Saturday, October 12, 2019

Golden Nugget Restaurant Bargains - 2019 Edition

The Nugget has some decent fooderies and you can use a few tricks to sample them while paying less then full freight.

Lunch Special at Grotto Italian Ristorante

Grotto serves up classic southern Italian fare. It's beautifully decorated and features poolside tables, if you want to gaze upon slow-roasted thighs while enjoying your 'zuppa'. Maybe it would be better to focus on the shark tank.

Slow-roasted thighs, calves and backs. And wings. Try to find the bikini instead.
Typical entrees and pizzas are in the $15 to $20 range, you can enjoy a two course lunch at Grotto for just $15. The first course gives you a choice of salads or their amazing tomato basil soup, which I highly recommend. For the second course, you can choose from chicken scaloppine, spaghetti, lasagne, or a half marinated rotisserie chicken. That's half a chicken, not a half-marinated chicken. Caesars salad and half a chicken for $15? Not too shabby, and the location of Grotto for people watching can't be beat.

Ten Dollar Happy Hour Pizza at Grotto

If you are willing to jump through a few happy hoops, you can get a great deal on a pizza at Grotto.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Bargains - 2019 Edition

There are bargains to be had at the Golden Nugget? Yes!

If downtown Las Vegas is the mother's milk of traditional casino gambling, then the Golden Nugget is the cream of that milk. And getting things for cheaperer at the Golden Nugget is the creme de la creme of that cream of that downtown mother's milk.

And this updated article that will tell you how to get those Nuggety bargains is the pat of fat-ass silky smooth creamery butter of the creme de la creme de la downtown milk etc. etc. etc.

It's pretty much undisputed that the Smug Nugget is by far the swankiest, classiest, highest quality casino hotel downtown (for now... I'm lookin' at you Circa).

In terms of digs, there are probably a few downtown suites here and there that come close, such as the top offerings in the new section of the tiny Golden Gate. But when you compare the whole package, the Nugget is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the gold-encrusted almost retired middle-aged Mom and Dad set.

Landry's has done an admirable job of improving the place since they purchased it, with endless rounds of redecorating, new restaurants, shows, and a top-quality pool scene.

When you are the sexiest dame at the ball, though, you can take some liberties. Patrons pay for those endless rounds of redecorating with scaled down gutted video poker paytables compared to other downtown properties, and slots that seem tighter than Kenny Blankenship's Hide-out Pool Speedo.

And, along with the solid food offerings the Nugget flaunts, you'll find higher prices than is typical downtown.

But don't despair! When you are a degenerate gambler like me, you search until you find the cheap savvy loopholes that will save you a few bucks. And those few bucks can be used for desperation Keno tickets that have a miniscule chance of bringing you the riches you so definitely deserve.

Here are some ways you can turn the high flying Golden Nugget Las Vegas into a casino bargain basement!

Get a Landry's Select Club Card

The fine folks at Landry's own a bunch of restaurants. They also own the Golden Nugget and they also own a bunch of restaurants within the Golden Nugget.

The Landry's Select Club card does a bunch of things for you that make it a no-brainer must have.

First of all, be aware that the Landry's Select Club card costs $25. Boooo.

Also be aware that, upon joining, you get a $25 welcome reward. Yay!

You've already broken even! The house edge on this thing is 0%!!!

There's no annual fee, and you get a $25 reward every year in your birthday month. Now you're up $25 on the card! What's not to like?

Join the club by signing up online and paying $25. When your card arrives in the mail, it'll have a $25 Welcome Reward loaded on it.

You can also join right at a Landry's restaurant. Pony up the $25 and have it put on your restaurant bill, then register your card online. Again, you'll get the Welcome Reward.

Like all wonderful rewards card systems, when you use the card when buying food, you earn wonder-points. And you can use those wonderful points for wonderful rewards. Like more wonderful food.

You earn a point for every dollar spent, and 250 points can be cashed for a $25 reward.

Spend $250, get $25 back? That's a juicy 10% rebate, people

Like all such things, there is an app you can use instead of a physical card. Sometimes there are bonuses for making and completing reservations through the app. As of this writing, that means extra points for you.

We've also seen promos like free dessert and the like at various times, so it pays to pay attention.

Make sure you get set up with a card well before your next Nugget stay. If you forget your card, don't sweat it. The fine people at fine Landry's restaurants can look up your Club number using the phone number you registered with.

The only downside of the system is that the points you earn expire after one year. I hate it when points programs pilfer previously procured privileges. Profoundly.

Landry's Select Club Golden Nugget Benefits

Seein' as the Landry's people also own the Golden Nugget, it makes sense that there are some crossover benefits to be had.