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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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JJ Hawaiian BBQ, Clayton CA

When we first met, we lived in Clayton.  Clayton is fairly small, but because it neighbors much larger Concord, there are enough restaurants in range to keep Claytonites sated.  For nostalgia’s sake, we thought we’d return to some of our favorite places from back when our relationship was young.  Similarly, since there is a high school nearby, we’re putting more of a teen-friendly spin on things tonight.

JJ Hawaiian BBQ boasts dishes of true Hawaiian fusion: a little Japanese, a little Chinese, a little Filipino, a little Korean, and a little American.  We picked three entrees tonight to demonstrate the range of comfort food versus bizarre food, at least according to the palates of most adolescents.

chicken combo

chicken combo

The chicken combo comes with hearty portions of barbecue chicken and fried chicken, katsu style.  The barbecue chicken is super moist, and the chicken katsu is equally moist but with that wonderful crispness; plus, the katsu comes with its own special sweet dipping sauce.  Just about all the plates come with two scoops of rice, one scoop of house made macaroni salad, and steamed cabbage.  For having so few, simple ingredients, the macaroni salad is surprisingly flavorful.

spam moco

grilled spam moco

Grilled slices of spam lay across a fried egg, drizzled with brown gravy.  Not everyone likes spam, and some people say they don’t like it without even having tried it; for the curious, this is a great way to taste spam if it’s your first time.

fresh pork lau lau

fresh pork lau lau

For the extremely adventurous, put this on your list.  A hunk of pork is wrapped inside taro leafs with butterfish and pork fat (to keep the meat moist).  It was a little too much for August because, to her, it smelled like a brick of tea she got at Cost Plus in 6th grade for a presentation on the origins of tea.  The taro flavor permeates the meat so you have to like the greenness if you’re going to eat the whole thing.  August ate the great majority of it because she was taught that “you don’t have to like it, you just have to eat it,” but regardless, she’s proud of herself for trying something new.

Students, when you’re craving something filling but made with care and good ingredients, and if you have less than $8 in your wallet, come to JJ Hawaiian BBQ and you will be stuffed.