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Consolidated "Las Vegas Buffets - the best, worst, and questions" thread

Old Apr 18, 2002, 1:08 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by hedoman:
Controversial......not really. That is the beauty of Vegas buffets. There really is something for everyone. Circus Circus might be of interest on your next visit.</font>

I would highly appreciate if we can stay on topic and do not mock each other. Thank you.
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Old Apr 18, 2002, 10:51 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by chazas:
...I really LIKED the Flamingo buffet, on a cost/value scale. At about half the cost of Bellagio for dinner, the fare was simpler, but better</font>
Maybe I hit it on an off night, but I found the Flamingo's buffet to be plentiful but mediocre.

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Old Apr 20, 2002, 11:38 pm
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the Palms buffet has been voted one of the BEST in town, and as a local, we hit it about twice a month.

Terribles Casino is also very very good...

avoid the Surf Buffet *blah* at the Boardwalk....

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Old Apr 21, 2002, 7:35 am
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Thanks, UAPremierExec !

As a local, what do you think about these locations:

- Orleans
- Rio
- Golden Nugget (resp.: What's your preferred buffet Downtown ?)

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Old Apr 21, 2002, 12:46 pm
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Locals avoid the strip at all costs... so if it's anywhere *near* LV Blvd, we don't go.

The Orleans is ok, they're still under construction though. the bowling there isn't bad. the food is 'so so'.

The Golden Nugget is just your higher end casino downtown. Nothing special or fancy, unfortunately. It has some of the better restaurants we've been to.

The Rio is *ok*. Traffic is always a pain in the butt near there. The Buffet is 'ok' if you are a tourist, it's not the best if you are a local.

Most of the locals here will hit The Green Valley Ranch.. it's brand spanking new and has some awesome clubs, so you can go there and not feel crowded like the clubs on the strip. The dropbar and Whiskey Skyy are two that I've been to and they're cool. The food @ the GV Ranch is awesome and has a few restaurant choices to choose from. I personally prefer Trophies just because of the relaxed, yet upscale feel.

The Regent up in Summerlin (Rampart and Summerlin Parkway) is one of the places I like to play.. you can actually have a decent conversation with your dealer and not feel like you are being rushed. The Regent (JW Marriott) also has the *BEST* pool in my mind, the rooms are awesome, and it's the least smoke-filled casino.

Next to the Marriott is the Suncoast... a bingo gamer's paradise! The casino also has a really really good buffet (much better than Sams Town, if you want to compare). We normally go to a movie after we eat there... just don't buy any soda or popcorn... will run you at LEAST $8 and you don't get free refills.

BUT if you are stuck on the strip, the buffet at Paris is good and authentic. The Big Kitchen at Ballys was disappointingly small, but good food. Bellagio is overpriced, go figure. NYNY is not worth going to (buffet). MGM isn't too bad, but always crowded. Mandalay Bay has a wonderful buffet, and if the line is too long, go to Raffles Cafe by the guest elevators... you'll get almost the same food, except it's made to order.

A word of advice: the hotels may look nice, the restaurants may look nice, but the food isn't the best. If you really want a culinary experience, plan on going to places that aren't on the strip or in places you wouldn't expect.

A few "local" favorite restaurants on the strip:

PF Changs.. but go to the one @ Paradise and Flamingo, it's less crowded

Raffles Cafe .. mandalay bay

Mon Ami Gabi .. Paris

Michaels Steakhouse .. Barbary Coast (go figure, awesome food)

anything @ the Palms is well liked

even Dennys by the Venetian is good and well priced.

Vegas is here to take your money, in any form... so just remember if you are on the strip, expect to pay a lot for low quality food / gaming / shows.
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Old Apr 21, 2002, 1:04 pm
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Thanks for your very detailed response, I highly appreciate it.

I'm aware about the fact, that *almost* everything on the strip is more or less some kind of tourist trap, therefore I mentioned above some off-strip locations.

I do not look for great food in any style. If I'm in Vegas, I'll go for the buffets. But not for the overpriced, overstyled tourist buffets like the Bellagio, nope, I'm looking for the smaller ones, off-strip and, best case, more frequently visited by locals.

What's your opinion about the hotel and buffet reviews at http://www.cheapovegas.com ? They are looking quite trustworthy to me ...



[This message has been edited by Berki (edited 04-21-2002).]
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Old Apr 21, 2002, 6:16 pm
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well locals have different tastes.

You can't go wrong at Terribles Hotel & Casino at Paradise and Flamingo or at The Palms, which is adjacent to the Rio... (best way to get to the Palms is to take the shuttle from Harrahs to the Rio and walk over).

Just try to avoid the older locations and of course, the Surf Buffet. *ewww*

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Old Apr 21, 2002, 11:43 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Berki:

I would highly appreciate if we can stay on topic and do not mock each other. Thank you.
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Hey Mister Berki,

What makes you think there is anything sarcastic in my writing? You asked a question and you are getting a variety of responses. I wouldn't touch some of the places that have been mentioned on this thread. Go eat at Suncoast and figure it out for yourself. There truly is something for everyone at Las Vegas buffets.
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Old Apr 22, 2002, 12:41 am
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@hedoman:

My request was related to this sentence of you:

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Circus Circus might be of interest on your next visit.
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Nearly everybody knows that the Circus Circus buffet is one of the worst in town, as you can read ie. at www.cheapovegas.com:

Circus Buffet: Advertised as "one of Las Vegas' biggest buffets," this used to be one of the worst in town, now it's improved to slightly substandard. The prices are low, but still higher than some quality buffets, like at the Station casinos, so it's not much of a bargain. Everything is just kind of moist and flavorless. It does, however, serve thousands of people every day, and that says something about people's inability to discriminate, or their lack of knowledge about any other buffet.

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our friend in reno could just be upset over the fact that the town really lacks any good food.. only stuff I found edible is at the Atlantis Resort.... everything downtown Reno reminded me of pre 1990s airline food.

:P :P :P

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Old Apr 22, 2002, 6:56 am
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That's a good point, UAPremierExec ...
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Old Apr 22, 2002, 7:36 am
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I've never understood why the Atlantis buffet drags in so many people in Reno. There are NO good buffets in Reno, IMO.

Berki, you've read cheapovegas and it is an excellent (and accurate) guide to what you're looking for. Why even post your question here if you are going to slam a guy that responds? The Vegas buffet question has been addressed numerous times on FT. For a tenth time.....everyone has their own idea on this subject. How do you think all these places stay in business?

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Old Apr 22, 2002, 7:03 pm
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Hedo, thanks for realizing my post was in pure humor. I love reno and tahoe area, heck, who else could make a trip from Vegas to Reno take 9 hours??? only a TRUE flyertalker!

The food in vegas is varying though, and I just wanted to give people *MY* opinion as a 23 y/o guy who loves to eat (see my 38 inch waist!) and also point them to some sites that have local opinions of each.

:-)

just bring LOTS of Bean-O to vegas

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Old Apr 23, 2002, 1:20 am
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hedoman,

I understood your response to chazas' opinion as a sarcasm - regarding the Circus Circus buffet. Please accept my apologies if I was wrong with that.

Why do I ask for more opinions, even if I've read the reviews at www.cheapovegas.com ? Because even cheapovegas.com reflects also only one opinion.
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Old Apr 23, 2002, 2:27 pm
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i'd never ADMIT to walking into Circus Circus, let alone eating there!
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