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Ellis Island

  • Conversations

    An Oral History of Ellis Island Casino

    By Jason R. Latham

    The 50-year-old off-Strip casino (and GOAT karaoke destination) keeps it in the family.

  • Drinking

    Bed & Brewski at Downtown Grand, Bourbon Flights at Park on Fremont and Golden Knights Drink Specials

    By Bob Barnes

    We’ve all heard of bed-and-breakfast deals, but how about a bed-and-beer deal?

  • The Deal

    Ellis Island Instacomp

    By Anthony Curtis

    Instacomps are almost always worth doing and they’re showing up quite a bit these days, including some good new ones in the casinos. The latest was just launched as an incentive to join the players club at Ellis Island.

  • Ingredients That’ll Tickle Your Taste Buds

    By Genevie Durano

    From the basic to the exotic, we hone in on the ingredients that pack on the flavor.

  • Feast on These Holiday Promotions

    By Anthony Curtis

    If you pay attention to the newspapers, you’ve seen the parade of December deals, but most end on Christmas Eve. Those that extend beyond the traditional December 24 cutoff date are the “leftovers.”

  • The Deal

    Paying Tribute to a Special Steak Special

    By Anthony Curtis

    Las Vegas has put out some legendary deals over the years. They include the Bingo Palace’s (now Palace Station) 49-cent breakfast, the Golden Gate’s 50-cent shrimp cocktail and, of course, Binion’s Horseshoe’s $2 New York steak dinner.

  • The Deal

    Football Contests Offer Great Value

    By Anthony Curtis

    Summer’s over. It’s football time. That means lots of fun things in Las Vegas—Monday Night Football parties, game-day food and drink specials, and, of course, football contests. The contests represent an excellent gambling opportunity, given that you can enter for a low (or even no) cost and get a season’s worth of action, and a chance at a monster payday.

  • The Deal

    A Guide to Vegas’ Off-the-Menu Specials

    By Anthony Curtis

    There’s something about off-the-menu specials that gets people fired up—maybe it’s the sneaky pleasure of knowing a secret. Or maybe it’s just that they’re usually a good deal. There are surprisingly few ongoing “OTM” deals in Las Vegas, but those that are out there are worth trying:

  • The Deal

    Paycheck Bonus

    By Anthony Curtis

    Does it make sense to cash your paycheck in a casino? Now, there’s a subject on which you’re certain to get conflicting opinions. A lot of people don’t think it’s a good idea for the obvious reason—having a pocketful of money in a casino makes it easy to make a big mistake. It’s a valid concern if you’re susceptible to that sort of temptation. But assuming you’re not, and most rational people aren’t, cashing a paycheck in a casino can be a nice little advantage play.

  • The Deal

    Seven for Seven

    By Anthony Curtis

    For years I’ve picked and published the “Las Vegas’ Top Ten Values” at LasVegasAdvisor.com, but that list is tailored for visitors. The list that follows is different in that it’s been tweaked for locals. While this list doesn’t constitute the absolute best deals in town, the following “Seven for Seven” is a potent mix of drinking, dining, entertainment and gambling that won’t disappoint.

  • The Deal

    Dogs, balls and a presidential plug

    By Anthony Curtis

    Summertime always brings an eclectic selection of deals. Here’s a smattering of interesting plays I came across while compiling the July Las Vegas Advisor newsletter.

  • The Deal

    The Best of All Time

    By Anthony Curtis

    When I started the Las Vegas Advisor back in the ’80s, casino dining specials were the primary hook, and over the years the LVA has chronicled thousands of them. Here are a few of the best of all time (unless otherwise specified, the time period is the ’80s and ’90s): • The ongoing 24-hour steak special at Ellis Island is a monster for $7.95, but this steak has been around for about a decade and a half, and when I first came across it, the exact same meal (minus the beer) was $2.95.

  • Diner's Notebook

    The dinners, drinks and guests of the holidays—plus fish… lots of fish

    By Max Jacobson

    The holiday season means a wealth of special dinners, including last week’s white truffle dinner at Piero Selvaggio Valentino at the Venetian, always one of the year’s most memorable feasts. I’ll have to cut back on the Christmas cookies.

  • The Deal

    Holiday Cheer

    By Anthony Curtis

    Las Vegas is a tough sell on the holidays. Some come, but most of the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa crowd would rather spend the holidays at home with family than have a December blowout in Sin City. Go figure. For those of us who live here, though, it’s a different story. We can stay at home and take advantage of the good deals the casinos throw our way. Here are a few of them:

  • Diner's Notebook

    A Mayoral beef, road food, Rochat gets technical and one hot roast By Max Jacobson

    By Max Jacobson

    Good news From downtown: We’re glad to hear that former Mayor Oscar Goodman will open his own steak house, Oscar’s, downtown at the Plaza in late fall. It will feature a domed entrance and lots of memorable photos from his tenure. It’s safe to say that the former mayor, who keeps kosher, won’t be having sour cream and bacon with his baked potato.

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