When we were in Las Vegas recently, we knew we wanted to visit a couple of the top buffets. I mean -whats a trip to sin city without all you can eat crab legs? Being the type A planner that I am, I did a ton of research on different buffets in the city, at a variety of different resorts, and read every ‘best of’ list there was. I finally settled on Bacchanal in Caesars Palace, which USA Today had heralded as the best buffet in America, and the Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan, which was known for its innovative way of serving the food.
We went to Bacchanal first on our trip, mainly because it was the restaurant I was most excited to eat at. They boasted that they served over 500 different types of dishes, and I was ready to be in foodie heaven. The restaurant itself was beautiful, using an innovative design of using glassware and dishware in the decor design. The whole places gives off a light, airy feel, managing to fit hundreds of tables and still feel very open and uncrowded. The food wasn’t able to match up to surroundings for me though. The food was plentiful, but the theme seemed to be more on abundance than flavor. I was disappointed with almost everything, except the carving station, and the variety of desserts.
The day we left, we went to the brunch buffet at The Wicked Spoon — we didn’t have as high of hopes for this buffet, as it didn’t get as good of reviews. We ended up being completely surprised by our experience. Every dish we had was thoughtfully and artfully prepared and displayed, with emphasis on both presentation and flavor. It was a night and day different from Bacchanal. While it might not have had as much variety, it had dishes that were more like mini entrees prepared in a fine restaurant.
If you can only do one buffet while in Vegas, we highly encourage you to not believe Bacchanal’s hype, and to make it the Wicked Spoon. David and I prefer flavor over variety, which makes the Wicked Spoon the perfect choice for us, and we think you will love it too.