Monday, March 2, 2009

All You Can Eat King Crab Anyone?

What does the person betting chump change at the penny slots, and the person who just hit on 15 with $2 thousand dollars on the table have in common? They both eventually have to eat. 

The Desert Diamond Casino might empty your wallet, but there's no gambling with your appetite. 

The Desert Diamond Casino offers a number of food options for gamblers who desire to have
 food in one hand while yanking the lever of a slot machine with the other. Located right on the casino floor, The Desert Diamond Grill serves assorted appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, cake, and breakfast options 24/7. 

"We were even here on Christmas," said Jane Martinez, who has been operating the cash register at the grill for two years. 

Casino guests are able to carry the food back to the slot machines or tables with them in order to ensure that the necessity to eat won't slow down any game play. 

Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday, the casino offers an eastern variation, at the Desert Wok, which dishes up chinese food in a hurry. 

Of course, the Desert Diamond Casino wouldn't be complete without the staple-point to any gambling establishment; the buffet. 

The Desert Diamond Buffet, open from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., charges $8.85 for lunch, and $10.85 for an all you can eat dinner. Not unlike an elementary school cafeteria, certain food is served on different days. Tuesday, "pasta," Wednesday, "barbecue," Thursday, "South of the Border," and for $16.95 on Monday nights, a "Seafood Special" baits and hooks the shellfish enthusiasts. 

The casino also knows how to class it up a little bit. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., hotel guests and local gamblers file into the new Desert Diamond Steakhouse, which just opened last year. 

"We suggest making reservations," said Marisa Reynolds, the Steakhouse supervisor. "This weekend we had people come in from the rodeo, the golf tournament, all over." 

With affordable entrees like a $23 dollar filet mignon, and $22.95 dollar 16 oz prime rib, the steak house allows hotel guests to enjoy a well reviewed dinner 20-feet away from the opportunity to win back your tab. 

From cereal and cigarettes to 22 oz porterhouses, you might leave broke but probably not hungry. 

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