31 Jul Buffet of Buffets Challenge in Las Vegas
The decision to do the Buffet of Buffets in Las Vegas is one not to be taken lightly. After 24 hours of buffets- lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch again- I was ready to burst. I almost threw up …almost.
This was 24 hours of pure gluttony.
The idea is simple: spend $44.99 (you need to sign up for Total Rewards, otherwise it costs $49.99) and you get to access the Ceasars buffets for 24-hours. Considering the price of an individual buffet, it’s a good deal.
I only made it to Le Village Buffet at Paris, Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood and Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo, and I liked Le Village Buffet so much I ate there twice.
However I could have also tried Flavors Buffet at Harrah’s, Emperor’s Buffet at Imperial Palace, Carnival World Buffet at The Rio or paid an extra $15 for all-you-can-eat seafood at the Village Seafood Buffet at The Rio. The buffet at Caesars is currently undergoing an upgrade.
The thing is, when you see all the different types of amazing food, you can’t help but want to try it all. I’m only 5’1″ and I’m tiny, but put a buffet in front of me and I can’t resist piling my plate up.
I love the choice. I love the fact that I don’t have to look at the menu and think about the cost.
At buffets I always get over excited though and pile a random mixture of foods on my plate- who puts sushi, crabs legs, pasta, chinese noodles and a slice of prime rib all on one plate? Only someone eating at a Las Vegas buffet!
Anyway I managed to survive the 24 hours. I didn’t want to see another buffet for a few days, but I definitely got my money’s worth. Even if you don’t gorge on food, it’s still worth the price and the experience. Meals in Las Vegas can be really pricey, so you would certainly spend more for 4 meals in restaurants.
Here’s the lowdown on the 3 buffets I ate at.
I read a few reviews online and decided to start by going for lunch at the Paris buffet. Man I love this one. I found the wait time was around 15-20 minutes to get a table. The service was good and the buffet is divided into different French provinces, with the food themed around each one. There are live action cooking stations and there’s a great dessert selection.
Highlights: French onion soup, prawns, roast beef, prime rib, potato dauphinoise, crunchy asparagus and tomatoes, clams in garlic, steamed mussels, made-to-order crepes. Huge dessert selection including Creme Brulee. Yum!
Bad Points: Since this is a French themed buffet I was expecting some great cheese (I love brie), but there wasn’t a cheese selection. Also the decor inside Paris is pretty dark.
Overall the Spice Market Buffet was pretty good and it tends to get decent feedback online. This buffet has food from around the world including Mexican, Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern and American cuisine. I went at dinner time so the wait was a little longer (around 30 minutes) but my server was great and every time I sat back at the table, my iced tea was full.
Highlights: Crabs legs, prawns, shrimp cocktail, meat kebabs, great desserts and cotton candy.
Bad Points: You go down an escalator and it’s sort of like you’re eating in a cafeteria- I just wasn’t keen on the decor.
Paradise Garden Buffet at Flamingo
I went to the Paradise Garden at Flamingo for breakfast and was generally a little bit disappointed with what I found. The buffet has one plus point- it has an eating area overlooking the garden and the wildlife, so it’s nice and bright. The rest I didn’t like. Firstly there were lots of tables that hadn’t been cleared, and the servers looked at me but didn’t offer me a drink.
Highlights: Prawns and crawfish at breakfast. Decent pancakes and bacon. Omelettes made to order.
Bad points: Service was slow, tables weren’t cleared, limited choice and a lot of the hot breakfast food was generally disappointing. Definitely not of the standard of the other two buffets I visited.
Tips for the Buffet of Buffets:
1. Sign up for a Total Rewards card to make sure you get the $44.99 price.
2. Go for your first meal at dinner time, so that means you get 2 dinners in 24 hours. Dinner is always the most expensive buffet.
3. Space out your buffets. You’ll need plenty of time to digest that food! I would advise getting up early in the morning for breakfast, so you can space out lunch and dinner.
4. Remember you’ll have to wait in line. Show up about 30 minutes before you actually want to eat.
5. Tipping Etiquette- I tipped the sever between $1-$2 for the clearing of plates and bringing drinks.
6. Don’t forget your receipt! This has the end time on it. You’ll need to present your receipt, your Total Rewards Card and your ID every time you go to the Buffet of Buffets.
7. Remember you don’t need to pig out! While it can be tempting to eat a lot of food at buffets, you might be sick of the sight of food after 24 hours. Just because the food is there, doesn’t mean you have to eat everything!
8. Be aware of your end time. You don’t want to arrive for your last meal and discover your time is up!
9. Research which buffets you want to go to. You don’t have to go to them all, so look online and see which buffets get good reviews.