Yes to the Lobsters, Pass on the Grasshoppers

Last month, I devoted an entire column to the excellent $47 show and buffet package at the Golden Nugget Hotel. That’s a great price for a night out, but it’s still a hundred-dollar bill for two. For an even more frugal option, you can see the shows by themselves, two for the price of one on select dates in August. After taxes and fees, the lowest-priced ticket for Frankie Moreno is $22.08, and to see Clint Holmes it’s just $16.63: a night out for two for less than $50. Buy tickets online or at the box office.

Here’s another discount deal that also includes some charity largesse: Now through September 3, purchase $10 worth of pet supplies at any Henderson or Las Vegas-area Petco location, then donate it to the Animal Foundation and get one free ticket to see Mat Franco in Magic Reinvented Nightly at The Linq Hotel & Casino. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person, which means two can see this magic show for only $20.

In a town full of steak-and-lobster bargains, one of the best is in a bar. On Fridays, O’Aces Bar & Grill serves a complete steak-and-lobster dinner for $19.99. The selling point here isn’t just the impressive size and quality of the lobster tail—it’s that there’s two of them! The steak also rates and comes with a choice of potato and vegetables (no salad). It’s served 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (unless they run out) at the Decatur and Tropicana location only.

Earn 500 same-day base points ($1,000 coin-in) at Rampart Casino on any day in August and get a free lunch buffet, or earn 800 points ($1,600) for a dinner buffet. If you earn 1,200 points ($2,400), you get a 25-minute spa service; it takes about three hours of play on quarters and less than an hour on dollars. Or earn 1,941 points ($1,941 coin-in) in a day at El Cortez Hotel & Casino and receive $10 in free slot play. Limit one redemption daily.

Caesars Entertainment, the last of the major casinos not to offer a mobile sports betting app, is close to launching theirs. All of the books in the system are in the process of swapping out their counter software, and the app should be ready by football season.

In the department of “I do it so you don’t have to,” I ordered—and ate—the sautéed grasshoppers (chapulines) at El Dorado Cantina next to Sapphire gentleman’s club. Did I like ’em? Not really. But not for reasons that you might expect. They weren’t squishy or crunchy or even buggy (whatever that is). If anything, they were too bland to describe, until the bartender nailed it with “soggy sunflower seeds.” Bottom line: If you want to eat grasshoppers just to say that you ate grasshoppers, you don’t have to worry about being repulsed by the taste or consistency. Or maybe just go with one of El Dorado’s other dishes.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and