GOOD TO KNOW: http://virginriver.com/dining-2/
Gluten-free: no but there are plenty of ways to make do
Other: Also called Sierra's buffet, hot food switches from breakfast to lunch between 10:30 and 11 a.m.
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Road trip to Vegas the last push to Sin City
Today we made our final trek into Vegas. Before heading out of the St. George area we drove a few miles out of town to check out Snow Canyon State Park. There is a cool (free) scenic lookout a short distance from the entrance so we pulled off there for a quick look-see. If I were a geologist I could get all sciency and explain the chain of events it took to create the red rock combined with white rock and the flat canyon bed covered in scrub brush. Mom and I both agreed that we expected to hear the screech of a pterodactyl overhead and see a few dino's lumber through the valley. It really is worth the 10-minute drive if you are ever in the area.
After our glimpse back in time, we loaded back into the cars for the two-hour drive to Sin City with a quick stop in Mesquite, NV for breakfast at the Virgin River Buffet located in the Virgin River Casino. Up to this point we had been starting our days with hotel continental breakfasts, gluten-free bread and a jar of peanut butter and we were all more than ready for a substantial late-morning meal. As I've mentioned in other posts, I'm not a huge fan of buffets or food bars but this breakfast buffet was exactly what we were looking for. I skipped all the hot dishes and instead headed straight for the omelette bar. The cook manning the station was friendly and very generous with the make-your-own ingredients. Shawn's omelette was packed with large shrimp and the veggies in mine were cooked just the right amount. Another plus was the well-stocked fruit section with a variety of fresh melons, pineapple, grapes, and strawberries as well as several types of canned fruit - AKA clean-burning fuel.
After getting our fill at the buffet we decided to try our luck in the casino and arcade. I made a $20 donation to the penny slots and I think my parents were just about as lucky. The Boy was the big winner and left Mesquite one beach ball, a few Tootsie Rolls and a pack of press-on tattoos richer. Lady Luck, I'll see you in Vegas.
You win some, you lose some - gluten-free brunch and penny slots
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A note to readers:
I am gluten sensitive/intolerant so I am not overly concerned with possible cross contamination. If you have severe reactions, I recommend taking additional precautions.