The ultra-cheap shrimp cocktail—was it once the original Las Vegas “street food,” our answer to the New York hot dog cart?—is tough to locate these days. A few Downtown casinos still sell ’em, most notably the Golden Gate. It’s a nonexistent entity on the Strip, unless you grab a seat at a steakhouse and plan to spend around $25 ... until now.
The 99-cent shrimp cocktail is back, and it’s at the Linq. Gourmet hot dog shop Haute Doggery has these tiny morsels of sauced-up nostalgia on the menu for a limited time, though they won’t say how long the special will last.
Is it worth your buck? (It’s $1.07 with tax.) You might hesitate at first as the presentation leaves something to be desired; This cocktail is served in a small plastic cup, tiny bay shrimp slathered in tangy, spicy sauce and a lemon wedge, with that all too familiar filler portion of iceberg lettuce serving as parfait foundation. But once you get into it, you’ll realize it’s more shrimp than it seems, and it’s quite satisfying.
The cheap shrimp cocktail was never about quantity. It’s about a nearly free, fast, tasty snack, something cool on a hot desert day before you get back to whatever Vegas fun is under way. And this one fits the (dollar) bill.
Haute Doggery The Linq, 702-430-4435. Daily, 10 a.m.-midnight.
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