Jul 13

Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

For my 3rd night here, I decided to treat myself.  I had heard a lot of good things about Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, so I was looking forward to the meal.

The line for the buffet was a little long when I got there at about 8pm on a Tuesday night. I took this to be a good sign.  The line moved pretty well and I pretty quickly was at the front of the line.  Again, because I had the player's card I saved $1 off the meal plus I got to get seated first.  It still was quite pricy at $45 a person, so this isn't for a cheap meal.

This place was pretty amazing.  The smell of the food was wonderful.  The desserts look divine and I was excited to eat.  On my first trip I got lamb and prime rib.  Both were done to perfection.  The lamb was seasoned just right and melted in my mouth.  The prime rib was still pink in the middle and juicy too.  They also had sliders there.  I was quite surprised to taste how good these were.  As small as they were, they still had a little pink in the middle.  On my next trip, I decided to try the seafood.  Again, I was very happy to see the selection that they had.  They had mussels, oysters on the half shell, fresh crab legs, and fresh shrimp.  I could have easily filled myself up on this part alone.  All of the seafood was very fresh and delicious.  Next up was the desserts.  I had a really tough time here, trying to decide what I wanted to eat.  I tried a few different things.  Each one of them was done wonderfully.  The mini apple pie was I think my favorite. They also had a ice cream and mochi section.  I had a vanilla mochi and a green tea mochi.  They were very good a well.   Then, to top it off, I had some pistachio ice cream.  I can't think of a single thing to complain about with any of the food I ate.

Overall, I was very happy with the meal I had at Bacchanal Buffet.  The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great.  This isn't a cheap place by any means, but if you want to stuff your face with a bunch of really good food, you can't go wrong eating here.  I would definitely recommend eating here.

Jul 13

Earl of Sandwich in Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

After a day and a half of stuffing my face, I decided to do something a little lighter and easier on the stomach.  I heard a lot of good things about the Earl of Sandwich in Las Vegas, so that is where I went.  They are a chain, but I picked the Earl of Sandwich in Planet Hollywood.

The place is a little spot in the Casino by the rest of the shopping that they have there.  It has room to sit and eat as well.  The place is exactly what the name implies, a sandwich shop.  They make all of the sandwiches when you order and the they have normal sides like potato salad and mac'n'cheese.  I decided on the The Full Montagu, which has roasted beef, turkey, Swiss, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato & mustard sauce on it.  I went with Mac'n'Cheese and a brownie sandwich for dessert and a drink.  This came out to only $16, so not too bad for Vegas.  The sandwich was wonderful.  I enjoyed every bite of it.  The Mac'n'Cheese was ok.  It really wasn't anything to write about, but it seemed to use real cheese, so that was a plus.  The brownie sandwich (mine had peanut butter filling in it) was very good as well.   Overall, it was a good, light meal.

I would say if you are looking for a cheap, on the go meal for lunch, then the Earl of Sandwich is a great place to go and eat.  It is cheap, quick, and has something for everyone.  I would recommend this sandwich shop.

Jul 13

Paradise Buffet in the Flamingo, Las Vegas.

Night 2 on my stay in Las Vegas, I decided to explore out a little more around town.  I was at the Flamingo when I decided to stop and eat.  It also happened that I had a 20% off coupon for the Flamingo Paradise buffet.  That brought down the already cheap price of this buffet to only $21 for the meal.

The place itself is pretty nice.  If you are lucky, you can get a view of the gardens that are right outside.  I was not that lucky, however.  Once I got there, I noticed that there wasn't nearly the selection that I had seen at Paris, but, I figured, more isn't always better.  I tried the prime rib.  It wasn't very good at all.  It was dry and overcooked.  I did get a piece closer to the end, but it was still pretty overcooked.  I also tried the pork, it too was over cooked and very try.  Ok, then I tried the fried chicken.  I couldn't even finish that one.  It was soggy and cold.  I was not happy at all with the food.  They had an ok fruit section, but how can you screw up fruit I guess.  After eating a little of this, and a little of that, not really enjoying any of it, I moved on to the desserts hoping they would be better.  The one thing that they did have was a chocolate fountain.  The desserts were a little better, but still very average.  I left full, but not very satisfied with the meal I just ate.

Overall, I would have to say that this buffet ranks about as good as an average chain buffet place you can find anywhere in the US.  I am sure for the $21 I spent, I could have gone to a number of other places and found something that would maybe not been as much food, but would have at least made me glad to have eaten those calories.  I do not recommend the Paradise Buffet in the Flamingo to anyone unless you need a lot of food really cheap.  Even then, you have been warned.

Jul 13

Le Burger Brasseries in Bally's, Las Vegas

The next day, I decided to go and see what else was around for lunch.  My adventures brought me to Burger Brasseries in Bally's.  While it is technically inside of Bally's, you can still see a very French theme with this restaurant.  It is in the connecting walkway/mini-mall between the 2 casinos.  The sign showed burgers, so I said why not.

The first thing I noticed is that this place is more of a sports bar with seating then any fancy restaurant.  They have a number of bears and cocktails to choose from as well. But I was hungry and there wasn't much going on in sports that I cared about.   I went about to order my food.

I decided to get one of their combo burger/fry/shake meals.  It wasn't too bad of a price with the player's card, only $21.  I decided on the Paris Burger, sweet potato fries, and a Nutella shake.  The burger was a 1/2 lbs burger with brie, caramelized onion, and bacon on it.  The burger was fantastic.  It was one of the best burgers I have had.  The sweet potato fries were just meh.  They were run of the mill fries you get anywhere.  The Nutella shake was very good, maybe a little small, but it topped off the meal nicely.

Over all, I was very pleased with this choice for lunch.  It wasn't too expensive for Las Vegas, food was very, very, good, and it is a good place to eat and get a drink.  I will be going back to this restaurant again next time I am in Vegas.

Jul 13

Le Village Buffet at Paris, Las Vegas

I am on another trip to Las Vegas.   So, I decided to try a number of places while I am here this week.  I flew into Sin City on a Sunday evening.  I really hadn't eaten much that day besides some crappy airport food, so I was pretty hungry by the time I got checked into my hotel.  I am staying at the Paris Hotel and Casino for this trip.

After looking around a bit, I settled on Le Village Buffet right here in the hotel.  It was shortly after 7pm, so there wasn't too long of a line.  Once I got in, it was a very pleasing place to look it.  It had a lot of the same look as the outside walkway of Paris with it looking like a village town.  Each station had the look of a house.  They had a wide variety of food to choose from.  They specialized in "french" foods.  I ventured out and had a few things.  I started with the prime rib and mash potatoes.  They were wonderful.  The prime rib was done perfectly, nice a pink in the center.  There were a number of other things that I tried there, all of them very good.  Next was the crêpes station.  Oh my.  It was wonderful.  I got the le singe (the monkey) and le pomme (the apple).  The monkey was a banana, candied chestnuts, carmel, and Nutella.  It was every good as it sounds.  The apple one was also very good, but I was getting very very full by this point.  For dessert I got some crème brûlée.  It was pretty standard.  I tried a few other desserts and they were all pretty good as well.

All in all, I would say that for a Vegas buffet, this one was really good for the price.  It was 29.99 per person for dinner, plus tax, after the "players card" (which is free to sign up for) discount of $1.  If you are in Vegas and you want to stuff your face, I would recommend you try Le Village Buffet at the Paris Hotel.

May 13

First Post!

Well, there is nothing to see here yet, but there will be.  Stay tuned!