April 23, 2021

Eat Like a Budget-Conscious Local in Las Vegas

Imagine coming to Las Vegas, losing all of your money gambling and needing to find fast and decent food on the cheap. Here are some suggestions made by locals for the times when you’re watching your dollars and don’t care so much about decor.

Fast-food Los Tacos has a limited Mexican food menu but, as the name would indicate, they are noted for their delicious $3 Tacos. The two Las Vegas locations look a lot like Taco Bell, but the dishes at Los Tacos definitely taste more authentic. The web site proclaims: Simply the Best/Simplemente lo Mejor and I would agree, in any language, that this is a lot of taco bang for the buck.

1710 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone: 702-471-7447
4001 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: 702-252-0100


Viva las Arepas is another inexpensive carry-out or eat-in fast food restaurant that features authentic Venezualan dishes. The pastelitos and empanadas are not bad, but the big draw are the arepas, grilled soft cornmeal patties with a crisp exterior and a soft interior filled with items such as beef, chicken, ham, cheese, beans or shrimp. As an added benefit, these savory Venezuelan favorites are gluten and wheat-free.

1616 South Las Vegas Blvd. #120, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
Phone: 702-366-9696


If you are a fan of tamales, put Dona Maria Tamales Mexican Restaurant on your radar with locations in downtown Las Vegas and Summerlin. The tamales come in flavors such as beef, chicken, pork, cheese and an addictive dessert version made with pineapple and raisins. These Mexican savories come baked in corn husks and can be purchased singly or in bulk. A dozen are only $21.75.

The 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper poll voted Dona Maria’s as having the best Margaritas to boot.

910 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89101
or 3205 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89129


If you want to rub elbows with lawyers and court room workers and also have a yen for Middle Eastern food, head to Sultan’s Grill in downtown Las Vegas. Open only for lunch, this fast food favorite has killer gyros although the menu features many Greek and Middle Eastern favorites such as hummus, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves and grilled poultry and meats. Fast, good and cheap are the operative words here. There are two other locations in Summerlin and Henderson.

(Summerlin) 1910 Village Center Circle #7, Las Vegas, Nv 89134 • 702-838-3221
(Downtown) 321 S Casino Center Unit 101, Las Vegas, Nv 89101 • 702-380-3040
(Henderson) 72 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy Henderson, NV 89012 • 702-998-2344


End your meal with a hot or cold beverage at Inspire News Cafe, a downtown coffee bar with magazines, free wifi and a great view of tourists and locals parading by. The Cafe is part of a larger entertainment complex called Inspire that includes an upstairs bar, a theater with live music, lectures and movies plus a roof top bar in good weather.

107 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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