Las Vegas is famous for its extravagant hotels, high-end casinos and of course, celebrity chef-owned restaurants. Indeed, the city has as many restaurants as it has slot machines. But if you’re traveling on a shoestring, it can be trick to find a decent meal for affordable prices, specially on the Strip.
So if you want to make sure you’ll have good trip food-wise without spending all your money, you better do some research first. So I did my homework and after searching on Google, reading reviews and asking friends and locals for advice, I actually managed to find some pretty interesting options of gourmet meals under $30.
Bouchon Bistro at the Venetian is the perfect spot for a nice, fancy, yet reasonably-priced brunch in Vegas. The place is classic and elegant and staff is really attentive. Try to sit out the patio and enjoy the garden if you can.
I had the Omelette du Jour with truffled oil ($15), and my hubby ordered Corned Beef Hash ($18) served with two eggs & toast. Both dishes were pretty good. I regret not trying the Chicken & Waffles though. It looked amazing.
By the end, we split a French Toast ($12). It was made of brioche, custard, apples to maple syrup. Not the best one I’ve ever had, but still delicious.
Brunch menu at Bouchon is only available on Saturday and Sundays. On weekdays, they offer breakfast which is also good and not that expensive either.
If you live in Montreal, you probably already heard about Milos. This Greek Restaurant also has a location in Vegas at The Cosmopolitan. Its lunch special is a bargain: a 3-course meal for $20.12. If you like seafood, you can go wrong.
I went there with a group of friends and each one of us ordered a different appetizer, so we could all try a bit of everything. We had Greek Meze Plate, Tomato & Feta Salad, Fresh Diver Scallop Skewer and even St. Viateur Bagel with Smoked Salmon and cream cheese, which they called the Canadian Classic. Everything was excellent.
The main courses were equally very tasty, specially their signature “Lavraki” fish, a Mediterranean sea bass. Portions are not big, but they’re pretty filling. For dessert, they served Yogurt Martini and Walnut Pie with Kaimaki ice cream. I still can’t believe that I had all that food for only $20. What a gret deal. The good news is that Milos has a similar late evening special in Montreal as well.
BLT Burger offers classic & gourmet burgers. The price range is around 11-17 dollars. We went in by chance while visiting The Mirage Hotel. We didn’t have big expectations but we ended up having a good experience. We ordered the Shaft’s Blue ($13) and a the BLT ($13) with onion rings ($5). I found the first one a little bit too sweet for my taste. The BLT was very juicy and flavorful though. Onion rings were decent too.
Overall, we did’t have the best burgers in Vegas, but still a good value. The place has a trendy and lively atmosphere. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive.
MAGGIANOS’ LITTLE ITALY
Maggiano’s is a chain restaurant with locations all over the United States. The one in Vegas is located next to Wynn and Encore Hotels. Best deal here is having the light family lunch special that includes 2 appetizers, 2 salads and 2 pastas for only $24/person.
Our choice of appetizers were Bruschetta and Crispy calamari, both excellent. Salads were delicious too. By the time the pastas came, my friends and I were already stuffed. But we couldn’t stop eating.
The rigatoni was definitely the better of the two pastas we had. The combination of mushrooms and caramelized onions, tossed in a marsala cream sauce was spectacular.
LOTUS OF SIAM
This place is by far the best restaurant we ate in Las Vegas. It’s off the strip but believe me, you won’t regret skiping the glitz and glamour and heading to the middle of nowhere.
When you first see the location, you’ll probably be wondering if you are in the right place. But despite its unassuming look, Lotus of Siam is a legend. It’s considered by some the best Thai restaurant in North America.
In fact, the food at Lotus of Siam is sublime. The menu features all usual beloved Thai favorites and also dishes from northern Thailand. The Crispy Duck with Panang ($20.95) I had was out of this world delicious. The duck was cooked to perfection and the balance of flavors in the curry sauce truly amazed me. Definetly, one of the finest Asian dish I’ve ever had.