I’ve never understood the appeal of “all-you-can-eat” but suffice it to say, buffets are not the choice of sophisticated diners. However, it was the obvious choice for eleven of us arriving at Harrah’s Cherokee on a chartered Cooper Global bus for The Band Perry concert a couple of weeks ago. We were guests of the casino/resort, so they reserved a private table and treated us to dinner, drinks, and the show.
Before grabbing a plate and piling it high with a little bit of this and a little bit of that (which adds up to a whole lotta calories!), I did some “research” by walking around the buffet stations, each one catering to a specific type of cuisine. There was Italian, Mexican, Asian, comfort food, barbecue, and one dedicated to desserts.
How about Asian? No thanks. Buffet sushi is just one step up from grocery store sushi. The bison chili at the soup and salad bar sounded like a safer bet. I topped a small bowl of it with sour cream and shredded cheddar. The chili was chunky and delicious, full of meat and beans, the latter destined to haunt me later.
Although I’m not a big fan of barbecue, I zeroed in on the mac ‘n’ cheese and pulled pork, serving myself a small scoop of each, plus some collard greens flavored with ham hocks. A wonderful and unexpectedly spicy chili sauce accompanied the pork.
Next, I investigated the dessert station where the chefs were busily making crepes. Among the garish cakes on display I found my favorite dessert, bread pudding. And I couldn’t resist trying the gelato, although I wish they offered more authentic Italian-inspired flavors. I settled on black cherry and took the desserts back to share with LC. Unlike ice cream, gelato is made with milk, providing a smoother mouth feel with less calories. In my experience, nothing can compare to the gelato in Europe…American gelato just tastes like regular ice cream, which was the case here. Topped with real whipped cream, the warm bread pudding was perfectly dense, studded with raisins.
I was pleased with my choices and especially my restraint! Our group left satisfied, just in time for The Band Perry’s show in the adjacent state-of-the-art theater. Then we hit the casino in all its trailor park glamour.
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