Lots of meal deals for culinary challenged

Dec 19, 2000 6:35 AM

It’s the holiday season, and who has the time to slave over a hot microwave preparing dinner?

If you’re feeling the culinary challenge, check out some of the food bargains around town.

When you’re on the run, the Sourdough Café in Arizona Charlie’s (both locations) is a good spot to refuel on their steak and eggs special ($2.49), served around the clock. The special features a steak or slab of bone-in ham, two eggs, hash browns and toast.

For a real treat, check out either of Arizona Charlie’s Yukon Grille restaurants. The original westside restaurant retains the original Western theme, while the newer eastside location is Mediterranean modern, but both serve excellent steaks and seafood at reasonable prices.

The Boulder Café at Boulder Station has excellent $1.99 graveyard specials (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), which include a cheese omelet, Belgium waffle, full stack of pancakes; or two eggs served with hash browns, toast and choice of bacon, sausage or chicken-fried steak.

You can also feast on Boulder Café’s 24-hour dinner entrees that include a New York steak, T-bone steak or prime rib for $6.99, which also includes soup or salad, choice of potato and vegetable.

If it’s your birthday and you’re over 21, Boulder’s Guadalajara restaurant will help celebrate with a free lunch or dinner entrée and Boulder Station T-shirt. You need proper I.D. and a guest who purchases an entrée at regular price.

For lunch, the Guadalajara has four tempting lunch specials for $5.99 each (served from 11 a.m.), which include three generous combination plates: chile relleno and cheese enchilada; cheese enchilada and taco; and chile relleno and tamale.

If you’re near downtown, stop by the Plaza for its all-you-can-eat Chop Chop Chinese buffet. Served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the buffet is only $7.95 and the entrees change daily.

The Ellis Island Casino & Brewery has a tasty steak dinner for only $4.95, served 24 hours a day. It consists of a 10-ounce sirloin, soup or salad, baked potato and garlic toast. Try the micro-brew beer or, if you’re driving, the home-brewed root beer – delicious!

Other good choices at Ellis Island include a prime rib special (under $7), classic French dip sandwich, jumbo shrimp and the fish & chips – a house favorite cooked in beer batter and piled high.

For food on the run, swing by the Westward Ho for a donut and coffee for two-bits (25 cents), served from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can also gnaw on a ¾ pound hot dog for only 75 cents.

Hot dog lovers will also want to grab one – a Vienna all-beef beauty that ‘pops’ when you bite into it – for only 75 cents at the Gold Coast’s race and sports book. They’re served off a cart from 10 a.m. until 6:45 p.m.

Now a Las Vegas institution, the Golden Gate casino downtown offers a 99-cent shrimp cocktail served with a "secret" cocktail sauce and lemon. The Golden Gate introduced the shrimp cocktail to Vegas in 1959, when its owners from Oakland imported the tasty appetizer to the Nevada gambling oasis. A few weeks ago, the Golden Gate began serving a Bay shrimp cocktail with bigger shrimp (about a dozen of them) for $2.99