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ISLES CASINO BUFFET--RESTAURANT REVIEW


Saturday, November 30, 2013


(OKAY SO I WENT OFF MY DIET--IT WAS THANKSGIUKKAH--A GOOD EXCUSE AS ANY LOL)

It isn't fair to judge a buffet restaurant on Thanksgiving Day but so be it here I am doing just that!
We missed last year but have been here on Thanksgiving Day 3-4 times before and I don't know if it is the new system they are using, or what, but we got there at 3 PM and were given a slip for the 5:30 PM sitting!! Okay, I know they are a casino and want to get people gambling but a 2 and a half hour wait to eat--no way!! The problem is what else could we do--wherever we went it would take time to get there and then probably a wait. We would have gone to a movie but most shows started at 4 PM. Okay, end of rant.
There probably isn't a food you could think of that wasn't available, with most being tasty, from Peking duck to sushi to roast beef, a complete turkey dinner with all the trimming except they ran out of pumpkin pie! The food, on a scale of 1 (the worst) to 10 (the best) the roast beef, Caesar salad, BBQ ribs were definitely 10s while the cakes, pies, pastries were all on the 1 scale. The made to order Shrimp Scampi was lukewarm and the pasta cold. They use to serve regular ice cream and now it is only soft and no longer self serve.
I didn't try many of the items, like the crab legs because I find them a pain to eat, but it is a spread worthy of the name buffet. The problem, like in many buffets, is that a person eats many things taking a bite or two and throwing the rest out and whether food is suppose to be hot or cold it is mostly room temperature.
The service was excellent, as was the lady 'in charge of the line' who worked without a break and continuously had a smile no matter how many times she was asked the same questions!
The cost of the buffet, with tax, was $28.61, quite an increase of prices over a couple of years ago but that is to be expected. We left a 20% tip.
Next year, IF we go this route again, and IF they have the same system of sitting, we will plan on getting the sitting slip for a time that we can come back after seeing a movie.

They do put a hold on your charge card if you are paying that way--plus the automatic 20% tip they put on the credit card they add another 20% on hold.
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PICKIE98 12/11/2013 6:13PM

    What a ripoff!! Is that U.S. dollars???

That lukewarm food is also called "health code violation." those steamer tables should never be turned down or off.. We used to go to the Chinese buffets around here, but everyone I checked the knobs underneath and found that they were turning the temps down to save $$ on electricity!!

Surprisingly, one year somebody gave me a complete dinner from, of all places:Krogers! A whole turkey pre-cooked, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, gravy, green beans, rolls, pumpkin pie... All I had to do was put the bird in the oven for 30 minutes to heat it and nuke the rest.. They told me it cost $28.99 for six people!! It was great and the potatoes were real Amish potatoes...
I am always afraid to go to restaurants for holidays,, people are always sick, runny noses, sneezing,etc around the food and utensils..

Maybe you can BBQ next year!!

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TENNISJIM 12/2/2013 6:03AM

    Awesome but pricey

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RAINA413 12/1/2013 2:07PM

    Wow! With that type of seating they don't sound all that organized. At least some of the food was good!! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

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