Food and Gambling

Once upon a time in the world of gambling, the very idea of a casino coupled with great food was ludicrous. With Stan being the most adventurous of our group, he was keener on finding the obscure casino, which meant we found ourselves in less than ideal circumstances sometimes.

Casinos used to be all about the gambling and what kept you at the tables or slots. Good food wasn’t even on the list of reasons to vacation at a casino because all they offered in the way of sustenance was nothing more than buffet this and buffet that of unhealthy fuel that did nothing more than kick you back into play.

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That’s all changed with the new and improved gambler of today, and more and more gambling houses are offering creative, 4-star cuisine as part of the experience. Most casinos have meal comps, especially to their buffet and coffee shops. With a higher level of play, gamblers can win more meals for two at the high-end restaurants, which are usually a fixed dollar amount or a selection from the main menu that may consist of an appetizer, an entrée, dessert, and a nonalcoholic drink and are usually good for 24 hours.

The biggest comp at a casino is free drinks, and servers will bring any kind of drink you want even if you’re just watching the action. Some of the best food in the high-grade casinos will satisfy your taste buds while you play. In Las Vegas there are so many great places to see and visit, it’s hard to pick just one. The Mandalay Bay has one of the best breakfast buffets in the world, offering everything imaginable. For a good champagne brunch, Planet Hollywood beats the competition hands down.

If you like sushi, you need to book a gambling vacation at Casino Loutraki in Greece and stop by the Sushiro to watch the chefs prepare your food while you drink sake. The mythical resort and casino in the Bahamas, The Atlantis on Paradise Island, brings dining to a new level with a mixture of Southwestern cuisine with a Bahamian twist prepared by the award-winning celebrity chef Bobby Flay at the Mesa Grill. His Spiced Bahamian Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Cilantro Sauce will keep you returning time after time.