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Top 10 Reliably Hearty Meals Under $10 On or Close to the Strip in Las Vegas, NV

On the Strip, there are times when you just need to eat. Like really eat. And there could be a variety of reasons for keeping the cost low: you’re just a budget-minded person, you’re saving your cash for gambling, or you lost a lot gambling. But budgeting food money should not mean sacrificing quality and quantity, nor should you have to venture too far from wherever you’re staying on the Strip. With so much activity going on at all hours, it can be hard to pull yourself away a greater distance than a walk or a short cab ride. We’ve done research and asked around to find the top 10 filling meals that, from what we gather, shouldn’t let you down, especially if you keep in mind the few caveats and bonus bits of information we’ve thrown in. Many of these restaurants inside of casinos are part of their casino’s loyalty program, so it’s very much worth it to sign up for a player’s card for free – and you’re not required to gamble! You can sign up simply to get the card for dining discounts! One last thought before you read about the buffets: some buffets have 50-100 items, but we can’t guarantee each and every one. No matter what, though, you will find plenty that you like and you won’t leave disappointed.

 

10. Pin-Up Pizza

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photo credit: vegaster.com

Where: Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 South Las Vegas Boulevard

What: Sandra D Combo (slice of pizza, garlic knot, and soda)

How much: $8.99

Why: Pin-Up Pizza has the largest pizza slices on the Strip – like literally, right on the Strip!

Bonus: For $2 more, get a beer instead of a soda (but then that wouldn’t be under $10, just FYI).

Caveat: We’ve personally tried this pizza, and while it’s not the best, it’s definitely good for the price. If you want some chicken wings, sliders, or waffle fries to go with it, walk inside the Planet Hollywood to Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders for a broader menu.

 

9. In-N-Out Burger

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photo credit: yelp.com

Where: 2900 West Sahara Avenue

What: Double-Double Cheeseburger Meal (with fries and small drink)

How much: $6.60

Why: With exacting quality control across the entire chain, you’re guaranteed good, fresh food that’s just enough to fill you up for a fair price. We’ve never had a bad burger, from a single to a 4×4. And you can’t beat fresh-cut fries, which Zach recommends trying “animal style.”

 

8. Capriotti’s

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photo credit: lipstickalley.com

Where: 322 West Sahara Avenue

What: Bobbie Sandwich (roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, and mayonnaise)

How much: $6.60 for small (9″) and $8.15 for medium (12″)

Why: Capriotti’s is known for freshness and variety and always on fresh-baked bread. With the Bobbie you can have Thanksgiving any day of the year! It’s a sandwich shop that Zach’s family living in Las Vegas frequents, so locals stand by it, too.

Bonus: They deliver to casinos on the strip!!

 

7. Planet Dailies

Where: Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 South Las Vegas Boulevard

What: All you can eat pasta (three different kinds), salad, and bread sticks

How much: $9.99

Why: You CANNOT beat this deal on the Strip!

Caveat: This special is only available from 3 PM to 6 PM.

 

6. French Market Buffet

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photo credit: buffetinvegas.com

Where: The Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue

What: Breakfast buffet

How much: $8.99

Why: The “oversized dessert bar” is enough to get our attention, making this smorgasbord worth a visit.

Bonus: The culinary program at the Orleans is distinguished and its restaurants have won local awards like Best of Las Vegas.

Caveat: Breakfast is only served from 8 AM to 10 AM, and while lunch is $10.99 (over $10 so not officially on this list), it’s still worth mentioning; lunch hours are 11 AM to 3 PM.

 

5. Garden Buffet

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photo credit: examiner.com

Where: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, 9777 South Las Vegas Boulevard

What: Breakfast buffet

How much: $9.95

Why: This breakfast includes bottomless Bloody Marys, so if you’re in party-mode, keep the groove going here!

Caveat: This is available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Bonus: Become a member of the Club and the price is just $7.95!

 

4. Garden Court Buffet

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photo credit: mainstreetcasino.com

Where: Main Street Station Casino, Brewery And Hotel, 200 North Main Street

What: Breakfast and lunch buffet

How much: $7.99 (breakfast) and $8.99 (lunch)

Why: It’s a buffet, always hearty, but with interesting variety like Hawaiian staples and their “famous rotisserie chicken.”

Caveat: These prices apply for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

 

3. Ports O’ Call Buffet

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photo credit: goldcoastcasino.com

Where: Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, 4000 West Flamingo Road

What: Breakfast and lunch buffet

How much: $6.99 (breakfast) and $7.99 (lunch)

Why: It’s all you can eat about a mile off the Strip, to get just far enough away from the crazy to feel like a local for a moment.

Bonus: Sign up for the casino’s loyalty program B Connected, and flash your new membership card to get $1 off! This is a small casino but it’s right across the street from the Palms and Rio, so it’s worth the walk if you’re staying nearby.

 

2. $7 Buffet

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photo credit: tripadvisor.com

Where: Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino, 4100 Paradise Road

What: Buffet with over 200 items daily

How much: $7 (on average)

Why: With seafood, steak, Mexican, Tuscan, and Chinese items, every craving can be satisfied here.

Bonus: With the A-Play Club Card, all meals except dinner on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are less than $10! Dinner on Monday through Thursday nights are themed: Monday is Italian, Tuesday is Asian, Wednesday is Mexican, and Thursday is Hawaiian.

 

1. The Feast Buffet

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photo credit: lasvegasdirect.com

Where: Palace Station, 2411 West Sahara Avenue

What: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

How much: $6.99 (breakfast), $7.99 (lunch), and $9.99 (dinner)

Why: You can get all your meals (except Sunday brunch) for less than $10. We’ve tried both the breakfast and lunch; there were several items we liked and some we didn’t, just like at any buffet, but you’re going to leave full, satisfied, and happy with the price.

Bonus 1: Get your Boarding Pass for $1 off your meal!

Bonus 2: If you’re a myVegas player, you can earn comps like a 2-for-1 buffet or even a free buffet for two for breakfast or lunch!

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Top 10 Foie Gras Dishes in Las Vegas, NV

There is no middle ground with foie gras – you like it or you don’t. But if you do, then Las Vegas is a hot spot to find a broad spread of different dishes featuring this delicacy. We searched the web to find the current and delicious offerings and then ranked them based on creativity. Although there are far more than ten foie gras dishes in Las Vegas, the following are worth adding to your next vacation itinerary.

 

10. Rossini Burger

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rossini burger (photo credit: dishblogger.com)

What: “Rossini: Kobe Style Wagyu Beef from Australia, sauteed foie gras and shaved truffles on an onion bun. Named after a XIXth Century Italian composer whose love for fine foods was legendary. The preparation always includes foie gras, truffles and a rich brown sauce – in this case, Black Perigord Truffle”

Where: Burger Bar, between Mandalay Bay and Luxor

Cost: $60

 

9. Shogun Burger

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shogun burger (photo credit: flickr.com)

What: “Shogun Burger: wagyu beef & unagi; pan seared foie gras; poached Asian pear; miso butter; yamamomo peach”

Where: Bachi Burger at two Las Vegas locations: 9410 W Sahara Ave and 6825 W Russell Rd

Cost: *subject to change*

 

8. Foie &

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foie & (photo credit: endoedibles.com)

What: “Foie &: crispy chicken skin; cabbage; almond”

Where: The Goodwich, 1516 S. Las Vegas Blvd. South

Cost: $11

 

7. Cotton Candy Foie Gras

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foie gras cotton candy (photo credit: eatyourheartoutla.com)

What: “Cotton Candy Foie Gras: crispy amaranth”

Where: Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres at SLS

Cost: $8

 

6. FG & J

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fg & j (photo credit: endoedibles.com)

What: “FG & J: foie gras mousse; Virginia peanuts; housemade jelly”

Where: Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino

Cost: $18

 

5. Foie Gras Parfait

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foie gras parfait (photo credit: biteandswitch.com)

What: “Foie Gras Parfait: ruby port gelee; grilled country bread”

Where: Bardot Brasserie at Aria

Cost: $15

 

4. Foie Gras Custard ‘Brulee’

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foie gras custard ‘brulee’ (photo credit: forbes.com)

What: “Foie Gras Custard ‘Brulee’: kumquat; toasted cocoa nibs; salted brioche”

Where: Sage at Aria

Cost: $27

 

3. Foie & Waffles

(photo credit: tripadvisor.com)

foie & waffles (photo credit: tripadvisor.com)

What: “Foie & Waffles: huckleberry gastrique; foie butter”

Where: STK at the Cosmopolitan

Cost: $24

 

2. Foie Gras S’mores

(photo credit: yelp.com)

foie gras s’mores (photo credit: yelp.com)

What: “S’mores: fois gras; chocolate; marshmallow; graham cracker”

Where: Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres at SLS

Cost: $30

 

1. Foie Gras Candy Bar

(photo credit: yelp.com)

foie gras candy bar (photo credit: yelp.com)

What: “Foie Gras Candy Bar: salt & pepper peanut butter cream; bourbon caramel; single-origin milk chocolate”

Where: Sage at Aria

Cost: $20

 

What do you think? Do you agree with the ranking? Did we miss something that you think should be on the list? Comment below!

Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco

San Francisco is a hub of converging cuisine where just about any flavor can be found, and thankfully that includes foie gras. After a stint on the banned list, foie gras is once again available in California. Chefs across the state are free to continue exploring the ways foie gras can be manipulated to suite any meal. Knowing that some of the most forefront creativity would be in San Francisco, Chef Zach googled “san francisco foie gras” and that’s how we found ourselves arranging a visit to the Mission location of Humphry Slocombe.

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Of the dozens of flavors made, the parlors keep available a handful at a time. If we lived in the City, we would be hard pressed not to visit daily as an excuse to see what’s on the menu. But being that we a party of two in our first visit, three scoops seemed like a good sampling.

peanut butter curry

peanut butter curry

Too often people might think “spicy” when they read “curry” but that’s furthest from the truth here. The curry for the peanut butter curry ice cream added an element that was reminiscent of a southeast Asian flavor profile. Natural peanut butter, ground finely, has a cookie dough texture when frozen. This provided a nice texture to an otherwise very smooth consistency.

horchata

horchata

The texture of the horchata ice cream was different from that of the peanut butter curry, due to the natural cinnamon. The cinnamon flavor was not overpowering, but it was essential in order to bring a hint of grittiness, just like Mexican horchata has. This left our mouths feeling the same as if we had sipped real horchata (and that’s not a bad thing).

secret breakfast

secret breakfast

We played along and did not ask about the secret of the “secret breakfast ice cream” until after tasting it and having a difficult time placing the flavors. Once told, though, it all made sense: bourbon ice cream with corn flake cookie crumbles. Kind of like how bourbon was the secret “coffee creamer” for the grownup adults when visiting Grandma’s, bourbon and breakfast go together in a nostalgic way for August. Humphry Slocombe flavor creators must have had some similar experiences! The ice cream itself was lighter in texture than the peanut butter curry and not as creamy, but just as fulfilling. It was not unlike polishing off a bowl of cereal. The unique flavor of the ice cream with nibbles of corn flake cookies gave this dessert a definite sugary-cereal-on-a-Saturday-morning vibe, but with an adult twist.

foie gras ice cream sandwiches

foie gras ice cream sandwiches

A generous bite of foie gras ice cream waits between two delicate gingersnap cookies. This is what to expect when ordering a foie gras ice cream sandwich, but you can also expect that they might run out just before you get to the front of the line. Despite the limit of one per customer, these little sammies fly out of the freezer from the moment they’re announced on social media. We were lucky enough to try them because we reached out ahead of time and Sean, a Humphry Slocombe honcho, made sure to set some aside for us so that we could write about them here. The ice cream had a caramel-like background flavor, but the foie gras truly was the star. It helps that the texture was very smooth and velvety, just like real foie gras. The gingersnaps were super crunchy and flavorful, which further highlighted the ice cream’s rich taste and texture.

Humphry Slocombe is Zach’s new favorite ice cream parlor. We will not hesitate to drop by any time we’re near and neither should you, no matter the day of the week, even with a line out the door, since the line moves fast and flavors rotate daily. It’s worth it to circle the block to find parking if you’re not a local. No matter what you try in the parlor or pick up to bring home, you won’t be disappointed by the inventiveness and quality.