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Orleans

4500 W. Tropicana

Las Vegas, NV 89103

800-675-3267

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$8-$16

Daily 8am-9pm

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A very good and relatively inexpensive buffet.

Where is it?

At The Orleans just west of The Strip.

What kind of food is served?

All the things you'd expect plus some interesting and unique twists.

What is the atmosphere like?

A pleasant dining room.

How is the service?

Limited interaction with the staff but they were also pleasant.

What are the prices like?

A comparitive bargain.

What else do I need to know?

If you get a players' club card you can get a discount off the already cheap rates.

What's the bottom line?

A good buffet at a great cost.

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FULL REVIEW

The Orleans has gained a reputation among locals and tourists as being a low-cost, entertainment packed alternative to the nearby Strip and perhaps nowhere is it more evident than at the French Market Buffet.

Like most of the newer buffets in town, this one is an "action-buffet." No, that doesn't mean explosions and guys on motorcycles jumping the salad bar - although that would be kind of cool. Instead, it means themed stations and an open kitchen instead of the long buffet lines of yore.

Among the choices available on our lunch time visit were Italian pastas, sausages and peppers, and pizza; Mexican fajitas and tacos; Chinese potstickers, sweet and sour meatballs (odd, but good), fried rice, and chow mein; Barbecue ribs, sausages, and "fixin's"; Cajun and Creole dishes like jambalaya; and good ol' American dishes with the carving station, and comfort food like grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. A full salad bar and dessert station accompany the main courses.

Although nothing here will knock your socks off, everything we tasted was good to very good and it mostly managed to avoid that buffet food feeling. We especially like the barbecue sausages just in case you were wondering.

Prices are among the lowest in town for a buffet of this size and quality. As of this writing breakfast will cost you around $8, lunch around $9, dinner from $14-16 depending on the "theme" and brunch at $14.

For the record, Orleans is about a mile west of New York-New York on Tropicana. That means you'll probably have to drive (if you have a car) or cab it (if you don't) to get there but with those kind of buffet prices it might just be worth it.

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