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Are buffets coming back?

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by npom, Apr 16, 2021.

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  1. npom

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    Just saw a you tube video from one of the local news stations that said buffets are coming back. It didn't say casino buffets but mentioned some local buffets. Anyone else know anything?
     
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    It'll be up to county discretion, and ERI is on record stating that they have no intention of bringing back buffets to Caesars properties any time soon.
     
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    Spirit Mountain has what's called a plated buffet now. This is the Sun thru Thurs menu. Weekend one is a little fancier. I think you get dessert too.

    DINNER $18, ALL YOU CAN EAT
    ADD DUNGENESS CRAB $12


    DINNER ENTREES choice of a cup of chowder, Caesar salad, or all-you-can-eat green salad and breadsticks.

    Choose two to start or two to reorder:

    Slow Roasted Prime Rib
    BBQ Brisket
    Cedar Plank Salmon
    Deep-fried Shrimp
    Smoked St. Louis Pork Ribs
    Deep-fried Oysters
    Steamed Clams & Mussels
    Crab & Bay Shrimp Stuffed Cod
    Fried Chicken
    Linguini Alfredo
    Add shrimp, smoked salmon, or chicken

    SIDES - Choose two to start or two to reorder:

    Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
    Mac-N-Cheese
    Steamed Broccolini
    Roasted Red Potatoes
    Sweet Potato or Battered Fries
    Sauteed Corn
    Loaded Mashed Potato
    Cauliflower & Cheese Sause
    Green Beans Almondine


     
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    Hallelujah! I have missed my breakfast buffets the last two times I've visited.
     
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    I think they will come back, but not nearly as many.
    I would love to see one at Circa because the (pre covid) existing ones downtown are boring and bland.
     
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    I saw a similar LV local news report on buffets returning - maybe the same one. Encouraging.

    CZR has stated they won't be bringing back every buffet. But who knows what will happen at the Strip, Downtown and locals.

    I have - had - my favs I hope will return. And one or two I never got to try.
     
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    If they do come back, it will sure perk this forum up. It's been dead past year that buffets have been dormant.
     
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    Besides Cosmo (breakfast/brunch/lunch) and South Point - which are already open - the only other thing I heard about was Wynn hiring for buffet positions (as a Wynn Slots player, this sparked cautious optimism :))... otherwise, I have yet to hear anything beyond rumors :hmmm:
     
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    I see this on indeed. Might be a good sign.
     
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    I didn’t realize I missed buffets until they were gone! With so many restaurants still operating with limited hours, they will be a huge asset if they open. I miss Aria’s breakfast buffet!
     
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    If Wynn elects to not bring theirs back, I wish they'd bring back that Zoozacrackers deli.
     
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    Hope the MGM buffet improves...
     
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    I know buffets get a bad a bad rap on this board but they are some of my favorite things to do/ eat at in Vegas.

    I have a trip in July and am hoping that a few more open up.

    If the Wynn buffet and Aria buffet open up and the Wicked Spoon expands its hours, I will be happy.
     
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    I don't think that's a universal thing... there are alot of buffet-lovers here. I'm one of them, because they permit me to taste a variety, with very small portions. I've been to several AYCE places, where I appreciate the table service, loved most things I tasted; but I'd have felt less wasteful if the serving sizes were smaller, would have walked away less stuffed, and might have tasted even more dishes. A buffet would have permitted a spoonful of this, one small slice of that, etc.

    Example. I love Latin food. Love Tapas. Eager to experience Border Grill brunch at Mandalay Bay. But won't go solo, as I couldn't bring myself to order the variety I'd want, when the quantity would be wasteful.

    I've tried asking for smaller portions at AYCE places, but it's really not effective. A busy kitchen is set up to put out standardized servings.
     
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    I'm honestly not a big fan of buffets anymore (I just cannot eat that much), but I very much hope they come back, and as soon as it's safe to do so. Aria gets a bad rap as mediocre, but I think at this point it's the best in the MGM arsenal. I like the idea of having as many options as possible for people; similarly, I love Bardot brunch but have zero interest in their dinner menu, but if people do like it and it makes them happy, I'm all for it.
     
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    I once went to Alta in NYC with my ski group. There was an option to order literally the entire menu for about $300 (there were 8 of us, I believe). It was phenomenal.

    I do like solo dining when the menu is designed for single servings, such as Picasso or Bardot brunch, but some of the best meals I've ever had have been when there were several of us and we just ordered a bunch of stuff for the table.
     
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    Hmmmm. I've never seen anyone say Aria's buffet is mediocre. It's in my top three, (Aria, Wicked Spoon, Wynn) and #1 for a few things. The poké bar, the rest of the seafood section, and the Tandoor are (were) some of my favorites.

    I agree Aria is best among MGM, but the only others I've tried are Mandalay Bay (very disappointing) and Mirage in the 90s. I'd heard/read that Cravings had gone downhill, but just before Covid, they'd taken steps to improve and it was worth trying. Based on social media, including VMB, I have no desire to try Bellagio, MGM Grand, or Luxor; if I read about reopening with revamps, I'd reconsider.

    I've never made it to Bacchanal; I've been boycotting all CZR properties since Spring 2018, but swallowed my ire to try Mon Ami Gabi, a Guy Savoy Brioche, and suppose I would do the same should Bacchanal return.
     
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    Always loved the Aria Buffet, we had 2 favorite servers there. Going to SouthPoint buffet now not bad. Socially distanced really well
     
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    I think it's something I recall seeing in Yelp reviews, but I agree. I'm not the biggest an of Wynn (reminds me too much of Bellagio), but Wicked Spoon is great, and Aria is my favorite of the "traditional" buffets.

    The pizzas and desserts are really good, as well.
     
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