On our way back home to Los Angeles from a quick Vegas trip, we needed gas and breakfast. Seeing this hotel from the highway, we figured we'd kill two birds with one stone. We met a fellow at the gas station who said that we had made a good choice stopping here rather than at state-line because of the price-point, we thought we were on a good trend. After fueling up, we stopped at the Bonanza Buffet hoping for a good meal before heading out. Umm...no! The buffet was not overly expensive at $10 a head, but the buffet offerings were meager and not the quality we had hoped for. Can you eat your fill? For sure. Is the food edible? Yes. Is it delicious? Not so much. There were whole pieces of fruit (oranges, apples and bananas), sliced melon and then a bowl of syrupy fruit cocktail. The warm foods feature a pot of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, paper-thin slices of bacon, round flat patties of sausage that were very strange looking, corned beef hash (tasty but VERY salty) and spicy Portuguese sausage slices with peppers. There was also some chicken fried steaks that looked fairly dried out, "pork chops" (they were round pork-somethings, but not like any pork chop I've ever seen) floating in some kind of barbecue sauce. There was a waffle and omelet bar, with a hard working cook preparing the fresh offerings in a genial, swift manner. The pastry counter had a sliced zucchini bread, two different types of cake, and an soft-ice cream dispenser. No bread for toast, no bagels. There was one poor waitress who seemed to be servicing way too many tables, she had a hard time even visiting the table but two times. That was ok, because the coffee was so bad that we didn't want refills. You know how some hotels and restaurants serve water that tastes like chlorine? This coffee was made with this same water, and in its very weakened state, you could clearly taste the chlorine. Blech.
I understand that in this economy that restaurants, particularly buffets need to economize. Still, I would consider this food very sub-par. Thankfully, I went out into the casino before heading out and won enough money to cover my husband's $20 loss and the cost of breakfast.
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