Yesterday I shared with you one of the highlights of my Las Vegas Trip, our time at Scoot City Tours. Today I want to share with you the biggest and most epic fail of our trip to Las Vegas….EATING OUT. We blew our budget by a million times and I’m almost embarrassed to share with you how much money we spent on food. I knew that Vegas was going to be expensive, but I didn’t know that it was going to be THAT expensive! Starbucks alone, was double the price….a dang iced coffee which is usually $2.50 here was priced at $4.50 in Vegas….and that’s not even the worst of it.
To be fair, this vacation was fully paid by money that Pete had saved up by doing side freelance work in graphic design & web development. So we considered it ‘fun money’…but still…as a frugal person by nature, the sheer cost of the food on this trip shook my very soul. It dawned on me…we probably spent over $1000 on food that essentially…we poop out! What a waste…literally ;)
Sugar Factory at the Paris Hotel: We spent the first few nights at the Paris Hotel and the Sugar Factory is connected to the Paris. It’s also got a cute patio and spray misters to keep patrons cool. Pete and I decided to go there for lunch. I had a salad and Pete had a sandwich of some sort, but we decided (on impulse) to try out one of their signature gummy worm cocktails for $36.00! Um..I wish we hadn’t. It was good, yes, but there wasn’t enough alcohol in it to be worth $36.00! Pro Tip: Head to Walgreens two blocks away and pick up some Smirnoff and a bag of gummy worms and make yourself a dozen of these drinks for way less! You may need a nap after ;)
Brooklyn Bowl: I have no clue what happened at Brooklyn Bowl but it has haunted me every night since we left that place! Pete’s sister was in town and we decided to check out this hip bowling alley, Brooklyn Bowl near the Linq. We bowled for 1.5 hours. ($75) Rented 3 pairs of shoes & Socks ($30) and ordered 3 appetizers ($15 each). Now this is where it gets a little sketchy….there was a couple near our lane who quickly befriended us and proceeded to order rounds and rounds of fireball shots for the 5 of us. I kept looking at Pete like holy crap, this guy is ordering a lot of shots. Pete returned the favor and ordered 1 round of fireball shots. All in all, Pete and his sister ordered 4 drinks and 1 round of shots. I went to the restroom while the bill was delivered, Pete signed for the check and left the tip. When I returned, I quickly peeked at the bill and it was $315 dollars!!!!! I asked Pete, “Um…what the hell happened here”..and he looked just as confused (could have been the 4 fireball shots!) and said “that’s how much the bill was”. I thought I was going to throw up right there. I left that place scarred.
MonAmiGabi – The morning after the epic Brooklyn Bowl night, we ate breakfast at MonAmiGabi at the Paris. We weren’t really sure what we wanted to eat, we just wanted something simple. We each had some sort of egg dish, nothing fancy and some mimosas. The bill for breakfast was….wait for it…..$115! Kill. Me. Now.
The BEST Vegas Food Bet:
Mandalay Bay Bayside Buffet – Unfortunately, we only visited a traditional Vegas buffet on our last night in town. I figured…we are in Vegas, we HAVE to do at least one buffet. So we chose the Mandalay Bay Bayside Buffet priced at $32.99 per person. Oh EM GEE. I wish we had come here every night. Not only was the food great, there was lots of choices but there was FREE beer & wine with the meal? At every other restaurant we visited beer, wine and cocktails cost us as much as $15 dollars each! If we had known we could get all you can drink beer and wine, we would’ve eaten at the buffet every night!
A few other places we tried and liked and were reasonable:
- Guy Fieri Kitchen Bar at the Quad- Try the Chicken Skewer Appetizer as a meal…delicious!
- YardHouse – Standard Pub food with great prices and great view of the High Roller Ferris Wheel
- Wolfgang Pucks Bar & Grill at the MGM – Great ambiance and the food was delicious
- Husongg’s Mexican at Mandalay Bay (FREE Chips & Salsa! Happy Hour = drink specials & $3 street tacos)
Skip Breakfast if you can. I’ve found that breakfast can be more expensive than lunch. Grab yourself a coffee and then find yourself a decently priced lunch. Your best bet is going to be at one of the more popular chain restaurant. One day Pete and I opted for Subway and paid $25 for 2 meal deals, this was by far the cheapest lunch we had while in Vegas.
Go with the Buffet – As I mentioned above, you can’t really go wrong for the amount of food that is available and the FREE Drinks! It’s worth it to check out the Mandalay Bay buffet or really any other one on the strip!
Happy Hour – Try to hit up as many of the happy hours as you can. You are bound to find some 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials.
Never pay for drinks at the Casino – Sit at a slot machine in any of the casino and pay the penny slots until a waitress comes around. Order a drink and tip her a dollar or two and voila, you got yourself a cheap and easy way to have a few drinks. We learned this the hard way. On one of the first nights, we decided to visit the Casino bar BEFORE sitting at the slot machine and ended up paying $15 for a vodka drink, when I could’ve easily sat down at the slots and got one for FREE!
Buy your own Snacks & Drinks – Once you check into your hotel find the nearest Walgreens or CVS, there are a few on the strip and buy yourself some ‘groceries’. Snacks, bottles of water, beer or liquor, sunscreen. Because everything at the hotel is like triple the price. Bottles of water were $5.00, tubes of sunscreen were $18.00 and in-room mini bar prices were redonkulous!