Lots Going On At Mercadito Inside Red Rock

Pastor Taco at Mercadito at Red Rock Las Vegas
Pastor Taco at Mercadito

I went to Mercadito at Red Rock Resort for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I was so hungry I couldn’t take a picture of my food when it was served. The Pastor tacos (professional photo above) were delicious – even without the pineapple.

The tacos were pricey at $14.50 for a serving of four (menu) but they may have been the best tacos I’ve had. My friends were loving the guacamole, if you’re into that sorta thing. I’m not but I did enjoy some super salty chips and 3 different salsa’s with verde being my favorite.

If you’re cost conscious you can find less expensive tacos at the Nacho Daddy location nearby on Sahara but you may not find a better quality taco.

Mercadito has a bunch of promotions going on right now. Check it out.

  • All You Can Eat Tacos – $19.95 on Sunday & Monday. If you’re not a big eater this may not be worth it. I was full on the four tacos with my $14.50 order of Pastor tacos.
  • Tacos For Life – Enter contest by spending $40. If you finish 32 tacos in one hour you’ll receive the meal for free and a $200 gift card. You’ll also be entered to win tacos for life.
  • Super Bowl – $50 for all you can eat tacos and 2 hour open bar. Open bar is basically $30 so make sure you’re thirsty. Additional buckets of beer are $15.
  • Industry People – 50% off on Tuesdays. Evidently I’m industry. HOLLA!
  • Two Happy Hours DailyHappy Hour 7 days a week and twice a day. Early 3pm-6pm daily, nights change. More details and menu here.

Photo – Courtesy of Mercadito Hospitality

Downtown Vegas Is Taking Me Away From Casinos And I Don’t Like It

Outside Of The Fremont Street Experience Downtown Las Vegas
Outside Of The Fremont Street Experience

It’s funny, gamblers always say that the Vegas Strip can learn something about keeping gamblers in their casino by offering better odds like Downtown Vegas casinos. I think it may be the other way around. Maybe the Downtown Vegas casinos need to improve their bars and restaurants like their counterparts on the Vegas Strip to keep gamblers like me happy.

A couple of weeks ago I spent a day and night in Downtown Vegas. I stayed at the Fremont Hotel because they always offer low room rates and no resort fee. My hotel room for the night was $32 after taxes. Not bad.

I went into this day away with no plan. My solo trips to Downtown Vegas have always been similar to someone going on a bender. I’d eat, drink and gamble way too much for a 24 hour period. This time my night in Downtown Vegas was different. I had a great time but it was a different kind of great time.

If you read this blog last week you saw daily updates of where I spent my time in Downtown Vegas.

  • I had a beer and chicken parm sliders for dinner at Triple George.
  • I grabbed a few beers and had some fun conversation at Nacho Daddy.
  • I had a flight of beer and then some at Banger Brewing.

Wow, I drank a lot of beer. There’s one thing missing from my night in Downtown Vegas. I hardly spent time in a casino and I barely gambled! This is very unlike me and I reflected on this on my drive back home to the burbs.

The casinos on the Vegas Strip are re-inventing themselves with new restaurantsbars and clubs to keep you on their property. My visits to the Vegas Strip haven’t changed. New restaurants and bars draw me to casinos on the Vegas Strip where I’ll inevitably end up gambling a little.

Eat, Drink, Gamble in one place – that’s my kind of fun. Let’s go back to Downtown Vegas.

Most of the new bars and restaurants are outside of the Downtown Vegas casinos. When I’m eating a great burger and drinking great beer at Pizza Rock there isn’t anything that says that I must go back out to the casino and gamble. The casinos in Downtown Vegas feel as though they’re becoming less relevant to me. They’re out of sight while I’m having fun eating and drinking and that puts them on the back burner.

Besides Andiamo Steakhouse at The D and Du-Pars at Golden Gate there really isn’t a restaurant destination inside of a Downtown Vegas casino that I feel like I ever need to visit. On the flip side every bar and restaurant I visited on my last trip to Downtown Vegas will be visited again.

As Downtown Vegas continues to re-invent itself the casinos may need to take note from the Golden Nugget and refresh their restaurants and bars every couple of years to keep old customers like me and attract new customers.

Many of my favorite casinos to gamble are in Downtown Vegas so it’s not like I’ll be avoiding the casinos there but I will certainly spend less money in those casinos when there are better bars and restaurants a short walk away.

It’s funny, gamblers always say that the Vegas Strip can learn something about keeping gamblers in their casino by offering better odds like Downtown Vegas. I think it may be the other way around. Maybe the Downtown Vegas casinos need to improve their bars and restaurants like their counterparts on the Vegas Strip to keep gamblers like me happy.

Nacho Daddy: Voted Best…

Nacho Daddy Sign Downtown Las Vegas
Nacho Daddy

I was bored last week so I decided to spend a day and night in Downtown Vegas mostly on Fremont Street. Surprisingly, I didn’t gamble much but I had a great time anyway. I’ll be sharing highlights throughout the week.

Best Margarita In Vegas At Nacho Daddy Downtown Vegas
Best Margarita In Vegas

If you know me you know that I don’t drink tequila. The last time I had tequila I vomited on myself. No bueno. Good thing I met up with someone willing to taste test the margarita at Nacho Daddy.

I needed to know if the sign was true or false advertising! With that in mind I had an ice cold beer. It was so cold that there was almost ice forming on the top of my beer.

Dos Equis Beer At Nacho Daddy
mmm…beer

Unlike previous visits I didn’t go to Nacho Daddy to eat. It was to meet up with Gray from Vegas Solo and have a drink. Unbeknownst to either of us we found Scott from Vital Vegas sitting at the corner of the bar.

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