According to a 2022 survey conducted by the LVCVA, 58% of visitors visited downtown Las Vegas during their trip. Many of those visitors likely chose to spend time on Fremont Street to take advantage of less expensive gambling, drinking, and food compared to the Strip.
I put together a directory of cheap places to eat downtown in an effort to aid budget-conscious guests, as taking advantage of an inexpensive breakfast, lunch, or dinner can help stretch the budget for more important activities… like gambling.
For restaurants to qualify for the downtown Vegas cheap eats list, meal options must be available at a price point of around $15 or less.
Of course, the pricing I reference often changes. I’ll do my best to keep this post up to date but will also link out to each menu so you can double-check prices before making the trip.
Cheap Eats at Plaza
Pop Up Pizza: Ranked by this blog as one of the best pizza by the slice spots in all of Vegas, Pop up Pizza offers numerous inexpensive items that range from a basic slice, to more exotic, high-quality options.
Fresh Mexican Grill: The cheapest item on the menu is the $3.25 Street Tacos, but Fresh Mexican Grill also offers nachos, burritos, and quesadillas for just over $10.
Manchu Wok: Offering grab-and-go Chinese options like Orange Chicken, General Tso Chicken, and other popular options, Manchu is a popular cheap lunch/dinner option in downtown Las Vegas.
Fast Food Chain Options: Plaza also has a Subway and McDonalds for those looking for a quick, cheap bite to eat.
Cheap Eats at Binion’s
Binion’s Cafe: For lunch and dinner, Binion’s Cafe serves a basic burger for $8.99, a garden salad for $5.49, and numerous other sandwiches, burgers, and salads options for less than $15.
On the breakfast side of the menu, almost everything lands at a price point of $15 or less. Popular items include classic breakfasts, ham steak & eggs, pancakes, omelettes, and more.
Binion’s Deli: Quick, fresh, and most importantly, cheap burgers, salads, sandwiches, and soup are available at Binion’s Deli. Of note, guests looking for a cheap snack can score a $7.49 burger, $4.99 soup or salad, or choose from a number of hot sandwiches for around $11.
Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews: Several meals on the menu at Benny’s qualify as cheap eats including their BBQ Brisket and 1/2 Chicken at a price point of around $15 or less. Meals come with baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and jalapeno cheese cornbread.
Note that the best prices at Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ are for loyalty club members only. Pricing for non-members is $2 more.
Cheap Eats at Golden Nugget
Chick Fil A: The popular chicken chain has a location at Golden Nugget, however, like other locations nationwide is closed Sundays. Most sandwich options at Chick Fil A cost around $5 and meals can be had for under $10.
CJ: While teetering on the edge of being an inexpensive option, CJ serves a number of burgers and breakfast items that hover at a price point of around $15 or less.
For lunch, cheaper options include a classic cheeseburger, fish tacos, and a chili cheese dog. At breakfast, inexpensive selections include the American breakfast, breakfast burrito, or a stack of pancakes.
The Grille: Offering items like quesadillas, a cheeseburger, street tacos, pizza, and chicken tenders at a price point of around $15 or less, The Grill could be a solid spot to fuel up on a budget.
The Grille is also a great spot to snag a cheap breakfast with items like pancakes, French toast, a breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito, and an American breakfast all weighing in at under $15.
Starbucks: A self-explanatory option, the national coffee chain serves a number of inexpensive pastries and breakfast sandwiches.
Cheap Eats at The D
American Coney Island: With cheap items like a $3.95 Coney Island Hot Dog, $4.50 Chili Cheese Fries, and a $6.75 Gyro Sandwich, Coney Island has what it takes to satisfy your post-drinking hunger inexpensively.
American Coney Island is also one of the few restaurants in downtown Las Vegas open 24 hours.
McDonalds: Albeit familiar, and rather unexciting, there is also a Mcdonald’s at The D.
Cheap Eats at Fremont
Fremont Food Hall: A fast-casual food hall in Fremont’s former buffet space, tenants include Huey Magoo’s (chicken), Roli Roti (rotisserie), Tomo Noodles (Asian), and Steak ‘n Shake.
Lanai Express: Offering cuisine on demand from a variety of cultural influences, Lanai Express literally has something for everyone. From hot dogs to Chinese, to oxtail soup, Lanai has it.
Of note, they offer the last truly .99 cent Shrimp Cocktail in downtown Las Vegas.
Dunkin’: Cheap pastries, donuts, and coffee. Basic and to the point.
Cheap Eats at 4 Queens
Magnolia’s Veranda: Whether looking for a cheap breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Magnolia’s at 4 Queens has some nice options. Many breakfast options including omelets can be had for less than $10, and the vast majority of items land below $15.
Inexpensive lunch and dinner options include burgers, hot sandwiches, and fresh chopped salads which can all be had for around $10 or less.
Notably, Magnolia’s is among the few restaurants on Fremont Street offering all-day breakfast.
Chicago Brewing: Cheap meal options at Chicago Brewing are plentiful and include a Chicago dog, brew burger, 10″ pizzas, salads, and a selection of sandwiches at a price point of around $15 or less.
Cheap Eats at California
Aloha Specialties: Catering to California’s Hawaiian clientele, Aloha Specialties has an island feel and theme. Attracting guests though is the chance to snag a cheap lunch, dinner, or snack.
Popular chicken or beef bowls cost less than $10 and a hamburger or cheeseburger can be had for around $6. Cheap, and quick!
Market Street Cafe: If you’re in the market for a cheap breakfast on Fremont Street, don’t overlook Market Street which serves an assortment of omelets, waffles, french toast, and other breakfast items for $10 – $15.
An assortment of burgers, soups, salads, and island favorites are available for lunch and dinner at a similarly inexpensive price point.
Cheap Eats at El Cortez
Subway: The popular sandwich chain can be found behind the real coin video poker machines near the rear entrance to the casino.
Eureka!: Located just across the street from El Cortez, Eureka offers an American Cheeseburger and fries for around $15.
Eureka also offers a daily “Hoppy Hour” that features a rotating $5 tap beer, defined on the sidewalk chalkboard.
Siegel’s 1941: If you’re looking for a cheap breakfast downtown, look no further than Siegel’s which is one of the few restaurants downtown that offers breakfast all day at a price point of $10-$20.
A $16.95 prime rib deal is also offered at Siegel’s around the clock.
Freedom Beat: If you’re a gambler, then Freedom Beat could be an outstanding option for a cheap meal, as their “Gambler’s Special” entitles you to 50% off the menu price of certain items. To qualify, players need to accumulate 25 loyalty points that day.
If on the hunt for a cheap breakfast, the gambler’s special entitles guests to 50% off an American breakfast or flapjacks. For lunch and dinner, you can score 50% off a burger or herb-marinated grilled chicken. Prime Rib is offered as part of this deal for $14.99.
Even if you don’t qualify for the “gambler’s special”, Freedom Beat offers numerous all-day breakfast items and a number of sandwiches for $15 or less.
When it comes to cheap food on Fremont Street, Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand is worth the 1 block walk.
Hot Dog Cart: In an effort to attract customers, Downtown Grand is offering a hot dog and a 10oz. glass of Pabst Blue Ribbon for just $2 – A tough deal to beat!
Hot & Juicy Crawfish: A number of baskets land in the $15 range give or take a few bucks. Inexpensive options include a chicken wing basket, hot & tender basket, catfish basket, shrimp basket, and more.
Cheap Eats at Main Street Station
Triple 7 Brewery: Offering a double whammy of cheap food and drinks, Triple 7 has been a personal go-to of mine for some time.
On the food front, Triple 7’s typical meal falls into the $10 – $15 range and includes a selection of burgers, sandwiches, prime rib, pizza, and poke.
A selection of craft beers brewed on-site are also offered for $6 (16 oz.) or $7.50 (23 oz.).
Garden Court Buffet: As the only buffet open in downtown Las Vegas, Garden Court at Main Street Station could be a great option for those looking to gorge themselves. The buffet is currently open for brunch daily and dinner on select days.
See Also: Check out our review of Main Street Station’s Garden Court Buffet.
Cheap Eats at Circa
Project BBQ: A food truck located outside of Circa, Project BBQ offers a number of sandwiches including a Bratwurst and BBQ Chicken option for around $15. Both options come with a side of homemade chips.
Other Cheap Places to Eat on Fremont Street
International Eatery: Located in Neonopolis, International Eatery is a quick-serve food court with Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranian, and Italian options. All of the food options are cheap, and pretty darn filling for the price. For my money, there isn’t much that beats a Gyro from Doner Kebab.
Dirt Dog: Also found within Neonopolis, Dirt Dog serves an impressive selection of specialty hot dogs that are piled high with toppings. Options include a “Dirty Chili Dog”, “DUI Dog”, Flamethrower Dog” and more. Best yet, most of them can be had for around $10 or less.
White Castle: You know it, and you either love it or hate it. Just know, that it’s a cheap meal option available on Fremont Street near Neonopolis.
Denny’s: Serving up an assortment of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, Denny’s in Neonopolis is an option for those looking for cheap eats on Fremont Street.
With numerous options priced at or less than $15, Denny ranks as one of the more reliably cheap sit-down restaurants on Fremont Street.
Flippin’ Good: Specializing in burgers, chicken, and beer, Flippin’ Good is located on Fremont East across the street from Evel Pie. Almost every sandwich on the menu is sub-$15, and just a tad over if you add fries or a drink.
Bucket List in the Container Park: Specializing in unique hot dogs, burgers, and sides, Bucket List serves up all kinds of value. Their selection of hot dogs includes a Chili Frito dog, an all-American dog, and a Chicago dog – Each of which cost between $5 – $8.
Burgers and sides (like cajun fries) start at $5 each.
Le Thai: Located near El Cortez, Le Thai serves up a wide variety of noodles, fried rice dishes, curries, soups, and more at a price point of around $15.
In addition to their standard menu, Le Thai also offers a $12 lunch special Monday – Friday from 11 am – 3 pm.
Evel Pie: Slinging some of the best pizza in Las Vegas, guests can order it by the slice for as little as $4 (cheese), or $4.50 (pepperoni).
According to me, and I know about this kind of stuff, Evel’s pizza by the slice is the second-best in Vegas, bested only by Pizza Rock.
Hopefully, I was able to aid you in your hunt for cheap restaurants on Fremont Street. Downtown Las Vegas is known for providing a stronger value proposition than that of the Strip, and it shines through in its diversity of cheap food options.
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.