Cuisine: American, Asian, Dessert
Restaurant Features: All-You-Can-Eat, Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet, Hotel
Location: Hinckley, MN
Address: 777 Lady Luck Drive Hinckley, MN 55037 800-472-6321
|Sunday||9 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.|
|Monday||11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 8:30 p.m.|
|Friday||11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 10 p.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 4 to 10 p.m.|
Atmosphere: The Buffet is sits in the back center, surrounded by a very large dining rooms. The Buffet itself is divided into different sections: Grand Harvest, Oriental, Entree, International, American Bounty, Homestyle and Desserts.
The seating area
Menu: Items available during the Prime Rib Buffet on Saturday and Sunday nights include:
American Bounty Station: Fried Cod, Ham, Broasted Chicken, Sausage and Sauerkraut, Wild Rice, Corn Bread, Baked Beans, Pizza and Calzones.
Homestyle Station: Corn, Green Beans, Green Bean Casserole, Potatoes Au Gratin, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy.
International Station: Fish, BBQ Ribs, Buffalo Wings, Sesame Wings, Garlic Wings, BBQ Wings, Baked Potato Bar
Oriental Station: Szechuan Beef, Noodle, Fried Rice, Chicken and Broccoli, Egg Rolls, Wontons, and Potstickers.
Desserts: Soft-Serve Ice Cream and Sundae Bar, Bananas Foster, Peach Cobbler, Bread Pudding, Apple Crisp, Churro, Cannoli, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Pie, etc.
Full Salad Bar
Grand Buffet Weekly Specials
Weekend Brunch Buffet
Crab Crackin Buffet
Classic Dinner Buffet
Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet
Prime Rib Buffet
Buffet menu and prices are subject to change. Grand Traditions Buffet is served on most holidays. Please contact the Buffet for more information.
What I ate: I visited on a Saturday night during the Prime Rub Buffet. My first stop was at the American Bounty where I tried a calzone and a piece of pizza. Nearby at another station I found marinara sauce and since I love tons of red sauce, I took a ton for my calzone. Best idea ever, the calzone with the extra sauce was one of the things I liked the most. I also tried one of the Buffalo Wings, pretty basic.
Next I tried a plate from the Oriental Station which included Szechuan Beef with Noodles, fried rice, fried potstickers, cream cheese wontons and an eggroll. Typical mediocre chinese buffet food, nothing stood out as anything special.
I tried a few bites of the Tomato Basil Soup, which was creamy and flavorful.
I also tried some of the Prime Rib. The initial cut I got was very well done, so I asked for a different piece. The chef who was carving it then cut into a whole new roast so I could get a slice that was medium rare. This cut was far better and while the slice wasn’t very thick, the meat was very tender. It took me many years to get to the point of eating my steaks at a maximum of medium temperature but it tastes so much better when it is still tender and juicy. Cooking beef until it is well done is ruining the meat!
I piled up a plate of different desserts and took only a few bites. The bananas foster and the bread pudding were both very good.
Service: We made it to the buffet after 9pm on a Saturday night, less than an hour before they closed. Our server was a quite strange and made very weird comments to various members of my party, but drinks were refilled at record pace and dishes cleared almost as quick.
Overall Impression: The food at Grand Casino Buffet was decent but nothing special; not nearly as good as the Buffet at Mystic Lake. I’d eat here again if I happened to be at the Casino but I wouldn’t drive out of my way just for the food.