If you are going to be in the Las Vegas area around Thanksgiving and would like to hang up your apron and have someone else do the cooking for you, be forewarned you are not alone! Lines will be long and you will have to wait, but for the most part it may be worth it. Here is a list of popular casinos on and off the strip in Las Vegas. Remember that you won’t just be battling tourists but it’s a popular thing for locals to do as well, ditch the all day cooking and head to casino buffet.
The buffets at the Coast Casinos feature traditional Thanksgiving favorites like roasted turkey with all the trimmings and baked ham, plus all the seafood specialties, soups, salads, fruits and vegetables from the usual buffet offerings.
• The French Market Buffet at The Orleans
• The St. Tropez Buffet at the Suncoast
• The Ports O’ Call Buffet at the Gold Coast
• The Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town
• The Paradise Buffet at the Fremont Hotel & Casino
• The Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station
The Station Casinos Feast and Festival Buffets will offer a variety of dining options.
• Buffet at Palace Station
• Buffet at Texas Station
• Buffet at Fiesta Rancho
• Buffet at Fiesta Henderson
• Buffet at Boulder Station
• Buffet at Sunset Station
• Buffet at Santa Fe Station
• Buffet at Aliante Station
The following Station Casino locations will offer the “Gourmet” menu, featuring all your Thanksgiving favorites, plus seafood and sushi.
• Buffet at Green Valley Ranch
• Buffet at Red Rock Resort
Palms: The Bistro Buffet will offer special menu items which include pumpkin soup, caramel apple salad, pumpkin bulgar salad, smashed cheddar potatoes, Granny Smith apple stuffing, maple roasted yams plus nontraditional items like eggplant parmesan, tortellini with braised short rib ragu, sea bass filet Oscar-style, opaka olive tapenade and Tio’s meatloaf with ancho chili sauce.
The Mirage: The Cravings Buffet will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 3 to 10 p.m.
Bellagio: In addition to the standard buffet offerings, the Bellagio Buffet will feature Alaskan king and snow crab legs, made to order salads, sushi, steak, beef wellington, cooked seafood and traditional Thanksgiving items.
Wynn: The buffet at Wynn offers brunch from 8 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Dinner service runs from 1 to 10 p.m. The VIP package includes two rounds of sangria, mimosas or champagne, VIP line access and a 10 percent discount on the next regular priced buffet with proof of purchase of the VIP package.
Paris: Chef Robert Derwinski offers traditional specialties at the Le Village Buffet served from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Planet Hollywood: Chef Eduardo Ruiz offers traditional specialties at The Spice Market Buffet, lunch served from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. dinner served from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Aria: In addition to the standard buffet offerings, the Aria Buffet will feature traditional Thanksgiving items. Alaskan king crab legs, a variety of sushi, pasta made to order, carved turkey and roasted salmon, ham, prime rib and an Indian menu.
M Resort: The Studio B Buffet will offer an all-day special holiday buffet with beer and wine included from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes roasted turkey breast, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, oysters on the half shell, roasted lamb loin, Lyonnaise potatoes, cream corn, grilled New York steaks au poivre and mahi mahi with pineapple salsa.
The Rio: The Carnival World Buffet offers a special menu featuring sweet potato and chili soup, a carving station with maple honey glazed ham, roasted turkey breast, roasted prime rib of Black Canyon beef and Cajun spice-rubbed pork loin. For dessert, enjoy bananas foster, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake.
Loews at Lake Las Vegas: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy brunch stations including antipasta, smoked salmon, a seafood bar, Marrakesh salad station, soups, kid’s carving station, a traditional Thanksgiving carving station with cider-brined turkey with truffled giblet gravy, Brazilian grilling station, 20-plus dessert options including a funnel cake station, plus sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls. Reservations are recommended; 567-6000.