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 - Arizona Charlie's Boulder et al. - - $23 and up
Maybe the most important function of our twice-yearly room-rate surveys is to remind everyone why low rates are #1 in the Top Ten. This year’s July survey once again drives home the point that, especially during the traditional summer bargain period, there’s no place on the planet offering better value on rooms. As always, the LVA show codes ruled the roost, turning up most of the best deals, along with higher-end gems like $82 at Caesars, $64 at MBay, and $49 at MGM. Do your due diligence when seeking out a room for your trip, but make part of that a visit to check the powerful LVA room and show codes.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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¢.
5. Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $5.99-$14.99
The Station buffets prices are $5.99 for breakfast, $6.99-$7.99 for lunch, and $7.99-$9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, and Santa Fe Stations (except $10.99 for dinner and $13.99 on Saturdays at Santa Fe). Prices are higher for the better-quality buffets at Red Rock and GVR, but with the exclusion of specialty nights (mostly weekends), only by $1-$5. No other buffet deal in town has a better mix of price, quality, and convenience. Must show a Boarding Pass to get these prices, and be sure to use your Member Rewards Book twofers to cut these numbers in half.
6. Mac King Comedy Magic Show - Harrah's - Tues.-Sat. - $9.95
The monster value of the $9.95 deal for the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s 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.
7. Hot Dog - Suncoast - 24 hours - 75¢
Same deal, different location for the hot dog special in the #7 spot. South Point and Suncoast have both had 75¢ers for years, but South Point has gotten the nod for its more convenient location. Suncoast now trumps that with 24-hour availability after moving its dog from a sports book cart to the nearby Bagel Corner restaurant. Whereas the South Point cart operates only from 10 am to 5 pm, the Bagel Corner is open 24/7 serving the big dog that still comes with kraut, onions, and relish, and is still 75¢.
8. 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.
9. Burger & Beer - El Cortez - 24 hours - $5
The burger & beer at El Cortez is back on the list at #9. Served in Café Cortez, this is another 24/7 deal, making it a best bet to satisfy a burger jones any time day or night. The loaded burger comes cooked to order with a bag of chips on the side, and you can substitute a soft drink for the beer if you like.
At #10 is the tried and true 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.