Las Vegas Top Ten ValuesSince 1983 the Las Vegas Advisor has provided hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas visitors with a monthly list of the best bargains in town.
About the Top Ten
1. Room Rates - Wild Wild West - - $24 and up
Room rates remain at the top of the Top Ten, with low rack rates holding steady and good promotional deals showing up with regularity. We’ve fielded several communications recently from customers imploring us to include resort fees in our listings of room rates. This is something that we’ve been doing for a couple of years now. The $24 at Wild Wild West listed here, for example, is the price with the resort fee included, and the same goes for the listings in the Advance Planner. For best deals, check our room and show codes at LasVegasAdvisor.com.
2. Station Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $4.99-$13.99
Despite uncovering some very good non-Station deals in our breakfast-buffet study, the Station buffets remain far ahead of the pack in overall price-to-quality comparisons and hold their spot at #2 on the list. Prices are $4.99 for breakfast, $6.99-$7.99 for lunch, and $8.99-$9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, and Santa Fe Stations, and $6.99, $8.99, and $13.99 at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock, except for Fri. and Sat. specialty nights everywhere except Palace, Boulder, and Texas; must show a Boarding Pass card and be sure to use your Member Rewards Book to get half off these prices.
3. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
The Ellis Island steak dinner is served in the Café and requires that you play $1 in any slot machine to get a voucher for the $7.99 price. This dinner includes a 10-ounce filet-cut sirloin, which comes with salad, garlic green beans, choice of potato, and fresh microbrewed beer.
4. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49
The shrimp cocktail at Skyline is served 24/7 at the main bar and comes in a cocktail glass, with no filler lettuce or celery, and topped with a tangy sauce.
5. Beer - Casino Royale - 24 hours - $1
One of the town's best drinking options is located center-Strip at Casino Royale where Michelobs are $1 and a Coors Light draft is 75¢
6. Hot Dog - South Point - daily - 75¢
While the hot dogs at South Point, sold from a cart in the sports book daily from 10 am to 5 pm, are our Top Ten choice, a similar deal is available at Suncoast. However, a reader writes that there’ve been changes, with the dogs there now sold from The Bagel Corner from 10 am to 5 pm.
7. Mac King - Harrah's - Tues.-Sat. - $9.95
The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s is still the best overall show value in town when you use the $9.95 tickets (includes two drinks) distributed in the casino. They’re usually available at either the players club booth or the concierge, or ask at the box office to find out where they’re being distributed.
8. Burger & Beer - El Cortez - 24 hours - $5
The coffee shop at El Cortez, Café Cortez, serves a half-pound hamburger and a 12-ounce beer for $5. The burgers are served with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles, and you get a bag of chips on the side. Choose from Bud, Bud Light, PBR, or Tenaya Creek beer, or substitute a soft drink. This burger is among several really good ones we’ve sampled lately and it also shines the brightest on the value side. The deal is available around the clock.
9. Lunch Special - Cosmopolitan, The - Mon.-Fri. - $22.14
The price of the three-course lunch special at Cosmo’s Estiatorio Milos has been raised, but we’re not assessing the Top Ten’s standard price-increase penalty. That’s because the increase is just a penny to reflect the new year. The new price is $22.14 for this awesome deal that runs weekdays from noon to 2:30 pm.
Staying at #10 is the lunch comp at the Crown & Anchors on the east and west side of town. Play $20 through a machine and get anything on the menu comped. Hours are 8 am to 2:30 pm at the east location (Tropicana/Maryland Pkwy.) and 11 am-3 pm at the west (Spring Mtn./Decatur). If you miss lunch, the offer is extended until 6 pm on the east and 7 pm on the west for a free appetizer, and the deal is good every day. There are other similar comps around town, but this one takes top honors when everything—menu, location, availability—is considered.