In general, I’m not a big fan of buffets. Most aren’t very vegetarian-friendly, although a few Vegas buffets are getting better. But even with plenty of vegetarian buffet options, I usually don’t eat enough to make it worth the money. However, buffets are a Vegas staple, and when you’ve got a hungry carnivore for a husband, sometimes you have to suck it up and queue up for an all-you-can-eat feast.
I agreed to try The Buffet at Wynn a little more quickly than I would other Vegas buffets, knowing that Wynn’s restaurants always have vegan options. At first glance the buffet was definitely one of the nicer ones, but I wasn’t struck by it being particularly full of vegetarian food, let alone vegan. But as I began filling my plate, I slowly came around. Every item had allergens listed on it, as well as being clearly marked for different dietary restrictions. Vegan, vegetarian, non-dairy, nut allergies, low-sugar…all manners of diets were represented.
Setting a personal record, I made 3 trips to the buffet, plus a dessert course. (If you know me, you know that means it’s really good.) I tried vegan curried cauliflower and potatoes, spicy vegetarian lentils and a delicious spring pea risotto. Vegan tofu and vegetables provided protein and lots of colorful veggies. Fresh fruit, vegetable sushi rolls and Mediterranean dishes like hummus and tabouli were plentiful.
And then I found it. The made-to-order pasta station. Normally a safe bet for vegetarians, I had almost bypassed it since there were so many other dishes to try. But I’m glad I gave it a try. Not only do they offer regular pasta, they’ve also got a vegan ravioli filled with cashew cream and vegetables (it tastes like ricotta cheese). But it gets even better. Regular marinara and Alfredo sauce? Check. But they’ve also got a vegan Alfredo made with cashews, as well as a vegan sausage Bolognese made with Gardein. I was in heaven.
The dessert table has a few vegan options as well. Not as many as I expected, given that vegan baked goods are often better than their traditional counterparts, but enough for a vegan to enjoy a few sweet options to end the meal. I’m still not 100% sold that buffets are the best option for vegetarians in Vegas, but they are an experience here. So try The Buffet at Wynn and be sure to save lots of room for the pasta station.