Food: Top Three Best Overall Values

And if we could have a drum roll please, our top three best food values at Las Vegas restaurants are:

Lobby Bar and Café

The Lobby Bar and Café at Encore is pure genius. First of all, it’s located adjacent to the front desk, right in front of the guest elevators. This is convenient for a number of reasons. Let’s say you’re hungover in the morning and you’re not interested in spending $84 on room service breakfast. Here’s what you do: roll out of bed, float down to the Lobby Bar and Café and get yourself an egg, bacon and cheese croissant for $9. Sounds like a lot for a breakfast sandwich, but when you bite into it you’ll understand. This might just be the best breakfast sandwich you’ve ever had. Pair it up with a bloody mary for a true breakfast of champions. There’s also outstanding coffee and a fine selection of pastries by famed master chef Frederic Robert. And while the breakfast sandwich (served only until noon) is the main attraction, this place serves excellent food at all hours of the day and night, including some pretty good fish tacos for $13.00.

Ellis Island Brewery

The barbecue menu at the Ellis Island Brewery is the real deal. Not to be confused with the regular restaurant at Ellis Island, the Brewery is only open from 4 pm to 10 pm each day. People tend to line up early waiting to get in for a shot at the outstanding baby back ribs, with special prices for Ellis Island Player’s Card holders ($12.99 for a full rack/$8.99 for half a rack). Don’t sweat the card holder thing- it’s free to sign up. There’s also a great chicken/rib combo priced at $10.99 for card holders ($13.99 for non-card holders). And these dishes come with excellent sides like beans, bread and corn on the cob. If you’re a barbecue fanatic this is definitely the place for you.

Paymon’s Mediterranean Café

Having cited a couple of great spots on strip, it’s time to consider the best off-strip dining value in the city, which happens to be Paymon’s Mediterranean Café and Hookah Lounge (4147 S. Maryland Parkway, about 5-7 minutes from the strip). The diverse menu at Paymon’s offers a range of well-done Greek, Italian, Persian, Middle Eastern, Indian and Vegetarian dishes at reasonable prices. Some claim that the Athens fries ($2.95 for a side/$4.50 for a full serving) with special seasonings and dipping sauce, are among the best french fries they’ve ever had. There’s also an array of entrée dishes in the $12.95 range and- get this- all you can eat pasta for $9.95 at all times. Take your pick of a wide variety of pastas and sauces ranging from marinara and alfredo to Bolognese and pesto. And Wednesday nights between 5 pm and 9 pm is customer appreciation night, with all bills receiving a 25% discount. Now that’s some serious Las Vegas dining value

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