Terrible’s has right recipe for great dining

May 6, 2003 6:19 AM

Since its opening two years ago, Terrible’s Casino at Paradise and Flamingo has become one of the most popular locals-oriented casinos in Las Vegas.

To the credit of Terrible’s management, they’ve blended the right mix of games, promotions, recreation and great dining that generates loyalty among its customers.

Dining, especially, is vital to solidifying a customer base, and Terrible’s excels with its dining choices.

First, Terrible’s serves a tasty blend of solid American favorites with Chinese specialties, all at bargain prices.

The casino’s Bougainvillea Café & Rotisserie, located one escalator flight up from the casino floor, is a bright and airy affair, highlighted by charming décor accented by flagstone veneer, faux plants and trees and bougainvillea flowers.

Dining in the 175-seat room is akin to dining in a Mediterranean garden because of the wrought iron fixtures, creeping vines and other design elements.

The menu has something for everyone, including American favorites and Chinese specialties, graveyard bargains, and slow-cooked rotisserie meats.

The latter is a house specialty, with a walk-in rotisserie oven located at the rear of the restaurant. Diners can watch the chickens slowly turn on the rotisserie, which provides a nice toasty glow for those seated adjacent to the oven.

The house specialty is the chef’s signature chicken, a whole chicken marinated in a tequila recipe and slow roasted to perfection. An Âí­ongoing special served 24 hours is a half-chicken for only $4.99.

Other superb choices feature a grilled T-bone steak dinner for only $7.99 (served 24 hours) and including a draft beer; and the prime rib dinner with all the fixing for only $7.99, which also includes a draft beer.

Other tantalizing choices on the menu include Madagascar shrimp, sweet and sour chicken and the popular Tower of Onions — a jumbo onion smothered in homemade beer batter, deep fried and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Diners can also feast on Chinese specialties including Hong Kong chow mein, lemon chicken, moo goo gai pan, sweet and sour pork, Mongolian beef, strawberry chicken and orange chicken or beer.

The Chinese dinner menu is available starting at 5 p.m., though a few Chinese lunch specials for only $6.99 are also offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For diners with serious appetites, check out Terrible’s Buffet, also located on the mezzanine level. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at very competitive prices ($4.99, $6.99 and $9.99, respectively), as well as an $8.99 Sunday brunch.

The dinner buffets feature special theme entrees, including Monday’s Tuscany Night, Tuesday’s Cattleman’s Barbecue Round-up, Wednesday’s Country Kitchen, Thursday’s Seafood Extravaganza, Friday’s Dinner Buffet, Saturday’s Dinner Buffet and Sunday’s Prime Rib and Shrimp.

In addition to great food at bargain prices, Terrible’s has a host of casino promotions. In addition to a very liberal slot club, there are golf packages, gift merchandise, pool parties, paycheck cashing promotions, table game rebates, gas discounts, and much more.