Food & Drink

The 30 Best Things to Eat in Las Vegas for $10 (or Less)

Published On 11/04/2015 Published On 11/04/2015
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So what happened to all that money? Did you lose it at the tables, blow it on bottle service, or spend a little too much of it at the strip club? Don’t worry. You can still eat. Las Vegas may be known for indulgent fine dining restaurants, but there’s also plenty of amazing food around that’s 10 bucks or less. It’s not as good as getting something for free, but it’s pretty close.

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Empanadas, $8

El Dorado Cantina

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Off the Strip

Not only is it located in the same building as the Sapphire strip club, but El Dorado serves Mexican food that is GMO free and organic whenever possible. That includes these corn masa turnovers stuffed with your choice of shredded beef, pulled chicken, or Mexican requesón (which is just a fancy term for ricotta cheese).

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Garlic churrasco, $9.50

Via Brasil Steakhouse

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West Valley

Via Brasil is known for rodízio-style meals, with every kind of meat you can think of sliced off for you tableside, but the garlic churrasco is a little bit different. The grilled steak comes with garlic sauce, onions, and a sauteed banana for good measure. The $9.50 price tag is available during the long and lax happy hour (Mon-Thurs 5pm-close, and Fri-Sun 5-8pm). You can’t say they don’t make it easy for you.

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Beef barbacoa quesadilla, $9.95

Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book

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SLS Las Vegas

The truffle burger is one of those things you absolutely have to try at least once. But it’s $11.95. So give the beef barbacoa quesadillas a shot instead. They’re put together with cheddar cheese, jalapeño, charred corn, black beans, avocado, crema, and cilantro.

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Croissant french toast, $6.99

Farm 24-7

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Aliante

McDonald’s isn’t the only joint serving breakfast at all hours these days. Farm 24-7, as the name suggests, gives you an option of breakfast, lunch, or dinner whenever you want it. But let’s focus on breakfast and the decadent croissant french toast, drenched in vanilla custard, whipped butter, and maple syrup.

Angry Kimchi, $8.95

Buldogis

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West Valley

It’s one of those places where the side order costs more than the main course (which in this case is one of several awesome Korean BBQ hot dogs). So indulge in the Angry Kimchi. It’s a big pile of sweet potato fries with spicy pork, kimchi, cheese, onions, jalapeños, all with a fried egg on top. There’s really nothing else like it.

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Clam chowder, $6.99 cup, $8.99 bowl

Oyster Bar

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Palace Station

The Oyster Bar is easily one of the best reasons to visit Palace Station and has been a locals’ favorite for years, with long waits for one of just 18 seats around the bar, where in between slurping down oysters, you should order up some clam chowder. It’s available in both Manhattan red or New England white.

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Kalua Pig burrito bowl, $7.95

Braddah’s

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Multiple locations

Braddah’s is kinda like Chipotle but with a Hawaiian twist and minus the e-coli. That means you choose a burrito, bowl, taco, or nachos, and go down the line, loading stuff on top. The Island-inspired options include Kalua Pig, Huli Huli chicken, Pulehu steak, and grilled fish. Every salsa comes with a colorful tropical flavor, and the white rice is mixed with seaweed. And Braddah’s prepares its food with ingredients that are free of GMOs, antibiotics, and other unnecessary additives. The idea is catching on quickly. Four locations have opened since 2013, and a fifth one is on the way.

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Jalapeño mac & cheese, $10

Slice of Vegas

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Shoppes at Mandalay Place

This new addition to the menu may be a late addition to the mac & cheese trend, but it makes up for lost time with a spicy kick. It’s served in an herbed olive oil bread bowl with a fried jalapeño on the side.

Apple pie gelato, $3.50

Gelato Messina

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Downtown Summerlin

It seems like every casino on the Strip has a gelato shop in the lobby, so it’s a little surprising that the desert’s best take on the dessert comes from Australia. Make sure when you visit first and only Gelato Messina in the United States that at least one person in your group orders the apple pie variation. It’s made with pieces from an actual full-sized apple pie baked in-house... strictly for the purpose of being destroyed and crumbled into the best tasting gelato in either hemisphere.

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Lobster tail, $5.95

Carlo’s Bake Shop

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The Grand Canal Shoppes

When you think of Buddy Valastro, you think of over-the-top extravagant cakes that may or may not be in the shape of Wrigley Field or your favorite Transformers character. But the “Cake Boss” has a few small-scale options as well, like the flaky lobster tail pastries. They come filled with French cream and a touch of Baileys Irish Cream. Even better, if you order online, you can walk past those crazy long lines out front and pick ‘em up straight from the cashier.

Veggie slice, $6

Pizza Rock

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Downtown

Pizza Rock has made a strong case for being the best pizza joint in Vegas with a variety of gourmet options. But sometimes you don’t want to shell out the money for a whole pie. That’s why the downtown location has a late night walk-up window for to-go slices that’s open until midnight during the week and 2am on weekends. It’s the perfect thing for your appetite (and your wallet) while stumbling home after a night at the bars on Fremont Street.

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Inside Out melt, $9.50

Tilted Kilt

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The LINQ

It’s hard to find a better take on a grilled cheese sandwich. The cheddar cheese-toasted sourdough bread comes with the Tilted Kilt’s own mayo, applewood-smoked bacon, and Southern Comfort-pickled red onion. But feel free to mix your liquor with the Car-Jacked cocktail on the side, made with Jack Daniel’s, Cointreau, and lemonade.

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Duh... a donut $1.25-$2.25

O Face Doughnuts

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Downtown

Every donut filling, from creams to preserves, is made in-house, and your best bet is to order the maple bacon or the Ms. Trixy (topped with Trix cereal). Both are so sticky sweet, you may need a knife and fork to get through them.

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Andiamo grande meatball, $9

Andiamo Steakhouse

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Downtown

This baseball-sized meatball is made with fresh ricotta cheese and homemade tomato sauce. Just eat it. Don’t try to play catch with it.

Tonkotsu ramen, $6.95

Monta Japanese Noodle House

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Chinatown

A lot of places come close, but Monta serves far and away the best ramen in Las Vegas. Here’s the drill: show up and sign your name on the clipboard by the front door. Then hang around outside, and wait for your name to be called. The wait will be short compared to how long the pork has been simmering (overnight).

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Banana strawberry waffle, $9.49

Waffle Bar

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Bally’s

Step outside and wander through the Grand Bazaar Shops until you come across the Waffle Bar. Each treat is made using an original Belgian recipe from the 18th century with pearl sugar that will stay dry no matter how warm your waffle gets.  

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Double Charburger, $4.10

Habit Burger Grill

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Off the Strip

The Santa Barbara-inspired burger joint has more than a few tasty options under ten bucks, but the best of ‘em is the Double Charburger, with mayo, pickle, tomato, lettuce, and caramelized onions on a toasted bun. There’s a reason it’s the most popular sandwich on the menu. Skip the fries and go with the tempura green beans for something different on the side.

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Shrimp Cocktail, $3.99

Du-Par’s

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Golden Gate

A staple of conventions and cheap buffets, the shrimp cocktail is one of the most iconic bites of food in the history of Las Vegas. It was first introduced at the Golden Gate back in the 50s for just 50 cents. Over the years, the casino claims to have sold millions of ‘em... and has jacked the price all the way to $3.99.

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The Frenchy, $10

Lobster ME

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The Venetian

Out of the three lobster melts on the menu, The Frenchy packs the sweetest crunch of ‘em all into every bite. The butter-poached lobster comes with melted brie and shallot cream cheese on thick white panini grilled bread.

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Breakfast Muffin Supreme, $5

Siegel’s 1941

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El Cortez

This overnight breakfast snack is served from 11pm-11am and is perfect for people who just don’t want to go to bed. The sandwich includes crispy bacon, sliced Canadian bacon, Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheese, and an egg tucked inside an English muffin. You also get unlimited coffee. That’s almost worth the five bucks alone.

Crab Rangoon, $7.99

Café Fiesta

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Fiesta Henderson

The menu has a surprisingly strong selection of Chinese food with recipes from the chef behind Red Rock’s 8 Noodle Bar. The best choice of all is the crab Rangoon which is the crabbiest Crab Rangoon you’ll find in Vegas. (Or in this case, Henderson.) Each dumpling is over-stuffed with fresh snow crab, cream cheese, and scallions before being lightly fried and served with a tasty sweet and sour dipping sauce.

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Kebabs, $10

Cleo

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SLS Las Vegas

Need a little variety with your kebabs? This Greek spot inside the SLS serves ‘em up with a choice of lamb kefta, chicken, shrimp, or pork belly.  

The Lunch Special $9.99

Le Thai

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Downtown

Nestled in between the bars of the Fremont East district, Le Thai has long been a late night dining destination but if you show up earlier in the day, the lunch special is the way to go: you get a choice of eight popular dishes along with a non-alcoholic drink for just under ten bucks from 11am-3pm.

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Grilled Cheese-Burger, $8.99

Wild Grill

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Multiple locations

A grilled cheese sandwich that comes with a half-pound beef patty and grilled onions. You can find it in virtually every corner of the Las Vegas valley. And by “every corner” we mean Wildfire Boulder, Wildfire Rancho, Wildfire Sunset, and Wildfire Casino & Lanes.

Eggnog cheesecake, $7.50

Double Helix

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Town Square

Double Helix is known for wine, whiskey, and one of the better happy hours that you’ll find in Vegas. But stick around for dessert. The Eggnog Cheesecake will put you in the winter holiday spirit even during the nasty triple-digit heat in the summer.

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Sprinkles sundae, $6.75

Sprinkles Cupcakes

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The LINQ

How do you make a Sprinkles cupcake even better? Cut it in half and shove a scoop of ice cream in between the two pieces. The only downside: the sundaes aren’t available in the Cupcake ATM outside the store.

Courtesy of Hussong’s Cantina

Classic Taco Plate, $9.95

Hussong’s Cantina

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West Valley

There are six classic tacos (barbacoa, chicken, steak, carnitas, baja shrimp and baja fish). Pick any two and keep your belly full and your budget tight.

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Oysters, $1 each

db Brasserie

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The Venetian

Daniel Boulud’s French restaurant has found a way to pack the crowds in early with an “Oyster Happy Hour” from 5pm-6pm, during which West Coast oysters are just a dollar each in the bar and lounge.   

Bone marrow jam, $10

Bachi Burger

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Multiple locations

Only in Vegas will you find foie gras at a burger joint. Oxtail meat is sweetened and served in the bone with duck liver butter, toasted bread, and salad on the side.

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Lalo’s wings, $9

MTO Cafe

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Downtown Summerlin

There’s no shortage of tasty chicken wings in Las Vegas, but this unique choice from MTO Cafe offers a sweet kick based more on flavor than heat. The wings are covered in ginger, local honey, and Frank’s Red Hot with a blue cheese fondue.

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1. El Dorado Cantina 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Off Strip)

Not only is it located in the same building as the Sapphire strip club, but El Dorado serves Mexican food that is GMO free and organic whenever possible.

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2. Via Brasil 1225 S Apache Road, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Extra long happy hours Monday-Thursday make this place a Summerlin hot spot.

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4. FARM 24•7 7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89084 (Downtown)

Farm 24-7, as the name suggests, gives you an option of breakfast, lunch, or dinner whenever you want it.

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5. Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs 2291 S Fort Apache Rd, #102, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Buldogis serves gourmet hot dogs with an Asian twist. The dogs are made with premium beef without fillers and topped with fresh ingredients, like the pineapple salsa and green onions that come on The Hawaiian. The kimchi takes three days to make and is a crucial addition to the spicy sweet potato Angry Kimchi fries. Buldogis also has a food truck that pops up at big events around town.

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6. The Oyster Bar at Palace Station 2411 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102 (Off Strip)

Open 24/7, this seafoodery inside The Palace Station Hotel & Casino serves up killer ocean eats, from gumbos, to chowders, and more.

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7. Braddah's Island Style 2330 S Rainbow Blvd (multiple locations), Las Vegas, NV 89146

Braddah’s is kinda like Chipotle but with a Hawaiian twist and minus the e-coli. That means you choose a burrito, bowl, taco, or nachos, and go down the line, loading stuff on top. The Island-inspired options include Kalua Pig, Huli Huli chicken, Pulehu steak, and grilled fish. Every salsa comes with a colorful tropical flavor, and the white rice is mixed with seaweed. And Braddah’s prepares its food with ingredients that are free of GMOs, antibiotics, and other unnecessary additives. The idea is catching on quickly. Four locations have opened since 2013, and a fifth one is on the way.

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8. Slice of Vegas 3930 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

With a dozen TVs (incl. an 8ft projection), an iPhone-controlled jukebox, and 50-plus beers from PBR to Big Sky Moose Drool, Slice revolves around NY-style 'za like a four-cheese number drizzled w/ white truffle oil, and perhaps the only pie more meat-filled than your mom's: a veal/beef/pork Bolognese joint topped with pepperoni, pancetta, sausage, bacon, mortadella, and capicola. Dude, remember that time we insinuated your mom has lots of sex?!

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9. Messina 2010 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Gelato spots can be found inside almost any Vegas casino, but this Australian chain’s first American location beats them all with natural ingredients, artistic precision, and flavors that are inspired by Elvis (peanut butter with fried brioche and banana jam) and Breaking Bad (blueberry with violet crystals).

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10. Carlo's Bake Shop 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S Ste 2813, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

When you think of Buddy Valastro, you think of over-the-top extravagant cakes that may or may not be in the shape of Wrigley Field or your favorite Transformers character. But the “Cake Boss” has a few small-scale options as well, such as this boutique bakery with some killer pastries.

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11. Pizza Rock 201 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

This fun pizza spot has craft cocktails and beers, gourmet pizza pies, and games available to play as well as DJ nights. This is a fun place to grab a pie and enjoy a beer in a cool atmosphere.

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12. Tilted Kilt Las Vegas 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. Unit L-26, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Cheap food and drinks prevail at the Tilted Kilt.

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13. O Face Doughnuts 124 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Sometimes all you need is coffee and delicious donut. Flavors include Mexican chocolate, bacon apple fritter, and vegan apple pie. There’s even one with made-to-order lox to keep your breakfast options covered.

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14. Andiamo Steakhouse 301 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Traditional Italian fare leads the menu at this rustic-Old-Country-meets-American-steaks resto.

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15. Monta Japanese Noodle House 5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (Downtown)

A lot of places come close, but Monta serves far and away the best ramen in Las Vegas.

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16. Waffe Bar at Bally's Hotel & Casino 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Step outside and wander through the Grand Bazaar Shops until you come across the Waffle Bar. Each treat is made using an original Belgian recipe from the 18th century with pearl sugar that will stay dry no matter how warm your waffle gets.

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17. The Habit Burger Grill 365 Hughes Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89169

From its humble beginnings in Santa Barbara in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill has expanded across the country. The chain restaurant in Las Vegas boasts "charburgers" and other beach-inspired eats (teriyaki burgers with grilled pineapple, albacore tuna filet sandwich).

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19. Lobster ME 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Because man can't live on not-lobster alone, ME's loading the succulent crustacean into just about everything, with a menu filled with lobster grilled cheese, lobster & waffles, Lobsticles (fried tails!), lobster ice cream, and, of course, lobster shooters, who're constantly surrounded by spent shells.

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20. Siegel's 1941 600 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Open all-night with fantastic breakfast options.

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21. Cafe Fiesta 777 W Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89015 (Strip)

The menu has a surprisingly strong selection of Chinese food with recipes from the chef behind Red Rock’s 8 Noodle Bar.

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22. Cleo 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Cleo has a deeply diverse Mediterranean menu that goes far beyond the expected hummus and lamb. Enjoy the grilled octopus and potatoes near the hustle of the main floor or share the kale flatbread in one of several private dining areas in the venue.

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23. Le Thai 523 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Nestled in between the bars of the Fremont East district, Le Thai has long been a late night dining destination but if you show up earlier in the day, the lunch special is the way to go: you get a choice of eight popular dishes along with a non-alcoholic drink for just under ten bucks from 11am-3pm.

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24. Wild Grill 1195 W. Sunset Rd (& Other Locations), Henderson, NV 89014

Visit any of the Wildfire locations (Wildfire Boulder, Wildfire Rancho, Wildfire Sunset, and Wildfire Casino & Lanes) for some excellent all-American grub.

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25. Double Helix 6599 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

This swanky bar right on the Strip features the holy trinity of fancy indulgences: wine, whiskey, and cigars. A menu of sharable plates, charcuterie, and cheese selections keeps the focus on the expensive drinks being poured behind the bar. With over 100 different whiskeys, ryes, and bourbons, not to mention the exhaustive wine list, you could stay here trying different drinks for days. The staff have created many a themed flight of whiskey or wine in case that's what you want to do, including the Rye Not? flight of ryes and the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) flight of white wines. A lengthy happy hour makes this rather upscale place more affordable, so you can end your meal with one of their 14 varieties of cigar.

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26. Sprinkles Cupcakes & Ice Cream 3545 Las Vegas Blvd S Spc L-23, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

If you need to escape the desert heat with something sweet, check out Sprinkles at the LINQ. The cupcake empire’s Vegas location lives up to the hype, serving confectionary favorites like red velvet cupcakes and Captain Crunch ice cream. Don’t fret if your sugar tooth kicks in after hours—the shop is equipped with its legendary Cupcake ATM. Just look for the nearby High Roller Ferris wheel, and let your drunk munchies be your guide.

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27. Hussong's Cantina Las Vegas 3930 Las Vegas Blvd S #121B, Las Vegas, NV 89119

This Mandalay spot claims its original bartender, Don Carlos Orozco, invented the margarita in the '40s, so you best believe they're good here. Not only good, but plentiful — and experimental (just try the bubble gum or pb&j flavor). If you're trying to do Vegas on a budget, grab one at happy hour with two tacos (of which there are six to choose from: barbacoa, chicken, steak, carnitas, shrimp and fish) to keep your wallet and stomach full.

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28. db Brasserie 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud is the mastermind behind this sleek, luxurious French eatery tucked away inside the Venetian. He's serving up modern takes on French eats, with classics like Pâté de Campagne bourguignon and Parisian steak tartare, but he's also shaking things up with American takes like California white sea bass and the Frenchie Burger (an angus beef patty with morbier cheese, confit pork belly and arugula on a black pepper bun).

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29. Bachi Burger 470 E Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89123 (Off Strip)

Finally, a restaurant for when you’re utterly torn between Asian food and burgers. Bachi Burger combines both, resulting in a menu of bold, unique flavors -- in lieu of your average hamburger, Bachi offers specialties like the signature Spicy Miso burger, which combines Shishito peppers, apple vinaigrette, a fried egg, and other fixin’s for uncharted taste bud territory. Even the light fare packs heavy flavor, as evidenced by the sweet potato fries with yuzu citrus aioli. The minimalist space lets the food do the talking, and the lack of neon stimuli offers a respite from the hectic fray of the Strip.

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30. MTO Café 500 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

MTO is a pleasant spot to grab breakfast or lunch (or both!) because of a laid-back and comfortable atmosphere, made-to-order options like pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

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