If you follow my Instagram, you would know I recently went to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday. It was hands down the MOST fun I’ve ever had in my life. I loved seeing all the casinos, trying all the fun drinks, and most importantly, trying new foods we don’t have where I’m from on the East Coast. Although I’m typically fairly serious about my diet, I decided to indulge a little on my vacation and I just had to share my experience. I am by no means wealthy and didn’t eat at any of Vegas’s famous, expensive restaurants. Everything on this list is definitely affordable making it perfect for those not trying to spend a fortune in Vegas. Here are the best (and worst) places I ate at in Vegas!
Earl of Sandwich
Earl of Sandwich was the perfect, affordable lunch spot. There are many different options here such as breakfast sandwiches, subs, salads, and wraps. My boyfriend and I decided to split our sandwiches in half and share so we could try some different options. I got the Italian and he got the The French Dip. Both sandwiches were so delicious and filling after a long day of walking around in the heat, and I have 0 complaints. I would highly recommend Earl of Sandwich as a quick and easy lunch spot.
We went to Mr. Lucky’s for breakfast one morning, as we were staying very close to the Hard Rock. Our service was great and overall it was a cute little breakfast spot. I got the Cookies & Cream pancakes which were heavy, but delicious. I would recommend splitting the pancakes with someone because it was a hefty amount of food. Another yummy treat I got was a Cookies & Milk milkshake spiked with Rumchata. This was definitely the highlight of the meal. The milkshake was so refreshing after a hot walk over, and it was so yummy! Our waiter recommended it, and he did not disappoint.
I have to say, much to my surprise, I do think Del Taco is much better than Taco Bell. I’ve actually never been a huge fan of Taco Bell, and didn’t really have high expectations for Del Taco either. However, Del Taco not only gives you so much more, but it gives you much fresher food. I got the Taco Salad and it was affordable, tasty, and left me extremely full. Sorry to all you Taco Bell lovers out there, but I will only eat Del Taco from now on.
The Yard House was a nice little restaurant to eat at for dinner that wasn’t too expensive. My favorite part of the dinner was definitely our appetizer; the Lobster, Crab, & Artichoke dip. This was incredible and came with chips and pita bread. It was a decent amount of food for a fair price. For dinner, I got the Kurobuta Pork Burger. What intrigued me about this was the blueberry ketchup which honestly, I didn’t really taste much of. Still, I really enjoyed the burger and would definitely recommend the Yard House.
For breakfast one morning, we decided to go to Cravings Buffet in the Mirage. We went just in time to snag the end of breakfast and the beginning of lunch, so we definitely got our moneys worth. I am putting this on the “best” list because I did get my moneys worth and really can’t complain; however, it really is just your standard buffet that you can get at almost any of the hotels.
California Pizza Kitchen
Although California Pizza Kitchen is a chain also on the East Coast, I’ve never thought to try it. I actually ended up being a big fan. As an appetizer, we got Szechwan Chicken Dumplings which are not something I’d usually go for, but were actually pretty decent. I also got the Garlic Cream Fettuccine which I’d definitely recommend!
I was very excited to try PinkBox after seeing pictures of all the unique donuts. However, I was let down after just the first bite. I tried a bunch of different kinds of the donuts such as the birthday cake, s’mores, captain crunch, and boston cream. The only one I’d recommend is the s’mores one. The rest were a bit stale despite the fact I arrived first thing in the morning, and overall no better than your standard Dunkin. For the price of these donuts, I was thoroughly unimpressed.
In N Out
I was beyond excited to try In N Out, as there is not much I love more in this world than a good cheeseburger. I have heard endless amazing reviews on In N Out, and watched a bunch of YouTube Mukbangs prior to my trip. I’ve heard YouTubers, such as Colleen Ballinger, refer to it as her favorite fast food restaurant, and I was just too excited. Not to mention, many of our Uber drivers hyped the place up so much, and referred to it as better than Five Guys. I decided to go big and order animal style everything. I have never been more let down.
The first bite of the burger was pretty good because I liked the onion-y taste of the animal style. However, after a few more bites I realized this was a taste I was familiar with. The patty tasted just like a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger which I could have gotten off the dollar menu. As for the fries, they were okay with the animal style topping, but after about three bites I was over it. I ended up throwing most of my meal away. In N Out doesn’t even compare to Five Guys.
I’m really curious to hear what other East Coasters have to say about In N Out. I know I’m not the only one who had to be disappointed. Sorry if I offended any hardcore Pinkbox or In N Out fans out there, but these places just weren’t for me. Overall, I definitely had more good food experiences in Vegas than bad and look forward to going back again some day in the future!