$30 Goes A Long Way; Vegas’s Best Old school Eateries; 3 Great Burgers

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Anthony Curtis Offers Great Deal Examples

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In a city built on deals, it’s not easy to pick a definitive “best-of-the-deals” list. But with so many to choose among, it’s also tough to go too far astray, especially when you lean on the classics. Here’s a cross-section of deals that can’t miss, and you can pack ’em all into a single day:

Start at Irene’s on Spring Mountain Road for breakfast. Remember the old-style ham & eggs where the ham covered the plate? That’s what’s in store here for $8.95. If you happen to go on a Sunday, spicy Bloody Marys are just $2. Then head Downtown to Binion’s to get your photo snapped with a million bucks. It’s free and it’s digital, so it’s fast, too.

If you wrapped half of your breakfast ham to go, you might have room for a shrimp cocktail, either at the Golden Gate ($2.95), or at the Fremont for the last of the 99-centers. Both are winners. Head back to center-Strip for The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s. The rack rate is $43 for this “nooner,” but not if you nab the $9.95 promotional tickets that include a drink (try the Total Rewards window or the concierge).

After the show, walk next door to Casino Royale for an ice-cold Michelob in the bottle for a buck (go ahead and have two). Finally, it’s a quick jaunt to Ellis Island for the filet-cut sirloin steak dinner served with a beer brewed in-house. Play $1 in any slot (or video poker) machine to get a voucher to get the steak dinner for $7.99. You’ll usually lose the dollar, but the mathematical cost of the single play is a mere 6 cents.

Minus tips, your tab for breakfast, snack, dinner, drinks, show, souvenir photo and even a touch of gambling is about $30.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.
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The Seven Best Old-School Restaurants
By Max Jacobson
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Vegas Seven readers gave us most of the usual suspects, and the seven nominations listed below ain’t bad. But, because this is called the Best of the City and no clear winner surfaced, I get to be the decider. So, here’s what I like (or don’t) about each and, ultimately, which place I like best.

Battista’s. Wine is included with entrées, along with minestrone soup or Italian salad, garlic bread, pasta and the house cappuccino at this value-priced Strip Italian dinosaur. 4041 Audrie St., 732-1424, BattistasLasVegas.com.

Bob Taylor’s. The beef program may not be by a New York butcher at this steakhouse in the northwest, but steaks are grilled over mesquite coals and are about $20 less than comparable hunks of meat on the Strip. 6250 Rio Vista St., 645-1399, BobTaylorsRanchHouse.com.

Chicago Joe’s. Downtown’s old-school Italian joint is a charming little house that clings to relics such as baked clams, cioppino and the inevitable eggplant parmigiana. 820 S. Fourth St., 382-5637, ChicagoJoesRestaurant.com.

Casa di Amore. In addition to osso buco, stuffed pork chops and Steak Sinatra, this Old Vegas homage is actually doing gluten-free pizza. We won’t knock it for that. 2850 E. Tropicana Ave., 433-4967, CasaDiAmore.com.

Hugo’s Cellar. Continental cuisine lives—and so do ladies menus without prices, flower petals on chairs and a salad cart stocked for a bomb shelter—at this Downtown haunt in the basement of the Four Queens. 385-4011, HugosCellar.com.

Peppermill. Local police and foreign tourists flock to this 24/7 coffee shop, perhaps more for the shimmering design and big helpings than the uninspiring American cooking. I prefer the lounge. 2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 735-4177, PeppermillLasVegas.com.

And the best of the best is …

Golden Steer. Where it’s still possible to get a good Caesar tossed at your table the way you like it, bygone dishes such as toasted ravioli with marinara sauce and Dover sole (boned at the table), and a brand of service all but vanished in this country. The restaurant has been around since 1958, and serves only USDA Prime, aged, corn-fed beef, not to mention a gaudy chateaubriand for two. I never come without ordering sides like the twice-baked potato or their delicious creamed corn. The place remains as close to a power-lunch spot as anywhere in town. For anyone on a law-firm expense account, wines are well tended, from a list packed with vintage reds. 308 W. Sahara Ave., 384-4470, GoldenSteerSteakhouseLasVegas.com.

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3 Near-Perfect Burgers

 

by eric gladstone
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Nothing says summer like a great burger, and all along the Strip, the best chefs are putting unique spins on how to fill a bun.

In this city, even the humble hamburger gets a Vegas-style makeover. While our star chefs have long opted for deluxe ingredients like Kobe beef and artisanal buns, today they’re going even further. From fast food to fine dining, here are three of the best-bunned burgers that Las Vegas has to offer this summer.

The Fast and Furious: The Vegas Burger at Bobby’s Burger Palace.

What’s inside: Bobby Flay’s order-at-the-door burger joint offers several succulent varieties on its Crunchburger menu (the crunch comes from the layer of potato chips)—including the Cuban-inspired Miami, with ham and Swiss, and the Vegas, featuring Fresno red chilies, white American cheese, and BBQ chips—plus monthly specials.

Eat it: At this stylish quick-serve spot’s serpentine social counter.

Condiment of choice: Bobby’s burger sauce, a steakhouse sauce that’s an addictive mix of sweet and savory.

Don’t miss: The Frozen Cactus Pear Margarita or the pistachio milk shake.

Where: Mandarin Oriental, 702-598-0191
The Chianti Classic: The Carnevino Burger at Carnevino.

What’s inside: Like everything at Mario Batali’s Italian steakhouse, the burger is exquisitely sourced. A wet-aged, house-ground Niman Ranch brisket-and-chuck patty—grilled to order and topped with Gorgonzola mascarpone cheese sauce, house pancetta, and slivers of red onion on a grilled potato bun—makes for a rich, tender indulgence.

Eat it: At the bar, available for lunch and late nights.

Condiments of choice: Tart Chianti mustard and earthy truffle aioli, both unnecessary for the burger but fantastic with the generous side of chips.

Don’t miss: Asparagus with duck eggs and bottarga make it a meal.

Where: Palazzo, 702-789-4141
The Hi-Lo Country: The Chicken-Fried Foie Gras Slider at Comme Ça.

What’s inside: Stretching the definition of “burger,” this oversize slider marries French ingredients and down-home style, loading a crispy, melty foie “patty” with truffle gravy and onion jam, for ecstasy-inducing results.

Eat it: At this modern brasserie’s smart bar lounge, or on the third-level patio, offering views of the Strip and, on Wednesday evenings, beef burger specials.

Condiment of choice: Did we mention the truffle gravy?

Don’t miss: The practically perfect pommes allumettes (that’s French for “French fries”).

Where: Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7910

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