*Updated on 3/22/14.
When I go to Vegas, I’m usually on a budget. I can’t control airfare to Las Vegas, but one way I can stretch my budget further is to try to have only one splurge meal per day, and make the other two as cheap as possible. Veteran Vegas bargain hunters know that to truly save money in Vegas, you stay Downtown, or pretty much anywhere off the Strip where hotels and food are much cheaper. But what if you are staying on the Strip without a car, as I usually do? You hunt down every cheap meal deal within walking distance, that’s what.
Here are 10 breakfast ideas for under $10 on or within easy reach of the Strip. (Prices do not include beverages–which can easily add $3-7 to the cost. No joke.)
Pyramid Cafe, Luxor
You can sleep as late as you want here; breakfast is served all day. Get their Cinnamon Roll French Toast with caramelized apples and toasted almonds. . .or their Bacon Waffle. . . or the Red Velvet Pancakes. . .or–Let’s just say there are a lot of great choices available for just $9.99.
Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood
The Earl is a cheap date. You can get a breakfast sandwich here for around $4. You can also get a fresh fruit yogurt parfait if you want to balance all the unhealthy things you’ve done in Vegas with something a little healthy. Or muffins, bagels, or oatmeal. Bonus? The restaurant has free wifi.
Ellis Island (a Super 8 Motel) is located on Koval Lane, one block behind the Strip. It isn’t much to look at, but it’s very well-known for its cheap meal deals. Being a solo female traveler, I’ll admit there’s no way in hell I’d make this walk after dark, but for breakfast…at these prices? You bet. Bring your street smarts, but not your expensive jewelry, as you may encounter a street person or two along the way. To get there, walk down E. Flamingo (next to Bally’s), cross Koval, and it’s a short walk to your right. All their breakfast options are under $10. If you go during normal dining hours, be prepared to wait.
Hash House a Go Go, The Quad
The only downside to eating here is that the over-$10 part of the menu is going to tempt you wickedly. Stay strong. If you know you’re weak of will, don’t even look at the menu, just ask for The Basic–a two egg breakfast any style, with potatoes, fruit and biscuit ($7.95). Or try any of a variety of creatively-flavored flapjacks for $8.95 (Mango Coconut or Butterscotch Almond, anyone?). Basic flapjacks are just $6.95.
JJ’s Boulangerie, Paris Las Vegas
There’s nothing like a chocolate croissant for breakfast to make you think you’re actually in Paris. There are lots of other delightful pastry choices here as well, and it all smells so wonderful.
Le Creperie, Paris
Le Creperie is what I call high-end “fast” food: It is a walk-up window located on Le Boulevard, the indoor shopping area that connects Paris and Ballys (technically still in Paris). It offers both sweet and savory crepes from 7am-on. They are delicious. If you want to keep the price under $10, make sure you sign up for the Total Rewards card at the players club (it’s free) and show it to them when you order. With that, you can get a Caramel Apple or Caramelized Pear Crepe for just $9.75, a Three Cheese Crepe for $9.75, or a Tomato Mozzarella Crepe for $8.75.
Ocean One Bar and Grille
Located in the Miracle Mile Shops, this restaurant offers a number of under-$10 breakfasts, including omelets for $7 and Belgian waffles (with side of meat) for $5.99. (I haven’t been there in a couple of years, so the prices may have gone up a bit, but I’m sure you can still find plenty of options under $10.)
Ri Ra Pub, Mandalay Place
This is a great place to have breakfast. Not only can you fuel up for under $10, but you get to listen to Irish music, chat with an Irish bartender (if you’re sitting at the bar), and look around at decor that came straight from Ireland while you’re doing it. The Classic American breakfast is just $9.95, or if you really want to eat like an Irishman, get the Banger or Rasher Sandwich for $7.95.
La Salsa Cantina
This restaurant has locations in Caesars Forum Shops, the Showcase Mall (next to MGM Grand), and the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. It has a $3.99 breakfast deal that includes 2 eggs, toast or flour tortillas, bacon or sausage, and Mexican corn or potatoes. I have to be honest; I’d rather pay more for a better breakfast than this one was. But if all you care about is cheap food, this will do the trick.
Wicked Vicky’s Tavern, the Riviera
A relatively new entry to the inexpensive breakfast options on the Strip, Wicked Vicky’s offers a number of breakfast options for under $10, including pancakes with berries, a Belgian waffle with strawberries and cream, and two eggs any style–each for $9.95. They have an $8.95 breakfast sandwich. If you’re a light eater, you can get two selections from the “bakery basket” for $4.95 (and still have money left over for some smoked bacon for $2.95!).
If none of these work for you, you can always look around for a Krispy Kreme, Dennys, Starbucks, or McDonalds.
Have you had luck scouting out other cheap breakfasts on or near the Strip? I’d love to hear about it! Please share in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: Prices listed above are subject to change.