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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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Orzo with Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is in season, and this is a delicious way to bring it to the dinner table as a side.  It would also make for a great week’s worth of lunches at work, if you’re able to hold back from eating more than a serving at once.  Bring it to a pot luck, and it’ll disappear quickly.  And if you’re alright with butter, then it’s vegetarian, too!

Makes 4-5

1/2 of a large butternut squash

1/2 of a 1 lb. box of orzo

2 cups of baby arugula

3 tbs. of butter, divided in 1 tbs. and 2 tbs.

3 tbs. of salt

3 tbs. of shredded Parmesan cheese

2 tbs. of chiffonade sage leafs

2 tsp. of peeled and chopped garlic

1/2 tsp. of freshly ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Peel and deseed the butternut squash.  Chop into 3/4″-1″ pieces.  Melt 1 tbs. of butter and toss together the butternut squash, sage, and nutmeg in the butter.  Transfer to a baking dish, cover with foil, and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes until soft and tender but not mushy.

Boil a large pot of water with the salt.  Cook the orzo according to package directions.  Strain the pasta, and while the pasta is draining in the sink, return the pot to the stove over medium-high heat, and add the remaining 2 tbs. of butter and garlic.  Cook the garlic in the pot for 1 minute – the goal is to soften the garlic, not brown it.  Add the orzo back to the pot and toss in the butter and garlic.  Fold in the Parmesan, arugula, and butternut squash, and serve.

orzo with roasted butternut squash

orzo with roasted butternut squash

Creamy Sherry Pasta with Grilled Chicken

What’s simple is good.  The right ingredients can make taste buds dance and sing.  This dish is a palate pleaser for any diner, and not too hard to throw together.

Makes 6-8

• To prep the chicken:

1 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken breast.

1/4 cup of olive oil

2 tbs. of balsamic vinegar

2 tbs. of lemon juice

1 tsp. of dijon mustard

1 tsp. of dried thyme

1 tsp. of salt

Combine all these ingredients and put in a plastic storage bag, zip it up, and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours but no longer than 12.

• For the rest of it (and we’ll get back to the chicken later):

1 lb. box of pasta of choice, but smaller noodles like rotini are better

1 quart of heavy whipping cream

10 large white mushrooms, quartered

1 cup of frozen peas, thawed

3/4 cup of dry sherry

3 oz. of pancetta

2 tbs. of butter

1 tbs. of chopped garlic

indoor grilling

indoor grilling

Boil water in a large pot over high heat, and spray a flat top cast iron grill with nonstick spray.  On medium heat, cook the chicken on the grill for 7-8 minutes on each side.

While grilling the chicken, prepare the sauce.  Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Saute the quartered mushrooms for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and pancetta to the saute pan with the mushrooms.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes until the pancetta fat is rendered out and the mushrooms have softened.

creamy sauce

creamy sauce

Since the water is already boiling, now is a good time to cook the pasta.  Simultaneously, add the sherry to the mushrooms to deglaze the pan for roughly 1 minute, still over medium heat.  Add the cream, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer the sauce for about 8 minutes until it has reached nappe.  Stir in the peas to heat them up.

When the pasta is done as per the box’s instructions, remove from heat and drain.  Toss the pasta in the sauce.  Slice the grilled chicken and toss with the pasta or lay on top.

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