National Buffet Day is observed annually on Jan. 2.
According to DaysOfTheyear.com, the buffet table has its origins in brännvinsbord -- a type of schnapps made in 16th century Sweden. The smörgåsbord was a type of “meal” during which guests gathered for a pre-dinner drink and small talk. The Smörgåsbord became internationally known as “smorgasbord” at the 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibition, when the Swedes taking part in the exhibition had to invent a new way of showcasing the best dishes of the Swedish cuisine to large numbers of visitors.
The term “buffet” itself originally referred to a type of French sideboard furniture where the food was served, but became popular in the English-speaking world in the second half of the 20th century after the Swedes had popularized the smorgasbord in New York, probably because it was considerably easier to pronounce and remember.
Las Vegas is known as the buffet capital of the world and there almost 60 buffets in town. They range in price from approximately $8 for breakfast at one of the local hotel-casinos to $53 for dinner at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.
Here are 13 buffets around town that we like. This list is in no particular order and no two-for-one deals were accepted to be on this list.