50+ Tips & Tricks for a Fabulous Las Vegas Vacation
My favorite restaurants in Vegas…
Don Vito’s at South Point – delicious Italian, classy setting
Nove Italian at The Palms – great food & service, terrific Strip Views
Il Fornaio at New York, New York -interesting Italian menu, lively setting, and great people watching opportunities.
Bouchon – delicious French food, a lovely outdoor patio by the pool, amazing service, great espresso
Mon Ami Gabi – Great French food, terrific service, & the best outdoor patio!
Chart House – tasty seafood, great happy hour deals, interesting setting with all the fish tanks
Looking to keep your dining expenses low?
Dining out is one of the biggest vacation expenses outside of lodging and airfare. While Vegas is home to some fantastic award winning restaurants, there are also some great budget friendly options scattered around. While you could save some money by visiting the fast food & standard chains, it is always fun to try out something new on vacation! Here are a few of the great bang for your buck restaurants.
Grand Lux Cafe – Delicious food from the people who started The Cheesecake Factory. It’s open 24 hours, the menu is huge, portions are huge, pricing is totally affordable for Vegas, and the mashed potato spring rolls are the best app ever! What else could you ask for?
The Palms Buffet – The best bang for your buck buffet in Vegas. The food is comparable to most other mediocre buffets, only with the added advantage of a much cheaper price tag. The breakfast at just 7 bucks is the best value in Vegas. Great food, a short wait, and a huge variety for the price make a detour off The Strip worth it. Trust me, you can’t get much better.
Chipolte – My favorite (and basically the only) fast food chain I eat at. Huge portions at an affordable price and healthy ingredients (lots of veggies and beans, no GMOs) make it a winner for the healthy traveler with limited time.
The Egg & I – A great breakfast at a great price!
Hash House a Go Go – Found throughout Vegas in several casinos including the Linq and the Rio, Hash House is the perfect choice for any big eater with a small budget. Tasty dishes, fresh ingredients, and a great value in a pricey city make Hash House one of the number one breakfast choices.
White Castle – Who can resist those tasty fries, onion rings, sliders, and mozzarella sticks?! Best bad for you appetizers ever can be found at White Castle. If you are from the Midwest, you know what I am talking about. Indulge – you are in Sin City!
Reservations are a must for popular restaurants
Popular trendy restaurants like Todd English’s Olives at the Bellagio, Top of the World at the Stratosphere, and The Eiffel Tower Restaurant, amongst many others, require reservations to avoid an unreasonable wait. It’s easy – just reserve your seats on Open Table. After acquiring so many points, you will receive a free gift card.
Don’t forget about free drinks at the casinos
It’s easy to forget that you can receive drinks if you are gambling at the casinos. And that is only if you are gambling. In recent years, cocktail waitresses will not even give out water if you are not gambling. Ridiculous if you ask me! Carry your own water bottle with you at all times!
Need a gluten free meal?
Back when I was following a gluten-free diet (which I no longer do due to the inconvenience and lack of health benefits), I used a great site known as Find Me Gluten Free. This handy website rates restaurants which offer gluten free options. It is a valuable resource for anyone following the diet – one that will surely save you precious time. Who wants to spend their entire Vegas vacation scanning restaurant menus?
Most important of all!
Plan a day off after your trip!
When scheduling vacation time, be sure to add in an extra day for some much necessary R&R. Although exciting, a Vegas trip is also immensely exhausting. With the big adrenaline rush, sometimes you do not feel the fatigue setting in until the next day when you are back home. After a long flight or drive back & unpacking your suitcase, you will really need a day off just to relax. It’s basically comparable to the feeling you get after a fun, yet exhausting Orlando theme park vacation. Basically, you are going to need a vacation from your Vegas Vacation!