I got up at 6 and decided to visit Mount Charleston again. This is a
great quick trip up to the mountains which I described in detail in my
last TR. There wasn´t any snow this time, but it sure is beautiful up
there. Love those Joshua trees. After a quick side to trip to Rampart
(still looks great) and Jerry´s Nugget (does not), I went downtown.
There wasn´t much to do there except for the shrimp cocktail which was
great as usual and 2 matchplay losses. Still, an altogether win of a
$15 brought me to $85 up for the trip.
I had a "small" Luv-it Frozen Custard after that which was pretty
great, surprisingly, because I hadn´t liked the Chocolate Swan´s
version on an earlier trip.
Lunch buffet at Wynn is $19.95. I got in at three, to sample both
lunch and dinner (the latter starting at 3.30 sharp, at $33.95). This
doesn´t work well anymore, were they Vlose for a full 1.5 hour
nowadays. There wasn´t any line.
The room is very nicely done, and the food is laid out in 17 smaller
stations. After waiting for 15 minutes, I actively asked a server for
a drink. Hardly great service.
Here's what I sampled:
Teriyaki steak and 7 spices lamb both were dry and tough. Creamed
mushrooms ok, mashed sweet potatoes excellent. Clam chowder ok, kobe
meatballs, well, meatballs, mussels good, ribs ok, though tough for
baby back. White pizza was good, the sprouts were undercooked. Until
that, the italian selection were the best thing on the buffet.
The switch to the evening layout brought Alaska King Crab legs that
were good, tenderloin that was tough, a fish soup with lots of
shellfish that was excellent and lamb chops much better than the
earlier lamb. I didn´t try the carved prime rib and turkey, the
risotto action station and the new sushi varieties.
Walt had decried dessert selection at the Wynn buffet in his may trip
report. When Walt decries, Wynn listens, because I thought the
desserts looked very promising. It also came in small sizes, which I
really like in buffet, where sampling a lot of different items kinda
is the point for me. They also had real scooped ice cream, not that
soft serve crap.
I got small scoops of pineapple, passion fruit, banana and vanilla ice
cream. All but vanilla were excellent. My chocolate eclair was dry,
creme caramel was excellent, ile flottante was very good. Lemon tart
was nice and tangy, creme brulee good, too..
As you can gather, it was pretty much hit or miss. Some things were
really great, others pretty much inedible. I got good value, but only
because of the lunch / dinner switch which required some time. I´d say
go for it if you´re into seafood and desserts, stay away if you´re a
Tapping this report into my PDA seemed to make the waitress a bit
nervous, BTW. She asked me about 7 times whether everything was ok.
I got myself to the Gold Coast, where $25 bought me room 803 for a
night, a typical coast room with as good a strip view as you´re gonna
get at the GC. I scootered around the area for a bit and finally
settled at the bar for a few drinks and some vp. Unfortunately, it was
to late to sneak into Ghost Bar without paying the cover. Well,
another trip, another plan.