Bargains abound for those willing to root them out

Nov 20, 2001 4:58 AM

One of the complaints we often hear from tourists is that Las Vegas isn’t the same anymore. They used to like the cheap food, inexpensive fine dining and great deals.

While, the gourmet restaurants are more prevalent than ever and the hotels have expanded their fine dining, there are still great deals to be had in Las Vegas.

Our “On The Cheap” column will bring you some of the best bargains and values throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

This week we’ll take a look at some of the bargain basement goodies starting with a nickel for a cup of coffee at Nickel Nick’s inside The Westward Ho on The Strip. Or you can splurge for the more exotic flavor of the day for a mere quarter. Choose either from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. They also have fresh doughnuts and pastries starting at a half-dollar. Stick around in the afternoon on any day from noon until 3 p.m. for their free Ice Cream Social. Ice cream and cookies are served gratis in the lounge.

You want more? You can celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Santa Fe Station, (since Stations bought the hotel-casino from private owners,) with free cake and champagne on Thursday, November 23, from noon until 8 p.m.

For breakfast there are many outstanding values. For the late-nighters, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal than Arizona Charlie’s Sourdough Cafe. Choose from seven different breakfasts for 97 cents each including the standard two eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage and toast, or two pancakes with bacon or sausage.

The other five are biscuits and gravy, a bowl of oatmeal, a half grapefruit, three slices of toast and juice, or scrambled eggs with diced ham and toast. The slight drawback is that these specials are only available from Sunday through Thursday from midnight to 7 a.m., but you can enjoy them at either Charlie’s location, on Decatur or on Boulder Highway. The 24/7 steak and eggs or ham and eggs special, (including hash browns and toast,) for $2.49 is still among the best and one of the longest running specials in all of Las Vegas.

We’ll bring you more breakfast deals and specials in the weeks to come, but here’s two other breakfast bargains too good to pass up. Again for late-nighters, try The San Brisas Buffet at The Castaways served from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The cost is $2.50 and includes made-to-order omelets along with all the other usual breakfast fare. You can add a N.Y. strip steak to your buffet for $1.50. Finally, through November 30th, you can grab a 24-hour bacon or sausage and eggs breakfast that includes hash browns and toast for $1.99 at Rookies Bar & Grill inside The (Ramada Inn) Speedway Casino, located at I-15 and Cheyenne.

Next week we’ll bring you several more breakfast specials and take a look at some great places for lunch bargains. In future weeks we’ll bring on the feedbag for some great seafood, prime rib and dinner deals that can’t be beat. We’ll also provide some comp information for low- to mid-rollers and keep up on the latest casino specials. In the meantime, if you’re still hungry, maybe just the munchies or want an afternoon snack, don’t miss the 99-cent shrimp cocktail at The Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas. It’s a 6-ouncer served 24 hours a day. A Las Vegas tradition since the early eighties!

Eat well, play well, stay well.