*Updated on 6/25/13.
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. Lunch sandwiches are cheap, too, and the Earl of Sandwich makes super yummy sandwiches. 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 ($6.95–add bacon, sausage or ham for another $1.95). Or try a bacon waffle for $9.95 or Mango Coconut Flapjacks for $7.95.
JJ’s Boulangerie, Paris Las Vegas
If you prefer a light breakfast of coffee and pastries for breakfast, you could get something from Starbucks, or you could treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a couple of excellent French pastries at Paris Las Vegas. Why not go for the French pastries?
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. For a savory crepe, try the Three Cheese or Tomato Mozzarella Crepe for under $10; for a sweet crepe, try the Caramel Apple or Caramelized Pear crepes, also under $10.
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.
The Orleans French Market Buffet
No, this isn’t on the Strip, but it’s easily reachable via the free shuttle you can catch at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo Rd (the north side). The Orleans breakfast buffet is just $7.99 on weekdays, $8.99 Saturdays (Sundays are over the $10 mark)–$1 less if you have their B Connected card–which makes it a great deal and worth the trip if you’ve got the time. This is one of my favorite buffets in Vegas. It’s cheap and it’s good, two of my favorite qualities in a restaurant. The catch? Breakfast is only served 8-10am.
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.
Victorian Room, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall – CLOSED
The Victorian Room has some inexpensive breakfast options under $10. Get there before 6am, and you can take advantage of their breakfast specials, the 3 egg breakfast for $4.99 or the steak and egg special for $6.99. If you’re not an early riser, try the short stack of pancakes for $7.99 later on.
If none of these work for you, there’s always Krispy Kreme (locations include Excalibur, Circus Circus, and the Stratosphere), Dennys (inside the Casino Royale), Starbucks (locations include Treasure Island, Harrahs, and Excalibur), and the ubiquitous McDonalds (locations at MGM Grand, Luxor, and next to Harrahs, as well as the freestanding Viva McDonalds on the north end of the Strip where the old Westward Ho used to be).
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.