Casino Player’s Best of Dining & Nightlife Awards 2023 – More than a Quick Snack – Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine

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More than a Quick Snack

Catching cards at the blackjack tables, spinning some slot reels, or grinding away in the poker room can really help work up an appetite. But maybe you’re not in the mood for a huge meal. A quick bite to eat would be perfect to fill you up and then get back to the action, or simply make for some down time to join some friends for a snack, a drink and some conversation.

Some of the best food in a casino can come from the quick eateries located around the property. Some of these are large themed escapes, while others are ambler joints perfect for a little solitude. Whatever your preference, this year’s winners offer unbeatable quality food for guests who don’t want to spend hours sitting at a table.

From farm-fresh eggs and Belgian waffles, mile-high pastrami sandwiches dripping with juice to char-broiled burgers, thin-crust pizza and decadent desserts, sometimes the tastiest dining options are the ones without all the pomp and grandeur. Place that order and get ready to indulge a bit more quickly. Make it a breakfast, lunch, dinner or somewhere in between at  one of these winning eateries for Best Breakfast, Best Burger Joint, Best Pizza and Best Deli and you’ll agree—the best food comes in all shapes and sizes.

 

Best Breakfast

Who says breakfast is just a morning meal? A late night at the tables or casino bar may mean a late wakeup as well, perhaps with some bacon and eggs or a stack of pancakes. Many casinos offer amazing choices when it comes to that perfect breakfast—whether at 9 a.m. or just past midnight. Belgian waffle? Check. Steak and eggs? You got it. Western omelet? Order away. Searching for something a bit healthier to keep that calorie count down? These restaurants, diners and breakfast nooks have that too.

Grab a menu and get ready to sample some of the best breakfasts available in the casino industry with these winners.

 

Atlantic City: Breadsticks Café & Grill, Resorts Atlantic City

Chicagoland: Blue Square Café, Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel

Colorado: Farmer’s Pick Café, Horseshoe Black Hawk

Detroit: The Lodge Diner, MotorCity Casino Resort

Florida: Rise Kitchen & Deli, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Gulf Coast: Under the Oak Café, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Iowa: Bella’s Bakery & Café, Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs

Lake Tahoe: Cafe del Soul, Bally’s Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas Downtown: Hash House A Go Go, Plaza Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas Locals: Hash House A Go Go, Rio Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip: Eggslut, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Laughlin: Bumbleberry Flats, The New Pioneer

Louisiana: Sportsmans’ Paradise Café, Bally’s Shreveport Casino Hotel

Maryland: Bellagio Patisserie, MGM National Harbor

Missouri: Bite & Bean, Harrah’s Kansas City

Native Midwest: Little Eagle Café, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Native Northwest: Cow Creek Restaurant, Seven Feathers Casino Resort

Native South: Bistro 24, Pearl River Resort

Native Southwest: Fullhouse Café, Gila River Resorts & Casinos – Vee Quiva

New England: Hash House A Go Go, Mohegan Sun

New York: Emerald Restaurant, Turning Stone Resort Casino

Oklahoma: Fireside Grill, River Spirit Casino Resort

Pennsylvania: Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar, Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Racino: Track Kitchen, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Reno: Millies, Eldorado Casino Resort

Southern Indiana: Café Sinclair’s, French Lick Resort

Tunica: Sweet Tea, Gold Strike Casino Resort

 

 

 

Best Burger Joint

Two slices of bread and a juicy beef patty—what could be better? Maybe the addition of bacon or guacamole, but every casino offers a burger joint to make some of those choices. From gourmet options to just a good old-fashioned tasty cheeseburger, there’s something for every burger whim. Many casinos boast some tasty quick-serve chains like FatBurger, Shake Shack and Five Guys, but some also feature their own venues with succulent burgers, tasty fries and more. Americans certainly love their burgers and these award winners offer some of the best around.

 

Atlantic City: Broadway Burger Bar, Tropicana Atlantic City

Chicagoland: Flipt, Rivers Casino Des Plaines

Colorado: Dash Café, Horseshoe Black Hawk

Detroit: 313 Burger Bar, Hollywood Casino at Greektown

Florida: Hard Rock Café, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Gulf Coast: STACKED Grill, Palace Casino Resort

Iowa: The Game Sports Bar, Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque

Lake Tahoe: Alpine Union Bar & Kitchen, Hard Rock Hotel Casino Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas Downtown: Victory Burger Co., Circa Las Vegas

Las Vegas Locals: Steak ’N Shake, South Point Casino

Las Vegas Strip: Gordon Ramsay Burger, Planet Hollywood Resort Casino

Laughlin: The Brew Brothers Tap House, Tropicana Laughlin

Louisiana: Bill’s Bar & Burger, Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Maryland: Sports & Social Maryland, Live! Casino Hotel Maryland

Missouri: Burger Brothers, River City Casino Hotel

Native Midwest: Dacey’s Sportsbook & Taphouse, FireKeepers Casino Hotel

Native Northwest: Katie’s Kitchen, Angel Of The Winds Casino

Native South: Stats Sports Bar & Grill, Pearl River Resort

Native Southwest: Rock & Brews, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel Casino

New England: Wicked Good Bar & Grill, Bally’s Twin River Lincoln

New York: Blues Burger Bar, Seneca Niagara Resort Casino

Ohio: Hard Rock Cafe Cincinnati, Hard Rock Cincinnati

Oklahoma: Fireside Grill, River Spirit Casino Resort

Pennsylvania: BurgerVana, Parx Casino

Racino: American Burger Bar, JACK Thistledown Racino

Reno: The Brew Brothers, Eldorado Resort Casino

Southern Indiana: The Eatery, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg

Tunica: 8oz. Burger Bar, Horseshoe Casino Tunica

 

 

Best Pizza

The perfect pie can really fit the bill. Ordering up a pizza can also be a great social gathering as friends and family grab a slice together. Perhaps a classic pepperoni or Margarita pizza before hitting the gambling floor? Or maybe a Neapolitan or more exotic pie like barbecue chicken fits the bill? Thin crust, thick or hand tossed, there’s something for everyone. Whatever your choice, a nice slice and great pizza aroma can make for a wonderful quick meal. A slice in the evening can often hit the spot as well to extend the fun gaming later into the night.

These pizza parlors and quick-serve establishments feature excellent ingredients, perfectly-baked pies, and service with a smile. Grab the Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper, and claim your slice.

 

Atlantic City: Pizata Pizza and Pasta, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Chicagoland: The Slice Pizzeria, Grand Victoria Elgin

Colorado: Dash Café, Horseshoe Black Hawk

Detroit: Spago Trattoria, Caesars Windsor

Florida: La Pizzeria, Gulfstream Park

Gulf Coast: Ami Pizza?, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Iowa: Slice Pizzeria, Harrah’s Council Bluffs

Lake Tahoe: Sapori Italian Kitchen, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas Downtown: Pizza Rock, Downtown Grand

Las Vegas Locals: Pizza Rock, Green Valley Ranch

Las Vegas Strip: New York Pizzeria, New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Laughlin: Pin-Up Pizza, Harrah’s Laughlin

Louisiana: Pizza Cake, Harrah’s New Orleans

Missouri: The Slice Pizzeria and Pasta, Horseshoe St. Louis

Native Midwest: The Reef Pizza, Island Resort & Casino

Native Northwest: i.Talia, ilani

Native South: Rally Alley, Pearl River Resort

Native Southwest: Classico Pizza, Desert Diamond Casino Tucson

New England: Pop’s Pizza, Bally’s Tiverton

New York: Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Paninoteca, del Lago Resort Casino

Oklahoma: Roni Peppo’s Pizza Kitchen, Osage Casino Hotel

Pennsylvania: Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar, Mohegan Pennsylvania

Racino: Picciotti’s Pizzeria, Casino at Delaware Park

Reno: Round Table Pizza, Grand Sierra Resort

Southern Indiana: Pluto’s Pizzeria, French Lick Resort

Tunica: Celebrity Grill, Hollywood Casino Tunica

 

 

Best Deli

As most Americans know, you don’t have to head to the Big Apple for a great deli sandwich. But you don’t have to book a trip to New York anymore and some of the country’s best casinos offer some great sandwich options.

From a Reuben, club and French dip to a meatball sub or roast beef, the perfect sandwich can really be perfect for your palate. Great breads, meats and veggies make that breaded wonder only that much better. Grab a soda and some chips to round out a perfect lunch. Sometimes not much really beats a tasty sandwich and these delis know that first hand. These sandwich artists have upped their games with plenty of selections packing plenty of punch to the taste buds.

 

Atlantic City: White House Sub Shop, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City

Chicagoland: Nelson’s Deli, Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa

Colorado: Retro Deli & Tavern, Century Casino Hotel Central City

Detroit: Grand River Deli & Burgers, MotorCity Casino

Florida: Myron’s Delicatessen, Harrah’s Pompano Beach

Gulf Coast: STACKED Grill, Palace Casino Resort

Iowa: The Market, Rhythm City Casino Resort

Lake Tahoe: American River Café, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas Downtown: Saginaw’s Delicatessen, Circa Las Vegas

Las Vegas Locals: Vig Deli, M Resort

Las Vegas Strip: Capriotti’s Deli, New York-New York Hotel and Casino

Laughlin: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Edgewater Casino Resort

Louisiana: McAlister’s Deli, Harrah’s New Orleans

Maryland: Morty’s Delicatessen, Live! Casino Hotel Maryland

Missouri: Leo’s Deli, Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa

Native Midwest: Central Deli & SLICE!, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Native Northwest: Medicine Creek Deli, Nisqually Red Wind Casino

Native South: Bistro 24, Pearl River Resort

Native Southwest: Three Sisters Market, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

New England: Junior’s Restaurant & Coffee Bar, Foxwoods Casino Resort

New York: Seneca Café, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

Ohio: STACK’D, JACK Cleveland Casino

Oklahoma: Deli, Osage Casino Hotel

Pennsylvania: Morty’s Deli, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia

Racino: Rooney’s Deli, Casino at Delaware Park

Reno: Manhattan Deli, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Southern Indiana: The Deli, Bally’s Evansville Casino Hotel

Tunica: Celebrity Grill, Hollywood Casino Tunica

 

 

Grab and Go

The night feels like it’s still young, but you can also use a bit of a pick-me-up. Head to a snack  shack to recharge those batteries. A quick break can extend the gaming session as well as the bankroll. A coffee shop can be so many wonderful things: a quick pit stop in the morning, a respite from your gaming session around 3:30 p.m. (or even 3:30 a.m.), a saving grace when you’re had a few cocktails too many on vacation, and a place to collect yourself. The best coffee shops are feel-good places with positive vibes and places to sit back and relax. Even more so, the most important test of a great coffee shop is, well, the taste of the brew.

Some sugary sweets, decadent desserts or crafty confection is also another excellent way to unwind. Treating yourself to something sweet can help decompress. Giving yourself a reward for meeting a goal or simply to celebrate the good things in life, perhaps a nice jackpot, improves your mood. These award-winning venues deliver on some of the guilty little pleasures in life.

 

Best Coffee Shop

Whether you’re a java junkie or just crave a quick cup for an occasional caffeine jolt to the system, casinos offer just about any type of coffee a gambler could crave. Macchiatos, frappuccinos, cold brews, espressos, cappuccinos—the list available at these cozy cafés could go on and on. Beyond the liquid refreshments, many of these shops also offer bites to fill that “snack-etite,” such as cookies, pastries, breads, bagels, doughnuts, and so much more. Grab a seat in one of these great coffee shops for that drink or snack. Some might even be craving seconds.

 

Atlantic City: Bread and Butter, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa

Chicagoland: Constant Grind, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Detroit: The Roasted Bean, MGM Grand Detroit

Florida: Constant Grind, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

Gulf Coast: Lounge Nocherie, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Iowa: Lakeside Express, Lakeside Hotel Casino

Lake Tahoe: Fuel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas Downtown: Coffee Bar, Plaza Las Vegas

Las Vegas Locals: Baby Cakes Artisan Bakery, M Resort

Las Vegas Strip: Urth Caffe, Wynn Las Vegas

Laughlin: Duet Coffee & Wine, Aquarius Casino Resort

Louisiana: Banyan Tree Cafe, Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City

Maryland: Luckies, Live! Casino Hotel Maryland

Missouri: Parisi Café , Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa

Native Midwest: Gapi Coffee & Sweets, FireKeepers Casino Hotel

Native Northwest: Takelma Roasting Company, Seven Feathers Casino Resort

Native South: The Whiskey Bean, Pearl River Resort

Native Southwest: Aroma Coffee & Pasticceria, Wild Horse Pass

New England: Bean and Vine, Mohegan Sun

New York: Opals, Turning Stone Resort Casino

Oklahoma: The Perfect Cup, Hard Rock Casino Tulsa

Pennsylvania: Coffee Spot, Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Racino: Sweet Perks Too, Bally’s Dover Casino Resort

Reno: Biscotti’s Café, Peppermill Reno

Southern Indiana: Xanadu Coffee & Creamery, French Lick Resort

Tunica: Southern Roast, Gold Strike Casino Resort

 

 

Best Desserts

Something sweet is always on the menu at a casino—hopefully a sweet win, but the dessert type will do just fine as well. Maybe you’d like something cold like ice cream or sorbet, or warmer treats like chocolate chip cookies, apple pie and creme brulee? Perhaps a slice of chocolate cake or a brownie is more your speed? The options are endless and there just always seems to be a great time for a sugary sweet treat. Finished that great burger and fries? A milkshake seems a perfect topper. Whatever your plans, these sweet shops have plenty to shout about.

 

Atlantic City: Borgata Baking Company, Borgata Resort Casino Spa

Chicagoland: Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, Rivers Casino Des Plaines

Detroit: Assembly Line Buffet, MotorCity Casino Hotel

Florida: Pastry is Art, Gulfstream Park

Gulf Coast: Sugar Factory, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Iowa: Bella’s Bakery and Café, Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs

Lake Tahoe: Ciera Steak & Chop House, Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort

Las Vegas Downtown: Freedom Beat, Downtown Grand

Las Vegas Locals: Baby Cakes Artisan Bakery, M Resort

Las Vegas Strip: Bellagio Patisserie, Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Laughlin: The Range Steakhouse, Harrah’s Laughlin

Louisiana: Modern Pantry, L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles

Maryland: Luckies, Live! Casino Hotel Maryland

Missouri: Parisi Café, Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa

Native Midwest: Coffee, Bakery & Custard Shop, Island Resort & Casino

Native Northwest: Vista Prime Steaks & Seafood, Snoqualmie Casino

Native South: FIRE Steakhouse, Wind Creek Atmore

Native Southwest: Sweetscape Desserts, Casino Del Sol

New England: Fay Da Bakery, Foxwoods Casino Resort

New York: Tim Horton’s Café & Bake Shop, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Ohio: Final Cut Steak & Seafood, Hollywood Casino Toledo

Oklahoma: Grand Bakery, Choctaw Casino Resort Durant

Pennsylvania: Termini Bros, Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia

Racino: Sugar Factory, Bally’s Dover Casino Resort

Reno: Roxy, Eldorado Resort Casino

Southern Indiana: Xanadu Coffee & Creamery, French Lick Resort

Tunica: Chicago Steakhouse, Gold Strike Casino Resort

 

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Author: Lawrence Butler