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Treasure Island Tradewinds Buffet - Welch - 2/27/2009


Taste: 2/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 1/5
Price: 4/5
Overall: 2/5
Treasure Island Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
800.222.7077
www.treasureislandcasino.com

Review

Casino buffets on a Saturday night are never a good idea, so I’m a bit unsure why I constantly give into going. It could be because I love gambling more than I despise the Treasure Island buffet.

Taste
Imagine the nicest buffet you’ve ever been to. For me, it’s walking into the one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and being overwhelmed at how awesome everything is. Unique smells from all across the world slam into you, and everything tastes incredible, even the stuff you don’t like. Now imagine old country buffet. This is closer to what Tradewinds buffet is like. It’s not that it’s that bad; it’s actually ok. But it’s just nothing really original or exotic. The one cool thing is the mongolian bbq style station, where you get to make your own stir fry. But everything else is just sort of standard. Roast beef, macaroni, enchiladas.

Service
It’s a buffet so you can’t really be too judgemental of service. But, the people are nice. We got our drinks while we were getting food, so that’s cool. The people up at the stations are friendly too - although they don’t exactly jump up to serve you, but I can understand getting a little tired after serving people for 8 hours.

Atmosphere
This is probably my number one complaint of the place. It’s always slammed with people. This is awesome for the buffet, and good for them for being busy, but holy cow. The line is always pretty long to get a seat, and then once inside it’s like a battle to get your food. They do their best to split the massive dining area into smaller areas, but it doesn’t really work. I’m guessing I’m just in a bad mood because they took all my money at blackjack, but I just think with how much money casinos make, they can put in a little more effort.

Price
Now this is where they are awesome. A friend got some coupons in the mail for buy one, get one on the buffet, which means that we each ate for around $10 a piece I think. Plus, beers in the casino are only $3, so that is cool too.

Overall
If you’re at the casino, there really is no choice - you have to eat at the buffet because I’m guessing it’s the best option. However, I wouldn’t drive 90 minutes to get there if I wasn’t planning on gambling a bit as well. If you’re there for the first time, sign up in the casino for the player’s cards. Then you’ll get coupons in the mail and free hotel stays, which is actually a pretty cool weekend getaway. Now if I could only stay out of the casino…

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