Dining option under $20 in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas may be known for celebrity restaurants and glittering eateries but there’s plenty of dining options under $20. Here, AAJA’s 2016 Convention Chair Sally Ho offers a local’s take on some great deals on and off the Strip.

On the Strip

Hash House A Go-Go
3535 Las Vegas Boulevard (inside the Linq Casino)
$15-20
This is great breakfast food that comes in amazingly large portions (you really have to see the size of the pancakes). It’s located across the street from the convention site inside the Linq Casino. The chicken and waffles is really terrific, though you have come hungry –most dishes will easily feed four.

The Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge
2985 Las Vegas Boulevard (far northern end of the Strip)
$15-20
This Las Vegas institution offers large portions of diner-style food with old- (or older-)school Sin City charm, complete with neon lighting.

Earl of Sandwich
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard (at the Caesars Palace food court)
About $10When you need a reliably good, cheap and quick bite in between sessions at the convention, head downstairs to the food court at Caesars Palace and get yourself a tasty hot sandwich or a fresh salad.

Yard House
3545 Las Vegas Boulevard (in the Linq Promenade)
$20 or less
When your body is ready for a salad or something else less greasy, you can come across the street from the convention site to have a calm, sit-down meal at the Yard House. The weekday happy hour is a bonus.

Grimaldi’s
3327 Las Vegas Boulevard (inside The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Palazzo)
$20 or less
This New York-style pizza joint is great for groups.

Off Strip

Tofu Hut
3920 Spring Mountain Road
$16.99/person. Bonus: Discounted late-night price of $13.99.
Nobody does all-you-can-eat like Las Vegas –it’s our signature meal after all. Most of the famed casino buffets will cost you a pretty penny (the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is this local’s favorite on the Strip), but in Chinatown, Tofu Hut is your best bet. It’s all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue with all the meats and banchan sides that come standard, as well as a great steamed egg dish you can order for the table.

In-n-Out Burger
4888 Dean Martin Drive
$10 or less
Make the pilgrimage from the Strip on Tropicana Avenue across I-15 to the closest In-N-Out Burger, the venerable California-based burger joint. Do as celebrities and the inebriated tourists have done before you and order it all animal style with a milk shake.

Tacos El Gordo
1724 E. Charleston Boulevard
$10 or less
You can play it safe here with carne asada or get more adventurous with beef tongue and pork stomach. Either way, the tacos at Tacos El Gordo are worth the trip near downtown. Make sure you get a plate of grilled peppers and onions –they’re a nice freebie.

Rollin Smoke Barbeque
3185 S Highland Drive
$20 or less
It’s not too far from the convention site and the meat plates and sides are great when you’re ready for a delicious, hefty meal with plenty of leftover possibilities. You’ll love the spicy sausage, mac and cheese and baked beans.

Ellis Island Cafe
4178 Koval Lane
About $10
Technically off the Strip but only by a block, you can easily walk from the convention to this gem inside the Ellis Island Casino. Expect plenty of real local Las Vegans to be chowing down on one of the best-priced steak dinners in town.