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Finding The Right Buffet For Your Budget

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a stop at one of the casino buffets. I’ve tried a buffet or two during all my visits to the strip and I’ve highlighted a few that I’ve enjoyed.

Circus Circus is probably the best value buffet on the Las Vegas Strip although only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They have two different buffets throughout the day and you will find different items during each. For the brunch buffet, you can chose from beef stew, mixed vegetables, fried chicken, hash browns, Chicken Parmesan, ravioli, and spring rolls. The breakfast brunch station includes waffle makers, pancakes, French toast, crepes, peach cobbler, cheese blintz, tortillas, taquitos, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, country fried steak, bacon, and corn beef hash. The omelets or eggs your way station was a highlight.

The brunch desserts offer enough to satisfy your sweet tooth but it won’t knock your socks off like some of the other more expensive buffets.

My favorite mid level buffet is the MGM Grand Buffet. Serving only breakfast, lunch, and brunch until 3 pm daily, it's mostly your typical American fare, so you won’t find a ton of International options here. They have a self-serve beverage station that includes all your juices and sodas. Breakfast offerings include, pork sausage, eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, mini waffles, crepes, blueberry blitz, mini bagels and an egg and omelet station.

The meats at the carving station were perfectly prepared and really well seasoned and included brisket, smoked ham and roast and corn beef hash. The stand out of our group was the Sushi spread, someone even said it was better than what Caesar’s Palace offers.

A really great selection of desserts in nice small portions so you can try a little of everything. Banana cream pie, vanilla custard, strawberry shortcake, muffins, croissants, donuts, tiramisu, vanilla custard, and bread pudding were just a few we sampled. I think it’s all in all a really solid value for the selection and the cost.

If you can stomach the price, the newly renovated Bacchanal buffet at Caesars Palace is my personal favorite. So much food to eat here, and you can see the full menu before you head in to plan your attack. I like to start at the Asian station where items include sweet and sour chicken, egg rolls, carved duck, BBQ pork, Chinese roasted pork belly, bok choi, Korean, short ribs, chicken and stair fry, along with a wide variety of sushi.

Head over to carved meats to savor wagu smoked brisket, grilled tri-tip and prime rib. Oven roasted turkey, slab bacon, BBQ duck wings, wood fired quail, and St. Louis ribs round out the selections.

I never miss the seafood section and always grab some crab claws or steamed legs. They also have red curry shrimp, baby octopus, mussels, clams, shrimp cocktail, fresh oysters and sea scallops.

This buffet really has something for everyone including a hot dog cart that they push through the seating area offering up mini dogs with pickled ginger, not to mention the over 100 plant based vegan and vegetarian items.

Just be sure to check with each buffet before you go as pricing and hours of operation can change often, especially in these changing times.

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