Monday, October 21, 2013

Pulling A Mark With Mark

If you are a long-time follower of our blog, this title might sound a bit familiar to you.  Back in May of last year, we reported that we had "pulled a Mark” in the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.  If you don’t want to go back and review the prior post, "pulling a Mark” is named after a friend of ours who is famous for going to the casino buffet at the end of the lunch period and staying for dinner.

100_5812So, while we are in is Vegas, who shows up here from Detroit?  Yep, sure enough it is Mark.  Of course, we have to “pull a Mark” with Mark.  We had “pulled a Mark” with Mark once before here in Vegas.  We returned to the scene of the crime – the buffet at Bellagio.  This buffet would be in the top 5 if not the very top pick of anyone’s Las Vegas buffet lists.  We went on Friday.  The lunch price is $21.99 each.  The Friday dinner buffet at Bellagio is a special “gourmet” buffet with a price of $38.99.  So we each saved $17 by “pulling a Mark”.

So what makes Friday’s buffet a special gourmet one other than it’s on the weekend when the price of everything goes up?  As best we can tell, it is the addition of caviar to buffet.  But they do all the serving of it of course.  It truly is a spectacular buffet, from the sushi to the all-things-salmon to the Kobe beef to the amazing desserts.


100_5806Now, at the other end of the spectrum, we also “pulled a Mark” with Mark in one of the true dives of Las Vegas – the Ellis Island Casino a block of the strip.  There for the low price of $8.99 each you get a rib eye steak, baked potato, vegetable, salad and a large beer brewed on site – probably the best steak deal in all of Vegas.

By the way, the secret of “pulling a Mark” seems to be spreading.  The lunch buffet line was empty a half hour before they went to dinner prices, but in that last half hour of lunch somehow the how place filled up.


  1. Now I like that "pulling a Mark" idea. I would have thought that they would clear the buffet area between different sittings.

    1. Some buffets do close for a half hour or hour between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner. "Pulling a Mark" only works at those running continuously like Bellagio.

  2. BTW I meant to say in the blog to click on the top picture and see than Mark it wearing his Mr. Weenie shirt -- a curb service restaurant in Gary's hometown.

  3. And for that matter, in the second picture Gary is wearing his SPAM shirt, the t shirt which draws by far the most comments of any that he owns.