High-end buffets for gourmets

Apr 9, 2001 3:35 AM

       With a reputation for serving generous portions at bargain prices, buffets have what you want, whether it’s good old American favorites, exotic dishes, international specialties or even a mixture of everything!

      Buffets made their culinary debut in the early 1940s as a kind of “chuck wagon feast,” which usually cost as little as a buck. Of course, their main function was to keep gamblers close to the action, but today they offer a varied dining experience in a variety of price ranges.

      Here’s a sampling: You can choose from nine “action stations” serving American, Southwestern, Pacific Rim, Chinese, Italian and Mexican at the Main Street Station’s Garden Court Buffet, rated among the nation’s top five buffets.

      Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas serves dishes from each of the five French provinces. The MGM Grand Buffet is open for brunch and dinner with eight delicious rotating entrees, a carving station, an 18-item salad bar, and a dinner that includes all-you-can-eat shrimp and prime rib.

      Got the midnight munchies? Try the Surf Buffet at the Boardwalk, or the Ristorante Dei Fiori at the Hotel San Remo.

      Specializing in seafood are the Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort, the Stratosphere Buffet, the Paradise Seafood Buffet at the Flamingo Las Vegas and the French Market Buffet at The Orleans.