Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Buffet at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino - Biloxi, Mississippi

The Buffet
Beau Rivage Hotel Resort and Casino
875 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8 p.m.-11 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

I used to like going to a buffet on a holiday – in Fort Lauderdale or Houston - but a recent visit to The Buffet at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi will make me think twice about it next time.

The lines were unbelievably long. And though the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas, diners were decked out in very casual attire. The I’m–too-lazy-to-cook-for-Thanksgiving-so-let’s-fill-up-at-the-casino-buffet-look ruled the day – and spoiled mine. This spectacle, during these tough economic times, reminded me of standing in line at a soup kitchen.

The food was good, for the most part: fresh salad bar, plenty of king crab legs and turkey, other meats and roasted vegetables – but not enough green choices. Then I couldn’t find butter for my roll and couldn’t get the attention of wait staff in the crowd.

The waitress let the dishes stack up on the table instead of removing them each time we went back to the buffet. Maybe she didn’t know that’s what they’re supposed to do. Maybe the customers didn’t know either. I looked forward to a piece of pumpkin or pecan pie and was turned off by what was available. I chose spice cake instead and left most of it (among all the dirty dishes); it wasn’t good.

I’ll eat at home next year or go to a place with good table service – away from the madding, ill-dressed crowd. © 2009 All rights reserved.

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