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Sunday Brunch at The Branding Iron

On Sunday three friends and I went to the Branding Iron at The Bonanza for their Sunday brunch buffet.  I showed up after my friends so I just found their table and sat down. As we sat their a couple of my friends were looking through the menu contemplating wether to get the buffet or to order off the menu. As I looked through the menu I noticed that you get a buck off with a players card making the buffet $8.95 (Almost as good as The Sands Buffet). So we all got up and went to the “Bonanza Bank” to get our players cards.

Bonanza Branding Iron Reno NevadaWe came back to the buffet and began loading up our plates. I started off by throwing on some eggs, cornbeef hash, bacon, and sausage. I then ordered an omelette from the omelette station with ham, tomatoes, onions, black olives, cheese, and jalapenos. We all sat down and were promptly greeted and asked if we would like any drinks (which are included with the buffet). I went ahead and got an iced tea. On my second go I went a little healthier getting some honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, and some cottage cheese. The melon was actually ripe which was nice considering a lot of buffets don’t let their melon ripen before putting it out.

The buffet

The Branding Iron calls it a brunch buffet, but other than the salad bar it is pretty much breakfast buffet. For the hot food they offer eggs, corn beef hash, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, and biscuits and gravy. They also have a station where you can get fresh cuts of pork loin as well as an omelet station.

The salad bar has a pretty wide assortment of items. In addition to the traditional salad items they have a number of different fruits including strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and watermelon. The salad bar includes other “salads” like pasta salad and potato salad.

The atmosphere

The Branding Iron is nothing special to look at. They kinda try to go for this old time western look. They keep it clean though, and it is far enough removed from the casino that it doesn’t fell to much like you are in a casino.

The bottom line

If you are looking for a decent cheap breakfast on a Sunday this place really can’t be beat. The food is good, the service is good, and the price is right. Also, if you feel like gambling a bit before or afterwards they have a dog racing game in the casino the is pretty fun.

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Cheap Eats at The Sands

My dad came into town last night, so we went to one of his favorite places to get dinner… The Sands Buffet. It’s not the fanciest of buffets, but the price is definitely right. The buffet starts at $8.99 with a players card and gets cheaper the higher your player’s card is. On top of that, they have a two for one coupon in Valpak every month. You can also just print the coupon off of the Valpak website. The Sands buffet also sells Coors Light for just $1.50.

The experience

I met my Dad in his room at The Sands. We went down to go to the buffet, but the escalator was broken and the security guard actually had us go around and through the kitchen to get to the buffet. I didn’t realize this was such a safety issue…

Sands Buffet entranceAfter our expedition around the casino, we finally arrived at the buffet. When we showed our player’s cards, the lady told us that The Sands had recently changed ownership and that we needed to get new players cards. So we proceeded to head back down the working escalator and get our new players cards. When we got our new player’s cards my Dad noticed he had been demoted from a silver member to a regular member, meaning that our meal would cost another $1! We proceeded to got back to the buffet via the broken escalator which management had now deemed safe to walk up. When we got back to the buffet, the lady offered to give us the extra $1 discount for the silver player’s card holder. From their it was smooth sailing for the rest of the meal. We were promptly seated and received great service during our meal.

The food and atmosphere

The Sands buffet offers slightly bland but comfortable atmosphere. It is on the second floor away from the casino which makes it more relaxing. In the background they have rock and pop songs playing from the 70s and 80s. I don’t think they update their playlist too often.

Sands Buffet salad barThe buffet offers a different assortment of food depending on the day of the week. We ate on a Tuesday night which is All-American Prime Rib night. The buffet consists of a soup of the day, an extensive salad bar, a hot food section, an area where a chef is cutting off slices of meat, a dessert bar, and a soft-serve ice-cream machine.

The soup of the day one Tuesday was chicken noodle. The hot food section had two different mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, fried rice, grilled chicken breast, meat loaf, cheese raviolis, beef stew, potato wedges, and tilapia. The chef was of-course cutting slices of Prime Rib.

The takeaway

If you are hungry for a cheap meal, The Sands is the place to go. The Sands may not be the best place for a first date however. The food is good and the price can’t be beat. What is your favorite buffet in Reno or Sparks.


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