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Eating Your Way Through the $17 Million Bacchanal Buffet

The entrance to Bacchanal Buffet.
The entrance to Bacchanal Buffet.
[Photos: Susan Stapleton]

The $17 million Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace made its debut yesterday with a buffet built for the gods. By 7 a.m. when the restaurant opened, a small line had formed of curious and hopefuls who wanted to be among the first to dine at the new buffet.

Inside the 25,000-square-foot restaurant, the buffet sits to the left and three distinct dining rooms in glass, wood and steel weave around to the right. That buffet keeps going and going and going. Turn a corner and discover more food. Keep going and there's Mexican dishes and Asian fare. Over there, an omelet station. In the midst of the glass dining room, a dessert buffet replete with made-to-order crepes and tiny doughnuts just for breakfast. And the lineup of food never seems to end.

Individual servings of chicken fried steak and eggs Benedict mingled with heaping helpings of crispy bacon and not-so-crispy bacon. Choosy about honey? Four kinds sit waiting for oatmeal or toasted breads. Biscuits await gravy while baskets of tater tots line up. Tiny portions of red velvet pancakes and French toast sit next to a strawberry butter.

Eggs in so many styles find a home at various points along the buffet, over there an American style, then on a breakfast pizza or inside a stromboli. Forgot to get some at the last stop? Keep going, there's more. More than 95 items make just the breakfast menu.

Several dishes represent the Mexican fare found later in the day. But for breakfast, it's Mexican beef machaha and papas con chorizo. Toward the back of the buffet — yes, just keep going — find Asian dishes such as dim sum, pepper beef and Singapore noodles.

Diners look down to find the plates tucked away in the buffet. They can ask one of the chefs cooking mere feet away if they don't know what something is or they want to special order a dish.

Best of all, despite the 600 seats, it never feels packed. Lines rarely form because guests can just keep going to find what they want.

The only advice? Wear stretchy pants. You're going to need them for this bacchanal of food.
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Bacchanal Buffet

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 731-7928 Visit Website

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