In January I wrote about Las Vegas’ bargain breakfasts and suggested that best of all might be the low-priced (under $10) breakfast buffets. Since then I’ve tried most of them and I feel even stronger about it now.
Even if you just have scrambled eggs, bacon and juice, you’ll come out ahead. But you don’t have to settle for that. The constants at every one of these are breakfast meats, potatoes, grits, cereal, pastries and some combination of pancakes, waffles, French toast and blintzes. Most have biscuits & gravy and chicken-fried steak. And all (except Silver Sevens) have cooked-to-order omelet stations, where you can also get eggs prepared sunny-side up, over easy, etc. Add in some carved meats—say, ham or sausage links—and it’s pretty hard to go wrong.
There are 17 casinos in Las Vegas with breakfast buffets under $10: Aliante, Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Gold Coast, Palms, Silver Sevens, South Point, Fremont, Main Street Station, Orleans and Sam’s Town, plus the stations: Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock, Boulder, Palace, Santa Fe, Sunset, and Texas. It gets better. Every one of them has a discount of $2 to $3 for showing a players card, resulting in prices no higher than $7.99.
Which are the best? The bottom-line is you really can’t beat the Station product. Aside from GVR and Red Rock, every Station buffet is $4.99 after discount, which is the lowest price in town. What’s more, all extend these low prices to Saturdays (others raise them on weekends). The best of the Station buffets I tried was at Santa Fe, where they put out eggs Benedict, quiche, chili verde, potato pancakes, hard-boiled eggs, carved ham, turkey hash, roasted jalapenos, a full salad bar, fresh fruit, pizza, spaghetti and free-flowing juice. Yes, all for $4.99!
I rate Santa Fe as the second best in town overall, followed closely by Boulder, Sunset, GVR, Red Rock and Fremont (the only buffet with made-to-order pancakes and cinnamon rolls).
So who’s the best of all?
The breakfast buffet at South Point takes the prize. It’s $7.95 with card discount and has lots of selections, including eggs Benedict and several Chinese dishes, making it more of a brunch. What seals it, though, is that the buffet comes with Bloody Marys (yes, plural!); there’s a service bar near the front where the drinks are mixed and put up for the taking. All-you-can-drink Bloody Marys puts this one over the top.
Here are a couple of tips: The best time to go to beat crowds is about 30 minutes to an hour after the opening. People line up before the bell at some of the best ones, but the lines diminish within the hour. Then there’s about an hour window before it gets busy again. And be sure to bring your I.D. Lots of places are now requiring that you show it even to get the basic players card discounts.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.