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Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

New York, NY
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Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

caesars atlantic city has apparently renamed its "la piazza" buffet the "boardwalk buffet." my best guess is that this is an attempt to disassociate it from the many bad online reviews of the la piazza buffet.

caesarsac.com/casinos/caesars-atlantic-city/…

has anybody been to the "boardwalk buffet" yet?

other than the bad paint job mentioned in this recent review of la piazza:

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

has anybody noticed any significant differences between the la piazza buffet at caesars atlantic city and its newly christened "boardwalk buffet?"

the website still lists junius glover as the chef. (he was also the chef of record at the most recent incarnation of the la piazza buffet.) and, interestingly, the webmaster at caesars.com does not provide a redirect for traffic flowing to the la piazza page. it's just a 404 error message. apparently, they want to shed la piazza's image so badly that they would give up all the existing organic links they have flowing to their website.that may be a wise culinary choice, but it's horrible for search engine optimization.

Edited: 21 June 2012, 21:55
Philadelphia, PA
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1. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

Aren't they supposed to be expanding the stations and expanding seating in response to Ballys buffet closing?

NJ
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2. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

If Caesars was responsive to online reviews they would have renamed the temple towers a LONG time ago.

I knew I had heard that name somewhere.......

cityatlantic.com/dining/boardwalk-buffet.html

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3. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

>>Aren't they supposed to be expanding the stations and expanding seating in response to Ballys buffet closing?<<

yes, that's what they said when they announced the bally's buffet closing. but there is no way to expand the seating, unless they tear the whole thing down and start over, which is what i suggested in my review of the caesars la piazza buffet awhile back:

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g29750-d8787…

i've eaten at la piazza fairly recently (may 2012) and i still stand by almost every word of that earlier review. the only improvement that i can attest to is that they have definitely improved the temperature of the food. some of it is now hot enough to be included in a mccdonald's lawsuit.

back to the issue of seating: there was always a largely unused seating area at la piazza, with rather utilitarian decor, which they usually open during the summer months. they've probably opened that now that's (doh!) summer and now that the bally's buffet has closed.

there's also no way to expand the physical serving stations without ripping out the dated equipment they are now using and starting over. as i said, i've eaten there fairly recently and not only has the physical layout of the room remain unchanged (except for a bad paint job), but the food selections are essentially the same.

Edited: 21 June 2012, 22:11
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4. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

Sounds like a shortcut instead of a solution. But did we really expect anything else?

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5. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

i did, yes. i really expected them to - at some point in the next year or so - close the la piazza buffet and tear everything out and build a world class buffet, a buffet worthy of one of the most recognizable names in casino gaming. i realize that the closing of the virginia city buffet would complicate that somewhat, but i still think it can - and should - be done.

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6. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

I agree it should be done, but nothing they do shows that they are looking to invest the money needed to make this right. It just seems to me that long term investments that would pay back over time are not in the plans. Their view on food service seems to be more about leasing space out instead of running restaurants themselves.

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7. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

We braved a meal at Caesar’s new buffy Monday. Nothing interesting or new worth sharing except hot items were hot enough, and they seemed to be using the entire seating areas. It was crowded and difficult to navigate as usual, with the same old set up with people lined up from the entry side salad section and blocking everything along the main section. I only noticed one empty tray with what looked like broccoli remnants. Then there were small maybe overcooked shrimps, what appeared to be some kind of pasta station, and past the windows the ice cream machine and some uninspiring deserts. I guess it’s ok if it’s comped and you’re hungry, but otherwise I could not recommend paying to eat there. It’s really a shame because that buffet was pretty good about 5 years ago.

The strangest new touches were signs and rug paintings (?) directing people to the buffet. I took this picture of one of many all the way over in Bally’s WWW.

http://i.imgur.com/yBiif.jpg

The selections, including delicious crab legs, were sooo much better at Harrah’s the day before. And the next day the raw bar oysters, the lobsters, and all the selections—including the deserts—were again so so much better at Showboat! So sad Caesar’s can’t get it together for something as basic as a buffet. Caesar's buffet make Revel's Food Fair look like a better deal.

Anyone else remember this one?

cityatlantic.com/dining/sidewalk-buffet.html

Didn’t they also use the name Boardwalk Buffet there at one time?

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9. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

Ceasars is a mess. I was at Qua spa 2 weeks ago (The LV spa should NOT allow the AC spa to be associated with the same name)and had the 'privilege' of using the PAID pool area for free with my massage, but it's the same damm pool area which HAD been free to guests for decades. There was nothing added, nothing new, not even a live DJ playing music. So why are they now charging PAYING hotel guests $10 to use the pool?

They have done nothing to the main casino floor except for new carpeting and expanding the Toga bar. And the third floor has had NOTHING done to it - it looks so dated and dumpy. The second floor is the only decent looking area.

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10. Re: Caesars Boardwalk Buffet

I went Thursday. My 2¢: I believe they'll save $ on food because it's too much work getting to it. The Asian area was easy to get to... but I didn't like the dumpling, spring roll or lo mein. [you think maybe this is why there was no line?] OK, there is an upside. I left the buffet without that overstuffed feeling. BTW, there were suits everywhere.

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