Experiencing Sin City's fabulous feasts
Everything in Las Vegas is over the top, including its many buffets. This sin-‘fully’ delicious city has more dining options than you can partake of on a single vacation. Whether you’re just looking for a little sustenance to keep you energized at the blackjack table, or if you’re like me, and make a trip to the buffet a stand-alone event, Vegas has got you covered. Works of culinary artistry abound in a gastronomic fantasyland and are a feast for the eyes and palate. As your wallet shrinks in the casino, you’ll expand your waistline savoring every scrumptious morsel on what seems like a never-ending feast. No need to roll the dice when it comes to deciding where to graze, here are five fabulous Las Vegas culinary adventures you won’t want to miss.
ARIA: The Buffet
On the promenade level of the ARIA is The Buffet, taking you around the globe with international cuisine at live action food stations. From Asia to South America, Italy to the Middle East, you can get a taste of the world without ever leaving the dining room. There are limitless offerings of dim sum, fresh produce, seafood, authentic New York style pizza, and my personal obsession, naan fresh from the tandoor oven. And if an adult libation is on your radar, for an additional charge you can get unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Champagne, and premium beer and wine.
Viewfinder Tip: To avoid the crowds, eat a late breakfast/early lunch or a late lunch/early dinner.
Bally’s: Sterling Brunch
Sunday brunch at Sterling is a splendid affair—albeit a tad pricey. But, with free flowing bubbly (Perrier-Jouët), you soon forget the hefty tag and become immersed in a sea of all you can eat lobster tails, crab legs, smoked salmon, jumbo shrimp, caviar, sushi, and fresh shucked oysters. And did I mention unlimited Champagne? Pair the succulent seafood with the likes of prime rib, filet mignon, lamb, a little Nueske’s bacon, and the Gruyere popovers you have surf and turf combinations so exquisite you will have created an utterly memorable meal.
The Cosmopolitan: Wicked Spoon
The spacious, modern dining room gives way to the star of the room, a massive buffet with a large selection to suit just about every palate and specialty diet. Petite portions are served in creative vessels like mini fry baskets for crispy fried chicken or tiny Chinese to go containers filled with pork-fried rice. There’s a carving station, salad bar, and the much talked about and sought after roasted bone marrow, not often found on a buffet line. Also, there are seasonal dishes, mini desserts, and a house-made gelato bar.
The Wynn: The Buffet
Playfully decorated with over-the-top floor to ceiling fresh floral arrangements, the dining room is adorned with bright, bold colors giving it a whimsical feel. The buffet is equally as vibrant with splashy selections like roasted Peking duck buns, a ramen station, ceviche, and made-to-order street tacos. There’s comfort food with a twist with dishes like chipotle glazed BBQ meatloaf and smoky Texas mac and cheese. And, if you’re Sinatra fans like I am, you can try meatballs made from an Old Blue Eyes family recipe. There’s a grand finale of sweet specialties dipped in a massive chocolate fountain and an ice cream wheel that’s looks like a cross between Wheel of Fortune and roulette.
Caesars Palace: Bacchanal Buffet
There are so many delicious choices here it could make your head spin. For starters, try the house made soup and pho, stone crab, shrimp cocktail, salmon, and miso sea bass. For your second pass, the waffle cone stuffed with fried chicken is a must. A locked and loaded stuffed baked potato is a carb addict’s dream. Challenge yourself to a hearty helping of chicken feet in black bean sauce. For the heavy lifting, there is a meat lovers paradise with charcuterie, braised short ribs, a carving station with prime rib, brisket, BBQ ribs, lamb, turkey, and sausages galore. And finally, even if you’re busting at the seams, try the green tea matcha cake, it is superb and light enough not to send you into a food coma.
No matter which buffet you choose, the key to survival is in pacing yourself. Buffet dining is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.
What’s the best buffet you have ever experienced?
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