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    Published  9-1-2018

    Food may not be the first thing you thnk of when visiting a casino. Think again. Many of the casinos I have visited have some fabulous dining options from top of the line to economic buffets. Here are a few I recommend.

    Seneca Alleghany Casino and Resort  in Cattaraugus County, NY

    chef working behind open kitchen

    The Western Door Steakhouse is one of two top-drawer restaurants at Seneca Alleghany Casino and Resort in Cattaraugus County.   The décor is soothing and relaxing. Not so dark you can't read the menu and not so bright you get a headache from the glare. Had it been a little cooler, there was a cozy fireplace. They also feature an open kitchen with a chef's table around it where you can watch the food magic at work.

    king crab claws on plate at seneca Allaganhy Casino resturant

    Although it is a steak house there are lots of other choices. I prefer seafood over steak any day so I was very happy to see a 16-oz Alaskan King Crab Legs on the menu. It was steamed just right and served with drawn butter. The menu is ala carte so you choose the sides separately. There were six of us so we choose appetizers or sides to split. My choice was a roasted sweet potato. It was easily large enough to divide into portions for everyone.  Steak fries; squash medley with tomatoes, onion, and garlic; steamed broccoli with hollandaise sauce; and garlic mashed potatoes comprised the other choices.

    five women eating at table in Western door Steak House

    To insure you have good service there are two servers for the table. When I asked for cinnamon and honey for my sweet potato, Patty, one of our servers brought a large helping of each. My iced tea was refreshed before I ever reached the bottom of the glass. Naturally there is a large selection of wine. Dessert was a rich chocolate tart topped with whipped cream.


    Lovers of Italian food—and who isn’t—will be in heaven at Patria, Seneca Alleghany Casino and Resort's fine Italian dining spot. The décor here is warm, muted red and soft orange that blend well.

    entrance to Partia Restaurant at Seneca Allagahny Casino

    Naturally they offered the standard Italian choices like meatballs or sausage with pasta and lasagna but there were some other less traditional choices like Shrimp Scampi and Lobster Risotto. Of course there were several steak choices. One of our group ordered pizza and I sampled it. Perfect crust and cheese and tomato were well proportioned. The pepperoni was delicious and thicker than the usual skinny slices.  My entree choice was the Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo. It had lots of chicken and the sauce was creamy and well seasoned with a good combination of herbs.

    For a salad, I had an unusual combination that was fantastic. Watermelon Salad. Arugula was topped with a generous helping of fresh hunks of watermelon with goat cheese tossed in and topped with my favorite dressing, peach vinaigrette.

    appetizer tray

    We shared an appetizer tray that was almost too pretty to eat. Almost! Four different cheeses, huge steamed shrimp, peppers, olives, and sliced meats surrounded by breads and decorated with a tasty tall cracker.

    dessert trays

    Desserts again were a group; tiramisu, cannoli dip, cappuccino crème brulee, peanut butter mousse cake, lemon cello, choclate cake, gelano, chocolate tarts and a few more. We did pretty well on that considering how much we had already eaten. After all, as a travel writer, it’s my job to taste everything so I can share the information, right? Yes. It's a hard job but someone has to do it!

    Seneca Alleghany Casino and Resort has a total of six restaurants and three bars and lounges.


    Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport, LA

    One of the dining rooms at Margaritaville casino

    When you can tear yourself away from the entertainment with actors on stilts and erupting volcanoes, Jimmy's Seafood and Steak is the place you want to go for steaks and seafood and very upscale dining.

    dining room at Jimmy's steak house

    The décor takes you back to the days of beaded doorways and glass chandeliers. The food is unique. Take classic steak and seafood add a Deep South  touch with lots of grits, a traditional Louisiana influence with po' boys and Creole and Cajun accents and you have Jimmy's almost figured out. Except then Chef Frederick Ngo throws you a curve and adds an Asian influence to the mix. Quit trying to decide where it fits in the spectrum and just enjoy. The result is delicious.

    My choices were a Jumbo Gulf Coconut Shrimp with Fresh Mango Salsa and Spicy Orange Honey Marmalade for an appetizer. For my entrée, more shrimp. Yes, you will notice I LOVE shellfish! The Stuffed Shrimp a'la Maison are not exactly stuffed. They are extra large shrimp wrapped in bacon and grilled. It's served with a side of heirloom grits covered with Tasso gravy.


    Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS

    chef behnd open kitchen at Beau Rivage

    With twelve restaurants, five lounges, and more, you will not go hungry here. . my favorite is the BR PrimeBR Prime is their steakhouse and top of the line restaurant. Food is great; drinks are cold and refreshed before you take a last sip. Service is first rate. The aroma coming out of the open kitchen was so good I had to have a Filet. I did consider a lobster but after this is a steakhouse. For a side I had a huge baked potato, soft and creamy with lots of butter and sour cream and a nice topping of chives.

    Jia is their other upscale restaurant. It's an Asian style serving foods from  Japan, Thailand, Korea, China, and Vietnam.

    Their breakfast buffet is not your run of-the-mill with eggs, grits and bacon. It offers everything from crawfish to those traditional choices. The whole family will be happy with the vast choices here not only for breakfast. Lunch and dinner there are equally tempting.





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