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It's not often we get emails (read: never) disparaging our contributors, criticizing our usefulness and humor, and boasting of how the writer can do better before delivering the equivalent of SNL's 1980 season. But, VegasChatter
lambaster reader Chris S. does have a point in that we've not touted Bally's not very widely known cheap booze and tacos deal for good reason.
Here's Chris' love letter to Tacos and Tequila (he means Tequila Bar & Grill and the tacos and booze are actually $2-$3 now, but we're big enough not to let a small thing like facts get in the way), in his own words:
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With so many great dining options available in Las Vegas, the restaurants at Gold Coast don’t usually garner much attention. The 24-hour T.G.I. Fridays is handy after finishing up some late night bowling, but is otherwise unremarkable. Ping Pang Pong, a Chinese restaurant that is worth going out of your way for, is likely the casino’s most popular place to dine. Both are much better choices than the Ports O’ Call buffet which is where this writer ate dinner for five consecutive nights during a recent stay.
“Why would you do that to yourself?,” you may ask. A good question and one I was not prepared to answer when I checked into one of Gold Coast’s premium rooms. I had booked five nights, Sunday through Thursday, using an offer that included a $10 dining credit for each night. It seemed like a great deal when I made the reservation. I looked forward to trying out a few dishes at Ping Pang Pong, hitting the Noodle Exchange, and perhaps even getting some of those delicious baby backs at Fridays. My cuisine dreams were shattered, however, when I was informed that the dining credit was only valid at the buffet. Up until this point, I didn’t even know Gold Coast had a buffet, but that’s where I would be heading.
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Earlier this year, we suggested 10 things you should know about Downtown's El Cortez. While the loose slots and cheap table games in the casino are favorites among locals, El Cortez has also been welcoming out-of-towners to its hotel for more than 70 years. This writer recently took a ride up the elevator and explored a room in the hotel’s 1980 tower expansion.
As a frequent visitor to the El Cortez casino, I knew this wouldn't be a luxury resort. This place is old. So old that it has landed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Even so, I've never had a bad time when visiting. When I need a break from the pretentiousness that can be overwhelming at Strip resorts, El Cortez is always there as a beacon of humility. After discovering that Tower rooms were on sale for just over $20 on weekdays, I jumped at the chance to spend a couple nights.
"Point Frenzy, Point Frenzy, POINT FRENZY!”
If you've passed by the front of Casino Royale, you have no doubt heard this exhilarating pitch attempting to lure you inside. Amid the propositions of $1.99 foot-longs and dollar Michelob Lights which effuse across The Strip towards The Mirage, a female voice beckons you to join the players club and get in on bonus points being thrown around so freely the only way to describe the proceedings is with the aforementioned term. The siren song is difficult to escape; even the neighboring Harrah’s food court offers no refuge. While booking a stay at Casino Royale’s Best Western Plus hotel, this writer couldn't help but wonder if a full night of lying in bed listening to a endless point frenzy promotion was in store.
I had known for years that Casino Royale contained a hotel, but had never seen it. Nor had I met anyone who could tell me about it, let alone spent a night inside. I suspected the hotel was just behind the second-story windows placed above the casino’s Strip entrance. Had this been the case, the non-stop loop of hot dog offers and Blackjack Switch ads would have been impossible to avoid. Fortunately, the hotel is located further back and I left the sounds behind as I moved beyond the casino.
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Everyone likes to know more than the person next to them. There are advertised specials all over Vegas for the best this and the best that. There's nothing very special about reading an ad that's available to anyone with two eyes. What you won't see shared very often are the unannounced specials at many casino restaurants.
The other day we were fixin' to get a simple salad at the Grand Cafe at Red Rock Resort; but, before we ordered a $12 salad, we decided to check with the waitress to see if there were any specials. Lo' and behold, our plans for a relatively healthy lunch went down the drain when we found out that the special was a burger and fries for $6. Not bad. They also had a $10 steak special, but that didn't feel right for 1 p.m. These specials change pretty often and in this case saved us 50% on lunch. Nice!
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In 1953, Ian Fleming painted a literary image of James Bond that would soon cement itself in the public’s imagination. 007 is etched in our memories, playing a high stakes Baccarat game in France in a place called Casino Royale. He was likely wearing a tuxedo. As he faced his formidable Russian foe across the green baize, an outer layer of smug assuredness only worked to conceal the ice water pumping through his veins.
In 2013, a man is playing five dollar blackjack in Las Vegas in a place called Casino Royale. He is wearing sweatpants and downing a Michelob. It is 9 a.m. Glamorous Par-ee, this isn’t.
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If you're hoarding your cash and squeezing every penny ahead of the fiscal cliff, Station Casinos has got your back.
While prices at Strip restaurants can be enough to give us indigestion (more on that soon), Station is actually lowering prices for pasta and steak lovers. Menu pricing has been cut for all Pasta Cucina restaurants (find them inside Boulder, Palace, Texas and Sunset Station) as well as Broiler Steak & Seafood (Boulder and Palace Station), Fuego (Fiesta Henderson), The Charcoal Room (Santa Fe Station), Austins (Texas Station) and Sonoma Cellar (Sunset Station).
Great PR move? Yes. More than just minuscule savings? Surprisingly, yes, too.
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Roseanne, on her namesake TV show, once said “I love bowling! It is the perfect workout. Six seconds of exercise… drink beer half an hour!” Who can’t appreciate that logic? Every once in a while, a night at the lanes over pitchers of cheap beer is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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The D has been bringing a little bit of Detroit to downtown for a few weeks now. Its biggest Motor City influence has been exhibited by the arrival of American Coney Island. The 24-hour hot dog joint straight outta Michigan is located right under the fancy new ride escalating on up to the second level Vue Bar.
Sandy is gone but the deadly super storm's impact will linger for what's expected to be years. Here in Las Vegas, vacationing tourists have found themselves stranded due to backlogged flights with many not expected to depart until this weekend.
Some visitors have been lucky enough to pick up a comp room for a few days while others have landed a discounted rate, but all are finding themselves with a few extra days of miscellaneous spending they weren't expecting:
I (along with a bunch of friends) are stuck here til Sat afternoon due to hurricane flight cancellation (got here Fri, was supposed to leave Mon). Stayed at Mirage but switching to Riviera to save some $. Mirage said we can keep our room keys and return to the pool here, so that's nice. Any advice for stretching a $ while keepin it (sorta) classy?"
For as pricey as Vegas can be, it is possible to 'keep it classy' for less.
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Our special contributor and frequent Vegas Visitor, Joe K, is back to share more ways to save a buck (and more) in Vegas.
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This week our beloved East Coast Gambler is taking a well-deserved respite from blogging about players club, slot machines, coffee and steak. In his place is frequent Vegas Visitor, Joe K who will be telling us what he loves to do when he comes into town. Got your own Vegas tips to share? By all means, send 'em to us!
I never visit Vegas without using some form of a "2 for 1" or other freebie that I have come across. But, some coupons actually cost money. In that case, the length of your trip should determine what makes the most sense.
· 1-2 Days: For a short trip, I would stick to the books provided in your hotel lobby, taxi cabs, on The Strip, etc. Books like 24/7 often offer 2-for-1’s to attractions as well as some decent dining discounts. It’s also not a bad idea to pick up a paper. Usually, the last Friday of each month, Boyd Gaming puts out the “Coast Connection” with great coupons to Gold Coast, Orleans, Sam’s Town, and Suncoast.