pedro | Vegas Seven

Like crows, gorillas, bears and whales, many humans prefer a balance of meats, fruits and veggies in their diet. Omnivores are opportunistic and inclusive, eating whatever is available and embracing multiple levels of the food pyramid. Eat well for breakfast, lunch and dinner at these three restaurants while staying wallet-conscious.


For breakfast, the Dirty Fork (3655 S. Durango Dr., dirtyforklv.com), which opened earlier this year, serves traditional American breakfast and lunch with Hawaiian specials. The lox bagel comes with a generous portion of smoked salmon on top of a toasted bagel, half smeared with cream cheese, the other half with avocado, topped with fresh tomato, cucumber, capers and red onion served with a side of tossed greens. Because salmon dishes are typically pricey—$15.30 with tax and tip—it means being extra frugal for lunch and dinner. If you really need to save that extra buck, go with the Vegas Style Avocado toast with smoked salmon and a poached egg for $11.50 before tax and tip.


New restaurant Im Siam (4105 W. Sahara Ave., imsiamlasvegas.com) serves an unbeatable Thai street food special from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. For $7.95, choose from dishes such as steamed capon and chicken with flavored rice, curries and more. Diners have their choice of protein with curries, and for an extra buck they’ll add vegetables. The meal is served with a simple salad, veggie soup, two dumplings and a side of rice. After adding veggies to the yellow chicken curry, the damage was minimal at $11.69 with tax and tip.


Makers & Finders (1120 S. Main St., makerslv.com) is known for coffee and Latin fare. The Arts District coffee shop recently expanded its dinner and drink menu, adding boozy beverages and extending hours from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The new menu includes chicken, steak, shrimp or mushroom empanadas. Order the platter, $10, with a choice of two styles served with beans, rice and a small salad. For a balanced meal, go with the carne mechada topped with chimichurri and the vegan spicy mushroom empanadas with a side of tomato salsa for dipping, $13 after tax and tip.