Eating in Las Vegas: Jerky Time

Jalapeno Jerky

The Beef Jerky Store

Even in Vegas, the cash strapped are sometimes richer than the flush. While high rollers throng the Strip's luxury chophouses to pony up hundreds for dry-aged steaks, lowballers at the Beef Jerky Store shell out pennies to get the driest-aged beef of all—as well as dried garlic cod, chili scallops, smoked octopus, alligator, tofu, and dozens of other jerky types. Hawaiian-born owner Cathy Lee sources her products—some exclusively—from all over the States and Japan to guarantee more pure jerkiness in one place than you'd ever expect to see outside of a casino after midnight.

Ruth Tobias is a Denver-based freelance food writer and the author of