Carnival World Buffet

3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV
Phone: 866-746-7671
http://www.harrahs.com/casinos/rio/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml

I get to continue with my special Las Vegas Buffet special here at Reality Impaired. My second buffet in Vegas was the Rio Carnival World Buffet. As you can guess this is an international buffet as Spice Market Buffet is. Unfortunately for Carnival World, I had lunch at Spice Market and the bar was set pretty high. Too start off the dinner was around $28, not to bad for a dinner buffet in Las Vegas. The selection here is out of control. There is so many different options it might be over whelming for some. What stood out in this buffet is the Asian BBQ where you can select your meats and veggies and have them cooked fresh. Other then this, I found this place to be so-so, what I could not stand was the service or lack there off. When I got crab legs, I was unable to find the “cracker” in order to actually eat them. I had to do it manually and well it was not too much fun. Perhaps it was an off night or just a rather large crowd that we had, but I was not really impressed.

Spice Market Buffet

3667 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
http://www.aladdincasino.com/

With a weekend in Vegas you can bet I enjoyed the buffet heaven that Las Vegas is. Located in the Aladdin Casino, now known as Planet Hollywood, I made my first buffet stop at the Spice Market Buffet. Spice Market is an international buffet featuring Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Seafood and the genre that makes Spice Market stand out is MiddleEastern. Spice Market is the only place directly on the strip where you can find Tandoori Chicken! I know there is an Indian restaurant in the Rio Hotel, but Rio is not on the strip; I will get to their buffet a little later. Getting back to Spice Market, there was so much to choose from that I barely touched the buffet, but I can say I really enjoyed their selection of Seafood and their MiddleEastern options. I went for lunch on a Saturday and it cost about $23 with tax. The person I was eating it also mentioned her enjoyed the chocolate milk, I don’t even know what to say about that, I guess you just have to try it.

Catch Twenty Three

10103 Montague Street
Tampa, FL 33626
http://www.catchtwentythree.com/

If you like seafood then there is nothing else to say then; you need to try to place if you are ever in the Tampa Bay area. The one thing to watch out for is that the food tends to be on the sweeter side. But you need to put that aside, because you will get some greatly flavored dishes. One of the best things about the restaurant is that you can actually pick a fish from a list which seems to vary and you may select a sauce Garlic and Cilantro Butter Sauce, Creamy Spinach Rockefeller, Roasted Creole Tomato, Spicy Mango Salsa, Pineapple Rum, Banana Daiquiri. On this night, I went for the tilapia with the Roasted Creole Tomato, and it came out excellent. For the seared tuna fan, they also had an excellent looking seared tuna a coworker of mine ordered. We also started off with an order of fried calamari, which we completely enjoyed. I can not wait to go back and to make things better they have a burger and fries deal for Mondays.

Chicos Woodfired Grill

12217 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33626
http://www.chicosgrill.com

As you may know, I am always interested in Mexican food; especially enchilladas. When we went to Chicos I decided to try something different and try their
Chimmichanga sample platter. They had some chimmis that stood out on the menu; shrimp and spinach chimmi and a filet mignon chimmi. The sampler also includes a chicken chimmi. The shrimp/spinach and the filet mignon were excellent, except the chicken just did not hit the spot. Guess it was not a bad thing since I was filled with the other 2 chimmis. I have to go back and try the enchilladas here next time, the guys I dined with ordered it and it looked great!