In addition to your standard fast food outlets, which are lit-up electrified versions of themselves here, there are plenty more original options for cheap eats in Las Vegas.
The Best Cheap Eats in Las Vegas
These are our 10 favorite places to get an affordable meal in Sin City.
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Krung Siam Thai
Las Vegas’s Chinatown, a bit off the strip, is a wonderful place to go for an affordable and delicious Asian meal. Krung Siam Thai is one of the best options in that district—prices are quite accessible, and the food is fresh, delicious, and authentic. It comes out quick, brought to you by attentive servers in a casual dining room that occasionally features live musicians.
The menu includes an adjustable heat scale, so order your food spiced up according to what your taste buds can handle. Share a grilled beef sirloin, roasted duck, or deep-fried catfish with chili paste. The vegetarian options here are fantastic, too.
For a fun pizza experience, zoom over to Evel Pie, a hopping Evel Knievel-themed joint decorated with memorabilia and photos related to the motorcycle stuntman’s rip-roaring career. These are some good cheap eats in Las Vegas—order a cheesy New York-style slice (starting at $4) or a made-to-order hot pie. Try the Barry White Pie or Cheesy Rider, and wash it all down with cold beer.
For amazing breakfasts at affordable prices, head off the Strip to family-owned Mr. Mamas, a cute diner with a splashy black-and-white floor. Service is friendly here, and portions are large. Customer favorites include pancakes, steak and eggs, and the California omelette. The menu also lists big burgers, wraps, salads, and great coffee.
For an excellent fast-food alternative, head to the Forum Food Court at Caesar’s Palace and walk right up to the Halal Guys counter to order some of their delicious Middle Eastern fare. Choose between a wrap or a platter—falafel, chicken, or beef gyro, topped with the Guys’ signature spicy white sauce. Service is quick and friendly, everything is wonderfully flavorful (including the baklava for dessert), and the joint stays open until 2:00 a.m. on weekends to fuel the city’s late-night revelers.
Garden Court Buffet
If you’re in Sin City, you’ve gotta try a Las Vegas buffet. But while buffets will usually cost you, the abundant Garden Court Buffet in the Main Street Station Hotel is actually one of the best cheap places to eat in Las Vegas.
Its dining room is accented with columns, filigrees, and popcorn lights. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $9, lunch is $10, dinner is $13, and the champagne brunch is $14. This smorgasbord lets you mix and match your favorites from all kinds of cuisines: Mexican, Asian, Southwestern, pizza, rotisserie, and much more. This is where the locals eat.
Tacos El Gordo
Las Vegas’s three Tacos El Gordo locations stay open (and busy) until at least 2:00 a.m. every night. That’s because the family-owned restaurant’s Tijuana-style tacos are beloved by locals, and prices are so reasonable that you can order as much as you want to satisfy your Mexican cravings.
The tacos are stuffed right in front of you with fresh ingredients going into handmade corn tortillas topped with scratch-made guacamole and salsa. Order off the meat-heavy menu, then wash it all down with horchata.
In-N-Out Burger has a cult following of devotees obsessed with the chain’s perfectly grilled burgers and oh-so-satisfying fries. These fans will be happy to know that the family-owned company has five locations in Las Vegas, and that they’re all open until at least 1:00 a.m.
The simple, unchanging menu offers the aforementioned burgers and fries, as well as grilled cheese and shakes made from real ice cream. This is very affordable fare, and you can get it via drive-through—but be prepared to wait a while as staffers scramble to feed their hungry hordes.
Rockhouse in The Venetian
You wouldn’t expect to find affordable food deals in the Venetian, but those in the know head to Rockhouse for its weekly specials: $1.50 tacos on Tuesdays and $1 chicken wings and $1.50 hot dogs on Wednesdays.
Frequently, this hard-partying bar will host $1 PBR happy hours, and it always offers plenty of other hard-to-turn-down drink specials. Yes, this is bar food—but it’s good, and it comes with a side of live bands, deejays, and bar-wide drinking games.
Unassuming and minimalist, Dirt Dog serves up some of the yummiest cheap eats in Las Vegas. The street-food-inspired menu options include tasty and unique hot dogs (including a vegetarian option), lobster rolls, and carne asada fries. Its two locations, one at Bally’s Grand Bazaar and one at the southwest end of the city, stay open late, pour tap beer, and serve side dishes like dirty corn, which comes with crema, cotija cheese, and chili powder. The “Filthy Fries” come with guacamole and chipotle aioli. For dessert, go for the deep-fried Twinkie.
Viva Las Arepas
Venezuelan fast food? It’s a thing at Viva Las Arepas, where authentic arepas start at $5. You can also splurge on the Arepa Reina Pepiada, which comes with chicken, avocado, mayo, cheese, and a fried egg, for just $7.50.
Its two family-owned Las Vegas locations aren’t immediately obvious but are definitely worth looking up, because you’re guaranteed a memorable and delicious meal. There’s a vegetarian arepa ($5.50), as well as a shredded beef arepa, which is flavorful, smoky, and juicy. Mango juice costs $3, fried plantains are $4, and fried yuca root goes for $3.50.
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–Original reporting by Avital Andrews. Follow her on Twitter @avitalb.