A Monster Buffet, More Free Money and Bad Chicken

Caesars Palace has gotten a good deal of attention for its new Bacchanal Buffet. Believe the hype. I’ll just come right out and say it: This is probably the most amazing buffet Las Vegas has ever seen. There are too many things I want to touch on this week to provide a full rundown, but here’s a (very) partial list of what you’ll find there: big cocktail shrimp, king crab legs, oyster shooters, mussels, ceviche, paella, brisket, ribs, rotisserie chicken, sausage, ribeye, prime rib, fried broccoli, grilled asparagus, mac and cheese, fresh guacamole, wood-oven pizzas, roast duck, sushi, dim sum, stuffed grape leaves, Korean kalbi, soups, salads and a ridiculous assortment of desserts. Dinner opened at $34.95 and quickly went up to $39.95, but it’s still a deal at that price, and you get a $3 discount for showing a Total Rewards card.

Yet another gambling-loss rebate has shown up, this one at the Plaza and Las Vegas Club. Get up to a $100 reimbursement on losses incurred within 24 hours after sign-up, with 50 percent paid the following day and the remainder paid two days later (up to six months to redeem). You have to be a new club member, and you can get the deal at only one of the two casinos (no double-dipping). It also comes with $5 in slot free-play.

There’s one more free football contest to play. It’s a small one at the Hard Rock Hotel called Gridiron Maiden. It’s free if you have a players card, and you get one to three entries depending on your club tier. There’s $1,000 in weekly prizes split among the top five and bottom five finishers.

Treasure Island has opened a new restaurant called the Seafood Shack. Download a coupon for a 2-for-1 entrée at TreasureIsland.com. The offer is good Monday through Wednesday until Oct. 12.

Get $20 off a ticket to Absinthe at Caesars Palace with coupons being handed out between the entrance to the registration lobby and the Absinthe show tent. It drops the lowest ticket price to about $74 after tax. They’re usually distributed until about 5:30 p.m.

Grimaldi’s is offering a Monday Night Football twofer deal on any two-topping pizza at its Boca Park and 7155 S. Rainbow Drive locations. Dine in or take out during the game.

Here’s some good news. Rosemary’s, one of Las Vegas’ best non-casino gourmet restaurants until it closed last year, will reopen as part of a renovation of the Reed Whipple Cultural Center on Las Vegas Boulevard North, a project that will also include a 500-seat theater. The opening date hasn’t been announced.

And this might also be good news. House of Flav, the Maryland Parkway fried-chicken restaurant from rapper Flavor Flav, has closed. The reviews weren’t good, and apparently neither was the chicken.

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