What's the best way to spend $10 in Las Vegas? Try a buffet, in particular, the Feast Buffet at Santa Fe Station.
You have less than $10 to spend on a meal in Las Vegas. What’s your best bet for the most food possible with just that Alexander Hamilton? Pound for pound, the Feast Buffet at Santa Fe Station at lunch.
Eater Vegas photographer Amelinda B Lee spent a Friday starting at 11:10 a.m. at the 25,000-square-foot buffet with seating for 550. On average, the buffet serves about 280 different dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner but that can vary.
Lee spent $7.99 on the buffet with a Station Casinos Boarding Pass ($10.99 without). She paid 65 cents on tax for a total of $8.64. She went with her mother and left a $6 tip. That breaks down to $15.98 for two people, $17.27 with sales tax for a grand total of $23.27, or $11.64 per person.
With lunch just starting, it took about 10 minutes to get a table, and Lee says the line died down by noon. She left at 12:35 p.m.
Every buffet expert has their own strategy for dining, and Lee has her own.
"I like to visit all the stations and grab samplings of whatever piques my interest. If I go for a second round, I focus on items I enjoyed from my first plates or items I may have missed. Today, I did not make a second go-around since I had so many items from my initial visit."
From left to right, find barbecue, Asian, Italian, American, Tex-Mex, dessert and salads.
Important Facts To Know
Lee says she found more seafood options on a Friday. "There's a rotating station that has specific items per day. On Fridays, those items are kung pao beef, Cajun crawfish, steamed mussels and tuna salad."
Keep in mind that different days of the week can feature different specials. For example, Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m. feature prime rib and shrimp for $14.99 with a Boarding Pass and $19.99 without. Sunday brunch from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. goes for $10.99 with a Boarding Pass and $15.99 without.
What She Ate
And now, for the big reveal. Just how much food did Lee eat?
Plate 1: Couscous Salad, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Build-Your-Own Chicken Caesar Salad, Seafood Ceviche, Beets
Plate 2: Hush Puppies, Sausage, Grilled Onion, Biscuit w/ Sausage Gravy, Cajun Crawfish, Potato Wedges, Beef Liver & Onion
Plate 3: Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce & Meatballs, Asian Sauteed Green Beans, Singapore Noodles, Pepperoni & Jalapeño Pizza
Plate 4: Steamed Mussels, Cheese Enchilada, Beef Tostada, Roasted Jalapeño, Guacamole
Plate 5: Clam Chowder, Raisin and Fennel Roll
Plate 6: Bread Pudding, Vanilla Soft Serve with Caramel Sauce and Waffle Cone, Banana Cream Pie, German Chocolate Cake