L’auberge Bon Temps Buffet- Trying to Eat at Least $30 in Crab
by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon
We went to the L’auberge casino recently because it was my friend’s birthday and he is fond of blackjack.
Our plan had been to go to either the fancy steakhouse or the sports bar. Unfortunately, it was a Saturday and the wait at both of those places when we were ready to eat was longer than we felt like dealing with.
So to the buffet!
The buffet is on the casino floor so there are no children. The prices vary somewhat from day to day. On seafood buffet nights, (like when we were there) it is $30 a person. (that’s with water)
The selection is quite wide- a whole roasted pig, a whole alligator, prime rib, assorted sides, various “Asian” food items, a bunch of salad selections, snow crab, blue crab, crawfish, shrimp, desserts, etc.
I sampled a small piece of the roasted pork my friend picked up and it was pretty juicy but could have used a little more seasoning. I also tried the potato salad- ok but not great, the broccoli salad- quite tasty, and the cucumber salad- good but needed a little something more. The corn maque chow and the crab ragoons were both very flavorful. I may have tried some other items but none of them were memorable enough to mention.
For the most part, I stuck to the seafood. The snow crab could perhaps have used a little more zesty flavor for my tastes but it was cooked relatively well and served with melted butter for dipping. The cocktail shrimp were served cold which is not my preference but they were well flavored- if perhaps a little over cooked. I prefer a heavy horseradish cocktail sauce and their’s was quite mild unfortunately. When it comes to crawfish, my standards are high. They were better than I expected. (way better than the disgusting attempt at crawfish I once had at Joe’s Crab Shack *shudder*) Still, they were pretty mild, smallish in size, and not nearly hot enough temperature wise. The highlight of the shellfish was the blue crab. I am a huge blue crab fan and they had well seasoned, juicy crab. I only wish they had given me a roll of paper towels at the table as blue crab juice was getting everywhere. If they had seasoned the crawfish as well as the blue crab, it may have been more of a hit for me.
The dessert buffet area had a ton of options. I sampled a few of the tiny pies, a creme brule, a banana pudding, and some bread pudding. The tiny pies were alright but not great, the creme brule was not very good at all, the banana pudding was a bit weirdly textured, but the bread pudding was quite good with a strong rum flavor.
The service was mediocre. Our waters sat empty for quite a while before refills on more than one occasion with no server to be seen. The carving station was commonly unmanned.
All in all the buffet was okay but didn’t really make me that excited. Several dishes I looked at and declined to pick up because they looked so mediocre. The macaroni and cheese comes to mind as looking not at all appealing. I suspect I ate as much crab as I could have gotten at Joe’s Crab Shack for that amount of money. That said, I don’t generally pick going to Joe’s and I probably would not pick to go to the buffet again without some sort of coupon or deal. I wouldn’t decline to go if other people wanted to, but I wouldn’t suggest it.