Wandering Horse Buffet at Talking Stick Resort & Casino

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Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale has three date options. You can:

A) Watch a show
B) Gamble
C) Eat

We chose to eat, and built our date around dinner at the Wandering Horse Buffet, which was recommended to us as the best buffet around.   We were told there is a better selection than even the Bellagio Buffet in Las Vegas, and after eating there, we concur. 

We had to wander around the casino for a few minutes before we found the entrance to the restaurant.  Don't worry.  It is there, even if there aren't a lot of signs to point you in the right direction.

Although the restaurant is the sort where you can dress up or dress down, the mood is more casual and friendly than formal or intimate.  The seating is mostly at tables along a large wall of windows overlooking the desert, golf course, and mountains. 

The cost of the buffet varies depending on day and the time of day.  Expect to spend $25-$35 per person.  They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and week end brunch.  We visited on a Tuesday night, about 5 pm.  The restaurant wasn't crowded, and the staff was friendly and helpful.  On week-ends, you might have to wait to be seated.

We started with plates of crackers, cheese, olives, and oysters from the appetizers section.  Then we moved on to salad, with a make your own option as well as several pre-made selections.

For the main course, you can mix and match from stations that feature Asian food, American food, complete with a carving station and cooked to order steaks, Southwestern food, and Italian food, featuring brick oven pizza.  There were over a dozen desserts to choose from;  pies, cakes, tarts, icecream, and even banana flambe.

If you want to extend your date, there is roaring casino with slots and cards where you can try your luck.  There are also lounges with music and a cigar lounge.  Smoking is allowed in the casino, and they have an air circulation system that keeps the air from becoming too smoky.  If you are sensitive to smoke, however, you can still smell it.  The casino regularly offers shows.  We haven't been, so you will have to take a gamble if you want to plan a date to a performance. 

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