We have great steakhouses in New England, but nothing like those old restaurants in Las Vegas. They have quite a history. So let’s talk about Steakhouses. And while you’re at it, take our poll about New England’s Steakhouses. Better that you read this after eating – I don’t want you drooling all over the place. Here’s
Casino Dining – A Brief Look Back
In the 1930s and ’40s, Las Vegas became a destination, with new casinos quickly sprouting up. And with them came the infamous “chuckwagon,” or buffet. From the 1970s, the chuckwagon smorgasbord evolved quickly, but they were still focused as the low-cost, all-you-can-eat, eating troughs for cowboys and regular folk. Prices were cheap, with the most abundant spreads at Caesars Palace and the Dunes costing $2.75 and $4.
Time Moves On
Throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Las Vegas was the go-to destination for glitz, glamour, and beautiful showgirls were the headlining attraction. And the most excellent eating establishments became classic steak joints, such as the oldest opened in 1958, Golden Steer Steakhouse, Bob Taylor’s Original Ranch House & Supper Club, and Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens, an old school steakhouse at the quintessential old Vegas casino. The Golden Age of Dining had begun.
Back to New England 2022 – It’s Time to Vote!
We can only visit Las Vegas, dine at a famous old steakhouse, and imagine how it was back then. In New England, casinos may lack the dining history, but most of our nine casinos have notable dining.
I can honestly say that I have eaten at all seven steakhouses included in our monthly poll. Which is the best steakhouse in a New England casino? Here are the results:
The winner was David Burke Prime at Foxwoods, with Rare at Encore Boston Harbor and Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse at Mohegan Sun a close third and third, respectively.