Plenty of patriotic specials on the Fourth

Jul 1, 2002 4:19 AM

What is it that people always say around Christmas? Something like, "I’ll start my diet after the holidays." Well, if you’re trying to look a little better in your Speedos, (or bikini) for the summer, you better wait until after the 4th of July! What a line-up of food choices and specials you have to pick from this week, at truly great pricing to boot!

For openers, chow down on special Independence Day ­­buffets at:

Fiestas: (Henderson or Rancho) Your choice of Festival Lunch or Dinner Buffets for $4.44 all day.

The Palms: Half price Fantasy Buffets all day.

The Excalibur: Offering a specially priced Champagne Brunch from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $9.99. The buffet presentation will include fresh roast Tom turkey with sausage and sage dressing, oven roasted steamship of beef with horseradish cream sauce, sugar cured baked ham with raisin sauce, plus breakfast specialties like Belgian waffles, a complete salad bar, and assorted desserts.

The El Cortez: Will Feature a barbecue buffet in Careful Kitty’s Café from noon to 9 p.m.  Cost is $10.95 per person. Corona and Tecate beers are a buck a piece at the bars too.

On Saturday, July 6, Ellis Island will hold a "Street Party," with all you can eat and drink for $10 per person. (Drawings will also be held on July 4, 5, and 6 to win up to 1,000,000 slot club points.)

Silverton will be offering all Player’s Club member’s (free to join) $1.99 All-American Lunch Buffets from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the month of July, including the July 4 holiday!

For a non-buffet holiday weekend treat, try Jerry’s Nugget for a barbecue dinner special that includes a rack of ribs and chicken breast for $6.95. The super meal-deal includes a choice of potato, (baked or French fries,) and corn on the cob or ranch beans. The special will be offered from Thursday through Saturday in the Canal Street Café.

If you’re looking for a display of evening fireworks on the Fourth try heading to Santa Fe Station or Desert Breeze Park. The Santa Fe will be hosting "Red, White & Rockin’ Blues" beginning at 2 p.m. with all day outdoor entertainment and activities including food vendors, face painting for the kiddies, and a claim of "The longest fireworks show in Nevada," at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 years of age and under.

Desert Breeze Park will be offering "Red, White and Boom" on Thursday, July 4, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, skate shows and demonstrations, and a car show are the main events, along with a many food vendors and a 20 minute fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. Best of all, admission is free. The park is at Spring Mountain and Durango, and the party is sponsored by Clark County Parks and Community Services.

Finally, stop in at any Coasts Resort, (Barbary, Gold Coast, Orleans or Suncoast) throughout the holiday weekend. They will be randomly distributing hand-held American flags free to patrons throughout the casinos.

Too bad that Independence Day only comes once a year, huh?

Until next week”¦Eat well, play well stay well!