don't get me wrong, we're not TRYING to buy bad food.... we're midstrip, amongst the nicest places in vegas, and yet.... bad food abounds. its seroiusly funny.
I knew atleast one buffet was in our future, so I figured it was best to get it out of the way. We went through Paris (which as a hotel, was underwhelming) onto Bally's. years ago, Bally's was one of the best places on the strip, so we decided to eat there. Enter : Big Kitchen Buffet.
For 18$ a person, it had enough choices... but unless you were sticking to the peel and eat shrimp, most of it was a waste. The sushi was surprisingly not bad considering the level of everything else, but very limited selection. I headed to the carving station, always a safe bet. The prime rib was beyond well done. The other offerings was bad pasta, etc. THere was a pretty basic salad bar, and for reasons I don't understand, an asian station offering your basic panda express offerings. There were some veggies, the broccollini and tomatos were tasteless but not gross. There was a baked potato bar, I avoided it. I was disappointed.. i know there are decent buffets here, but this ain't one of them. Avoid with your LIFE.
I stuck to the peel and eat shrimp, the crab legs and the smoked salmon. The salmon and shrimp were fine. The crab legs were overcooked to the point that no crab actually was reachable.
To be fair, my other half was quite pleased selection wise... enjoying a tamale, salisbury steak and mexican offerings. Of course, within 2 hours he was sicker than he can remember being in the past and spent the night in his room.
Today, we spent the morning walking to be kind on his stomach. By 2 though, i was starving and insisted we stop. We were in the Forum shops, and I longingly passed Olives, Spago, Mesa, dude, even PF Changs looked good by then. But since we didn't want to sit long, we stopped at the food court. I grabbed a bowl of clam chowder, J grabbed a cheeseburger.
For fast food, it was nothing that fast food promises to be: fast, cheap, or decent. My other half, who has not abandoned a cheeseburger in his life, would not consume the last half, despite its 15$ price tag. The clam chowder came to vegas by way of Campbells, but I was starving, so I didn't care.
I did however, lay down the law: tonight, we go nowhere that doesn't have table service and atleast a 2 star rating:)
Mon Ami Gabi seems a promising bet.