OK, let me say straight out that I am a "super-user" at the Horseshoe as I am a poker room regular who plays at least 4x a week. Which means I have been to the dinner buffet at least 20x. It is always a fine experience by my lights.
In September and October the Horseshoe has had an outstanding promotion: free buffet after "30 minutes of play and 30 Tier credits". That means 2 hours in the poker room (17 credits/hour) gets a free buffet.
If you are expecting Vegas-style unlimited crab legs, you won't get that here. But chose correctly and your experience will be more like the high end buffets like the Wynn and Cosmopolitan: outstanding, delicious chef specialties on small plates.
Let me rhapsodize about some of the Horseshoe touches. The Faroe Island salmon is superb: this week I've had it with a rapturous hollandaise, a sweet-and-sour glaze with pineapple, and a Dijon mustard sauce over wild rice. All month one of the "Shuffle" features has been enormous shrimp cocktail, the kind so big it looks like langoustine. Total wow. Steamed mussels are prepared in various broths, all good. The beef short ribs over mashed potatoes are terrific. And the regular smoked pork ribs are so good you will never see me at a rib joint in the near future. The shrimp risotto with wild mushrooms is as good as in any high end Italian restaurant, and the au gratin potatoes just kill.
The Asian station rocks. This is the only casino buffet I've ever been to where the food tastes like it came from real Asian restaurants and not the mall food court. Spicy Vietnamese beef is spicy, Szechuan green beans are delicious, there is chicken teriyaki, good shrimp, even kim chee.
I have vegetarian friends and there is tons for them to choose from. I hear the seasonal pumpkin ravioli is divine.
At the carvery try a small piece of game hen -- it's succulent. Yesterday I decided to try a small piece of fried chicken, which was fantastic.
The salads are top notch. There is a BLT chopped salad, a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, a classic iceberg wedge with blue cheese, and a kickass spinach salad with heirloom tomatoes. Last night there was an arugula salad to die for, loaded with blueberries, raspberries, and giant blackberries.
The desserts are good, and there is a fantastic gelato bar. I am limiting sugars, so I get a half-scoop of the no-sugar added chocolate which is dark and creamy.
Postprandial coffees are fantastic, thanks to the Douwe Egbert coffee ground and brewed one cup at a time. Go to the dessert station so you can add a little whipped cream -- it's as good as the whipped cream we had in Belgium, which is my benchmark.
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