Garden Buffet

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Las Vegas buffets, once a loss-leading value for the casino crowd, have evolved into high-dollar investments over the years. However, the Garden Buffet capitalizes on the South Point's reputation as a locals' casino, serving up a variety of food at enticing prices seven days a week. It's a combination that's endeared the place to Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis and Gayot contributor Bob Barnes, among others.

Prices are always subject to change, but at last check it was hard to resist an all-you-can eat breakfast for $16.95 or lunch for $19.95. Prime rib is served with dinner and during a weekend champagne brunch with bottomless mimosas (both $28.95). It's also included during Seafood Night on Fridays, the best deal at $49.95, featuring crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half-shell and more with two glasses of wine, sangria or draft beer. Keep in mind – those prices are even lower if you sign up for the South Point's free rewards membership.

Aside from touches of faux foliage to emphasize the garden theme, the dining room isn't fancy, preferring to draw its energy from the nearby casino floor and six carving stations, serving pork belly, sausages, smoked ham and other meats. Omelets are made to order during breakfast and a Mongolian Grill station makes it easy to customize an order later in the day. Overall, the cuisine covers American classics as well as Asian, Mexican and Italian favorites.

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