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LV Buffets- Gluten Free

carfreeinla | Nov 23, 201406:50 PM

Just returned from a 5 day business/pleasure trip. Didn't have a car or the ability to stick to a schedule- reservations were out- so we decided to hit the buffets. Lots of reviews for "the best" but haven't found any recent ones for gluten friendly. So here is the celiac overview...
Weekday dinner at Caesars- arrived at 6:30p and all told the wait was just under 1/2 an hour. Place is huge and spiffy.Probably the most expensive of all the buffets. It truly is overwhelming with International stations and food served in a variety of ways- from individual dishes to Le Creuset-like pots to traditional serving platters. But given all of the chaos, getting attention from a chef is almost impossible and the more steps one is from the chef the less confident I become. Stuck to the safe choices which were abundant- Mexican was the primary focus- loved the variety of salsas. Grand seafood choices including oysters. Patrons seemed fairly careful with serving spoons- I usually avoid anything that is near something with soy sauce- that being said, the sushi that wasn't served with a sauce was fairly tasteless. Best dish- truffled polenta with mushrooms. Creme brûlée was the dessert standout- just the right sweetness. Overall the food seemed more exciting than it actually tasted. But somehow pizzaz in the serving works at a buffet.
Next day was the Bellagio for dinner. This was the buffet that I first visited years ago but now it seems tired. The waiters work so hard at this place. No line at all when we arrived at about 5:30p. The selection that seemed endless a few years ago paled in comparison to Caesars. I had many more people to ask for confirmation re GF. The roasted meats were terrific. Lots of salad choices. mammoth slices of smoked salmon and other fish. Nigiri Sushi was much more flavorful than Caesars. Just good basic choices. Desserts rule here- though they were not nearly as well prepared- the flan and the creme brûlée were overly sweet. But the soft serve made up for all- as well as a GF chocolate cake square.

Brunch at Caesars- the highlight. Lots of GF choices including all of the smoked meats ( though not the sausage). While the dinner was very under seasoned, a number of offerings at brunch were way too salty. One disappointment was the lack of GF desserts- only because they had so many pastries. I was told that at 11a, the choices are more varied.

Dinner at the Wicked Spoon- No line at 6p on a Saturday. Every time I would ask whether something was GF, the response was "not sure, you probably shouldn't take the chance". After a while, it got depressing. It was confirmed that the roasted meats were all gf ( including the sausages) but they were all so tough and they didn't have any sharp knives. I gave up. And when I asked for some ice cream ( not all flavors, even those without obvious additives, are GF)in something other than a waffle cone, they suggested that I bring a big plate because they couldn't serve me in anything else. My husband who is not GF said that the quality of most of the food was the best of all but it gets a "C" for GF choice.
A few years ago, the Wynn was far and away the most attentive. Will have to try it again next trip.
Remember that even if something is prepared GF, the restaurant cannot guarantee that a patron has not contaminated it by using the wrong tongs.

Wicked Spoon
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