M Resort: Studio B
The new kid on the Vegas block commands the top spot on our list. This is a sprawling parade of well-executed dishes with too many highlights to mention. We’ll start with the layout: This isn’t the usual buffet spread shoved up against one wall of a cavernous room. It’s a cavernous room with undulating colors and textures, with more than 100 flat-screen TVs and a broadcast-ready TV cooking studio, with gourmet food arrayed in concentric circles that begin in the center and ripple out in delicious rings. You’re sure to burn a few calories just browsing all the offerings — including unlimited wine and beer, a dedicated Thai station with a half-dozen curries to choose from, and the best carving station in town — but who’s counting calories. On the day of our visit, the carving station had more than a few of our favorite meats, plus a few surprises, such as plank-cooked salmon and hand-carved pork belly (gourmet bacon!).The quality alone is worth the trip to the valley’s southern edge, and the modest price tag (about $20 for dinner) is just an added bonus.
Aladdin Spice Market Buffet
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino,
Aladdin may have had only three wishes, but at the Spice Market Buffet, you’ll have plenty more than that to choose from. In the food department, that is. Nowhere else on the Strip will you find fresh humus, chicken tandoori, lamb curry, and tabouleh. Their action stations feature Italian and Chinese, as well as fresh crab legs every night. The OJ is freshly squeezed, and the desserts . . . fuggedaboudit. Lemon meringue, cherries jubilee, chocolate crepes and cannolis like mama used to make. The Spice Market Buffet is living proof that in this town, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.