Thursday, April 30, 2009

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa buffet - restaurant review

When we were in the Palm Desert area last month, we decided to stop at the Morongo Casino on the way home. I'd never been there before, and I wanted to have a look around, and we figured we'd give the buffet (Potrero Canyon Buffet) a try. We've been to a few of the buffets at the various hotels in Las Vegas, so it was a bit different at Morongo. In Vegas, a Sunday morning trip to the buffet would involve a long line and lots of waiting. The buffet at Morongo was somewhat busy but there were still lots of open tables. I think we got there about 11:30am. On Sunday, they offer a champagne brunch for $20, which is also much less than the buffets at the major hotels in Vegas.

They had a good selection of food items available including:

many cold salads
an assortment of fruit
cheese platter
omelet bar
regular breakfast foods
carved turkey, ham and prime rib
Mexican items
dim sum
Chinese broccoli
hot and sour soup
stir fry bar
breads and pastries
lots of desserts

For dim sum, they only had two items, which were good. The hot and sour soup was not to my liking at all.

It took a little while after we'd been seated for the server to come by, but otherwise, there were no service issues. The food was generally good, but nothing outstanding. The restaurant has a nice casual atmosphere.

Overall, we had a good brunch, but it wasn't as spectacular as some of the brunches that we've had at a Vegas hotel, but the few times I've been to non-Vegas casinos, that's been my experience. It's a decent place where you get good food for good value. I wouldn't object to going again, but it's probably not something I'd choose to do again or go out of my way to do again.

We did walk around the casino for a little bit after brunch, but they didn't really have any games that I liked. I played for a little while, and then I got bored, and we ended up leaving after about half an hour.

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
Potrero Canyon Buffet
49500 Seminole Dr.
Cabazon, CA 92230
(800) 252-4499

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