someone holding a dish of food as they work their way down the buffet line

Gambling is one of the most popular forms of entertainment worldwide. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing for high stakes VIP casino rewards or at a budget level – the suspense of playing a game for real money is a high that few activities can beat.

Fortunes can be won and lost in the blink of an eye amidst the whirring of slot machines, the clicking of roulette balls being tossed into a roulette wheel and the sound of decks of cards being shuffled in preparation for intense games of blackjack and poker.

Regardless of whether you’re playing at a land-based or an online casino, you might be interested in the kind of foods favored by Vegas patrons.

Do they like hearty comfort foods to bolster their spirits in-between their gaming events or are they interested in exquisite delicacies or different cultural culinary experiences?

What is certain is that, for many casino enthusiasts,  the pleasure of indulging in delicious fair is inseparable from the thrill of gaming. Regardless of whether you’re seeking sustenance to fuel a marathon poker session or celebrating a big win with a lavish feast, food will play a vital role in your casino adventures.

So, while you’re playing your favorite casino games online from the comfort of your home, what should you choose? Check out Vegas’s casino restaurants to find out about Vegas casino’s most popular dishes and whip up some of these delectable dishes to accompany you as you embark on your gaming event.

Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles

At the Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on Restaurant Row in The Venetian tower you can order their world-reknowned dish of chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n waffles to spice up your Vegas visit.

The dish is prepared with honey and hot sauce along with chilled spiced chicken, Vermond Sharp cheddar cheese waffles and the ingredient that Yardbird is famous for – bourbon….in this case, bourbon maple syrup. The chicken is dredged in flour and a secred blend of spices before being deep-fried and then smothered with the syrup to be served alongside the savory waffles.

You can have your chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles along with the restaurant’s famous cocktails that are made with fresh fruit juices, spices, herbs and, of course, bourbon.

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie at the Delmonico Steakhouse is an event. Once you’ve finished your steak, you can’t walk out without trying master chef Emeril's signature banana cream pie. It’s, without a doubt, the most requested dessert on the menu.

Your piece of pie is prepared with three pounds of bananas 11 whole ‘nanas) blended into a custard filling and smothered in caramel sauce, whipped cream and chocolate shavings. You’ll have to waddle back to your casino from Delmonico which is located right in The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

Fat Baby

The Amano, on Tenaya Way in Vegas, is known for many different dishes but it’s the Fat Baby that gets the most attention. The Fat Baby has is a toasted baguette that has had the soft inside removed. The crust is brushed with garlic butter and then the hollow baguette is stuffed with the diner’s choice of pasta (spaghetti, fettuchini alfredo, etc) along with pieces of pizza, snowcrab, steak and chicken. The whole sandwhich is then topped with melted cheese and served in a cone to make it easier to get your mouth around it!

Buddy V’s Ristorante

Buddy V’s Ristorante, on the second floor above the Palazzo Casino Floor, is known for its traditional Italian cooking that brings new meaning to the term “comfort food.” Buddy V’s pizzas and pastas are well-loved but it’s the eatery’s lasagna al forno that’s truly a taste of heaven.

The Buddy V lasagna features layers of pasta that hold Italian sausage and multiple types of cheeses including mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and Parmesan. Everything is baked to perfection and served with a range of side dishes including breads, soups and salads.


No summary of the dining delights of Vegas would be complete without mention of the Vegas buffets. Almost every casino has a buffet because they’re so popular….they’re convenient, tasty and easy to fit in between bouts of gaming activities.

Some of the best-known Vegas buffets include:

The Grand Buffet at MGM

The MGM Grand doesn’t set out to be a fancy buffet but rather, a buffet that packs in everything that you could want for a tasty meal during casino interludes. The buffet serves breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, sausages, waffles, french toast and omlets) while for lunch and dinner, there’s plentiful plates of ham, roast turkey, shrimp, mussels and BBQ chicken, and more and more.

Bacchanal Buffet

If you’re looking for a more upscale buffet, try the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace. Many Vegas patrons consider Bacchanal Buffet to be the best in the city. It features hundreds of dishes including japchae dumplings, crispy lechón,  wood-fired pizza, grilled oysters and duck carnitas quesadillas. The buffet also features cuisines from many different cultures at its 9 live-cooking stations.

Wynn Buffet

The Buffet at Wynn offers 16 live cooking stations where over 90 dishes are prepared to order. The buffet serves everything from red velvet pancakes to lobster benedict but many people come specifically for the Wynn’s Daily Seafood Spectacular where you can choose from fresh fish from the Mediterranean, Maine lobster, crab legs and more.

Market Place Buffet

The Market Place Buffet isn’t located inside a casino but many casino patrons head out to the northwest end of the Las Vegas Valley to experience what the Market Place Buffet offers. You can sit on the patio and enjoy Asian and Indian foods. If you come on the weekend you’ll be treated to a champagne brunch and on Saturday nights, you can join the Aloha Night Saturday festivities.

These restaurants may not be a VIP casino reward, but they are definitely a PLUS of a visit to Las Vegas.

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