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. The Linq - LINQ, The - Daily - Free
Occupying the traditional #1 spot afforded to a new casino or major attraction is The Linq. The $500 million pedestrian alleyway is now completely accessible, with many of the bars now operating and new storefronts opening every week. Read about The Linq throughout this issue.
2. Room Rates - Station Casinos - All locations et al. - - $24 and up
Room rates drop to #2 this month to make way for The Linq, but they remain a top value as the casinos keep them low to attract visitors in the still-recovering economy. Don’t forget to check our codes at LasVegasAdvisor.com for the best deals on rooms, as well as shows.
3. Station Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $4.99-$13.99
With our study of under-$10 breakfast buffets completed, we have all the evidence we need to support the #3 ranking of the Station Casinos buffets. Despite being the least expensive in town, these buffets are also right at the top for quality, with five of seven of our “First-Tier” recommendations coming from this group. Station also scores high in all the important ancillary categories, such as extending low prices to Saturdays, being good candidates for the “crossover play,” and offering discounts in the MRB for all of its buffets that drop the price to as low as $2.69. 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.
4. 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.
5. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49
We checked out the Skyline shrimp cocktail this month and it’s as good as ever (#5). Served at the main bar, the 75¢ frozen margaritas have been replaced by $1 blended versions, but otherwise everything remains in place, including the good bar video poker.
6. 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¢.
7. 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.
8. Mac King - Harrah's - Tues.–Sat. - $9.95
The monster value of the $9.95 deal for the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s (#8) shines through when you compare it to the current $82+ average for show tickets. You can get the Mac tickets at either the players club booth or the concierge, or ask at the box office where they’re being distributed.
9. 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.
10. 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.