The Buffet at Monte Carlo

In Vegas, they say it’s all about the buffets. Indeed most casinos on the strip have one, and you can walk right in and eat without gambling. In fact many are comped right to your room. Such is the case with The Buffet at Monte Carlo. Most used by the guests of the hotel itself the place has a plethora of options it serves for lunch and dinner. Of course, this casino was created by MGM as more of a budget option for the strip. You’ll find the buffet matches. In quality, not price.

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Shake Shack

A much beloved chain started in 2002 in New York City, Shake Shack is all the rage in town which has prompted a fast expansion out of the East Coast and into more cities all over the country. With that fast growth, Shake Shack has become a trendy stop for many a curious eater. Probably the most prominent of the “better burger” concepts that has blossomed around the U.S. in recent years, the ‘Shack has an easy demeanor and a simple menu of burgers and shakes that have worked the name up into a national darling. Is the food worth the hype? I thought so.

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Yogurt Mountain

locationsyogurt-mountain-beavercreek-oh3 starsWith about three dozen locations, most centered in the southern United States, Yogurt Mountain is a chain of self-serve frozen yogurt bars most often found in book stores and strip malls around the country. Each location offers about a dozen kinds of frozen yogurt at a time, many of which rotate from season to season, as well as a ton of toppings to fill them up. While the lime green and purple decor mean the spot sits well with a younger age group, the flavors of the yogurt itself range in quality.

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Ritter’s Frozen Custard

A small chain of a few dozen ice cream shops primarily oriented toward the Midwest United States, Ritter’s Frozen Custard is a group of little frozen custard and frozen yogurt stands best enjoyed in the summer, when their outdoor-only dining brings out lots of families and groups looking for cool treats. It’s a fun concept of course; custard, frozen yogurt, ice cream cakes, smoothies, and just about anything cold you could desire on the menu. There is a lot to be enjoyed at these spots, but the namesake frozen custard is what you really ought to be going for.

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Matcha Frozen Yogurt (CLOSED)

One of numerous local restaurants along the Bethel Road shopping area on Columbus’ east side, Matcha offers something that was unheard of ten years ago but now seems to be growing in popularity: a frozen yogurt shop. No ice cream in sight. The neat little self-serve store gives you a dozen different flavors to try to about a hundred different things to put on it, charging by the ounce for the delicious dessert. Among the pretty decorations and suave green titles, one thing is clear at Matcha: Frozen Yogurt, once the under appreciated little brother of more notorious dairy treats has finally come of age.

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Whit’s Frozen Custard

A small but growing chain of Ohio locations, Whit’s Frozen Custard seems to favor emplacing itself in small town coffee shops. With eleven locations spread along southern Ohio, Whit’s enhances the local environment with cold treats and small sandwich menus. The relationship is hard to describe. Some of the shops seems to favor retaining an independent name with the extra Whit’s products (such as Perk’s Coffee in Athens, Ohio) while others prefer to turn entirely into a custard shop. Either way, it forces me to review a few Whit’s locations as independent locations.

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