Next stop: Aboard the specialty buffets train in Las Vegas
We all love buffets. What’s not to like about the all-you-can-eat concept? From the finest gourmet items and Southern-style Cajun and Creole dishes to Polynesian selections, French-inspired fare and seafood delights, you can’t go wrong with the bounty of specialty buffets here in town.
The world-class Bellagio resort offers five-star dining options not only with its restaurant collection but with a gourmet dinner buffet at The Buffet (877.234.6358) on Friday and Saturday nights. Items you’ll find include a caviar station, blinis and mini buckwheat waffles, beef Wellington, Kobe beef, rack of lamb, osso buco and desserts normally not found at any other buffet. Up the ante through The Buffet’s Chef’s Table experience with tableside preparations and a personal meet and greet from the executive chef.
At Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace (702.731.7928), more than 500 items are made fresh daily. Sink your teeth into succulent prime rib, lamb chops, wagyu sliders, dim sum and a variety of desserts such as crepes, macaroons and tiramisu. What makes this buffet so unique are the high-class options available for an upcharge: Sasanian Imperial caviar with a bottle of Dom Perignon; whole fish, such as New Zealand Tai snapper or Norwegian mackerel; and whole poached lobster with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
There’s something about gospel music and Southern cuisine that’s soothing to the soul. At House of Blues at Mandalay Bay (702.632.7607), Kirk Franklin’s highly acclaimed Gospel Brunch, which is not only popular in Las Vegas but also in Chicago, Orlando and New Orleans, serves up Creole catfish, chicken jambalaya, the comfort-food classic macaroni and cheese, and even fried chicken and waffles every Sunday. Carving stations dish out oven-roasted turkey breast and smoked beef brisket while breakfast potatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs satisfy those craving traditional brunch items.
Get a tour of France at the Le Village Buffet at Paris (702.946.7000). Go for the hearty penne alla puttanesca and other pasta dishes from the Provence region. If you’re a meat eater, hit up the Burgundy region for rotisserie chicken with a side of Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Save room for decadent made-to-order crepes from the Brittany region. Le Village Buffet is unlike any other buffet in Las Vegas, not only because of its specialty cuisine, but also because it’s the only buffet in town where you can make a reservation.
While you’re in Las Vegas, taste the islands at Seasons Buffet at Silverton (702.263.7777). Everyone knows that pork is a huge part of the Hawaiian culture. At Seasons, there’s no shortage of that as the buffet serves up Polynesian selections every Saturday night. Have a luau with ahi poke, tako poke, Kalua pork and cabbage, whole suckling pig with crispy skin, pork lau lau wrapped in taro leaf and lomi lomi salmon.
For flavors of the sea, Studio B Buffet at M Resort (702.797.1000) is the way to go. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, fuel up on items such as tempura shrimp, oysters, fried calamari, lobster bisque and Alaskan Snow crab legs, in addition to steamed clams and mussels, an assortment of sushi, miso glazed salmon and crawfish boil.
Another seafood option is the Carnival World & Seafood Buffet at Rio (702.777.7757). Although they were once separate entities (Carnival World Buffet and Village Seafood Buffet), the two merged into one dining experience while still keeping seafood lovers in mind. There’s more than 70 mouthwatering offerings to choose from, including oysters, crab legs and shrimp in addition to traditional buffet items.