|The Buffet of Buffets|
|Thanks to Cheetz for the Limo!|
In order from left to right, Chetan, John, Tyler, myself, and Chad, met at the airport where a limo picked us up and brought us to the Plaza Hotel and Casino. I really enjoyed staying off of The Strip as downtown is such a more relaxed and old-school Vegas atmosphere. Still, a couple nights later we made our way to Las Vegas Boulevard to experience a culinary conquest like no others. The Buffet of Buffets is offered by seven Harrah's owned properties. For one very reasonable price ($39.99 for rewards card holders, $44.99 without the card), diners get 24 hours of access to all seven buffets. Conceivably it is possible to do all seven. Perhaps one day I'll try that. But since we had other things to occupy our time in between buffets, we did manage to hit three of their most famous destinations of glutony.
|Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas|
|Chefs at the Lago Buffet|
The Lago Buffet stuck to their specialties. The menu featured some Italian and Asian cuisines as well as some excellent herb-roasted meats, a divine dish of braised beef, and some of the best biscotti I've ever tasted. All in all the buffet offered legitimate quality, wide enough selection, and a commitment to keeping up the standards of the cuisine they produced. While the Lago Buffet did not offer food from all four corners of the map, they made up for it with doing what they do really well.
|Prime rib (left) and bacon-wrapped pork (right)|
|Plate #2 at Lago Buffet.. the mac & cheese and green beans held their own|
|Dessert plate at Lago Buffet: the biscotti (far left) stole the show|
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|Ham, prime rib, and sausage awaiting their digestion|
Unfortunately, while the prime rib highlighted the trip to Carnival World, the rest of the fare didn't stack up. It seemed to me that they tried to do too much and focused way more on quantity than the quality of all the little niche cuisine offerings. The Mexican section didn't even look edible, the sushi was a poor attempt at sub-par rolls, the pizza was alright, but not stellar for the kind of oven they had there, and the American section was downright disappointing. Still, I'd go back from the prime rib. I hope it wasn't a fluke.
|Carnival World plate #1: check out that prime rib!|
|You think they go through some crab legs?|
|Carnival World plate #2... you can actually see the plate in this picture! And yes, that is a corn dog. No, it wasn't good.|
|Desserts at Carnival World... the cookies and cream gelato rocked.|
|Plate #1 at the Spice Market Buffet in the Planet Hollywood Casino|
All in all I was still blown away by the value of the Buffet of Buffets. For $40 I got three full, gigantic meals at three totally different buffets inside of three of Vegas's most famous resorts... and there were still another four that I never got to try! The Lago Buffet at Caesar's Palace wins my award for best all-around buffet of the three. The selection wasn't as great, but what they lacked in quantity to the other two buffets was easily made up for in quality. My other award for best single food item goes to the prime rib at Carnival World at the Rio. I could have eaten nothing but that for three days and been satisfied. The biscotti at Lago would come in second. In closing, God Bless America, and thanks to Harrah's for allowing us to wallow around Vegas in such glutinous glory!