Caesar’s Palace Bacchanal Buffet: 3/8/2013

Date Night is in Las Vegas this week, and what great food we have been eating! We had dinner at Todd English’s Olives in the Bellagio, Bobby Flay’s Mesa at Caesar’s Palace, and were in beer-heaven at the Public House in the Venetian. Everyone who goes to Vegas argues about who has the best buffet. We got a lot of recommendations from friends, and after doing a bit of buffet research (hey, someone has to do it), we decided to check out the Caesar’s buffet because it just reopened after a $17 million facelift. That’s expensive even by Buckhead plastic surgeon standards! Will we shoot craps or go home big winners? Read on to find out…

Here's a small part of the $17 million fix-up.

Here’s a small part of the $17 million fix-up.

We are here during lunch, which costs $32 per person. You can get a cheaper rate if you are in the Caesar’s frequent gambler club, something we found out AFTER we ate. There are 500 dishes available here from seven “interactive kitchens”.

"Interactive kitchen" means you can watch them cook.

“Interactive kitchen” means you can watch them cook.

The dishes are broken up by cuisine. Our first stop is the seafood buffet, where “small tastes” of low country boil and other seafood delicacies are available.

Low country boil, mussels and shrimp.

Low country boil, mussels and shrimp.

Seafood paella is delicious.

Seafood paella is delicious.

The quality of the food is incredible. This is not Golden Corral we are sampling. Next, we head over to the American section for some meat.

Americans like their meat.

Americans like their meat.

There’s a lot of stuff at this station, with four kinds of sausage, prime rib, and chicken to get you going. They also serve fried chicken, sweet potato fries, french fries and onion rings in the cutest little fry baskets.

Fried chicken in a cute basket.

Fried chicken in a cute basket.

Feel like some Asian food? This buffet has you covered.

Hot Asian in woks.

Hot Asian in woks.

Duck, ribs, pork, and Mongolian beef.

Duck, ribs, pork, and Mongolian beef.

Don't want it cooked? How about a sushi bar?

Don’t want it cooked? How about a sushi bar?

Our camera does not have a wide enough angle lens to capture all of the dishes. We are starting to fill up, but there is so much more to eat. Next up, the Mexican section.

Chili verde and red rice.

Chili verde and red rice.

Again, not all dishes are pictured from the Mexican part. There is an incredible bread assortment next to the Mexican section, and although you don’t want to fill up on bread, who could turn this down?

Fresh-baked bread.

Fresh-baked bread.

Perhaps you would like some cheese with that bread?

Fromage anyone?

Fromage anyone?

Our portion size continues to dwindle, as does the room in our stomachs. There are only two areas left, and one of them is Italian.

Italians like their dried meats.

Italians like their dried meats.

This is next to the pizza bar, which today features at least four different pizzas. In case you need even more Italian, try some of this.

Baked ziti, meatball sliders, and lasagne.

Baked ziti, meatball sliders, and lasagne.

Who has room for this? Evidently, we don’t. Here’s a picture of the last plate I took…

There's a lot of room on the plate, but no room in my stomach.

There’s a lot of room on the plate, but no room in my stomach.

The giant meatball is good, as is the “pizza of the day”, which the chef, interacting with us in the interactive kitchen, proudly told us was his invention, artichokes and sun-dried tomato. Fortunately, I was able to split this with Eve, so that we would have room for dessert.

It’s time for dessert, and fortunately we are able to “rest” our lunch when we get into a conversation with a Vegas regular who likes us so much that she tries to adopt us on the spot. We get to meet her husband and her friends and we spend a lot of time with them, which allows us to try some desserts.

One corner of the dessert bar.

One corner of the dessert bar.

Cupcakes?  Lots of choices.

Cupcakes? Lots of choices.

Tiramisu and other goodies.

Tiramisu and other goodies.

Cakes and tarts.

Cakes and tarts.

We must be in a dessert coma because we don’t take pictures of the available ice cream, hot chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate lava cake, or of the made-to-order crepe station. Well, here’s more of the offerings…

Hot lava cake, tiramisu, cherry bread pudding, biscotti.

Hot lava cake, tiramisu, cherry bread pudding, biscotti.


Dessert sampler:  tiramisu, hot cookie, apple-cherry cobbler and a cheesecake lollipop.

Dessert sampler: gula melaka, hot cookie, apple-cherry cobbler and a cheesecake lollipop.

In case you were wondering, gula melaka is a coconut-based dessert from the Far East that tastes a lot like tapioca.

We are so full that we take the biscotti for the road! By the time we roll out of here 2.5 hours later, we feel as if we ate all 500 dishes for lunch. In fact, we don’t eat again for another 24 hours, so even though it’s pricey, we feel that we got our money’s worth. Although they seat 600 gamblers at a time, it’s not a gamble to eat here. Caesar’s is a culinary jackpot, the “royal flush” of Vegas buffets.

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