The Vegas buffet isn’t endangered. In fact, there’s been a recent spike in casinos updating their all-you-can-eat options.
But how do you know which buffets are just new and which are new and improved? Go to breakfast. The cheapest meal of the buffet day, breakfast says a lot about a casino’s culinary approach. They might offer something fresh and inventive, or toss out steam table pans of scrambled eggs and wilted bacon and call it a morning.
Treasure Island’s brand-new Corner Market Buffet ($24 at breakfast) serves eggs scrambled with crème fraiche, a variety of savory sausages and downright crispy bacon and so much more. I crowded my (first) plate with totally respectable dim sum, chewy pathiri rice flour pancakes topped with hearty chana masala, breakfast pizza and a maple-pecan Danish. I went back for a fruit-and-granola parfait and a green juice to make myself feel healthier, then improvised a smoked salmon salad (I’m creative like that).
At lunch ($28), Corner Market serves chicken meatloaf, shakshuka, protein bowls with tandoori salmon and more pizza options, then dinner ($34) offers Peruvian chicken, lobster ravioli, Korean beef bulgogi, porchetta and desserts from soufflés to gelato. TI actually used less space in this remodel, opening up room for the new Golden Circle sports bar next door, while creating a easy-access food line and dining room. New and improved, check and double-check.
CORNER MARKET BUFFET Treasure Island, 702-894-7111. Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.