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Best Buffets Downtown

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Cohiba, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. Cohiba

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    Hey All,

    This has probably been asked a million times...well, here goes a million+1.

    What are the best buffets in the Downtown/Fremont area.

    I keep reading Golden Nugget is only okay??!!


    My wife and I have quit going and staying on the Strip, so the buffet will be just for downtown.

    What I'm looking for:

    Breakfast: if I'm up and decide to gamble on my own while the wife sleeps in...anywhere downtown, or even if she's with me.


    Lunch: If we happen to be in a casino, what's a good buffet for lunch.

    Dinner: Again, if we happen to be in that casino...what to look for and what to avoid.

    We stay at the El Co., and love it. This is just if we happen to be in the downtown area and want a buffet.


    Thanks!!!
     
  2. Keyser Soze

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    I thought the Golden Nugget buffet was pretty good. Same for Main Street Station.

    But, my expectations for any buffet is rather low, so perhaps that explains the range of opinions.
     
  3. Joe

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    We rarely eat a lunch or dinner buffet, but we always enjoy the Main Street Station breakfast buffet.

    Lunch and dinner there has many fans on this board, plus some detractors.
     
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    I didn't care for the Golden Nuggett at all. However, I have only tried it there for dinner, and only once (enough for me). I like Fremont and MSS, the latter being a buck or two more but a bit more upscale. Both offer eggs and omettes cooked to order for breakfast which for me is the only way to go.

    Jimbo338

    PS I love the all American breakfast at the Café at EC. Mmmmmmmm, I could have one now!
     
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    There is a reason that buffets have a sneeze guard. Nuff said...:vomit:
     
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    Nothing downtown really comes close to the megabuffets on the strip, but I find the seafood nights at Fremont and MSS to be a good deal for the price. We do the Fremont seafood buffet nearly every trip.
     
  7. GilGunderson

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    Main Street Station is pretty solid. From my experience and people i've talked to about it, probably your best option for a downtown buffet.
     
  8. acehigh

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    Boyd Gaming has been sending me 2 free buffets coupons for the past 4 months for the Garden Court Café. July was reduced to a Buy one get one free. It's pretty decent for buffets but I hear the Golden Nugget one is better. I enjoyed the sea food buffet on Friday but the line can get really long. I tend to go to it right when in opens to avoid the crowd.

    After reviewing your post regarding a lunch option I recommend the Garden Court Buffet Champagne Brunch on Saturday or Sunday from 7:00am - 3:00pm for only $10.99* You get a discount with your boyd gaming card.



    Sunday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm $10.99*
    Monday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm $10.99*
    Tuesday T-Bone Steak: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm $13.99*
    Wednesday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm $10.99*
    Thursday Steak & Scampi: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm $13.99*
    Friday Seafood Buffet: 4:00 pm -10:00 pm $21.99*
    Saturday Prime Rib Special: 4:00 pm -10:00 pm $13.99*
     
  9. atom

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    Main Street Station Garden Court is the best buffet downtown. Golden Nugget's buffet has not been good in my experience (one dinner, one breakfast).
     
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    AGREE with a second to the GN.
     
  11. USCHawks

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    Another vote for MSS. We usually make a trip off strip and eat there once per trip.
     
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    M.S.S. is unbeatable for breakfast.

    Love the omelette station.

    Clean & bright room.

    Decent service.

    Low price.

    Only negative I see is the long walk from the El Cortez. But, perhaps that stroll would be pleasant !
     
  13. Turtleman

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    Here's another vote for MSS … depending the particular day. Specialty nights nearly everywhere are usually much better than "normal" nights. In fact, we're looking forward to seafood night there in another week. Love their crab legs and coconut shrimp.
     
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    I will only do buffets for breakfast or brunch.

    MSS is ok if you don't mind stuff straight from a can or bag. They have went this direction the last couple years. Corned beef hash(last time was in a pool of grease), instant scrambled eggs, bagged salad, and all the fruit selections , and a lot of other stuff on the buffet. Horrible. Not to mention the service is bad. Desserts right off a Sysco truck, and left out from the dinner buffet the night before. The Omlette station is still good.

    The food quality and the GN's buffet has drastically improved lately, but the room remains a cluster in the food area if its busy. Much better quality of champagne served at the brunch as well. Ive even seen Hawaiian poke lately, Smoked salmon.
     
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    Granted the desserts I don't believe are made on site, but still tasty! They are not left out from the night before. If you get there early for breakfast, there are no desserts out yet.

    You realize you can get eggs any style you want them at the omelet station, right? :poke: OK, maybe not anyway, no eggs Benedict.

    To the rest of your comments, I'll just say we enjoy the breakfast buffet and have never had poor service.
     
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    Agree with Oxygenator that GN has improved and MSS has declined. We used to always hit the MSS buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner, now we skip it entirely (though the dining room is still very pretty). We'll do either GN or Fremont for breakfast or GN for lunch if we want a buffet. We're not picky eaters, but haven't found any of them appealing for dinner in recent years.

    Outside the buffet world, ElCo has a pretty good coffee shop with reasonable prices, and their $7.99 prime rib may be one of the best deals in Vegas. The meat is better than Magnolia's (FQ) or the Market Street Cafe (Cal) and the price is less. Aloha Specialties at the Cal has some amazing food deals if you just want something to help absorb the day's alcohol consumption.
     
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    I think the MSS breakfast buffet has been on a slow decline for years. Made to order eggs is about the only saving grace now. Everything else is the quality you'd expect to find at a Shoney's buffet -- if those places still exist.
     
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    I have been downtown my last few trips, have eaten a lot of different buffets. I was not fond of MSS or GN. The only acceptable one was Fremont. My 3 cents.
     
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    I've always liked Fremont buffet better than MSS.
     
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    fremont buffet is pretty decent as far as buffets go and the room and atmosphere is pretty good to me.
     
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