RE: Las Vegas Buffet for Breakfast
Vegas is not the place for good cheap eats it was 30 years ago. On the whole, I think the variety is better, and the haute cuisine side has been expanded and definitely improved. These changes have come at the expense of the excellent standard homestyle meals that were used as loss leaders by the town back then--you made money from the gamblers--not the diners.
Perhaps it's just me, but all this fascination with fancy dining--pate, and lobster (for breakfast!!!!!!!!???????) and macadamia/pineapple crepes and...God knows what--probably has its place. But there has to be something between these hoity-toity "dining experiences" and Denny's and McDonald's (I actually think McDonald's doesn't do bad by breakfasts, which is more than I can say about the rest of their food, but the ambience leaves a lot to be desired). It used to be you could always find a place for a breakfast like Mom used to make--nothing fancy, just some combination of bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, toast, biscuits, gravy, coffee and juice--maybe sometimes oatmeal or grits. These places didn't charge an arm and a leg, knowing that the kind of things they fixed you could do for yourself at home (if you had the time and chose to make biscuits and gravy rather than reading the morning news, and especially back when your life partner didn't also have to hold down a job to pay the mortgage but was a "homemaker"--one of the truly noble professions).
Like the once-great American Middle Class, the American Middle Class Breakfast is fast going the way of the passenger pigeon. Sic transit gloria mundi.