Buffets, Pennies and Party Rooms

There’s been a lot of hype lately about the expensive buffets around town, and I have to admit that even I was seduced to some degree. But the classic buffet concept long synonymous with Las Vegas is the lower-priced all-you-can-eat spread—and the best of the bunch now are the “Feasts” at Station Casinos. These are regularly priced at $4.99 for breakfast, $7.99 for lunch, and $9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset and Santa Fe Stations, while at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock, dinner is $13.99. But those prices apparently weren’t low enough, as Palace and Texas Station have dropped theirs even further, down to $7.99 for dinner and $6.99 for lunch. Station has also reduced prices in all Pasta Cucina restaurants and in several of its good steak houses, including Austin’s at Texas and the Charcoal Room at Santa Fe.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that the great drinking deal at Casino Royale may be on its way out. What makes it great? It’s a dollar for Michelob in the bottle or a frozen margarita, and both are available 24/7. That’s good at the dingiest of local bars, so it’s great when you can get it center-Strip.

Thinking of drinking, lots of places are putting on the dog (and pony) for the rodeo. Of them all, I like Terrible’s deal, where you can get $1 PBR, $2 Crown Royal, $3 Patrón Silver and $4 Crown Royal Reserve around the clock through Dec. 15.

Boyd Gaming has unveiled its new “Penny Lane” inventory of more than 1,000 one-cent slot machines at Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Orleans. The machines are set up in designated areas of each casino and come from several different manufacturers, so all the latest games are available. Are penny slots a deal? They can be if you don’t play 250 pennies at the same time! Plus, Boyd has been running some good promos alongside.

The Mob Attraction at the Tropicana has lowered its admission charge for locals by $11, matching the $10 price of downtown’s Mob Museum.

If you’re looking for a room in which to party on New Year’s Eve, 81 of them were still available when our researchers called around last week. Coming in at the best price in the whole Las Vegas area was the Hacienda (near the dam) for $80. In North Las Vegas it was Lucky Club for $90. On the Boulder Strip it was Eastside Cannery for $150. Downtown it was the Golden Gate for $150. And on the Strip it was Casino Royale for $280. I might opt instead for two nights at the Gold Coast for $288 or three nights at LVH for $300. Hurry, these go fast.