While it’s fun to sit inside luxurious restaurants & try new food, sometimes it’s better to eat at cheap and affordable restaurants so you can have more money for other things (like a Cirque du Soleil show!).
Here’s my list of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget. These are the places my husband and I go to eat when we don’t feel like spending more than $50 for a meal. I’ve included restaurants on & off The Strip & Chinatown. I’ll try to update this list as much as I can!
Recently updated May 2019
1. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken at Grand Bazaar (in front of Bally’s)
3623 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | 702 – 800 – 0404 | 11 AM to 2 AM, 7 days a week | menu
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget. It’s a little more interesting compared to other fried chicken places. Their fried chicken is super crispy, they offer unique sauces (like Wasabi Honey) and a generous fountain soda collection (cream soda!!!). My husband and I used to go to the old Summerlin location, but fortunately for you, they are now within the Strip at the Grand Bazaar by Bally’s Casino.
May 2019 update: My husband and I went to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken at the Grand Bazaar Shops last month and found that they unfortunately didn’t have the unique assortment of soda flavors anymore (no cream soda!).
Their combos (fried chicken, fries & coleslaw) start at $7.95, and you can get a chicken sandwich starting at $7.75. You can also order individual sides like mac and cheese for $3.75.
If you are choosing between Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken or Yardbird restaurant at the Venetian, they are both good. However, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken at Grand Bazaar is the more affordable option if you’re craving fried chicken on the Las Vegas strip.
2. Shake Shack at New York-New York
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | 725 – 222 – 6730 | 10:30 AM to 2:00 AM, 7 days a week | menu
Shake Shack at New York-New York is also one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget. Shake Shack has amazing burgers and the BEST cheese fries, hands down. Their melted cheese comes from Wisconsin, and they include a cute little wooden fork to eat your cheese fries with. I LOVE that their food is simple and consistent, and I’ve never been disappointed with a visit. My favorite is the fried portobello mushroom burger and the cheese fries (of course!).
Their 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers start at $5.49 and their addicting cheese fries are only $4.09!
I usually go to the Shake Shack in the Summerlin ‘burbs, but I’ve been to the Shake Shack in New York-New York and Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, and both did not disappoint. On the Las Vegas strip, Shake Shack is a solid choice if you’re craving good ‘ole burgers and fries with cheap prices but a little more special than your local drive-through.
3. In-N-Out at the LINQ Promenade
3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | Open at 10:30 AM ’till 01:00 AM | menu
I lived in the Midwest before moving to Vegas, so In & Out was a novelty to me. This fast-food joint boasts freshly-made food without the use of heat lamps or microwaves. They serve American-style burgers, fries, & shakes. Make sure to order “animal-style fries,” a secret menu item, which includes fries with melted cheese and ground beef. It’s definitely fast food, so don’t expect sit-down-quality food here.
I’ve had hits and misses with other branches: fries were already cold, the cheese was already solid and the burgers too greasy for my taste. However, the two times I ate at the In-N-Out at the LINQ Promenade, I’ve never had a problem. This branch is very busy but they were efficient in getting food out. While you wait for your food to be ready, make sure to start looking for seats or you might end up eating outside in the heat since it’s too crowded.
Its “west-coast” novelty factor and its prices make In-N-Out one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget.
4. Halal Guys at Caesar’s Palace
The Forum Food Court | Sun, Tue & Thurs: 11 AM to 3 AM; Mon & Wed: 11 AM to 1 AM; Fri & Sat: 11 AM to 4:30 AM | menu
New York-based Halal Guys is another place to go for affordable food in Las Vegas. They offer chicken, beef gyros, rice, hummus & falafels. Watch out for the red sauce: it’s very spicy! I can only tolerate a few drops or my belly starts hurting. If you’re craving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, this should be your first (and probably only) stop at the Strip if you’re on a budget.
On weekends, it’s open till 4:30 AM on Friday and Saturday, so it’s a perfect place to go (or stumble) to after a night at Omnia.
5. Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood
3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd. | 702 – 463 – 0259 | Open 24/7 | menu
Earl of Sandwich is another affordable place to eat in Las Vegas. Earl of Sandwich serves hot & cold sandwiches, salads, wrap & soups.
Stop by here and order a few sandwiches to-go before you board your bus tour to the Grand Canyon.
You can find one at Caesar’s Palace, Planet Hollywood Casino, Palm’s Casino or the Summerlin suburbs. It is also 24/7 at the Planet Hollywood branch, perfect for post-club cravings.
6261 Dean Martin Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89118 | (702) 979 – 9797 | menu
Skinnyfats is the coolest restaurant in Las Vegas. No, really! Everything here is appetizing and exciting. This fast casual restaurant has a diverse collection of menu items such as burgers, tacos, soups & bowls. They also have pressed juices, beers, and even frozen rosé.
It’s perfect for an affordable brunch in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Skinnyfats has several branches in the Las Vegas, the closest one on The Strip is on Dean Martin Drive.
3535 W. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89103 | (702) 550 – 4395 | Opens at 9 AM Daily | menu
I’ve never heard of Cane’s until I moved here to Vegas. Cane’s is a fast food chain known for its fried chicken tenders. Their combos come with crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, toast, and a serving of their famous Cane sauce.
My husband loves it so much we ate here every week our first year living here! They have several branches in Las Vegas, but you’ll need a car to go to their closest branch from The Strip on Tropicana Ave.
8. Japanese Curry ZEN
5020 #1 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89146 | (702) 985 – 1192 | 11:30 AM to 11 PM Daily | menu
Japanese Curry ZEN is a restaurant I’m grateful to have discovered in Chinatown. If you’ve never had Japanese curry, this is the best place to try it.
You can pick your protein (chicken or pork katsu, sausage, spam!) and level of spice. You can also order other popular Japanese dishes like udon, fried gyoza or takoyaki. For drinks, they have Kirin on draft and an assortment of sake.
This is my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas!
9. Pho Kim Long
4029 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 | (702) 220 – 3613 | Open 24/7
Pho Kim Long is a Vietnamese restaurant my husband and I go when we’re in the mood for comforting pho (a Vietnamese noodle soup). It’s perfect for chilly and windy Las Vegas nights, or if you want a filling and affordable meal.
They also serve other popular Asian dishes like egg rolls, Mongolian beef, and pad thai.
Best places to eat in Las Vegas on a budget
Going to Las Vegas doesn’t have to mean maxing out your credit card. It’s important to set a budget and research restaurants and activities before you get here. Make sure you pin us so you’re prepared on your next trip to Vegas!