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Over the past 5 years, Las Vegas has turned into somewhat of a second home for me – frequent weekend trips to see my Vegas friends and hanging out like a local has allowed me to explore the food culture that Vegas has to offer, with many delicious options just off the Strip.
Although many people might go to Vegas to party on the Strip, the steak dinners, gourmet burgers and extravagant buffets can be overpriced, overrated, and sometimes just unsatisfying. If you’re planning a trip to Sin City and need to save on money or simply want to enjoy good food without exorbitant prices, then continue reading for my favorite cheap places to eat in Las Vegas.
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#1: A Unique Cultural Experience: Marrakech
Marrakech is just a short drive off the Strip on Spring Mountain Rd. This Morrocan restaurant features exotic decor reminiscent of what you would probably find at Marrakech, Morroco, with a tented interior and belly dancers every night. It’s a wonderful restaurant if you’re looking to escape from traditional American cuisine and experience a new food culture.
Marrakech features a 6-course dining experience for only $49.99/person. We had the honor of being invited to experience this for ourselves! Thanks to Marrakech for hosting us on my most recent trip.
#2: Huge Brunch Portions: Hash House A Go Go
Want a big bang for your buck and delicious food? Hash House is the way to go – their portions are huge and every dish I’ve tried so far has been amazing. Their potato hash, fried chicken and waffles, flapjacks and even hot chocolate are all fool proof choices if you get overwhelmed with their extensive menu.
There are several locations, but my favorite location is off Sahara Ave. It seems like there’s less foot traffic compared to the locations on the Strip. Plates average around $15 and can feed 2, possibly 3 people.
#3: A Delicious and Heartwarming Bowl of Soup: Monta Ramen
I have somewhat of a long distance relationship with Monta Ramen – every ramen place I’ve been to in Southern California pales in comparison to Monta in Vegas. The broth is rich and not too salty, the noodles are the perfect amount of chewiness, and the pork literally falls apart when you pick it up.
The casual restaurant is located off Spring Mountain Rd. and is a hit with the locals, so you might have to wait a bit if you have a bigger party. But trust me – it’s worth the wait! A bowl of a ramen is around $8.
#4: The Best “Fast” Sandwich Ever: Earl of Sandwich
Earl’s is more of a corporate chain restaurant, but the sandwiches are 1,000 times better than Subway. Their $8 sandwiches are so fresh and amazing, and they have so many interesting choices like Caribbean jerk chicken! The Montague or Earl’s Club are always safe but yummy choices if you’re not feeling too experimental.
Earl’s is open 24 hours and is located in Planet Hollywood, which makes it a great choice after a long night of clubbing.
#5: Fusion Burgers Worth the Hype: Bachi Burger
If you’re craving a good burger, don’t get any on the Strip. Bachi Burger is just a short drive east of the Strip on Windmill Ln. and has the best burgers in Vegas – in my honest opinion. These aren’t your normal all-American burgers either: the restaurant’s Asian fusion menu features burgers inspired from Japanese, Korean, and even Filipino cuisine. However, if you’re bringing a friend that isn’t all too explorative, they can also get a standard Angus burger, which is still mighty delicious, considering every burger is made of juicy Angus beef. Complete the meal with truffle Parmesan fries or even oxtail fries, and you have a delicious twist to the traditional burger-and-fries- meal.
Bachi Burger is also vegan and vegetarian-friendly and also offers chicken and fish burgers as well. Burgers are around $13 – $15 in price.
#6: Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly: VegeNation
From burgers to Thai food and even Mexican mole, VegeNation has a wide array of vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes from different cuisines. Dishes are far from boring: start off with buffalo cauliflower and you won’t even miss buffalo wings. Jackfruit tacos might taste like chicken, but they aren’t. Vegans no longer have to settle for salads during their weekend of partying!
Entrees are between $10 – $12 and desserts and sides are around $6 each. VegeNation is located in Downtown Las Vegas off Carson Ave.
#7: Budget-Friendly Traditional Japanese Food: Kyara Japanese Tapas
Although Kyara offers incredible sushi and yakitori for dinner, their lunch specials are very budget-friendly lunch specials. Lunch bowls are a mere $6 and combination plates are less than $13, which makes this a great budget-friendly option for those who love Japanese food.
The lunch menu is only from 11:00AM – 3:00PM, so prepare for the dinner menu after those times. Their yakitori skewers range from $1 – $2.50 per piece and other dishes are around $2 – $5 per order, which is still reasonable when you go with friends to split the bill.
#8: Bottomless Mimosa Brunch: DW Bistro
Brunch go-ers, I got you: if bottomless mimosas are a requirement for your brunching experience, then head to DW Bistro. Not only are the $22 bottomless mimosas constantly kept full, but the food is divine. DW carries standard breakfast favorites like waffles, pancakes and french toast, but also has a variety of interesting dishes like Jamaican curry, chilaquiles and more.
DW Bistro is on the far end of Spring Valley, which means that you’ll be mingling with the local crowd.
#9: A New Twist on Mexican Food: KoMex Fusion
If you’re craving gool ol’ Mexican food but still want to try something new, KoMex Fusion will satisfy your foodie curiosity. Their menu features Mexican dishes with a Korean twist: tacos, chimchangas and burritos can be loaded with marinated bulgogi beef or chicken instead of regular shredded beef or carne asada, and even have vegetarian options like tofu or vegetables.
For people who aren’t willing to fuse both types of cuisine, they also offer separate Korean and Mexican menus. All items across the menu are less than $10.
#10: Foolproof Fast Food: In N Out Burger
I know, I know – In N Out? For most of us California and southwest residents, In N Out shouldn’t be on this list, but for people who are flying into Vegas from another state and want something delicious and thrifty, In N Out might just be their best bet. Fresh hamburgers and cheeseburgers are between $2 – $3 (the Double Double being around $4) and meals with french fries and a soda are less than $10 altogether.
There are several locations in Vegas, with 3 conveniently right off the Strip. If you’re all partied out and just about ready to drive back home, consider picking up a Double Double and a milkshake for a road trip meal. You have to try In N Out at least once if you don’t live in the southwestern states!
#11: Healthy and Cheap Food: SkinnyFATS
If you’re trying to stick to a certain diet, you don’t have to worry so much about picking apart the menu at SkinnyFATS. Their menu caters to a wide array of dietary needs, so whether you’re vegan, can’t eat gluten, need to watch your carb intake, or just want fresh juice, they have everything you need. It’s not a pretentiously healthy place either, so if a friend who isn’t aiming to stick to a diet wants to tag along, they still offer less health-conscious choices like breakfast dishes and burgers, so everybody wins.
Their menu rotates, but prices are between $10 – $14 per entree.
#12: Eat While You Walk the Strip: Haute Doggery
Fan’s of Pink’s Hotdogs may be disappointed: the establishment closed its doors after 8 years on the Strip. However, Pink’s menu has been added to the Haute Doggery menu at the Linq. These aren’t your standard ballpark hotdogs: these gourmet hotdogs originally from the Pink’s menu are celebrity-inspired and features items like bacon-wrapped hotdogs, Kobe beef franks, mac and cheese dogs, and much more for less than $8 per order.
Check in on Yelp and get a free order of fries when you buy a hot dog. Haute Doggery is open until 12 midnight, so this is a perfect meal to grab on the go if you want to spend the night walking the strip with drinks in hand.
Before You Plan Your Vegas Trip: Do This First
If you’re planning a trip to Vegas with your friends, be sure to check out my 2 Las Vegas guides The Broke Millennial’s Guide to Las Vegas and $275 For a VIP Vegas Experience to learn more about how I party on a budget. Also remember to reach out to my friend Carlos Reyes on Instagram to get on the VIP list for the best clubs in Vegas like Encore Beach Club, Intrigue, and more. He’s always given us VIP service each time my girls and I go!
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