These are a few places we went to that don’t merit a post of their own.
–McDonalds. Pathetic, I know, but pretty much every hotel has one in their food court, and they charge regular McDonalds prices (including their dollar menu). Most other food court choices are overpriced and don’t seem much better. Some McDonalds have free refills on sodas – which is great when they’re otherwise $3-4 at the hotel.
–New York Pizza, on the mezzanine level (the one connecting you to the Excalibur and MGM) of the New York New York hotel. Pizza slices start at $5 for plain cheese. The slices are pretty large, though thin (like NY pizza). They are reheated in the oven, so they’re not particularly fresh. My daughter thought they tasted like Costco pizza. I thought they were OK.
-Gelato at Trevi, near the “fountain of the Gods” at the Caesars Palace. Mika had a cone of the chocolate mousse ($5.75) and it was absolutely delicious, easily the best gelato I’ve had in the States. It’s expensive, but it’s a generous scoop.
–Cafe Belle Madeleine, at the Paris hotel. The girls and I shared a chocolate mousse pastry ($5.50). It was very good, very chocolaty and very rich. It was more of an adult pastry, though. Other pastries looked just as sinful.
–Frozen strawberry daiquiris by the MGM Grand pool. Ridiculously expensive at $22 for a daiquiri in one of those souvenir yard cups ($11 for refills). It was a lot of fun drinking it while traveling through the Lazy River, however. I shared it with Mike and didn’t get in the least buzzed, which makes me suspect it had little if any alcohol. It tasted quite good, though. A virgin refill for the girls cost just as much, and tasted the same.
–Water & sodas. They were $2 on the hotel machines at the Luxor and $3 at the MGM grand. They’re more in the shops, but you can get them on the strip for just $1-$1.50.
–Cheap breakfast. We brought cereal and had it with milk we kept in the cooler. Neither the Luxor nor the MGM had fridges in their standard rooms, but they both had ice machines.