6 Las Vegas Tips for Eating, Drinking and Staying Merry With a Pocket Full of Cash to Spare

With a line-up of 5 star restaurants and celebrity chefs up and down the chef, you can easily blow your Vegas budget just on breakfast, lunch and dinner. But you can’t miss out on the chance to indulge in some of the finest food on the planet. So our savvy food lovers have devised full-proof plans for getting your fill without draining your wallet:

Order Water – Save the alcohol for the club and have a tall glass of ice water with your dinner. Even a soft drink in a Vegas restaurant will jack up your bill an extra 3 or 4 bucks. Water will work just as good at quenching your thirst, and help in staving off tomorrow’s hangover.

Have a Happy Meal – No, not the kind that comes in a cardboard box, but the kind that is served at happy hour. Vegas is full of them, with drink and food specials that are kind on the credit card. And we are not talking about cheap wings and chicken fingers either. Downtown’s Herbs & Rye serves 1/2price steaks from 5-8 and then again from 12 to close while over at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House discounts are given on drinks and select items off of his world famous menu from 2 to 6 and 9:30 to close.

Up and Down the Strip Happy Hours!

Up and Down the Strip Happy Hours!

Sharing is Caring – Vegas is a go big or go home kind of town, and that includes many of the plate sizes. This lets you split the bill by splitting the meal, and still feel full at the end. Arawan Thai Bistro cooks up authentic Asian food with flair, in portions so large you have no choice but to share. If you want some more variety, share a grouping of lower priced appetizers, skipping the big, expensive meal altogether. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville has a delectable array of appetizers to share, along with an intense drink menu to help wash them down with.

Margaritaville Nachos

Margaritaville Nachos

Break for Brunch – The combination breakfast/lunch is a weekend tradition in Vegas, and Border Brunch is an interesting take on the whole concept, giving you an unlimited number of small plates to try a spicy selection of cuisine hailing from south of the border. With locations both at the Mandalay Bay and the Forum Shops, it’s easy to get fueled up on the cheap before heading out.

Vegaster Tip: Border Grill is a MUST HAVE while in Vegas. 

Vegaster Tip: Border Grill is a MUST HAVE while in Vegas. 

Bust the Buffet – A Vegas cliché, the cheap hotel buffet is alive, and still handing out countless plates to hungry Vegas visitors ballin’ on a budget. The all you can eat Bistro Buffet at the Palms is one of the best deals for a cheap meal you’ll find, with unlimited beer or wine included with dinner. The spread includes over 150 fresh items each day, giving you plenty of reasons to keep going back for more.

The Bistro Buffet @ Palms Casino Las Vegas

The Bistro Buffet @ Palms Casino Las Vegas

Or Just Go Cheap – Not every meal needs to be a five star one. Vegas is full of burger and pizza joints that will fill your belly with gourmet flavor, but not the gourmet price tag. Not sure which one is worth your while? Check out Vegaster 7 for complete lists of the best on and off the strip.

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