Tacos El Gordo is of the best cheap eats on the Vegas Strip. The taco joint next to Wynn Resort serves up authentic, Tijuana-style tacos on homemade corn tortillas and made-from-scratch guacamole. Tacos range from spiced pork ("adobada") to grilled beef ("carne asada") and cost $2.25 a taco.
Head to Atomic Liquors on Fremont (Downtown Las Vegas) if you like old-school haunts. This quirky spot, a former favorite for the Rat Pack in the 1950s, when it opened, serves up draft beer for $3 and cocktails for $7.