If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas, you may want to check out some of the delicious buffets being offered. There are prices and levels of quality that run the gamut from very cheap and unfulfilling to expensive and extraordinary. Vegas buffets have been the subject of many jokes over the years with their sneeze guards and chafing pans, but all of that has changed for the better. Top chefs have entered the scene and buffets have taken on a whole new look, much more like fine dining. Waiting lines can still be quite long, so choose your time carefully. Here are a few of my favorite options.
One of my best buffet experiences was at the Wynn Las Vegas, which is also one of the more expensive offerings. Weekend buffet runs $35.95 but the sushi station is so outstanding I'm sure I got my money's worth there! Desserts are fantastic and ever changing along with the other 15 live action fresh cooking stations. Breakfast is $15.95, lunch 19.95 and champagne brunch $31.95.
The buffet at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino is also on the expensive side, but worth the cost. Cuisines from Italy, Japan, China and many other cultures are served beautifully. The seafood was excellent and my steak was cooked to perfection. The marinated lamb gyros were just like being in Greece. Consistently rated one of the top buffets in Vegas.
The Mirage has done an incredible job updating their buffet, Cravings. Chefs prepare fresh dishes as you order from multiple free-standing kitchens featuring an array of international cuisines. Breakfast is $12.95, lunch 18.95, champagne brunch 28.95 and dinner runs 26.95 Sunday through Thursday or $34.95 on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino has a magnificent Carnival World Buffet which offers over 300 dishes ranging from Latin American, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. One of the top pastry chefs in the country, Randy Sebastian oversees their famous dessert station with over 70 sweets to tempt you. There is a free shuttle from several hotels on the strip to get to the Rio and back.
Change the scenery to romantic France and try Le Village Buffet at Paris, Las Vegas. Although quality has gone down a bit in recent months, this buffet serves fresh, made-to-order dishes from five French provinces. Head to Normandy for delicious fresh seafood, Burgundy for coq au vin or savor delicious crepes at the Brittany station. You can choose to be seated indoors by a cozy fireplace or outdoors in a re-created French town square.
Bally's Sterling Brunch is worth the extra expense. Endless refills on champagne, cavier and delicacies such as Lobster Gazpacho, Smoked Salmon in puffed pastry and Thai marinated Rack of Lamb are just a few of the many reasons to indulge yourself at this sumptuous feast. The most opulent spread in town!
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