Sampling the flavors of Palace Station’s all-night buffet

You can have it all … at 3 a.m.
Photo: Wade Vandervort

Nothing yells “Vegas!” like an all-night buffet. You’d be hard-pressed to find one anywhere in the Valley, however. Which is why when Palace Station recently began graveyard service at its new Feast Buffet, I stayed up half the night just to try it.

Unlike during pre-midnight operations, there was no long line snaking through the stanchions when I arrived around 1 a.m. on a weeknight. Score! I was quickly greeted with a cheerful “good morning” by a server named Bridget, who offered coffee or tea (all drinks sans booze are included). My fellow nighthawks appeared to be equal parts tourist and local, night gamblers and swing shifters, post-partiers and families.

The palatial buffet was edited down to the crowd-pleasing essentials for the nighttime edition (to wit, the “Wok This Way” section was closed). There was a breakfast section (including made-to-order omelets), a dinner section and a bread/soup/salad/dessert section. The “soup” trio could be seen a complete survey of human comfort: oatmeal, chicken noodle and menudo. I indulged in gouda mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, bacon, a chocolate croissant, chocolate cake and, for health’s sake, a single Brussels sprout. It was a satisfying midnight meal, and at $11 (or as low as $7 with a Boarding Pass loyalty card), the price—and time—is right.

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