Hotel Buffets Hotel Restaurants
A Spread Fit For A King
Nowhere can travelers dine as well for so little as in Las
The food is fine enough to nourish a royal family -- even one on
a pauper's budget.
From the world-famous Strip to
the majestic neon that signifies Downtown,
most hotels offer hungry visitors the utmost in inexpensive
dining. The ultimate eating experience for the smallest price is
the Las Vegas buffet.
For people who love both to eat and to gamble, one of the highlights of Las Vegas is that it allows you to combine the two. Doing well at the tables can earn you a free meal and some restaurants offer you the chance to gamble while you eat.
This food fantasy is as much a part of Las Vegas' distinctive
aura as the opulent casinos.
The Las Vegas buffet began in the early 1940s at the original El
Rancho Vegas Hotel on the Strip.
Owner Beldon Katleman, who bought the El Rancho Vegas from
builder Tommy Hull, trying to find a way to keep customers in his
hotel after the second show, dreamed up the "Midnight Chuck
Wagon Buffet -- All you can eat for a dollar." His idea of
treating guests to an elaborate array of food for a small price
was copied by other hotels and the Las Vegas buffet was born.
Then someone reasoned that if the midnight chuck wagon buffet was
such a great customer-holder, why not offer breakfast, lunch and
dinner buffets? The rest is history.
Many hotels feature weekend champagne brunches. They cost more
but include all the bubbly a person can drink. For those who prefer variety, some hotels offer theme buffets
highlighting different cuisine's such as seafood, Italian or Greek food.
Shrimp cocktails are another enticement for which Las Vegas is
famous. The shrimp are huge and the price is low -- generally no
more than $1.99.
Just as a restaurant will offer a menu of different foods to
satisfy your palate, many Las Vegas hotels offer a menu of