Saving dough on Thanksgiving feasts

Nov 22, 2000 10:00 AM

Most of the hotel dining rooms and restaurants in town will offer Thanksgiving dinners, but you don’t have to spend an arm (wing?) and a leg to get a first-class turkey dinner.

At Jerry’s Nugget, for instance, you can get a complete turkey dinner with all the fixin’s for only $10.85 in the Canal Street Cafe. If you’re not in a fowl mood, you can feast on Virginia ham ($9.85), leg of lamb ($12.50) or even New York steak and shrimp ($14.50).

Station Casinos will also make it difficult to stay at home and cook. At Palace and Boulder Station, the Iron Horse Cafe will offer a turkey, ham or prime rib dinner with all the trimmings for $9.95. And the Feast Buffet will tender a similar, all-you-can-eat rendition for $10.99.

At Texas and Sunset Stations, the Feast Around the World Buffet will serve traditional Thanksgiving meals for $12.99. Special holiday dinners will also be served at Capri Italian Ristorante, Costa del Sol, Sonoma Cellar, Yellow Rose Cafe and San Lorenzo Italian Restaurant.

Bargain hunters will like the Thanksgiving specials at the Sahara, whose buffet will feature roast turkey, prime rib and roast pork loin with all the trimmings for $8.95 (served noon to 10 p.m.). And in the Caravan Coffee Shop, guests can choose from turkey or ham dinners for only $7.95 (also, noon to 10 p.m.).

If you don’t mind spending a little more money, you can celebrate Thanksgiving in style at Caesars Palace’s Palatium Buffet. The extravagant feast is priced at $20 per person, but it’s a holiday ”” why not splurge?

The champagne buffet will feature assorted relishes and crudites, a variety of salads, Nova Scotia smoked salmon, chilled casino shrimp, roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings, roasted prime rib, baked bone-in ham, roasted pork loin with cider and poached apples, chicken Cordon Bleu, New York steak teriyaki, Pacific salmon Pomodoro vin blanc, made-to-order pasta, fresh vegetables and a selection of holiday desserts.

After a meal like that, you can see why the Romans were well-nourished.

When it’s time to nourish your soul, check out the live entertainment at the Lounge at Arizona Charlie’s East. There’s no cover charge and no minimum, but you can enjoy acts such as the Fortunes, the Bert Lynch Trio and the Pete & Lisa Wilcox tribute to the Stars.

You get the same great deal ”” no cover, no minimum ”” at Arizona Charlies’ Naughty Ladies Saloon, where you can toe tap to the Yellow Brick Road and Jonathan & Music Magic.

There’s still time to take advantage of Andre-Phillipe’s two-for-one special celebrating the Impressionist Extraordinaire’s one-year anniversary at The Venetian. The offer is good for Nevada residents, who must show proper ID when purchasing tickets. With the discount, show-goers can get two $75, for the price of one, effectively reducing the single ticket price to $37.50. The offer ends at the end of November.