A couple of my friends have been talking about taking us to check out the San Diego-area casino buffets for quite some time – it’s pretty cheap, and you get a lot of decent food. S and I have hesitated for a long time because it is pretty far out from where we live, but finally we were convinced and made the trip out to Sycuan casino, a good 35 miles away from our home.
I saw some “no cameras” signs around the casino, and the entrance to the buffet is right next to some slot machines so I didn’t want to take photos and get in trouble. Wouldn’t want to be kicked out after such a long drive…
The price for the buffet for dinner time is around $20, but if you sign up for a free Club Sycuan card, there’s an automatic 20% discount, making the price around $17 per person. Compared to the buffets in Las Vegas (or even other all-you-can-eats), the price is really good. Too bad the extra gas money makes up for it.
The food selection is actually sort of small, though, compared to many other buffets I’ve been to. There are the typical stations: salad, pasta & pizza, Mexican, Asian, “comfort food,” and of course the meat, seafood, and dessert.
My friend recommends the prime rib here, and it was indeed quite delicious. You can ask for just a cut of the medium-rare meat, or have it lightly grilled for a bit more doneness. I liked it grilled, but S preferred the medium-rare version. There was also an assortment of sauces: horseradish (2 different levels of spiciness!), aioli, and plain mayo. I liked the spicy horseradish the most.
And of course, crab legs. Since S doesn’t normally eat shellfish, I sort of go crazy when there’s an unlimited supply of it for me to eat. There are several versions of crab legs: chilled, steamed, and also stir-fried with peppers and onions. I preferred the chilled.