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It's The Historic El Cortez Now

Where: 600 Fremont Street [map], 89101
February 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM | by | ()

Ten things you should know about the El Cortez? Make that eleven.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the El Cortez has secured a place on the National Register of Historic Places:

Constructed in 1941, the El Cortez remains one of the oldest establishments on Fremont Street and the only one to continue operation under its original name.

Being on the registry makes El Cortez eligible for certain tax credits and federal grant monies. Make sure they stay historic and not history by stopping by to have a great bite, or a good time soon (not mutually exclusive):

Karaoke: Fridays and Saturdays inside The Parlour, starting at 10 p.m.
Elvis Tribute: Fridays and Saturdays inside The Parlour, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cafe Cortez: $5 half-pound burger, chips and a 12-ounce beer, available 24 hours
The Flame Steakhouse: Fresh (as in flown in from Florida) Stone Crab offered every Friday and Saturday through May, $28 per pound
Casino: Free Klondike bars for players who hit a $25+ jackpot on Wednesdays

(PHOTO: El Cortez on Foursquare)

Archived Comments:

Love El-Co

I gamble there all the time when I'm in Vegas.  I usually stay at a nice hotel (Wynn, Rio, etc.) but I play at El-Co.  I've stayed at El-Co once and it was okay.  Tough when there are SO MANY great deals in Vegas.

The Blackjack tables and Craps are the CHEAPEST in town (okay Casino Royale may be just as cheap)... but El-Co have a lot more tables.  

I wouldn't eat at the restaurant... how knows the quality of the food.

Your Loss

The El Cortez has terrific, good-quality, value-priced food.

Best Value

Dollar for Dollar, I put the quality of the ElCortez (gaming, food, drinks) up against any other establishment downtown, and for that matter, most of the joints on the Strip.

Emphasis on The Flame, which moderately priced meals, high-end atmosphere, and are always of superb quality, and therefore value.

Don't be shy, give it a try.

Couldn't Agree More

I've been a big fan of the El Co for upwards of 20 years, although the face-lift a few years ago certainly was a nice improvement.

Roberta's (now The Flame) has always been an outstanding value in a nice atmosphere with great service. I've had a few dates look at me funny when I tell them that we're eating at El Cortez, but I told them just to trust me. They were always pleasantly surprised.

BTW guys, a great test to get rid of any golddiggers and/or demanding/prissy women? Take them downtown for dining, drinking and people watching. Even a nice meal at The Flame or Top Of Binion's won't bust the bank and if she's down for grabbing $4.50 drinks in Vegas Club or $2 Coronas at The Fremont plus watching the assortment of FSE crazies, you know she's going to be cool!