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Breakfast: Do You Hit the Buffet or the Cafe

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by gpenguins67, Feb 6, 2013.

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  1. gpenguins67

    gpenguins67 High-Roller

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    So after cleaning up my desk earlier today I stumbled upon my checkout receipt from MGM Grand from my last trip. So 3 of us went to breakfast at the Studio Cafe on our last morning and the bill was $68 not including tip.

    I think that was just insane... we each got an egg or omlette dish and a cup of coffee... no fresh squeezed juice or alcohol to rack up bill. There was nothing memorable about that 68 dollar breakfast except the fact that none of us thought it was good. In fact the coffee was the only good part of it.

    That being said... I looked up the price for the Breakfast buffet (which I have had before and it was very good) and it is $20 a person and essentially would have cost us the same, but we would have been full and had a far superior (taste, quality and quantity) breakfast.

    I know I won't be making that mistake at MGM ever again. Have you guys noticed this at any of the other Hotels? and Do you prefer running into the cafe for a quick breakfast or do you prefer the buffet (for a real breakfast... not just a coffee and pastry that you can just pickup at a starbucks)?
     
  2. mdlee3_46041

    mdlee3_46041 Low-Roller

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    For me, I usually hit the café, but I'm generally staying downtown where it's cheaper. I may hit 2 buffets for a week long trip, but it just depends on what I'm craving and how hungry I am at the time I decide what I'm getting.
     
  3. AndyAkeko

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    You nailed it exactly. Except for our one trip to Hash House A Go-Go, we always hit the buffet for breakfast because it ends up being the same price on the strip (especially when it costs $3 for coffee). It helps that we mostly eat meat, potatoes and fruit for breakfast, because eggs at a buffet can be pretty dicey. It's a lot harder to screw up bacon, sausage and hash browns.
     
  4. Danamrak

    Danamrak Low-Roller

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    Like the buffets for breakfast as most have an omelet station where you get the omlets/eggs done up the way you want them....plus all the milk, juices, and fruit.
     
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    Being the extremely thrifty sort, I find it well worth my while whenever possible to eat at Main Street Station Buffet, or drive to Texas Station or Gold Coast for about $8.00. Plenty to eat including juice and coffee for much less than a simple breakfast at even the Denny's in Casino Royale. Absolutely absurd what some places charge for eggs and coffee.
     
  6. VegasKing

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    Studio Cafe is notoriously awful. For me, I have stayed at MGM many times, so I keep wanting the place (ate there 3 seperate occasions, all got progressively worse) to be average at least, but it is not. Ate there one time, and we noticed a huge table 8 person table (not the table we were at) was uncleaned from the previous diners. Not a big deal. Until it took us 2 hours to get chicken fingers, and even then it was uncooked, inedible. During that entire 2 hour dinner, they still did not bus the nasty 8 person table. Service is undeniably horrible, food is below average.

    Cafes in general may be better than buffets or vice versa. Think it depends on the place and quality. One thing is for sure, Studio Cafe is not better than any other place in Las Vegas.
     
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    Almost always the cafe. For us it usually ends up cheaper, plus most of the past Vegas trips have been work trips and we need to eat early and fast, so.....I definitely remember a DT trip when we ate at Fremont - I had a la carte and my husband had the buffet and the price was just about the same, so I definitely should have had the buffet that trip.

    For us, the difference tends to come with drinks - eg if I'm not getting coffee or juice (and I rarely do) then the buffet is cheaper. But with just oatmeal or a couple eggs & water, a la carte......
     
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    Always the the buffet. I would not even consider a cafe. I can eat and drink as much as I want at the buffet. I do not see the economics of going to a cafe and paying a la carte.
     
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    Usually the buffet unless we go to EI. For breakfast I usually have 2 for 1 coupons to use.
     
  10. Nevyn

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    Generally I do breakfast buffets anyway, as they serve as brunch and then I work off two meals a day.

    But yeah, whenever Ive been tempted to try a strip cafe instead, I look at the menu prices and keep walking.
     
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    We usually eat at the cafes. I believe that the food is usually better IMO and I tend to overeat at a Buffet.
    We enjoy breakfast at Planet Dailies(PHO), Bellagio cafe, Grand Luxe, Hash House a go go and at the Peppermill.
     
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    Magnolias

    At the cafe in 4-Queens, (Magnolias) they always seem to have a 'Player's Card' breakfast special - which has always seemed to be their 'standard' breakfast of two eggs with bacon or sausage, toast and hash browns.

    As I recall, with coffee, it runs about $7 a person before tip.

    About the only time I eat at buffets is if it's comped.
     
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    Since we often stay off Strip, play a lot of golf and always have a car, breakfast typically is had at the golf course or locals' eateries: Mary's Hash House, Maple Tree, Omelet House in Summerlin, etc.
     
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    In Vegas I almost always go to McDonald's for breakfast... I don't like filling up early in the day and usually just have 2 or 3 hashbrowns for breakfast.

    We've done coffee shops from time to time but at most of them on The Strip the breakfasts start at $9.95 and come with more food than I want to eat that early... and if you go with sides its going to be $4 for a tiny plate of hashbrowns and $4 for 2 pieces of toast (which is why one might as well go for the full plate and get the eggs and bacon/sausage for only $2 more...)
     
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    The buffy ( for breakast or lunch). The cafe for lunch or late night,
     
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    Eating a breakfast buffet requires me to get up before it turns to lunch. Yea...not happening. :)
     
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    100% agree. I've gone to many cafes, most have just been at 1-4am.
     
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    Coffee Shop for breakfast or late dinner, especially for a special or with a coupon. Buffet for Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner, especially with a coupon.
    We have had some breakfast buffets.
     
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    When we have breakfast at the cafe it is usually at 4am. We splurge on one breakfast per trip at Bouchon, Tableau or Verandah
     
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    We normally stay downtown as of late, so if we dont go to MSS for the buffet, we usually eat at either DuPars or Magnolias for breakfast. Hash House is a possibility too, so I would say maybe one buffet on the trip and cafes for the rest. If that said cafe was charging $20+ for a meal, I would definitely be looking for different digs. That is a ludicrous amount for the food you ate, although if you are staying in that hotel, sometimes convenience is just easier. There are just too many good places to eat in Vegas that charge way less than this for breakfast IMHO!
     
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