I know buffets are a tradition for Las Vegas, but I have really started to question the point. I just had my second trip to Las Vegas where I refused to go to a buffet more than once.
I used to be big on buffets. The concept of all you could eat and being able to pick and choose whatever you want was very appealing. However, as time goes on the shine is starting to diminish.
I mean, I find that the amount that I want to eat at buffets is limited by my tolerance for bad food rather than my appetite for food in general. Sure, it is cheap and there are lots of choices. However, I don’t want any of it. Chances are, there will be prime rib. It will be a bad prime rib. It will be badly cooked. It will have sat out too long. It won’t be particularly flavorable. The same goes for the salads, the deserts, and virtually everything else on the buffet line. Sure, it works for killing basic hunger, but none of it seems worth eating for any point more than that.
I finally caved on the last day of this trip and took my girlfriend to the buffet at the Planet Hollywood casino. I wish I hadn’t. I couldn’t find anything that I could take more than a bite of before I was sick of it. Sure, I spent less than on a lot of other meals and had the option of eating as much as I wanted. I just didn’t want much. I would much rather have spent a few dollars more and gone to a nice restaurant, only been allowed a certain portion, and actually enjoyed the experience of eating my food.
Bottom line? Buffets are a cop out. The food isn’t worth the money, regardless how much you get. You get full, but you wish you hadn’t had the experience eating the food. Don’t be a glutton, go to a decent restaurant and only eat a meal-sized portion, and actually enjoy eating. It is much better in the long run.