Date Night is in Las Vegas this week, and what great food we have been eating! We had dinner at Todd English’s Olives in the Bellagio, Bobby Flay’s Mesa at Caesar’s Palace, and were in beer-heaven at the Public House in the Venetian. Everyone who goes to Vegas argues about who has the best buffet. We got a lot of recommendations from friends, and after doing a bit of buffet research (hey, someone has to do it), we decided to check out the Caesar’s buffet because it just reopened after a $17 million facelift. That’s expensive even by Buckhead plastic surgeon standards! Will we shoot craps or go home big winners? Read on to find out…
We are here during lunch, which costs $32 per person. You can get a cheaper rate if you are in the Caesar’s frequent gambler club, something we found out AFTER we ate. There are 500 dishes available here from seven “interactive kitchens”.
The dishes are broken up by cuisine. Our first stop is the seafood buffet, where “small tastes” of low country boil and other seafood delicacies are available.
The quality of the food is incredible. This is not Golden Corral we are sampling. Next, we head over to the American section for some meat.
There’s a lot of stuff at this station, with four kinds of sausage, prime rib, and chicken to get you going. They also serve fried chicken, sweet potato fries, french fries and onion rings in the cutest little fry baskets.
Feel like some Asian food? This buffet has you covered.
Our camera does not have a wide enough angle lens to capture all of the dishes. We are starting to fill up, but there is so much more to eat. Next up, the Mexican section.
Again, not all dishes are pictured from the Mexican part. There is an incredible bread assortment next to the Mexican section, and although you don’t want to fill up on bread, who could turn this down?
Perhaps you would like some cheese with that bread?
Our portion size continues to dwindle, as does the room in our stomachs. There are only two areas left, and one of them is Italian.
This is next to the pizza bar, which today features at least four different pizzas. In case you need even more Italian, try some of this.
Who has room for this? Evidently, we don’t. Here’s a picture of the last plate I took…
The giant meatball is good, as is the “pizza of the day”, which the chef, interacting with us in the interactive kitchen, proudly told us was his invention, artichokes and sun-dried tomato. Fortunately, I was able to split this with Eve, so that we would have room for dessert.
It’s time for dessert, and fortunately we are able to “rest” our lunch when we get into a conversation with a Vegas regular who likes us so much that she tries to adopt us on the spot. We get to meet her husband and her friends and we spend a lot of time with them, which allows us to try some desserts.
We must be in a dessert coma because we don’t take pictures of the available ice cream, hot chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate lava cake, or of the made-to-order crepe station. Well, here’s more of the offerings…
In case you were wondering, gula melaka is a coconut-based dessert from the Far East that tastes a lot like tapioca.
We are so full that we take the biscotti for the road! By the time we roll out of here 2.5 hours later, we feel as if we ate all 500 dishes for lunch. In fact, we don’t eat again for another 24 hours, so even though it’s pricey, we feel that we got our money’s worth. Although they seat 600 gamblers at a time, it’s not a gamble to eat here. Caesar’s is a culinary jackpot, the “royal flush” of Vegas buffets.