Wednesday, April 29, 2009
NPR Waxes About Ellis Island Casino
Last week, NPR ran a story as part of David Greene's 100 Days project. He drove across the US to gauge what is going on in our country during Obama's first 100 days. One of his stops was at the Ellis Island casino in Las Vegas.
Two years ago, the Las Vegas High Roller's Weekend was based there. It's no Wynn or Bellagio or whatever, but we had a comfortable, inexpensive room and the casino and restaurants were inexpensive and good quality. Perfect for cash-poor scooterists such as the Scoot! team.
This year, we stayed at the Tropicana, and old Vegas lady who has seen better days, but was still enjoyable. But the prices were more than we wanted to pay, so we went to Ellis Island for gambling and food. $10 for breakfast for 2; a $6.99 steak dinner; $1.50 microbrewed beer-- AND I won $40 on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Yay! The food was so great and the service exemplary that I left a $4 tip on the $10 meal, and it was still half of what I spent on my meal for one at Outback Steakhouse (don't ask!),