Food: The Fast and Cheap
Here is our list of fast, easy, an budget friendly food to catch at almost any time of the day. Keep your wallet and your belly food at one of these fast and cheap Las Vegas restaurants.
The strip In-N-Out Burger is at 4888 Dean Martin Dr., just off the strip behind New York/New York). It has hordes of loyal believers on the west coast. Located across California, Arizona, Texas, Utah and, yes, Nevada, In-N-Out features some of the freshest ingredients you’ll find at any “fast-food” burger joint. Go for the “double-double”- two burger patties and two slices of cheese, with lettuce, tomato, sauce and some onions if you like ($3.05) or a burger-fries-drink combo ($4.45).
Fatburger is located at 3763 S. Las Vegas Blvd. S., on the strip near MGM Grand and it is just that- a thicker, fatter, jucier burger than you’ll find at In-N-Out. That’s not to say it’s better, just different. Fatburger also features a much greater variety of options than In-N-Out, including different sizes of burgers for all appetites, different types of french fries (fat and skinny), onion rings, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers, bacon and egg sandwiches and shakes too. Best of all, Fatburger features a char-grill option, giving you the choice between a flame-broiled burger or a traditionally fried one. Lighter appetites can go for the Baby Fat ($3.80), others can opt for a regular Fatburger ($5.75) or the Big Fat Deal (burger, fries and drink for $9.50).
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
If In-N-Out and Fatburger are the old veterans of the upscale fast-food burger chain category, Five Guys Burgers and Fries (7580 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 120, just off the strip) is the new kid on the block, and it is coming fast. This burger is winning converts rapidly, and rightfully so. It’s quick, it’s good, and it is substantial. It feels like a real meal. Various sizes here as well, ranging from the little hamburger ($3.79) to the regular burger ($5.39) or the bacon cheeseburger ($6.89).
Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches
Vegas has plenty of quality options in the sandwich category as well. Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches (4800 S. Maryland, just off strip near UNLV) makes a mean gourmet sandwich, they make it quick and they make it good. High quality ingredients, particularly the bread, and a reputation for good service and a fun atmosphere make this a great choice. Popular selections include the Italian combo ($6.22) and the Beach Club, with turkey, provolone, avocado, sliced cucumber, sprouts, lettuce and tomato ($6.22).
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Just as In-N-Out is rivaled by Fatburger, Jimmy Johns has a strong rival of its own in Jersey Mike’s Subs (3900 Paradise Rd). Whereas Jimmy Johns makes a slightly smaller gourmet sandwich, Jersey Mike’s offers more of an old school, east coast-style sub. They slice the cold cuts right there in front of you, and they also offer excellent hot subs as well. We’re big fans of the American Classic, featuring ham and provolone, and you gotta get it “Mike’s Way,” which includes your choice of onions, lettuce, tomato, vinegar, oil and spices. Like all the Jersey Mike’s subs, this one comes in three sizes: mini ($5.45); regular ($7.45); and giant ($10.95).
Earl of Sandwich
But wait, Vegas has another sandwich option as well, and it’s a damn good one. Locals swear by the Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood). We like the Original 1762, named after the year the sandwich was invented, featuring roast beef, sharp cheddar and creamy horseradish sauce ($6.48). Others swear by the Full Montagu, with roast beef, turkey, swiss, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mustard sauce ($6.48). These are some good sandwiches at very reasonable prices, and they’re open 24/7.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs
There’s plenty in Vegas for the hot dog lovers as well. Stop by Pink’s (Planet Hollywood) for a classic dog ($4.75) or get a little wild with the chili cheese dog ($6.50). Another great option is Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs (New York/New York; Venetian). This place has come a long way since Nathan Handwerker opened his first hot dog cart at Coney Island in 1916. If you appreciate the snap of a classic New York dog, you won’t be able to have just one. Just ask Joey Chestnut, five time winner of the annual 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest, and holder of the world record of 68 hot dogs (and buns) consumed in a ten minute period. Make Joey proud and go for the combo deal of two dogs and crinkle cut fries ($9.99).
And speaking of New York institutions, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (9595 S. Eastern Ave.) has made its way to sin city as well. Actually there are a few Grimaldi’s locations across the city, including the Fashion Show Mall and the Shoppes at the Palazzo. Pick up a 12 inch personal pizza ($9.00) if you’re flying solo or go for the larger 16 inch ($14.00) or 18 inch ($16.00) pies if you’re rolling with a crew.
Another great spot that’s worth a mention is the Superbook Deli at the Westgate (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). Located in the sports book, the Superbook Deli features an outstanding selection of quality food. Sandwiches like the Italian Hoagie ($5.95 six-inch/$8.95 foot long) are made with Dietz and Watson premium deli meats. There’s also a Philly Cheese Steak ($5.95/$8.95), a classic burger ($4.50), a New York hot dog ($3.25) and a Chicago-style footlong dog ($5.95). And if you’re looking for something a little more healthy, there’s a salad selection as well, including an excellent Chicken Caesar ($8.95).