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Las Vegas Restaurants – Haute Cuisine to Cheap Eats on the Strip
When you get hungry enough to pull yourself away from the craps and poker tables for a bite to eat, you’ll find that the famous Las Vegas Strip is packed with eateries pandering to all types of tastes, and all budgets. If you’re up on your luck, maybe some haute cuisine tickles your fancy, but if you’re down and out, you can just as easily find a cheap filler. And what’s great about Las Vegas Restaurants is the plethora of food from all over the world.
What is Local Food in Las Vegas?
The desert state of Nevada is a melting pot of cultures so ‘local food’ is as diverse as the world’s different nations. As Las Vegas is near New Mexico, about a third of the local community has Hispanic or Latino roots, so tacos, stuffed peppers, grilled corn, spicy sauces (mole) and paella are among the local fare to be found on and around the strip. As for local tipples, margarita is a classic Latino cocktail (tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice in a glass with a salted rim).
The gold rush in the 1850s attracted settlers from all over the world, including many Asians, so indulging in Japanese Sushi or spicy Thai noodles can still be considered as partaking in ‘local’ cuisine.
Germans, Irish, English, Italian and other Europeans make up about another third of Nevadan natives. Ironically, Americans comprise only a tiny fraction of the native population. So burgers, fries, pizzas, pasta or anything with potatoes can all be considered ‘local food’.
Shrimps, surprisingly, have a special place as local food in Las Vegas. The shrimp cocktail is as iconic as the cactus in the desert state after the appetizer was introduced to the Las Vegas dining scene by the Italian-American proprietors of the Golden Gate hotel-casino in 1959. For more than 40 years, a shrimp cocktail at the hotel cost just 50 cents, but the price was raised to $2.99 in 1991. Now you can find shrimp cocktails in restaurants across the entire state.
What Should You Expect to Pay at a Las Vegas Restaurant?
If you’re eating out on the Las Vegas strip, expect to pay more for the experience, especially if you dine at one of the hotels and casinos. If you want a cheap eat then get off the strip to find a place with a more reasonably priced menu.
|Casino / hotel private dining with wine||$300+ per couple|
|Casino / hotel sit-down restaurant||$50+ per head|
|Casino / hotel buffet||$10-25 per head|
|Sit down restaurant||$25+ per head|
|Casual dining / chain restaurants||$15 per person|
With 24-hour entertainment along the strip, many Las Vegas restaurants specialize in offering breakfast to hungry hedonists in the small hours. Some of the best breakfasts in town are slap-up home cooked meals from family-run restaurants. The rustic Mexican-style restaurant The Omelet House on Charleston Blvd is one of those breakfast-lover’s havens specializing in fresh egg dishes and home cooking.
High Altitude Dining
If a bird’s eye view of the Las Vegas strip is part of the dining experience you desire, head to the top floors of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, which has the revolving Top of The World restaurant perched 350 meters above the Las Vegas strip to give diners 360° views while eating. The prices here go from very reasonable to sky high, depending on what you order, but you get what you pay for at this award-winning restaurant with one of the best views in town.
Competition is high among the Las Vegas hotels and casinos to be voted as having the best buffet, which is good news if there’s a few of you to please but you can’t decide between you what regional cuisine to go for. An all-you-can-eat buffet isn’t cheap though, but with the restaurants all trying to outdo each other, you definitely get some bang for your buck as you sample fantastic food from around the world all in one place.
Cheap Eats for Under $20
You don’t have to go far from the main Las Vegas strip to find some cheap eats from around the world. You can grab some traditional Thai street food and for under $20 at Le Thai restaurant, on Fremont Street, just a short walk from the Downtown Las Vegas casinos. Tacos El Gordo serves street-style tacos for a few bucks a few steps from Wynn Las Vegas. The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay Hotel serves ‘gourmet’ beefy baps for about $10 a piece. Sandwiches are a good belly filler if your pockets are not so full. You won’t have to walk far to find a sandwich bar along the strip or even inside some of the classy hotels.