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Ellis Island

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Backagain1, Nov 27, 2012.

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  1. Backagain1

    Backagain1 High-Roller

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    Making our schedule for Vegas and wondering if Ellis Island is something we should visit?

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. CenterfieldNine

    CenterfieldNine Low-Roller

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    Depends on what you are going for...

    Small Casino, nothing noteworthy there. It isnt too crowded, though.

    They do a great outdoor BBQ, and have Egg Nog for the holidays...

    However, they were recently cited for some health code violations, so if you care about that type of thing it may sway you also(since a primary draw is good food/drink CHEAP)
     
  3. captainron62

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    We typically eat there once daily on our guy trips. We stay at the Flamingo and its an easy walk. I would take my GF once just to show her and the food is actually very good, just dont expect much of the looks of the place. The beer is very good if you are a microbrewery guy. I think the $2 they charge for a glass is the best beer bargain in LV>
     
  4. atom

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    I think the beers at MSS are better, but the steak special (not on the menu, just ask, available 24/7) at $7.99 with salad, veggie, potato, roll and beer with a very good quality 8oz sirloin is the best steak special in Vegas. The pizza and bbq are also notable, and it's a low roller kind of place with decent VP options. The American Casino Guide has some coupons that will add some value. The 2012 edition has 4 free drinks, some match and/or free play and a 2/1 regular menu item, iirc.
     
  5. dewey089

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    On some mornings, playing $20 gets you into a free bingo game Bring your own marker. They play right at the machines. Weekdays I think.
    The steak special is great but sometimes the lines are long and you take a number. They call you. If you hover around, sometimes you get in ahead of the called numbers especially if you are with a 90 year old woman.
    I like to go at 3 PM and have the special for breakfast before rolling back into bed after a night of poker. No lines and relaxed enough for me to sit and write in my little notebook so I have the day's trip report details.

    There is 9/6 JOB, a tough thing to find in walking distance from the strip. They move that pay table around a bit. Last time it was in machines very near the karaoke bar and the entrance.

    As mentioned, the current American Casino Guide has 4 free drinks, 50% off a menu item and some freeplay. The drinks go away for 2013, but the others are there with a matchplay as well. The drink coupons are only good at the bar, but you can carry four red wines into the restaurant to have with the steak and wash the whole thing down with the beer for dessert, or get a homemade rootbeer (too sweet for my taste) The freeplay on the coupon is a pain as it does not post until maybe 24 hours after you earn it so to use it you have to go back. Next trip I'm going to play for both Bingo and the freeplay one morning and then come back the next day for a meal and freeplay. whe using the coupons you need a player's card.
    I like the prime rib as well there.

    Of the beers, if they still have Octoberfest, I like that one best. A tall one...no, really tall...comes with the steak special.

    I like to sit if I go in the late evening so I can eat the steak without hearing the karaoke which is usually pretty bad as it bleeds from the bar.

    Westin nearby also used to have a good happy hour with 50 cent roulette and cheap craps. I don't know if that is gone.
    Tuscany is just around the corner, but there never seems to be much happening there. You can get plug in free wifi at the cafe there.
     
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  6. jason22

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    It's a must do!!!

    If you have not been...you must try it. I absolutely love the place. Places like this are few and far between anymore in Vegas...and one day they will all be gone. So go visit this iconic place before it's to late. You must try the $7.99 steak special...it's a bargain.
     
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    I agree 1000% with Jason. It is a trip down a side street of Vegas we don't get anymore. Sure they had some violations but hell our local Subway got SHUT DOWN two weeks ago. The old red "pleather" booths of the good old days are all but gone. I like the truck stopesque qualities of E.I. mixed in with all of the coat and tie places we hit while we are there. Keeps us from taking it all too serious.
    I sort of chuckle when I sit and think about one day we eat bacon and eggs at E.I. and lobster or smoked salmon at Tableau the next.:licklips:
     
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    One more comment about EI that maybe others can chime in on. I can sit at a bar in almost any casino for maybe a half hour or longer without interacting with anyone besides the bartender. At EI, it's hard to go more than a couple minutes without meeting some new "friends." I can almost compare it to the TV show "Cheers!" It's a terribly refreshing change of pace from the high-priced glass and chrome palaces a few blocks away. Hope to be back there in a few weeks.
     
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    let me add my 2 cents- always stay at Bally and make the trip to EI several times during the week. Not only is the restaurant good, but so is the barbeque and subs (at the little sub shop). The sub bread was as fresh as it comes.
     
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    Have to agree with the views. The root beer is good as well.
     
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    don`t forget a slice of that awesome metro pizza!:drooling:
     
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    I'll join in the praise of Ellis Island. I usually stay at Bally's or Bellagio, and walk each day to EI for all the aforementioned great things: good microbrews, full-pay video poker, friendly staff, and a nonpretentious vibe. My last trip I played blackjack for the first time (ever), at EI, at a $5 table with 3/2 payout. It can be a bit smoky at times, but that's not unusual in Vegas. All in all a winner and a nice change of pace. (But the karaoke can be very bad indeed...)
     
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    This place in the past was GREAT. A great steak special at only 4.99. The best part was that your placemat had a matchplay coupon that if you won put you ahead of the game as far as meal/tip/drink. So it was almost as if getting the meal for free and if you lost...well you are only out about 15 bucks total which was less than what you'd pay for a steak dinner at any other place in the world.

    Sadly the price was raised but value was added in adding the beer/root beer.

    The karaoke at night is ok but their karaoke dj doesn't have "Mr. Brownstone" from Guns n' Roses so he loses points for that foul. The bar is a great place to have a few drinks and fast making of friends as was previously pointed out.

    The BBQ here is PHENOMENAL! I also agree that metro pizza is as close as you can get to good pizza in las vegas without going national chain!

    It is definitely worth a visit if you like to see something different and experience a change of pace.

    if you like the microbrewed beer and rootbeer you can even buy a jug of it for a few dollars and bring the jug back to have it refilled.
     
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    Everything about this place is great. The full VP payout. The steak special. The BBQ. The microbrews and rootbeer. And the Motel 8 hookers.
     
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    Yep, gotta agree the BBQ and root beer are worth the visit all by themselves. Everything else is gravy. Have fun.
     
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    Went there for the first time last week at about 7ish in the morning. We originally planned Bill's but their apecial ended at 6am. Was a bit dicey walking from Flamingo but ok in the morning. Had pancakes....which was good and cheap. It was light and fluffy and tasted like it was made from scratch. DH had steak and eggs for 5.99 which he enjoyed.

    Afterward, we signed up for the players card and were given $10 each in free play. We ended up winning $20 from that LOL. All in all, a good morning.
     
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    The place is a dump... Rude people. If you like a cheap(tough) steak they have them at a discount. Their brewed beer is cheap, but it tastes soapy. I would go elsewhere!
     
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    we find the staff very friendly especially in the restaurant.

    we haven`t had the steak special but the bbq is awesome as well as the bacon and eggs breakfast.

    I think they have won awards for having one of the best micro breweries as well. If you get there after 9 am for breakfast the place is usually packed so that probably means something as well.
     
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    Sorry, I posted American Casino Guide thoughts on this thread. I moved the post to the thread on the American Casino Guide.

    I love Ellis Island.
     
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    I think you've got this dow to a science, Dewey :nworthy:
     
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