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AltSombreroBeen working on that beach body for spring break? I hope so, because nobody likes looking at fatties at the spring break Las Vegas pool parties. Plus, with all the booze and Vegas grub, you might leave your trip a couple of pounds heavier than when you arrived. But hey, enjoying yourself on spring break 2013 was what all the hard work at the gym was for anyways, right? And you know there’s no doubt that you’ll have plenty to enjoy in Las Vegas for spring break 2013. But, while Vegas is typically a blast, we all know that we’re wishing we were in Mexico for Spring Break…what can beat the beach, señoritas in bikinis (or señores in their trunks..ladies I got you) and some tequila with a side of tacos? Although a trip to Cancun or Cabo San Lucas for Spring Break in Mexico would be grand, not all of us can make it that far…I mean clearly, we are on a site for cheap eats here. Luckily, the US has a pretty epic Spring Break playground right here in it’s own backyard: Las Vegas baby. So if you can’t make it to Mexico for Spring Break, you can always bring Mexico to you for some Las Vegas Spring break fiestas and Mexican food in Vegas you just can’t miss this March and April.

Here are our top 6 picks for fun Mexican cheap eats & drinks on the Strip for Las Vegas Spring Break 2013:

1. Tacos El Gordo – When it comes to Mexican food on the Las Vegas Strip, it’s hard to beat Tacos El Gordo for some late night spring break drunchies. Just north of the Wynn & Encore, Tacos El Gordo is in walking distance to many of the Vegas Strip hotels. Founded in Tijuana, you know you’ll get some authentic Mexican grub and cheap food that’s open late (3AM during the week and 5AM on weekends, so don’t worry about soaking up all the booze you had at the club, they’ve got you covered). If you’re looking for a quick bite before heading out, or a cheap Vegas lunch, this is a great spot. Caution though, here’s the major downside and warning for spring breakers: they don’t serve alcohol. The restaurant is no beauty, and it has limited seating, so definitely don’t take a date here unless you picked her up at the bar right before. On the other hand, if you just need a taste of Mexico for Spring Break in Vegas post clubbing, the $2 tacos are a quality Las Vegas cheap eats that your head will thank you for in the morning when your skinny friends have hangovers.

2. Yolos Mexican Grill – With over 60 different types of tequilas, I know that we all have at least 60 reasons for going to Yolos Mexican Grill at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for Spring Break. This restaurant turns Mexican food glamorous with its modern restaurant design full of color for a sophisticated but fun vibe. Glamorous dining can be nice, but we’re looking for cheap, right? Well, for those looking for Mexican food during spring break in Las Vegas, Yolos offers Happy Hour from Mondays to Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with $5 margaritas, house wines and cocktails, $5 street tacos, quesadillas, flautas, and chips with salsa and guac. They also offer a bomb lunch special weekdays from 11:30am to 3:00 pm, which for $9.95 gets you one of four options, each served with black beans and spanish rice: 1. Street Tacos (Chicken Breast or steak), 2. Yolos Burrito (soft flour tortilla with chicken tinga or machaca beef), 3. Garden Burrito (soft flour tortilla with market veggies, spinach, cheese, and green sauce), 4. Tamales (house made with shredded chicken and covered in red chile sauce and melted cheese). With the happy hour and lunch special, cheapos can experience luxurious Vegas dining on a budget and still get that Mexican food fix during spring Break in Las Vegas.

3. Señor Frogs – Now, if you’ve ever eaten at Señor Frogs, you may be wondering how it made our list for good cheap eats and drinks in Vegas. Well, let’s just say it half did. Sure, the Mexican food is mediocre, the food service is slow, and the food prices aren’t great, but this is an article for SPRING BREAK, and if you’re looking to experience some of Mexico spring break in Las Vegas, then you can’t just not mention Señor Frogs. Located within Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Señor Frogs has some pretty epic Las Vegas spring break drink deals and party scene that no college spring breaker will want to miss if they need a little taste of Mexico, even if the food is average and, well , Americanized to say the least. Food specials at Señor Frogs for some “cheaper” spring break eats ($25) include Margarita or Draft beer plus a choice of one of 4 entrees: the chicken Caesar Salad, chicken fettuccine alfredo, BBQ chicken with fries, or the Cheeseburger with fries. Here’s the rundown for the rest of the Las Vegas spring break specials at Señor Frogs, and the reason it made our spring break list, running until March 31st, 2013:

Mondays: $3 Shots (Sex on the beach, AMF, house tequila) and PBR Beers for $3

Tuesdays: Open bar with margaritas and draft beers from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ($10 for women, $20 for men)

Wednesdays: Glow Party with drink specials from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am with $3 shots (AMFs, Gummy Frogs, Sex on the Beach), $5 PBR, $6 gin, vodka, rum or tequila well mixed drinks, and $7 for shots of Ambhar tequila, Jagermeister, or Fireballs.

Fridays: 2-for-1 Margaritas and 50% off appetizers from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, plus a second level patio party!

Sundays: Student’s get 2-for-1 drinks on the first round if for tweeting @SenorFrogsVegas or checking in on Foursquare or Facebook

4. Gonzalez Y Gonzalez: If you’re looking for some Mexican beer or Tequila bar plus some tasty Mexican food in Vegas, Gonzalez Y Gonzalez at the New York New York has you covered. Since it has a true Mexican name, we know it must be authentic. Just kidding, but the menu is actually full of authentic Mexican food including classic tortilla soup, pozole, fresh guacamole, taquitos enchiladas, tamales, fajitas, burritos and more…plus some other southwestern fused dishes. The average check usually costs about $20-25 per person, but you spring breakers on a budget in Vegas should take advantage of the happy hour from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. Plus, for those who are looking for the action, stay for the Gonzalez Y Gonzalez Tequila Bar open Sundays to Thursdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 am and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 am.

5. Baja Fresh at the Excalibur – So yes, this is a franchised chain restaurant, but when it comes to tasty cheap eats for spring break in Vegas, sometimes a quick fix is all you need to get your head back in the game and keep partying. Baja Fresh is the go to spot for anyone staying at the Excalibur Vegas anytime, but especially if it’s for spring break or the Spring Break Unleashed Deal because there’s no doubt that spring breakers will need to cure some drunchies and hangovers. Now I’m not saying drive across town to stop at Baja Fresh if you’re staying on the other side of the Strip, but quick stop inside the hotel is sometimes the best option for spring breakers needing a mexican food fix in Vegas. With Burritos, Baja bowls, tacos, taquitos, salads and more, sometimes a chain restaurant is the way to go when you need something you know will taste good every time.

6. Tacos & Tequila: Get the modern feel of all that’s new in Mexico City with a fusion of traditional Mexican style and Las Vegas flare when you step into Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor. While you may be a little geographically confused by entering a pyramid-shaped hotel in Las Vegas eating Mexican food, you won’t have any confusion with the spring break specials at T&T inside the Luxor. Until March 31st, Tacos & Tequila Las Vegas is offering the “Seis y Seis” package, which includes 6 tacos and 6 Sol beers for $29. They also have Mariachi Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with 2-for-1 margs and students on spring break in Vegas can get a $5 menu from 11:00 am to 6:00pm daily!

This article was written by Ariel Abbott, Editor of CheapoVegas.com

Thanks for reading the Spring Break 2013 edition of Vegas cheap eats on The Strip. Please visit Miss Abbott’s wonderful Vegas blog CheapoVegas.com and show her some love.

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