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Low-End Las Vegas 2014


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I used to visit Gandhi at least once per trip, but, I notice that their prices appear to have doubled in the past couple of years and the buffet appears to be gone. It's probably still a decent option, and it's just a block off the strip, but the days of getting dinner for two for under $20 are apparently long gone.

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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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Raku is very good, as is Raku Sweets in the same complex.  But I wouldn't really say that Raku is low-end in terms of price.  Yes, it's far cheaper than say Nobu at Caesar's Palace, but still fairly expensive compared to other great Asian restaurants in Las Vegas.  Hopefully you'll have a car and a good GPS system, (Vegas cabs are terribly expensive), so I'd recommend a trip out to Spring Mountain Road and the large Asian shopping and dining malls.  You'll come across some hidden gems that don't look like much on the outside but serve very good food at low prices.  A few I'd recommend:

 

Yunan Gardens

District One-Vietnamese

Ping Pang Pong-in the decrepit Gold Coast Casino but fabulous dim sum served old-style from carts

 

Las Vegas has a growing community of pizza restaurants.  My friends who live down there say these three are very good:

Dom Demarco's

Due Forni

Novecento Pizzeria 900

 

There are many a good restaurant in Las Vegas at decent prices with decent service.  Unfortunately, the focus is always on the over-priced frou-frou on the Strip which sometimes falls short of one's expectations. 

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I love the concept of "Low-End Vegas". Some of the most fun I have had there were in the corners and bottom floors of downtown casinos playing quarter video poker and chatting up the veteran cocktail waitresses......they have seen it all and if you get them at the right time (and tip them properly) they tell great stories.

 

Haven't heard much about the food truck scene there but I would suggest looking for big construction sites of maybe near government buildings around lunch. Gotta be some good cheap tacos anyway.

 

Love to hear how your trip turns out.

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I admit to never having tried Fatburger. I think I have been put off by the name, don't really want a big burger (could not finish the regular sized burger at my local Five Guys and have to go with the small) plus we never stay right on the strip so a trip to In-N-Out on Sahara can be combined with a stop at Trader Joe's on Decatur for "supplies" without much trouble.

 

 

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I could not agree more about LOS. We always pay at least 2 visits per trip. I am a lightweight when it comes to heat and I will never forget asking for "5" for some dish. It was quite good, but I could not inhale over it without coughing uncontrollably. I love the Nam Kao Tod and have even made a decent version myself. It is a must do!!! I also cannot do without a few pounds of crawfish with the garlic butter at the Boiling Crab on Decatur. I have been craving them ever since our last visit and will be there again in September, without fail!!! 

 

 

HC

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