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10.) Dinner rolls
This classic meal starter makes the list just for being as reliable as Old Faithful. Often served in a basket with those little delightful plastic butter cups, dinner rolls are a must at any gambling buffet, but don't eat too many, far better items deserve your attention.
9.) Caesar Salad
Larger buffets, like the ones found at The Mirage or Treasure Island, serve handmade salads of your choosing, but when confronted with buffets that serve only pre-made salads, Caesar salad is the way to go. Always there and always good, a Caesar salad is the perfect compliment to the dinner roll and small enough to leave room for the massive amounts of food to come. For added fun, enjoy a Caesar salad at Caesars Palace.
8.) Soft-serve ice cream cone
Great for the kids and even better for sweet-toothed adults, soft-serve ice cream is a perfect end to a perfect buffet experience. Grabbing a twisty cone on the way out the door makes you feel like you got your money's worth and the cone serves as an excellent vessel for walking through the casino while trying to work off that huge meal.
7.) Various Asian-style chickens
Who knows if these delectable-sauce-covered meats are actually chicken, but get over that fact and you have a plethora of options ranging from sweet to spicy. General Gau's or General Tsu's, who knows the difference, just choose the orange chicken version to be safe or ask the server for sweet and spicy "chicken" to get the best of both worlds.
6.) Fried rice
Nothing like a steaming plate of rice with all the buffet's leftovers stuffed into it. Fried rice is impossible to resist, especially since it mixes so well with whatever else you pile on top of it. My second trip the buffet always ends up mostly fried rice, especially if I can find the variety that comes with large egg pieces. Some buffets offer vegetarian-style fried rice, perfect for those who shun the meat.
5.) Spaghetti and meatballs
This one is for the kids. There are plenty great Italian meal offerings at most gambling buffets, but not every young person likes Alfredo sauce so it's important to have an old stand bye on call. Spaghetti and meatballs appears at every buffet so for your kid or the kid in you, make sure you remember this one if the rest of the spread scares you.
I don't quite get the appeal, but the raw fish line at most buffets seems to be packed. Weird chunks of uncooked fish surrounded by rice and wrapped in seaweed seem to get most people's mouth watering. I'll take their word for it, but given the prices of sushi outside of the buffets, if you like raw fish, take advantage of the all-you-can eat deals at the casinos and munch away.
A good buffet will have a cheesecake spread second to none. This popular dessert offering comes in many delicious varieties, ensuring something for everyone. As a nice bonus, grab a couple different versions and share with your friends in family, or better yet, eat them all yourself and laugh at the casino willingness to let you eat as much dessert as you want for one low price.
2.) Lobster tails
Surf and turf can be a daunting restaurant selection at a casino, especially given the hefty price tag it's often assigned, but at the buffet, you can pile your lobster tails high, right next to your prime cuts of beef. Grab a few tails if lobster is your thing and consider taking the casino for a ride by eating a whole army of this ocean treasure.
1.) Prime rib
This is the undisputed king of the buffet. Cheap prime rib in Las Vegas is as likely as hot summer days, but buffets allow for the added bonus of eating the king of all meats with some lobster and fried rice to boot. Buffet chefs often cut your prime rib right off the bone when you ask for it, ensuring your hunk of cow meat is served exactly the way you like it. Unless you're a vegetarian, not selecting prime rib is a sin akin to not going all-in with aces. You just don't do it, especially when you can say all you can eat baby.