New Mega Buffet to Hit Vegas Strip (and We Mean Mega)
All-you-can-eat buffets are nothing new in Vegas, no more than aging pop stars and showgirls. And while we can’t confirm that they were responsible for the, um, portly silhouette of Elvis during the “Vegas years,” we’re pretty sure the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is destined to go down as one of the seven wonders of the (culinary) world.
If an unlikely metropolis built in the middle of a desert can manage to replicate everything from the Big Apple to the canals of Venice, then surely it wasn’t too long before someone tried to squeeze a good number of the world’s major cuisines under one roof.
But “squeeze” may overstate things, because Caesars’s new temple to gluttony is anything but small. Try 25,000 square feet, or about the size of half a football field, according to a company press release, which calls the Bacchanal Buffet an “homage to eating.” An understatement if ever there was one — that’s like saying the Great Wall of China is an “homage” to civil defense.
More than 500 food items will be served up throughout the day, in a massive space with nine open kitchens designed to accommodate 600 rapacious eaters.
Here’s just a random sampling of what’s on the menu: “freshly made enchiladas, tortillas and sopapillas” (Mexican); “pastas, baked lasagnas, antipasto display” (Italian), “wok-fried dishes and dim sum” (Chinese), “sushi, sashimi, and cooked fish,” (Japanese); “BBQ house-smoked meats from a wood-burning smoker and wood-burning grill” along with “numerous carving stations including prime rib, brisket, rotisserie chicken and more” (American); and “fresh East and West coast oysters, king crab, snow crab, mussels and prawns.”
Oh wait, there’s more, such as “chocolate, vanilla and pistachio souffles baked to order,” “wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas,” and “red velvet pancakes” (we were so intrigued we had to dig up a picture to share, above).
Did we mention the South Carolina shrimp and grits? Or the selection of more than a hundred pastries?
Caesar himself may have never shucked his own oysters while waiting for a made-to-order crepe, but come September, any Joe Schmoe with $39.99 burning a hole in his pocket can (that’s for dinner — it’s $24.99 for lunch and $19.99 for breakfast). It all comes with what the company release calls “a priceless view of the property’s world-famous Garden of the Gods pool complex.”
Yeah, just what we want to see when we’re chowing down on our fifth plateful — a bunch of tan, lithe bodies cavorting in the pool. Irony, after all, is nothing new to Vegas either.
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