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Sep 14, 2011 09:29 PM

Buffet for those with simple tastes

Yeah, I know, not very chowish of me, but sometimes I want something simple. My favorite was the Sahara. They serves canned peaches and cottage cheese and other simple foods for a decent price. Now that the Sahar is gone, I'm wondering if there are any other buffets in Vegas that serve things like cottage cheese and canned peaches. I'm not looking for prime rib or crabs legs. I want salad, mashed potatoes, baked fish, canned and fresh fruit. You get the picture. Don't kick me off of the board for asking this (LOL) because I know I'm committing a cardinal sin by even thinking to ask such a question. But since none of you can see my face, I'm safe enough :)


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  1. First of all, it really pains me that you feel guilty or reticent about this request. I'm not much of a buffet aficionado, but I think one possibility might be the Coast buffets, which are less expensive than the Strip buffets, and a little better in quality than the low-end Strip properties. I think that the Orleans might be a little better than Gold Coast or Sam's Town. If you asked me ten years ago, I would have mentioned Main Street Station, but friends feel it isn't what it used to be.

    I'll ask some buffetophile friends of mine their opinions, too.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      I actually really like the buffet at the Main Street, and to the OP, last time my wife and I went there (maybe 1 1/2 years ago) they had cottage cheese! The quality is not bad and you can't go wrong for the price.

      1. re: Bran808

        Thanks for those replies! I grew up on Vegas buffets as my family spent summers, weekends and holidays there. We ate in buffets every day, twice a day, for weeks at a time. I hated them by the end of the first week, but we kept going back because they were convenient and well priced, and the food was always fresh. In the last few years I've tried the buffets and teh MGM Grand, Rio, Wynn, Gold Coast, Sahara (now gone but fondly remembered), Tropicana and a few others. Now i have a few more to add to my list!


    2. No matter what other people say, THIS is the kind of post that Chowhound is all about. Deliciousness takes a great many forms.

      My first thought: Stay the hell off the Strip if you have a choice in the matter. The buffets on the Strip with what you're looking for are a good bit more expensive than comparable ones downtown or off-Strip. And if you have to stay on the strip, stay away from Excalibur and Imperial Palace, you'll regret both of them. Seriously, they make Hometown Buffet look downright classy and gourmet by comparison.

      The first thing that pops to mind is to hit one of the nicer downtown casinos; I would imagine that Golden Nugget or Main Street Station would fit the bill nicely.

      Oh, I have to add... if you want to do a splurge buffet, Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan is outrageous. It's the only buffet I've been to multiple times. Most other buffets I can show some manner of restraint; at Wicked Spoon I'm tempted to call the bell desk and have them wheel me back to my room on a luggage cart. Oh, also, complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary at brunch 7 days a week to ease the sting of the $23 admission.

      1. Here's what one of my buffet fanatics wrote to me after I sent him a copy of your original post:

        "MSS is probably fine for what she wants. It's really been pretty consistent, same food all the time, but fairly good and inexpensive, at least when they don't have the "special" nights, like Steak night, etc. Orleans is good, Gold Coast might even be better cause it's a tad cheaper."

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          1. re: Friend of Bill

            Palace Station? Really? I think it's on par with Circus Circus. Palace Station is the only Station buffet I won't go to. Red Rock and Rampart might fit the criteria.

        1. The M Resort has a really good buffet and Rio is another good place.

          1. I have only had the breakfast buffet so far, but the Santa Fe on Rancho was very good, and cost a whopping $4.99 w/club card. I would not recommend the Fiesta on Rancho-way too salty for my taste.

            I have eaten at the original Cannery, and it was good.

            My biggest beef with any buffet is the amount of salt that is used. I had my salt intake severely restricted after my Dad's heart bypass. Mom basically took the salt shaker off the table. I have reduced how much I now use, and often times omit it from a recipe if called for. Some things just need salt to taste right, but not everything. The first month, or so, was the roughest. After that I hardly missed adding salt, but I really notice it in prepared foods now. With some buffets I am pounding down water hours after my meal there.