Friday, September 28, 2012

10 Best Buffets in Vegas? (Link to article, and a few comments of my own...) has an article titled "The Top 10 Las Vegas Buffets" on their website.  It (obviously) lists their opinions of the top ten Las Vegas buffets, as well as a buffet 'survival guide' that has tips on everything from waiting in a buffet line to tipping the buffet waitstaff for service, and it includes a listing of Las Vegas buffets at the end.  Here's a link to the website:  Nom nom nom!

Of the top ten buffets listed, I've eaten at six:  The Bellagio Buffet, The Buffet at Wynn, Le Village Buffet at Paris, Cravings at The Mirage, The Wicked Spoon Buffet at Cosmopolitan and Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood.  I have reviews for each of these buffets already listed on my blog if you'd like to read them (click the "buffet reviews" link on the right to check them out).  My favorite two of those - by far - are The Bellagio Buffet and The Buffet at Wynn.  I have been to both of them multiple times, and I would definitely go to either one again.

It seems to be a slightly weighted buffet listing by some, since it lists mostly Caesars Entertainment and MLife properties, but it makes perfect sense to me because I stay on the Strip and I don't venture far away.  Maybe the author of the article does the same, and therefore hasn't ever tried the M's buffet, or the MSS buffet downtown, both of which I hear are very good, but I don't know.

The article does mention the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars but states that it's just "too new" and that it needs time before they determine if it should be on the list.  From what I've heard about it - and what I hope to experience myself - is that the Bacchanal Buffet is, indeed, very good and should be at the top of the list.  Time and tasting will tell...

For the record, buffets are hard things to review in general, because there are so many choices, and a reviewer (such as myself) may not like certain things, like veal or lamb, or even seemingly innocuous vegetable items like beets and yams - which I call "God's mistakes" because I really don't like the flavor, smell or texture of either one of them - and they won't give what everyone would consider a well-rounded review because they avoid these items altogether.  In addition, I think people who have dietary restrictions or allergies of any kind can't really enjoy buffets the way most people can, because they have to limit themselves when it comes to things like salt or sugar intake, gluten, or even shellfish, dairy and nut products.  Still, I do my best to sample a bit of everything because I really DO like to try new things, and I certainly have a hard time passing up nice buffet presentations...or desserts.

Do yourself a favor and try one of these buffets on your next trip to Vegas so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Link to article: Imperial Palace will become "The Quad"

Caesars Entertainment posted on their blog today that Imperial Palace's face lift will certainly not be the only thing "new"about her; she will be renamed "The Quad".  Here's a link to the story, with a concept photo of the interior-to-be: IP to Quad in 4 letters

Now, I'm not sure what I think at all.  As I've said before, IP was my Vegas 'home away from home' for quite awhile before Caesars Entertainment engulfed most of the mid-Strip properties and I got comped elsewhere, but it's going to look more like something that belongs in City Center - not unlike the Cosmopolitan - instead of the Vegas themed hotel I've loved.

I might love it, and I might not.  I love the Cosmopolitan's casino and Aria's rooms, but I really don't care for City Center as a whole and I HATE Crystals shopping complex because it's too high end, spread out and confusing to navigate.  

But I digress.  The thing is, as friends of mine have already said, I have a feeling that one of the biggest changes is going to be that they are no longer the affordable choice in the Caesars Entertainment group.

According to the website, the changes will begin with the revamping of the casino (in addition to their facade, which are both already undergoing changes), then the restaurants and shops, and so on.  The article also notes that the Auto Collection will remain, although I'm sure the name will change somewhat.  That's good, because they have a great collection of vehicles that makes for an entertaining and diverting afternoon for a low price.  Or even free, if you can find a coupon.

Still, it will be interesting to see the changes, and I am looking forward to checking out the entire property from top to bottom to see how things come together.  Whether I will like them or not - and spend time in the casino and hotel or not - remains to be seen.

If you visit, let me know!  I'm curious about the changes as they take place and hope to post updates as I hear about them.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The face of the Las Vegas Strip continues to change...

I've been visiting Las Vegas since August 1997, and I have seen several of the current Strip hotels built from the ground up during that time:  The Venetian and Palazzo, Bellagio, Wynn and Encore are the biggest and the brightest of that bunch.  The Boardwalk - along with its giant, creepy clown out front - was torn down and replaced by the gigantic, confusing mish-mash that is City Center.  The Aladdin got a face lift, and then it got a new name along with yet another face lift when it was purchased by Planet Hollywood.    

I've also seen classic hotels torn down, not to be replaced; namely The Frontier and Stardust.  A partially completed hotel skeleton stands where the Stardust once did, instead of something new.  Will its replacement ever be finished?  No one knows for sure.  For now it stands as just a sad, empty testament to what once was.

Here's what's left of the Stardust - now located at the Neon Boneyard:
Gone, but not forgotten...
Now Caesars Entertainment is trying to one-up the competition by re-doing the Imperial Palace and giving it a new name to go along with a new face on the Strip.  The name has yet to be determined, and I have no idea what it will eventually be called.  

In addition to that, Caesars Entertainment has already torn apart the O'Shea's Casino - along with its parking garage  - in order to prepare for construction of the boardwalk shopping area that will eventually connect the giant Linq wheel to the Strip.  They have also torn down everything they own on Koval Avenue behind the Strip to start building the huge Linq wheel itself, as well as more of the boardwalk entertainment area.  The whole thing is supposed to be a destination with an Atlantic City-like boardwalk feel.  The Linq project is scheduled to open sometime during the Summer of 2013.  Here's a good blog entry about the project, with great photos: Link to the Linq

If you'd like to see what's already happened to Imperial Palace's neighbor (and some of Imperial Palace's own insides), check out the Caesars blog entry here:  Goodbye to you

I am sort of excited to see what will happen to Imperial Palace on the inside, because she was certainly getting to be a tired old girl.  Even the vanilla upgrades made by Harrah's Entertainment (before it became Caesars Entertainment) weren't enough to keep it going forever, and she was badly in need of a makeover.  Even though I have many good memories of my beloved IP, I hope she is prettier after her makeover.

Bacchanal Buffet opens at Caesars Palace (with a link to some info and delicious photos!)

Oh, my!

The new Bacchanal Buffet opened at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, September 11th.  Here's a link to the Caesars Entertainment blog post about the grand opening, along with some great opening day photos, including about 75 of them in a slideshow at the end - YUM!


What a delicious-looking bunch of food there is on this buffet!  Almost 500 choices between breakfast, lunch and dinner?  Lots of dishes served in individual serving containers?  And three beautiful areas to eat in, each one prettier than the last one?  I'm sure the lines will be long at first, but with the buffet open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on a daily basis, I'll bet there will be times when there's no line a'tall...

Current Prices:  Breakfast $19.99, Lunch $24.99, Weekday Dinner $34.99, Weekend Dinner $39.99 and Weekend Brunch $31.99.  Take $3 off each of those prices if you've got a Total Rewards card and show it when you pay.  In addition to THAT, remember that they waive the taxes if you use your Total Rewards points to pay for your meals at Caesars Entertainment properties.  Woo hoo!