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Top 10 budget restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas sparkles with cheap restaurants – you’ll find steaks, burritos, pizza, even a three-course lunch, says John Curtas

• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide

No tour of Old Vegas’s ethnic eateries would be complete without a stop at its oldest restaurant. It opened in 1950, and has had José Aragon at the stoves since 1955. He will tell you his cuisine is New Mexican, not Mexican, and his chile verde and chile colorado, with their deep, fiery flavours, are as reminiscent of Albuquerque as anything you will find in this neck of the woods. Aragon’s salsas, burritos, enchiladas and huevos con machaca are made from scratch – not from a can – at prices ($10-$13) that seem to have been frozen in the “We Like Ike” era. If you’re looking for spicy authenticity, this is as cheap as it comes.
807 South Main Street, +1 702 382 9234, no website, mains from $10. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-4pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8:30pm

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10 of the best casino hotels in Las Vegas

Casino hotels dominate the Las Vegas skyline and inside they are just as jaw-dropping, with theatres, clubs, art, restaurants, malls and even the odd gondola ride, writes John Katsilometes

• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide

Off the Strip by several miles and closer to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Red Rock Casino Resort is a property of Station Casinos, which made its mark in Vegas by appealing to those who actually live there. But Red Rock is as fancy and decadent as any on the Strip, with a masculine design of crimson and burnt orange and a chain of more than 3.1m Swarovski and Preciosa crystals (measuring 99 miles) hanging throughout the resort. During the summer, Red Rock opened a 7,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre, and its pool concert series is one of the most popular of its kind in the city.
1011 West Charleston, +1 702 797 7777, redrocklasvegas.com, doubles from $130

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