Whether you love everything, or you’re pickier- there is always a great selection of fine foods for everyone at Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille. The atmosphere at Toucan Charlie’s truly is unique and the jungle theme only makes it stand out more from the competition. The service is exceptional. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille is definitely a restaurant I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Approaching the restaurant, the first thing that I immediately noticed was the theme, I saw palm trees standing up to the ceiling, rock walls and plants everywhere, this gave it a unique atmosphere.
The second thing I noticed was that there was a line to pay and another line to be seated, instantly this showed that the restaurant was popular. After being seated, I was very surprised that I couldn’t smell any smoke, although it was very strong on the casino floor. When I walked into Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille, I truly was amazed by the size of the buffet and the surprising selection. As I walked through the buffet, deciding what I will pick; every dish that I saw looked better than the previous one, I simply couldn’t decide what to eat.
On that night their specialty was steak and seafood, so I started out with prime rib, and it was amazing, as I tasted it, I felt like I was eating at a steakhouse. Up next were the crab legs, snow and Dungeness. Although I did enjoy them, the only downside for me was that my server didn’t have metal crackers. After eating so much, I really was stuffed but I completely forgot about the desserts! The dessert station was enormous, and the selection- I couldn’t dream of a better one. I tried the carrot cake, German chocolate cake, 3 types of cheesecake, and plenty of éclairs.
The one dessert that really stood out for me was the éclairs, because they were so big, I could barely fit 3 of them onto my plate. The moment I was seated, my busser greeted me and my family and took our orders of drinks, I was very surprised that the busser actually did that because it’s primarily a servers job, but I guess that’s how teamwork works. After getting my food, as I returned to the table, the drinks were already set on the table. As we sampled out different food, the server brought us different sauce with different dishes that he saw us take, I was very impressed about how much attention he gave to us.
The only downside to the service was that the restaurant didn’t have any metal crackers, so we had to use these plastic “zippers” to crack open our crab legs which was a hassle and took much longer than it should have. But overall, the experience that the server and busser gave us truly was remarkable, and if you think about it, they had to do very little, they only had to bring and refill our drinks, and pick up the dirty plates in a timely manner, but still I was very impressed. As we were leaving, both the server and the busser thanked us which made our night just that much better.
The buffet truly did have a good selection of food, the Hispanic, Asian, and their soup and salad bar along with their all American dishes gave a great variety for all of us. I tried to taste every dish, but it was just too much. The few dishes that stood out for me, were the enchiladas, prime rib, general pork hot and spicy, teriyaki salmon and the oysters Rockefeller. The price to enter the buffet was a little steep at first, but after eating the great food, being served by such wonderful people; it really was worth the $30 that I paid and I would definitely recommend the Toucan Charlie’s Buffet and Grille to anyone.