There is nothing more incredible than a Las Vegas Buffet--food of varying types going on for miles and miles along with the $20 add-on of the “endless pour."
Let’s face it. The buffet is the gluttony of Vegas in food form.
And, if you are in Vegas, you are probably going there with a group--girls or boys weekend, bachelor or bachelorette party, conference.
If that is indeed the case, I can bet this “group” will want to dine at one of the many lavish Vegas spreads.
But…you are living the gluten free lifestyle and the mere mention of the word buffet creeps you out for the cross contamination nightmare it presents.
But everyone else is going. And…you want to go too.
There is nothing worse than walking in blindly and paying a large sum to just sit and stare at all that food you can’t actually eat. So, work hard to steer people in the direction of buffets that actually cater to people with gluten sensitivities.
Here is how.
I visited four buffets in various locations of the Las Vegas Strip to see how they stacked up for offering gluten free dinning options. How did the Wynn Buffet, Aria Buffet, Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, and Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan do?
Labeled Gluten Free: Wynn & Cosmo
Loved the white quinoa with California apricots at the Wynn Buffet and they even have a whole gourmet taco station separate from the rest of the food preparation areas that is gluten free to provide a variety of gluten free safe taco options prepared by a chef behind a glass partition.
Plus, the ambience of the Buffet at the Wynn can't be beat. You will be surrounded by brightly colored flowers and sun filled atriums. The cheery environment makes you excited to stay and try all that the restaurant has to offer.
The Wicked Spoon did a great job of segregating the gluten free food in a center aisle. They had a larger number of choices than the Wynn Buffet although they were not as consistently tasty. I wasn’t impressed with the gluten free overly crusty cold pasta salad but did enjoy the Asian pear salad with Greek yogurt, feta, pecans and dried cranberries. They had some yummy gluten free salami rosa and dried fruit available in the cured meats section and a neat selection of gluten free ceviches was available including shrimp, mixed seafood and vegetarian.
Strangely though, the Wicked Spoon houses the bread offerings in the same area as the gluten free food.
One of the best parts of this buffet was the "endless pour" package. The servers paid special attention to make sure it was plentiful. They were the only restaurant of the 4 that would drop off whole bottles of house champagne included in the package to make sure we were getting our fill.
Plus, this buffet serves gluten free desserts! Be careful though as they do sit amongst the other gluten filled sweet treats. Perhaps ask your server to bring one from the back to ensure you don’t get accidental cross contamination.
Another added bonus--if you are a Platinum Marriott Rewards member you can use your discount at the Wicked Spoon.
But be conscious that this was the least visually appealing of all the buffets I visited. The location is at the end of a long corridor amongst a hallway of drab conference rooms. There is no light and certainly no attention to detail in the decoration of this dining facility. It felt the most cafeteria like of any of the four Vegas buffets I visited.
Accommodating to Gluten Free Eaters: Caesars & Aria
Neither Bacchanal at Caesars nor the Buffet at the Aria labeled anything gluten free on the actual buffet line. This means you will have to put in some effort to speak with a Chef before getting your food on.
Good news, though, I have gotten some great feedback regarding a gluten free diner who was able to speak to the Chef directly at Aria and they were accommodated with safe and tasty gluten free options (like gluten free pancakes and gluten free pizza on its own tray to ward off cross contamination!).
From my personal experience, however, the service at both Bacchanal and Aria Buffet was more scarce than the Buffets at the Wynn and the Cosmopolitan hotels. My hope is that once they hear you need to eat gluten free you receive more attentive care that turns out to make your meal decadent and safe!
Now, be mindful that Kid Allergy did not actually visit any of these establishments. I do not have a gluten sensitivity or allergy so I can’t speak to whether or not the food was really prepared gluten free and actually safe to eat. I can only go by what I saw. But, I hope this helps you plan for when that big group in Vegas pushes you to go do that extravagant buffet that only Vegas can provide. You too can now enjoy over eating like the rest of them!