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“This ain't no Bonanza - keep driving!”

Bonanza Buffet at Gold Strike Hotel
Ranked #10 of 16 Restaurants in Jean
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Las Vegas, NV
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“This ain't no Bonanza - keep driving!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

We stopped at the "Gold Strike Hotel and Casino" on Monday for some lunch.
The only places open for lunch were a snack shop and the buffet.

The "Bonanza Buffet" was $6.99 for lunch, so we decided to give it a try.

Items available (which I could remember) were: Italian Sausage Soup, Salad Bar, rice, mashed potatoes (with brown and turkey gravy available), spring rolls, pasta with a brown meat topping you added, corn on the cob, fried chicken, boneless pork chop, hamburger and deserts.

Italian Sausage Soup – spicy but tasty.
Salad Bar – Two choices of lettuce, with a limited selection of toppings.
Spring Rolls – More roll than spring, pass.
Mashed potatoes – not too bad.
Corn on the cob – soggy texture, sitting in water too long.
Pasta with brown meat topping – Pene pasta, small meat pieces cut into 1/4'’ pieces in a brown gravy. Took a pass.
Fried Chicken – Looked good but, overcooked and dried out.
Boneless Pork Chop – Best described as mystery pork chop. Looked real but we believe it was a processed meat product.
Hamburger – Patties were precooked sitting in a liquid, overdone and dried out. Bacon for topping was real. Other available toppings were good. Now just cook the hamburgers to order!
Deserts – Cheesecake creamy squares were not too bad. Chocolate pudding was instant (made with water not milk). Cherry cobbler was ok, when topped with softserve ice cream. Coconut Cream pie was tasteless, except for the coconut topping (could not figure out the cream part). Bread pudding was more cinnamon donut holes.

Service was typical for a buffet, slow but acceptable.

This is located in a hotel and casino in the middle of nowhere, between the California border and Las Vegas. Just a bump in the road with a gas station, Jean Airport, Jean Prison (currently closed) and Constable Office.

If they offered better food service, it could be a spot that people would want to stop at going and coming from Las Vegas. For now, it’s a pass. Stop in Primm instead.

  • Visited January 2012
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Savannah, GA
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“Good Place to Eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

My wife and I got a late start out of Las Vegas driving to LA so shortly we were looking for a late lunch and decided to try the buffet at the Gold Strike Hotel not far before reaching the California state line. As I recall, the billboard on I-15 advertised it as a "hamburger buffet," however, we were pleasantly surprised that it included other meats like chicken. Not fancy cuisine or a fancy place - just simple food and plenty of it at a good price and the atmosphere was okay. Can't remember but think the cost was maybe $6.99. Also, don't remember if it included a beverage because we normally drink water but I'm pretty sure we asked about decaf coffee towards the end of the meal and we weren't charged. Oh, I normally eat little or no dessert but got started on the sticky buns and couldn't seem to stop.

  • Visited August 2011
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