How to get stuffed on a (tight) budget

Nov 20, 2005 11:41 PM

Turkey day specials take top billing this week as we prepare for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Obviously there are plenty of deals to go around and too numerous to list them all here, so we’ll select a few specials that sound appealing and still manage to keep it "on the cheap!"

Our first tip for the busy holiday is to dine during the off-hours to avoid long lines and wait times. Secondly, where possible, make an advance reservation!

Buffets are certainly one way to go on Thanksgiving so you are sure you’ll find all of your favorite holiday dishes. Located in Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino, the Firelight Buffet will be offering a magnificent banquet on Thanksgiving Day. Guests are invited to celebrate the holidays and enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including a sweet potato streusel, salmon filet and tasty cranberry beurre blanc.

The Firelight Buffet will offer a carving station with succulent roasted prime rib and honey-baked ham. Diners can also indulge in Chinese and Mexican favorites, special holiday desserts and a hard pack ice cream station.

The Firelight Buffet will serve these specialties from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for $12.99 to all Prime Rewards club members (free to join.)

Sam’s Town’s Fresh Harvest Café will also be offering holiday specials on Thanksgiving Day. The Tom Turkey meal ($9.99) offers a bountiful serving of golden brown turkey sauced up with signature graving, dressing and mashed potatoes together with fresh veggies for a generous traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Or try the traditional glazed ham dinner ($8.99). The meal includes glazed ham smothered in fruit sauce, sweet yams, homemade mashed potatoes and holiday vegetables. Both entrees include the salad bar and a scrumptious dessert choice of apple or pumpkin pie.

Inside the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, the All-American Buffet will be serving traditional favorites, like roasted turkey, prime rib with au jus, honey-glazed spiral cut ham topped off with an apricot and raisin glaze and stuffed pork loin with maple glaze. Seafood lovers will delight in steamed crab legs, crawfish boil, oyster stew or poached salmon with whole grain mustard sauce. For dessert, try the white chocolate and raspberry bread pudding. The All-American Buffet will serve these specialties from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for $14.95.

San Lorenzo inside Texas Station will be serving a traditional turkey dinner from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting out with a Winter Mix Salad and then served with fresh mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing, vegetable, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce for $16.99. Homemade pumpkin pie is included for dessert.

At Casino MonteLago, the Tenuta Café will be offering a traditional turkey dinner with all the appropriate fixin’s for $12.95 per person from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving! Until next time”¦"Eat well, play well, stay well!"