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Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

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Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Las Vegas, Nevada!
FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?
Do you want to eat? Do you want to drink?
Back in the day, it was all about “butts in the seats”
as one Pit Boss at Caesars Palace used to say to us.
Rooms, Food, Drinks, Cigars, Entertainment, ALL OF IT WAS COMPED!
It was all about GAMBLING and MONEY ON THE TABLE (or in the slot machine).
The casino winnings paid for everything, and the customer (PLAYER) was king!
And even if you lost your entire bankroll, you had a great time in Las Vegas.
And now, they “nickel and dime” you everywhere. Resort Fees. Paid Parking.
Entertainment Fees and Taxes. Upgrade Fees. Pool Fees. Reservation Fees.
AND WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DEAL WITH THE $20.00+ COCKTAILS?
Room rates fluctuate like airline ticket prices, and aggregators sell the leftovers.

And back in the day, the ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Buffet, and $1.99 Steak & Eggs,
were draws to bring people into the casino and keep the players fed and inside.
But now Las Vegas is an International Dining Mecca! Cheap eats are hard to find.
FOOD and BEVERAGE is a major expense for any Las Vegas vacation.
It’s hard to find good food at good prices, but inexpensive dining options
outside the food court and not “fast food” are all around town!

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Here’s a list of some good dining options that won’t drain your wallet:

Ocean One Bar & Grille at Planet Hollywood*
3 Cocktails for $10.00 All Day Every Day
– requires a player’s card, and some restrictions apply
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Imported and Domestic) and Frozen Drinks
$4.99 Lunch Menu! All Entrees!
$5.99 Breakfast, $9.99 Dinner

La Salsa Cantina at Planet Hollywood*
$4.79 Breakfast Special, and the 99 Cent Bloody Mary

Blondie’s at Planet Hollywood*
$3.99 Big Burrito or Egg Breakfast before 11:00am
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm and 9:00pm – Midnight
$20 All-You-Can-Drink Well Drinks and Draft Beer

Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood*
$8.99 Big Slice of Cheese Pizza

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PBR American Bar and Grill at Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.95 Breakfast Special Monday-Thursday All Day
$9.95 Breakfastl Friday-Sunday All Day (same food, higher price)
Happy Hour Specials Monday – Thursday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
2 for 1 Cocktails, 50% OFF Draft Beer and Pizzas

Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood*
$14.99 Prime Rib Dinner with potato, vegetables and salad

Ketchup Burger Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.00 Classic Burger Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
$7.00 Vegas Dog
Happy Hour Specials! Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
and Sunday – Thursday 10:00pm – Close
$6.00 Spiked Shakes, $7.00 Premium Cocktails, $6.00 Hot Dogs
“To Go” Bar with $4.00 Well and 7.00 Premium Cocktails,
Drinks and $3.00 Domestic Tall Boys, $5.00 Beers and Shots,
and the $5.00 Classic Burger
2 for 1 Signature Hot Dogs on Tuesday
2 for 1 Chicken Tenders on Wednesday
$3 Bud Light Draft Beer All Day Everyday

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood*
Sandwiches under $10.00

*Located Inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

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In-N-Out Burger at the Linq Promenade 11:00am – 1:00am
also located at 4888 Dean Martin Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 2900 W. Sahara Avenue 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 4705 S. Maryland Parkway 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 3882 Blue Diamond Road 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 1960 Rock Springs Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
(and many other locations around the Las Vegas valley now)
$4.89 Double-Double Cheeseburger

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In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas, Nevada

Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza at the Linq Promenade
$4.50 Cheese Pizza Slice
$8 Pizza Slice and Beer Monday – Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Slice of Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Place Shops
$4.95 Slice of Cheese Pizza, $5.45 Pepperoni

Shake Shack at New York New York
$5.19 Shack Burger 11:00am – 9:00pm

Dirt Dog at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$7.95 – $10.00 Specialty Hot Dogs

Wahlburgers at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$11.45 “Our Burger” (10:00am – 10:00pm)

America Restaurant at New York New York
$19.95 Steak Dinner (filet mignon or ribeye) 5:00pm – Close

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Mon Ami Gabi Cafe and Bar at Paris Hotel and Casino
$29.99 Steak and Fries

Pizza Cake at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino
$7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Snacks at Bellagio Hotel and Casino
$6.00 Margarita Pizza Slice, $7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan Hotel (3rd Floor, next to Blue Ribbon)
$6.99 Pizza Slice 11:00am – 4:00am

Casino Royale (Best Western Plus)
$2.49 Foot Long Nathan’s Hot Dog (toppings additional $1.00)
$2.19 Corn Dog and cheap eats until 1:00am weekdays, 3:00am weekends
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Domestic and Imported) All Day (24/7)
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White Castle at Casino Royale
$1.29 Slider Burger

The SteakHouse at Circus Circus (not cheap, but a good value)
$60 – $75 Entree served with potato or rice, soup or salad, and bread

Canonita at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
Happy Hour Specials 3:00pm – 600pm and 9:00pm – Close
$4.00 Cocktails, $5.00 Margaritas, $5.50 Wine

Le Macaron at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
(experience the hidden patio with the great view upstairs)
$2.95 per macaron (cookie), $4.95 Scoop of Ice Cream

Peppermill (open 24 Hours)
$34 16oz Porterhouse or 12oz New York Steak, with fries
(baked potato available 11:00am – 1:00am), and soup or salad
NOTE: All of the entrees are huge “double” portion sized

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664 TJ Birrieria Tacos (next to the Wynn Hotel)
$3.00 Tacos

Tacos El Gordo on Convention Center Drive
$2.89 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Tacos El Pastor
$3.19 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Stage Door Casino and Bar (behind the Cromwell, off strip)
Convenience and Liquor Store too.
$1.00 Bottle of Budweiser or Michelob Beer
$2.00 Bud Light Draft Beer, $3.00 Corona and Modelo Beer
$5.00 Wine, Cocktails, or Shots
$2.50 1/4 pound Hot Dog, $3.25 Hot and Beer Special

Ellis Island Hotel, Casino and Brewery – Village Pub
$6.99 Steak Dinner Special, $7.99 Top Sirloin Steak
$7.99 10oz Steak and Eggs Breakfast 11:00pm – 11:00am
– requires players card
$15.99 King Cut Prime Rib Dinner, (Double Cut for $32.00)
$13.99 New York Steak Dinner, $11.99 Top Sirloin Steak Dinner
$2.50 Draft Beers ($3.00 at Front Yard)
$6.00 Flight of 5 Beers (secret menu item)

Village Pub & Cafe has 13 locations in Las Vegas (owned by Ellis Island)
$2.50 Draft Beers

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Gold Coast Buffet at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
$7.99 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet ($6.99 w/Player’s card)
– CURRENTLY CLOSED due to CoronaVirus Pandemic (may not re-open)

Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
$10.99 Brisket Sandwich, $29.00 Duo Meat Plate with chipotlé slaw
$12 “Ribbed for Your Pleasure” Bloody Mary (with St. Louis rib and a slider)

Fremont Casino on Fremont Street (Filament Bar or The Bar)
$3.00 Heineken or Bud Light Lime Beer
Lanai Express at the Fremont Casino
.99 Cent Shrimp Cocktail!
Tony Roma’s at the Fremont Hotel & Casino
$8.99 “Earlybird” Prime Rib Dinner Special (4:30pm – 6:30pm)
$11.99 Steak and Lobster Dinner Special (9:00pm – 11:00pm)

Saltgrass Steak House at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street
$23.99 8oz or $25.99 10oz Top Sirloin Steak Dinner

Binion’s Cafe at Binion’s on Fremont Street
$6.49 Binion’s Famous Burger 11:00am – 2:00am

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NOTE: NO CANS OR BOTTLES ON FREMONT STREET!
ASK FOR A “To Go” PLASTIC CUP AT THE BAR

Market Street Cafe at The California Hotel & Casino
$9.99 Prime Rib Dinner (4:00pm – 11:00pm)
$11.99 Oxtail Soup (11:00pm – 9:00am)

Siegel’s 1941 at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino
$14.95 Prime Rib Dinner

Evel Pie in Downtown Las Vegas
$7.50 Slice of Cheese Pizza and a House Beer

Letty’s
$2.00 Tacos on TacoTuesday
$3.00 Taquitos or Empanadita during Happy Hour
$5.00 Margaritas during Happy Hour

Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas East
$9.95 Thai Lunch Special 11:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday,
12:00Noon – 3:00pm on Saturday
Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm Monday – Friday
Appetizer and Drink Specials!

Frankie’s Tiki Room (off strip, open 24 Hours per day)
$12 Tiki Cocktails! Don’t Drink and Drive!
Have a designated driver or take Uber/Lyft home!
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Coronado Cafe at the South Point Hotel and Casino
$2.45 “Old Vegas Style” Bay Shrimp Cocktail
“Graveyard Specials” $3.95 Breakfast Special Midnight to 6am
$3.95 1/2 pound Cheeseburger and Fries Midnight to 6am
$5.45 Steak and Eggs Midnight to 6am

South Point Hotel and Casino
$1.25 Hot Dogs (limit 3 per person) at the Hot Dog Court
$13.95 South Point All-You-Can-Eat Garden Buffet Breakfast Special
($9.95 w/Player’s card – see the AYCE Buffet section below)

Herbs & Rye Steakhouse (2 miles off strip on Sahara) Closed on Sunday!
Happy Hour 5:00pm – 8:00pm and 12Midnight – 3:00am
Drink Specials! 50% OFF Appetizers,
and 50% OFF Steaks (~$35.00 Steak Dinner)

Big Wong (off strip, Chinatown)
Salt & Pepper Fried Chicken Wings and other good food
Read our previous Blog Post – the link is below

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Big B’s Texas BBQ (off strip)
$23.99 Three Meat Plate with 2 sides and cornbread

Jessie Rae’s BBQ (1-1/2 mile off strip)
$16.99 Two Meat Platter with Cole slaw
Daily Specials: Wagyu Tri Tip Wednesday, Beef Ribs Thursday/Sunday,
Smoked Filet Mignon Tenderloin Friday, and Smoked Prime Rib Saturday

Hard Hat Historic Lounge (off strip, open 24 Hours)
$14.00 Cheese Pizza + $1.00 per topping , $16 Vegan Pizza

Longhorn Casino & Hotel (off strip Boulder Highway)
$3.99 Large Shrimp Cocktail
$5.99 Ham Steak and Eggs
$8.95 Porterhouse Steak Special
$13.95 One Pound Monster Burger w/Fries

Skyline Hotel and Casino (off strip Boulder Highway)
$1.50 Shrimp Cocktail

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Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffets
that are OPEN (as of 8-12-2021):

The Garden Buffet at South Point Hotel and Casino – The Best Buffet Value!
Breakfast with bottomless Bloody Mary: $13.95 ($9.95 w/Player’s Card)
Lunch: $16.95 ($12.95 w/Player’s Card)
Champagne Brunch with bottomless Mimosa: $22.95 ($18.95 w/Player’s Card)
Prime Rib and Shrimp Dinner: $23.95 ($19.95 w/Player’s Card 4:00pm – 10:00pm)
Seafood Night Dinner: $33.95 ($29.95 w/Player’s Card)

The Circus Circus Buffet $19.99 – $25.99
The Buffet at Excalibur $24.99 – $29.99 (Only Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
MGM Grand Buffet $27.99 – $36.99 JUST SAY NO TO THE MGM BUFFET!
(read our previous Blog Post, we did not have a good experience)

And these Fantastic Hotel Buffets are OPEN but they are NOT CHEAP.
They are actually very expensive, so bring your appetite when you go!

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace $74.99
(with an $19.99 all-you-can-drink add-on)

The Wicked Spoon Buffet at Cosmopolitan
MON – FRI
Breakfast: $38.00 adults | $19.00 children (age 5-10)
Lunch: $45.00 adults | $22.50 children (age 5-10)
SAT & SUN
Brunch: $48.00 | $24.00 children (ages 5 – 10)
BOTTOMLESS BEVERAGES add-on $21.00 per person (2-hour limit)
Bottomless Mimosas, Champagne, Bloody Mary, or Bud Light Draft

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Breakfast on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $38.99
Brunch on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $45.99 – Sat and Sun: $48.99
Dinner on Sun, Mon, and Thurs: $64.99
Gourmet Dinner Fri and Sat: $69.99

The Buffet at Bellagio
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NOTE: The Pricing and Hours of Operation may vary,
and are alway subject to change at any time for any reason.
Always check to see if the location is open, if a reservation is required,
(their pandemic requirements), and confirm the pricing ahead of time!
And then you won’t be surprised.

Additionally, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,
some restaurants and bars are CLOSING PERMANENTLY!
We removed two from this list today because they just went out of business.

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TIP RIGHT,
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO DRINK IN A BAR
OR EAT IN A RESTAURANT!

Go to a Liquor or Convenience Store
and eat and drink in your hotel room.

NOTE: Walgreens, CVS, and ABC Stores $2.00 – $5.00 Beer
are much cheaper than the hotel stores and gift shops.
You can find all kinds of prepackage food and snacks
(and more things you may need),
along with cheap beer, wine, booze, and bottled water,
at the Chain Stores on The Strip and Downtown.

TIP: Get a hotel/motel room with a kitchen or kitchenette!
You can bring food with you or buy food at a market or store.
Prepare your own meals/snacks and save money on food.
Request a refrigerator for your Hotel room if not provided, and say you
have “special diet requirements” to avoid an additional “refrigerator fee”
(kosher, diabetic, vegan, etc., and the fee to avoid is usually $25.00).

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Bread + Cheese +tinfoil +hot hotel iron = Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Hotel Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:
2 Slices of Bread (butter optional)
2 Slices of Cheese
Optional: add other ingredients like sandwich meat, onions, etc.
Directions:
Tinfoil – make a cheese sandwich, wrap it in tinfoil
Heat the Hotel iron provided in your room to high heat.
Use the hot hotel iron to “grill” the sandwich.
Do not use uncooked meats! If using butter, use it lightly.
Do not use the ironing board or any flammable surface for “grilling”
CAUTION: Make sure you have ventilation, or are using the bathroom fan,
and avoid burning the sandwich. Do not trigger the SMOKE/FIRE ALARM! 
Be sure to unplug and let the iron cool completely before storing it away.
NOTE: The hot iron will toast the bread and melt the cheese,
but will not be hot enough to cook uncooked meats.
Use extreme caution when using an iron in a Hotel/Motel room!


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The 86 Rules of the Bar!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 86 Rules of the Bar!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Bar at the Roof on Wilshire in West Los Angeles, California

First, a very important message for all my Friends:
PLEASE 
DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
GET HOME ALIVE, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!
“KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN!”
“FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK!”

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The Bar at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE read these rules!!!

NOTE: We ripped these rules from the interweb.
“Learn it. Know it. Live it.”

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar.
Preferably during Happy Hour.

2. Always toast before doing a shot.

3. Whoever buys the shots gets the first chance to offer a toast.

4. Change your toast at least once a month.

5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.

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The Casino Bar at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is really dumb.

7. Never bum more than one cigarette from the same person in one night.
NOTE: DON’T SMOKE CIGARETTES!

8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the urge to order a slightly-dirty,
very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist.
Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.

9. Get the bartender’s attention with eye contact and a smile.

10. DO NOT make eye contact with the bartender if you don’t want a drink.

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11. Unacceptable things to say after doing a shot:
“Great, now I’m going to get drunk.”
“I hate shots.”
“It’s coming back up.”

12. NEVER, ever tell your bartender they made your drink too strong.

13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He’ll get the message.

14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.

15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.

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The Bar at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino, California

16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.

17. If someone offers to buy you a drink, do not upgrade your liquor preference.

18. Always have a corkscrew in your house.

19. If you don’t have a corkscrew, push the cork down into the bottle with a pen.

20. Drink one girly drink in public….
and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.

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21. Our parents were better drinkers than we are.

22. Never talk to someone in the restroom unless you’re doing the same thing:
urinating, waiting in line or washing your hands.

23. Girls hang out, apply make-up, and have long talks in the bathroom.
Men do not.

24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror.
It will shake your confidence.

25. It is only permissible to shout ‘woo-hoo!’
if you are doing a shot with four or more people.

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26. If there is a DJ, you can request a song only once per night.
If he doesn’t play it within half an hour, don’t approach him again.
If he does play it, don’t approach him again.

27. Learn how to make a rose out of a bar napkin.
You’ll be surprised how well it works.

28. If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to drink in a bar.
Go to the liquor store.

29. If you owe someone twenty dollars or less, you may pay them back in beer.

30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.

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Drink this.

31. If you have been roommates with someone more than six months,
you may drink all their beer, even if it’s hidden, as long as you leave them one.

32. You can have a shot of their hard liquor
only if the cap has been cracked and the bottle goes for less than $25.

33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.

34. If you bring Old Milwaukee to a party, you must drink at least 2 cans
before you start drinking the imported beer in the fridge.

35. Learn to appreciate hangovers.
If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.

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Altitude Lounge in San Diego, California – Night

36. If you ever feel depressed, get a bartender’s guide
and then browse thru all the drinks you’ve never tried.

37. Try one new drink each week.

38. If you’re the bar’s only customer,
you are obliged to make small talk with the bartender.
Until he stops acknowledging you. Then you’re off the hook.
The same goes for him.

39. Never tip with coins that have touched you.
If your change is $1.50, you can tell the barmaid to keep the change,
but, once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back.
To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.

40. If you have ever told a bartender, “Hey, it all spends the same”
– You are a cheap ass.

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The Bar at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford, Oregon

41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.

42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is
by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.

43. A bar is a college, not a nursery. If you spill a beer, clean it up.
If you break a glass, wait for the staff to clean it up, then blame someone else.

44. Being drunk is feeling sophisticated without being able to say it.

45. It’s okay to drink alone.

George Thorogood LIVE – “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”
with Elvin Bishop at the Capitol Theatre on 7/5/1984

46. After three drinks, you will forget a woman’s name right after she tells you.
The rest of the night you will call her “baby” or “darling”.

47. Nothing screams ‘Gay’ louder than swirling an oversized brandy snifter.

48. Men don’t drink from straws. Unless you’re doing a Mind or Face Eraser.

49. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don’t plan to finish it, don’t accept it.

50. Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.

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The Bar at The Brickroom in Ashland, Oregon

51. Never play more than three songs by the same artist in a row.

52. Your songs will come on as you’re leaving the bar. (EVERYTIME!)

53. Never yell out jukebox selections to someone you don’t know.

54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.

55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot.
If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.

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56. Screaming, “SOMEONE BUY ME A DRINK!” has never worked.

57. For every drink, there is a 5% better chance you will get in a fight.
There is also a 3% better chance you will lose that fight.

58. Fighting an extremely drunk person when you are sober is HILARIOUS!

59. If you’re broke and a friend is “sporting you”,
you must laugh at all his jokes
and play wingman when he makes his move.

60. If you’re broke and a friend is “ragging on you”,
you may steal any drink he leaves unattended.

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The Bar in Hollywood (that is no longer there)

61. Never rest your head on a table or the bar top.
It is the equivalent of voluntarily putting your head on a chopping block.

62. If you are trading rounds with a friend
and he asks if you want another, always say “YES”.
Once you fall out of sync you will end up buying more drinks than him.

63. If you’re going to hit on a member of the bar staff,
make sure you tip well before and after, regardless of her response.

64. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.

65. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.


Classic Vodka Martini

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Ingredients:
2-1/2 oz Vodka (a premium brand)
1/2 oz dry vermouth
Ice
Green olives or lemon peel for garnish

Directions:
Chill a martini glass in advance.
For a stirred martini: 
Pour vodka and vermouth into a mixing glass or shaker filled with ice.
Stir vigorously until chilled (about 20 seconds).
Strain into a martini glass, garnish with olives or lemon peel
For a shaken martini:
Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka and vermouth. Shake until chilled.
Strain into a martini glass, garnish with olives or lemon peel

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66. Asking a bartender “what beers are on tap?”
when the tap handles are right in front of you, is just like saying “I’m an idiot.”

67. Never ask a bartender “What’s good tonight?”
They do not fly Scotch in “fresh from the coast” every morning.

68. If there is a line for drinks at the bar,
get your damn drink and step the hell away.

69. If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beer is yours.

70. The patrons at your local bar are your extended family,
your father, your mother, your brothers and sisters.
Except you get to sleep with these sisters. And if you’re really drunk…. mother.

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Poolside Tiki Bar in Las Vegas!

71. It’s acceptable, traditional, in fact, to disappear during a night of hard drinking.
You will mysteriously reappear, and your friends will understand. If they even notice.

72. Never argue your tab at the end of the night.
Remember, you’re hammered, and they’re sober.
It’s like a precocious five-year-old arguing the super-string theory with a physicist.
99.9% of the time you’re wrong and, either way, you’re going to come off as a jackass.

73. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.

74. If you hesitate more than three seconds after the bartender looks at you…..
you do not deserve a drink.

75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly,
wine makes you dramatic, and tequila makes you felonious.

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“Jose Cuervo, you are no friend of mine.”

76. The greatest thing a drunk can do is buy a round of drinks for a packed bar.

77. NEVER preface a conversation with your bartender
with “I know this is going to be a hassle, but . . .”

78. When you’re in a bar and drunk,
your boss is just another guy begging for a fat lip. Unless he’s buying.

79. If you are 86’d, do not return for at least three months.
To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.

80. Anyone with three or more drinks in his/her hands has the right of way.

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Smuggler’s Cove Tiki Bar in San Francisco, California

81. If you’re going to drink on the job, DRINK VODKA.
It’s the no-tell liquor.

82. There’s nothing wrong with drinking before noon.
Especially if you’re supposed to be at work.

83. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.

84. An engraved flask is one of the best gifts you can ever give.
And make sure there’s something in it.

85. On the intimacy scale,
sharing a quiet drink is between a handshake and a kiss.

86. You will forget everyone of of these rules by your fifth drink.

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The Bar at Osteria Mozza in Hollywood, California

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Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Let’s have a Brunch Party!

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Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day in Sherman Oaks in the beautiful San Fernando Valley at The Hamburger Hamlet was a very good choice! We didn’t make the reservation, our sister did through the Open Table website. We arrived at the restaurant at the appointed time and parked the car in the large lot behind the building on Moorpark. There’s a $4.00 flat fee for parking on Saturday and Sunday that will be refunded with a validation on a yellow ticket (not a white ticket) before leaving the lot. There is also metered street parking with limited availability on Van Nuys Blvd and other neighborhood streets.

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Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

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Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

From the Hamburger Hamlet website:

WE WELCOME YOU TO THE HAMBURGER HAMLET

LIKE MANY OF US WHO GREW UP IN LOS ANGELES, THE HAMBURGER HAMLET PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES LIVES. FROM DINNER IN WESTWOOD BEFORE SEEING A MOVIE, TO SUNDAY BRUNCH IN BRENTWOOD, THE HAMBURGER HAMLET WAS ALWAYS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME KNOWN FOR SIMPLY MARVELOUS FOOD & DRINK.

OUR MEMORIES INCLUDE WATCHING A VERY DAPPER MAN NAMED HARRY LEWIS GO TABLE TO TABLE GREETING HIS GUESTS OR SEEING MARILYN LEWIS WORKING WITH THE STAFF AND ATTENDING TO THE GUESTS NEEDS. STILL FRESH IN OUR MEMORIES IS OUR FAVORITE BURGER PAIRED WITH A HAAGEN DAZS SHAKE, THE FAMOUS LOBSTER BISQUE AND THE APRICOT CHICKEN WINGS.

SO INSPIRED BY WHAT THE HAMBURGER HAMLET REPRESENTED, THAT WHEN WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER SUCH A HISTORIC BRAND, WE COULD NOT RESIST THE CHANCE TO BRING IT BACK TO THE PROUD TRADITION AND FOUNDATION CREATED BY YOUR FORMER HOSTS, HARRY AND MARILYN LEWIS AND PAY OUR RESPECTS TO WHAT THEY ACHIEVED.

WELCOME BACK!

YOUR HOSTS KEVIN MICHAELS AND BRETT DOHERTY

Welcome to The Hamburger Hamlet! There’s a lot of history behind this restaurant!

The first Hamburger Hamlet was opened in 1950 on Sunset Blvd. At its peak the chain grew to 24 restaurants in multiple states. The Lewis family sold the sit-down chain for $29.2 million after opening Kate Mantilini in 1987. The owner Hamlet Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy on April 5, 2013.

The last remaining location in Sherman Oaks was acquired in 2014 and remodeled in 2015 by Killer Shrimp’s Kevin Michaels and Brett Doherty. They have refreshed the menu with brand new items and still feature the popular items that people loved growing up in Los Angeles.

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FLASHBACK!

The interior of the restaurant was extensively remodeled, and the famous red leather booths and chairs are no longer available…but there is still something familiar about the redesign.

There are many pictures from the history of The Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain on the walls, which is a really nice touch. Many Angelenos have great memories of the restaurants and their menu dishes. Mine are of family experiences growing up: lunch with my Grandmother on Sunset Blvd (her office was across the street in the Union Bank building and they knew her by name), going there for special occasions, and parties and dinners at the locations in Sherman Oaks, Hollywood and Brentwood.

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And so it seemed appropriate for Mother’s Day that we revisit the location on Van Nuys Blvd which turned out to be a very good decision. As we drove to our destination, we passed packed restaurants on Ventura Blvd with people waiting outside to be seated (Marmalade Cafe, Blu Jam Cafe, The Cheesecake Factory at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, etc.). When we arrived at The Hamburger Hamlet there were empty tables and we were seated at our reserved table without having to wait.

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Have a Cocktail in The Bar at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

The remodel of the restaurant was very well done. The Bar is beautiful. The dark dining room of the past is now a large open space with lots of light and the kitchen area was given a major upgrade and is semi-open and dining room adjacent.

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Sunday Brunch at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

The Menu has also retained it’s history!  The still have the “signature” dishes along with some new items and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day.

NOTE: the Saturday and Sunday Brunch Menu is only available 9am-3pm on weekends.

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On the Menu: 1/2 Caesar salad, cornbread, Hot Turkey Sandwich with steak fries, cranberry sauce & gravy and a Mr Pibb soda. Our table also ordered eggs benedict & hash browns, a club sandwich & salad, a Cobb salad with cornbread, an Arnold Palmer, grapefruit juice, bacon & eggs and pancakes.

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The food was good. Classic American “comfort food” for brunch. The portions were large. The service was good, but slowed down as they got busier. The prices were reasonable (entrees are in the $13-$26 price range) and there wasn’t a “Mother’s Day Menu” or price increase because of the holiday which was particularly nice. We enjoyed our food, the memories, the brunch experience and Mom had a very good time!

The Hamburger Hamlet4419 Van Nuys Blvd (at Moorpark), Sherman Oaks CA 91403
http://www.hamburgerhamlet.com 818-784-1183

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10pm and Friday: 11:30am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 12am and Sunday: 9am – 10pm

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Harry Lewis’ Picture on the Wall at The Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks

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Harry Lewis at The Hamburger Hamlet Brentwood

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p.s. We really miss Hamptons Hollywood Cafe on Highland and the Old World Restaurant in Westwood, both offered the upscale hamburger experience in Los Angeles.

Harvey’s Place in Ashland, Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland, Oregon – Restaurant, Bar & Grill

I had breakfast at the Morning Glory on Sunday, and during a conversation with a very nice woman from Washington state who visits regularly, she said, “We love to come to Ashland to see what restaurants have gone, and what’s new in town.”

Last October, during my last visit, Harvey’s Place had been open for a short time, in the space on Main Street previously occupied by the French restaurant Chateaulin for many years. Owned and operated by the same great folks from Beasy’s on the Creek, it’s a very nice, new and upscale “bar & grill” concept downtown on the Plaza.

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Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

They have Beer, many on tap, Wine, by the glass or bottle, and a full bar with daily specials if you need a cocktail, shot or other “adult beverage”.

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

They have a very nice menu, a happy hour from 3-5:30pm daily and a late night menu from 9pm until they close (Sunday-Thursday at 10pm, Friday and Saturday at midnight).

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon

I had a ticket to the theatre, and didn’t want to eat too much, but needed something good before going to the show. I settled on the “appetizer” size order (3) of Roy’s Ribs and just water to drink. Too much food and almost any alcohol before seeing a show just makes me sleepy during the performance. It didn’t take very long before my food was delivered. The ribs were terrific! Tasty and cooked perfectly, with a sweet and spicy, tangy sauce. I don’t know if it was intentional, but I was a little disappointed that the third rib was an end piece and more like a half rib, tucked under the two full sized ribs in the picture below. I mentioned it to my waitress, but decided not to make a big fuss about it.

Harvey's Place in Ashland Oregon - ROY'S RIBS!

Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon – ROY’S RIBS!

I thought about going back after the theatre and having more food and a cocktail when the show was over, but the place was almost empty and it was getting close to closing time.

NOTE: I was also still thinking about the short rib hidden on my appetizer plate, and that ended up being a deciding factor, which ultimately cost them my return patronage that night. I enjoyed the ribs and liked the menu and the concept. We know the owners, so I’ll probably eat there again on my next visit to Ashland.

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Harvey’s Place in Ashland Oregon (Notice the “Tourist Tax” added to the check)

Bottom Line: Three ribs (actually two and a half) for $11 plus tax and tip? Do the math, that’s ~$5 per rib. So, I hope they’re still open next time I come to town…

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Harvey’s Place – 50 E Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)488-9511 http://www.harveysplaceashland.com

Beasy’s on the Creek – 51 Water St. Ashland OR 97520 (541)488-5009 www.beasysonthecreek.com

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