Las Vegas on a budget

Hints and suggestions for getting around before you hit the big one.



Chicago Joes Restaurant-  820 S 4th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101.  One of our top 5 favorites.  A tiny Italian restaurant in a small house just South of downtown.

Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge- 2985 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  One of our top 5 favorites.  Great place for breakfast anytime, LARGE portions, reasonable prices and great service.  Full bar menu from the Fireside Lounge bar in the rear.  Cozy booths, conversation pits and even some gaming.

Ocean One Bar and Grille-    3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South Suite 620 ,  Las Vegas NV 89109-  Inside the Planet Hollywood Shopping Mall entrance off Harmon, just across from The Carriage House and Polo Towers.  A very handy place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Reasonable prices, good food and service.  Given the prime location in the Miracle Mile Shops, I’m not sure how they do it.   If you find the rainstorm in the mall, you are there.

Bootlegger Las Vegas. 7700 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123.  Another of our top 5 favorites.  Great Italian food, live music, full bar.  About a mile past the airport on Las Vegas Blvd South.

VooDoo Steakhouse and Lounge, Top of the Rio.  3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103.  Not many better places to get an open rooftop view of the Vegas Strip, have a great Steak, and enjoy fine dining and dancing.  Probably our most favorite top 5 dining destination because of the view and food quality.  But its pricy.  A dining reservation eliminates the cost of the elevator ride to the 50th floor.

Top of the World at Stratosphere in Las Vegas-   2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104.     One of our top 5 favorite dining destinations, but very pricey.  Dining 844 ft. above the strip gives you a breathtaking view of Vegas as the table rotates around the restaurant hourly.  No open air exposure unless you are brave and ride the thrill rides outside.

John Mull's Meats & Road Kill Grill-   3730 Thom Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89130.  This place is one of our top 5 favorites.  About 15 minutes from the North Strip, but get there early and enjoy a nice lunch served off the end of the butcher shop.   Not open on Sundays.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge - In the Bellagio-  Really pricy but a good place to go in and have a drink, walk out and see the Bellagio Fountains up close and personal.  Do NOT miss them.

Casa De Amore- 2850 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121, great Italian food, live music, kinda pricy, but a lot like old Vegas.

In N Out Burger-   Corner of I-15 and Tropicana.  You can't visit the west without visiting an In N Out.  Reasonable prices, but there is usually a line, no matter what time you go.  There is also one on the UNLV campus that’s easier to get in and out of without a wait.

Capos Italian Speak Easy,,  5675 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146   Great steakhouse and themed restaurant.  Getting in is a hoot,  Tablecloths, dimly lit, good bar menu on West Sahara about 10 min west of the strip.

Nora's Italian Cuisine-  5780 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103, Another off strip Italian place worth trying.  Reasonable prices, good service, nice wine selection.

Favorite Casinos-

Ellis Island-   4178 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  Walking distance from our Timeshares, this small family owned local casino and microbrewery was recently remodeled.  Great place to find a $5 blackjack table, great poker machines, a micro-brewery, a Karaoke Bar and good food at reasonable prices.

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino-   4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103.   Located next to the Rio, and across from the Palms, this Casino is always busy and has lots of table games, $5 blackjack, and lots of poker machines.  It's one of our personal favorites.

South Point Hotel Casino and Spa-  9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89183.  With over 2300 video machines, 60 pit tables, $5 blackjack, and a poker room,  Its worth the drive for a great gaming experience. About 10 minutes South of the Airport.   Probably my favorite gaming location.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino- 4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169.  A must see kind of place, unlike most casinos.  If you enjoy music, there are lots of things to see besides gambling.  Great music venue if your band is in town. Worth the stop.   Awesome pool as well.

Tuscany Suites & Casino- 55 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169.  Another great just off strip gaming destination, $5 blackjack, lots of machines, reasonable priced meals, and live music and dancing in the lounge every night.  Much like old Vegas.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino- 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV.  89101.  Probably the premier downtown property.  Center of downtown, lots of gaming, free parking in their lot if you gamble. We like it.

Plaza Hotel & Casino-  Formerly the Union Plaza.  1 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101.  Another part of downtown's rich history.  We like to gamble here as it has the feel of old Vegas, well..., because it is.

Stratosphere in Las Vegas  (Now The Strat )-   2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104  We also like the Strat for gaming.  Friendly dealers, lots of tables, lots of video machines.  Gamble there for a while, then go to the Top of the World for a reasonable lunch or fine dinner.  Again, the reservation gets you a free ride up to the 104th floor.


There are lots of options available to you, and they are ever changing.  The Concierge at the Carriage House can assist you with many options at discounted prices.  Be sure to tip her.  You can also stop by the discount sales booths that offer deals, usually on the day of the show.  There is one located in front of The Polo Tower, in the Hawaiian Marketplace.

Our most recent discovery is The Bronx Wanderers, who put on a good show similar to The Jersey Boys that recently closed after a long run.  Small, up close and personal venue in Ballys that also reminds me of old Vegas. Don’t be surprised if Wayne Newton shows up on occasion.

Bellagio Fountains Schedule-  DO NOT miss this, as each display is set to different music, and draws a big crowd.  Monday - Friday: There is a show every half hour from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. - midnight. Saturdays and holidays: The show runs every half hour from noon - 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. - midnight.