Category: Food and Dining

 

The MGM Buffet

This year, Ben and I decided to book our room at the MGM grand. It was our holiday treat to ourselves and we thought a stint in one of the largest hotels in Las Vegas would come as a breath of fresh air.

What would be a trip in Las Vegas however, if one does not try its world-famous buffets? We’ve heard a good deal about Las Vegas buffet restaurants like the Wicked Spoon, Mirage, Bellagio, and this one at the MGM Grand. We’ve heard a lot of not-so-good reviews about the joint but we had to see it for ourselves.

The family is really a big fan of buffet-style food service and we simply want to give it a try. We went at around 4 in the afternoon and luckily, there was no line but we had to wait for about 5 minutes to be seated. Our hostess was just too happy to help us find a booth and attend to our needs.

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So it wasn’t a very big place but there’s a lot of food you could choose from. There’s a wide variety of food selection from sushi to steak, Mexican and what have you. The items in the dessert station looked good and I made a mental note not to miss it after we have our main course.

The food were just being placed right at the stations when we came so I assume they were freshly cooked.

Our choices were the king crab legs and oysters. We also had the onion and steak prime ribs and we were not disappointed. It was worth their price too. Missus had some macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes and she said it suit her taste.

The chocolate covered strawberry was heavenly and the gelato was awesome. Well, the desserts and the salad selection are commendable.

Our hostess filled and refilled our drinks so often and she had that nice smile on her face. The music played went well with the ambiance and we found the service good.

For someone not so picky on food like us, the MGM Buffet is quite okay though a bit pricey. BUt hey! What do you expect in Vegas?

All in all, the experience was good and we’ll definitely come back here on our next visit to the Sin City!

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Hot and Juicy Crawfish: A mouthwatering haven for seafood and savory food lovers

I grew up loving seafood and I can say give me anything out of the saltwaters and I would definitely eat it with gusto!

A seafood dining experience always excites me and if I have one place I love to go to have that experience, it would be Hot N Juicy Crawfish along Spring Mountain Road.

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Hot and Juicy Crawfish Photo Credit: Las Vegas Top Picks

Upon entering the place, you’ll be greeted by the savory aroma of the food they serve. Bet it was one of the reasons why the restaurant was featured in the show Man vs. Food.

Aside from the love of seafood, I also want that hot and spicy taste for my gastronomic cravings and HnJC serves it in complete package.

The seafood is served in a bag, boiled and seasoned, and you can choose from five sauces, hot and spicy to go with your dish. The crab legs, the shrimp and the crawfish are a blast!

Hot and Juicy Crawfish seafoods in a bag. Photo Credit: Tripadvisor

Hot and Juicy Crawfish seafoods in a bag.
Photo Credit: Tripadvisor

The shrimp in garlic butter flavor is delicious. You can always ask for an extra helping of lime and lemons with salt and pepper for added flavor on your dish.

HnJC is basically a joint where it is normal to get dirty and messy while eating. It would be more gastronomically delightful to get your hands on the seafood and enjoy eating them without any pretense. But if you’re not in for the messy stuff, the staff will provide you with bibs and plastic gloves and there’s always a roll of tissue paper on every table.

Apart from the sumptuous seafood served, their Cajun fries is also great, with its crispness and tastiness.

The ambiance is very casual and it is a perfect place to hang out and spend good times with friends.

All in all, food and service was great and I wouldn’t think twice on coming back each time my mouth waters for the hot and spicy seafood they serve.

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Buzios Seafood Restaurant

For starters, I am giving a 5 star for the experience!

We were greeted by a nice staff with contagious smiles and what would be better than to be welcomed that way? My eyes went busy looking at the nice interior and I think it is a good place to relax.

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So we sat at the chef’s bar and the server stationed there was very attentive and friendly. I can see that they’re trying to make their patrons feel at home and they live up to that mission.

There were three of us, my husband, son and I. While choosing our orders, we were served some bread, iced tea and water. Our host checked on us very often too and asked if there’s anything we need. A bit annoying? No, we appreciated it.

So we had the miso chilean base, jumbo crab lump meat, the halibut and the black cod. The crab lump meat was the champ with the cocktail and extra horseradish sauce that made it oh so tasty! However, my son said the bass was a bit off-taste, nevertheless, he finished it.

The manhattan clam chowder was very good. The other food we ordered tasted great as well. We had for dessert the 7-layer chocolate cake which satisfied my sweet tooth. And we also ordered a cobbler and it was served warm. Just perfect.

They served seafoods but everything tasted fresh and didn’t have that fishy smell. They sure know how to handle their main ingredient to their menu and make them suitable for their patrons.

We didn’t sample much of what they had in their list but the ones we gobbled up was satisfying for us and made us feel really full.

I have read some bad reviews about Buzios but fortunately, our dining experience was awesome. The ambiance was great, the staff were great as well. And we wouldn’t hesitate to come back at Buzios for another seafood tripping.

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The Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan

I’m a buffet lover and I recently tried the Wicked Spoon at the CosmopoIitan. It’s on the 2nd floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The interior decoration of the restaurant is chic and upscale, like the Cosmo.

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Since they have different chefs cooking for the restaurant, their menu changes constantly. Their food offerings are a variety of American cuisine and they also offer creative ethnic dishes and cuisines like Mexican, Asian and other mouthwatering dishes.

The mac and chees bar was perfect! A cook is present at the bar and you can make a request for your pasta orders. You just have to choose your kind of pasta and the toppings and cheese you would want to go with it, and presto! Your pasta will be ready the way you wanted it!

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Their creativity in mixing some fruits with other ingredients is commendable. There’s the watermelon with lime, and Sriracha sauce with goat cheese panna cotta, and it deserves a thumbs up.

Their seafood bar was awesome and it has instantly become may favorite. It was a made-to-order bar and like the mac and cheese bar, there was a server to help you with your order the way you would have preferred what’s on your plate.

They have a wide range of meat selection and it was just great. The dessert bar offers a variety of gelato and their chocolate covered strawberry is a winner in its own right. You will have plenty of selections to choose from.

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I found their staff as nice, polite and friendly and didn’t mind me asking a lot. My host never took off that nice smile all along and was very attentive to our needs. However, the cashier seemed to me like she was sulky. Maybe because of the long queue she had to deal with.

Brunch, lunch and dinner are offered at the Wicked Spoon and their prices are affordable compared to the other buffet joints at the Strip. Prices varied for each meal but you definitely get your money’s worth.

I would say that all in all, my dining experience was great and I would definitely spend another time to dine at Wicked Spoon. Most of the dishes were new to my eyes and I haven’t seen them at any other buffets I have dined into before. Their Asian section featured those cute little Chinese takeout boxes as container of the chao fan or the Chines fried rice.

The interior decoration is good and makes you feel like home. The restroom is very impressive and immaculately clean and fragrant and it would be one of the many reasons I would go back at Wicked Spoon.

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Rainforest Cafe

Going to Rainforest Café which is located inside the MGM Grand provides a taste of some adventure and I would say the atmosphere is quite awesome as it caters to every member of the family from children to adults.

When you’re inside then you are in for an experience that gives a touch of uniqueness as I find it a different experience described as far from the usual.

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The whole family gets real entertainment with the various features of the place which offers a whole lot of experience from the venue to the ambiance. My experience may not be the same as others’ but I would suggest it is a great haven for families who would like to seek a perfect place to go despite some grievances on the food preparation which I find not so special but on the part of the personnel who provide service to the customers, they have at least attributed to invigorating the lost enthusiasm for they have displayed much attention and good service to their clients. They made sure that the clients will have an enjoyable stay in the venue.

The simulated rainstorms with thunder and lightning have provided fun especially with the younger generation and may be for the whole family, the gift shop would have been a perfect shop containing a wide array of selection.

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Avenue Cafe: Your Breakfast Go-To at The MGM Grand

I recently had the chance to be in Las Vegas with a friend, at the MGM Grand Hotel to be exact. As we were looking for a nice and cozy place to dine, the Avenue Cafe and Restaurant caught my attention and so I decided to go in and find out if my gut feel was right.

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We were greeted by a waitress and she was just awesome. Since it was a bit early, we opted to choose from their breakfast menu and ordered grilled chicken egg scrambler which was a grilled chicken breast with sauteed vegetables on the side and a bread. The vege was composed of mushrooms, bell peppers, squash, red skinned potatoes, and onions and it was perfectly seasoned and crunchy. The chicken breast was a bit dry but the sauteed vegetable and the egg which was cooked on point made up for that little flaw.

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My friend went for a biscuit and gravy order and he said it was just delicious. The sausages were good and the gravy was savory. We ordered carrot drink and it is highly recommended that you try it when you visit the joint.

We also had something to satisfy our sweet tooth and we ordered the white chocolate french toast. The toast was crunchy and the syrup was a bit sweet but the berries complimented its sugary flavor and gave balance to the taste of the course.

We find the service good and the ambiance just right if you go for a relaxing and casual atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and were all smiling brightly.

The restaurant opens at 6 o’ clock in the morning and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They say it’s the breakfast go-to at the MGM.

Downside? Food is good but a bit pricey. But what do you expect when you’re inside the MGM Grand? They don’t have their own toilet and you need to go out and find one in the hotel. Wi-fi is not free. Decor seemed outdated.

But despite these little inconveniences, the dining experience was good and we had to give that to the good service and the courteous staff. We look forward to coming back.

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Pub 1842 by Michael Mina: Great Food, Great Beer

During our stay in Vegas, we made sure to satisfy my gastronomic cravings to the hilt so we went on a food trip each time we are done with our activities in the Sin City.

Among the places we visited was the Pub 1842 by Michael MIna, located at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

It’s an American pub that offers a wide variety of whiskey, beer and provisions. They also have a wide selection of meals and burgers that would surely satisfy your cravings.

Being a food lover, I found the pub’s offerings quite commendable and deserves a thumbs up from someone who regards food as their comfort in this very busy place.

The ambiance was casual but great! For starters, I had the macaroni and cheese and it was just perfect. I loved its creaminess and consistency that I would have made for my own mac and cheese.  It looked very simple but surprisingly satisfying! And mind you, it was such a big side serving that might make you feel full if you gobble it up all at once.

The champ burger lived up to its name! The very tasty patty in the middle of a soft and fresh buns, with smoked gouda, bacon and American cheese with their very delicious sauce was what made it the real champ. The BBQ fries. had a taste of Lay’s BBQ chips it made me crave for more!

We also tried the peanut butter crunch burger and it was oh so good!

The variety of beer selections and other beverages makes it hard for you to think what you’re going to have. But whatever it is that you may choose, you won’t be disappointed.

The draft taps which were built in on top of the high tables makes a convenient feature.

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I could say we enjoyed the experience. I did! Great food, great drinks. But I would say not much for the service as I find it quite slow.

But all in all, it was still an awesome experience and and now it has me thinking of having another champ burger on my next visit.

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BURGR by Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay Burgr offers great food that could almost blow your mind as it brings a very enjoyable sensation as the food touches your taste buds. Awesome and amazing with all the great food, great steak plus the great service the staff give to the customers.

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The experience will make you keep coming back. The dining experience is so fantastic and the mouth-watering food and every flavorful stuff the place has to offer is very nice. You could count on the experience as one that is so unforgettable.

If ever I would have the chance to go, I will use every opportunity to spend some time and enjoy a meal at this nice and wonderful avenue and I would do this again and again to satisfy my cravings for superb food flavored deliciously.

An added attraction that completes customer satisfaction is that the people that run the operations of the establishment makes you feel special as they offer a very attentive service to the clients. The sweet and caring gestures that customer gets is a sure come-on to clients to enjoy their meal giving every customer an amazing meal experience.

Missing this experience would likely make you regret that you did let this pass without indulging in a sumptuous meal. Great, tasty burgers are served hot and fresh but may mean additional costs as the products can be pricey and may not be easy on the pocket.

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Indeed, the place could be expensive. But giving Ramsay’s a nice try, I suppose you would be able to get a feel-good satisfaction as you get your money’s worth all the time.

The friendly atmosphere sends a relaxing feeling and the food gives complete satisfaction to the palate getting and feeling more self-rewards by enjoying every minute of your stay at Ramsays’s with all their lovely and fabulous food selections.

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Pampas Churrascaria: Definitely Great Brazilian Cuisine

Pampas is located along the strip in Vegas, at the Planet Hollywood.

We went there at dinner time and the food was good and steaming hot. The dinner meat rodizio was mouthwatering! The meat wrapped in bacon tasted a bit salty for me. Nevertheless, it was delicious.

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There’s an array of good food and seafood platters. The top sirloin was cooked on point and was so moist and tasty that even after dinner, the taste lingered in my mouth. Haha! Tha flank steak lacked softness but I liked it too. The mussels, shrimps and salmon were perfect.

Everything tastes good for me. I can see my friend having that smile maybe because he felt and saw that I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never been to a restaurant where I definitely liked all the food I tasted.

The service was okay. Meat servers came very often and the staff are very friendly and attentive. The drinks are good and our water refill was regular.

The salad bar had plenty of selections and you could not go wrong with whatever you choose. They had a variety of vegetables and cheese and I loved the fried banana and the grilled pineapple too!

The desserts will definitely make the ones with a sweet tooth ask for more. The white chocolate cheesecake was yummy.

We’ve had some special requests on how we wanted our food cooked like charring our sausages and lamb and they were just happy to oblige.

The location was great. The food was pricey but it’s worth it. Pampas Churrascaria is an awesome place to dine. It may not have been the first time that I have tasted any Brazilian cooking, but I told my friend that I loved everything and thanked him for having that mouthwatering experience.

I could say the food was great and I would definitely be spending another “food binge” at Pampas!

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R Steak and Seafood Restaurant

The R STEAK & SEAFOOD goes at par with other first-class restaurants and I wouldn’t mind that effort of traveling just to get to this place to eat the savory steaks and seafood in their menu list. The place amazes me in every way from the food, the convenience and relaxation that goes in harmony with each other. The combination blends well it could have been a perfect place for dining and relaxing.

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Attentive staff would attend to you graciously and shortly and customer satisfaction is one of their major concerns. This is a great place really with quite good food preparations. It could be a pleasant dining experience with all the steak recipes that really melts into the mouth and menus of crabs and shrimps. And come to think of the ambiance which can make you feel a soothing relaxation.

The food stuff and drinks were not pricey and are easily available and affordable. I felt like I only spent a little for everything that we partook of. So this would be a great suggestion if anyone would like to be treated for steaks and seafood, the Riviera Steak and Seafood would fairly pass an insistent recommendation. Nice place, great food, relaxing ambiance, and reasonable prices! What more can a client could ask for more. That would really be cool huh!

The New York steak is among the best steak recipes which characterizes juiciness and tenderness. Prompt service is obviously felt, and the food preparations are remarkable. I share the same idea for those who speak well of the Riviera Steak and I would agree with that thought that the food are 100 % worth every dollar as the moment you enter the restaurant premises, the first step brings in the readiness and alertness of the personnel in rendering good customer service.

The Riviera may be on of the older hotels on the strip, and yes, a bit out of the way from all the fun of the strip, but we were pleasantly surprised when we took a recommendation to try out the R Steak and Seafood Restaurant. They exceeded all of our expectations.

Absolutely great customer service since the moment you walk up to the waiter and meeting the chef. My husband ordered their rib eye and I ordered the filet mignon. They prepared it not just to our liking, but the presentations was absolutely a piece of art!

One of the best steak house meals I have ever had and we have gone out quite a lot all over the country. It is an ala cart menu, so do be prepared to spend a little bit more than the average restaurant but the experience and the food are 100% worth every dollar!

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