From yummy chocolate truffle tarts to 20 oz rib eye steaks, resort casinos in Indian country are serving up some of the most unique dishes for guest and locals across the nation.
Many of the restaurants inside these eight Native-owned resort casinos have excelled in service and beyond, to offer some of the tastiest bites in the gaming entertainment world. Check out these eight mouth-watering dishes from Native-owned or operated, resort casinos from coast-to-coast:
Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s High Steaks Steakhouse: Lobster and Hearts of Palm Salad
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High Steaks Steakhouse's Lobster and Hearts of Palm Salad
Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif. is owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community. The resort casino started as a gaming and entertainment facility in 2003, and then, in 2011, the tribe added a AAA Four-Diamond-rated, 17-story hotel and spa.
Today, its High Steaks steakhouse has also earned the AAA Four Diamond Award in excellence. The lobster salad dish is chilled Australian lobster, hearts of palm and walnuts, and is topped off with a Russian river Chardonnay vinaigrette.
Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Great Oak Steakhouse: 20 oz Bone-In Rib Eye Steak
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Great Oak Steakhouse' s 20 oz Bone-In Rib Eye Steak
Housed inside the casino, which is owned by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, the Great Oak steakhouse in Temecula, Calif., is the convenient, fine-dining headquarters for guests.
Head Chef Martin Venegas previously told ICTMN that one of Great Oak’s most popular dishes is its 20 oz Rib Eye Steak, $49.50, which can be paired with either red wine sauce, diane sauce, béarnaise, caramelized onions or bleu cheese.
Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Paragon restaurant: Oysters
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Paragon restaurant's Oysters dish
According to its website, Paragon restaurant in the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award of Excellence for eleven years in a row. The restaurant was also named as one of Connecticut Magazine Best Restaurants 2015: Experts’ Picks, Most Romantic Honorable Mention; and earned the magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best French Dining.
The dinner menu features small plates, like the tobacco road farm spinach salad, 3 for $40 or $15 each, and big plates, like Boeuf Bourguignon for $35. Paragon’s oyster dish is the “best of the West,” according to its website.
Mohegan Sun’s Bar Americain: Grilled Pizza
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Bar Americain's Grilled Pizza
Bar Americian in the Mohegan Sun resort casino in Uncasville, Conn., was envisioned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, and has a second location in New York City.
With a menu that ranges from Shrimp-Tomatillo, Crab-Coconut and lobster-avocado shellfish cocktails to smoked chicken with hatch Green Chile spoonbread and black pepper vinegar, Bobby combines his American menu with the energetic fast pace of the time-honored European brasserie, the website said.
The grilled pizza, a popular choice, is topped with double smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and toasted garlic.
Pala Casino Spa & Resort’s The Oak Room: Chocolate Truffles Tart
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The Oak Room's Chocolate Truffles Tart
The Oak Room at Pala Casino in Pala, Calif., is a world-class steakhouse offering prime steaks and chops – as well as fresh fish, lobster, veal and chicken entrees, according to its website.
But don’t leave the table without trying dessert.
The chocolate truffle tart is perfected with strawberries mimosa cream, and served with rosewater flavored creme ang'laise. Yum!
Turning Stone Resort Casino's TS Steakhouse: Crab Cakes
TS Steakhouse's Crab Cakes (Courtesy Turning Stone Resort Casino)
Trip Advisor has awarded TS Steakhouse, in Verona, N.Y., its certificate of excellence. Inspired by the cultural dining history of the Oneida Indians and their practice of “eating the seasons” through locally sourced and sustainable foods, the steakhouse delivers fine dining favorites created with seasonal ingredients, its website says.
Their pan seared cakes are filled with jumbo lump crab, pickled apple-fennel salad, and topped with grilled poblano aioli.
Tulalip Resort Casino’s Tulalip Bay: Crab-crusted Alaskan Halibut
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Tulalip Bay's Crab-crusted Alaskan Halibut
Tulalip Bay is a AAA diamond rated, fine dining restaurant located in Washington state. The restaurant features flavors of the islands with the finest Northwest ingredients.
The restaurant features wine room with an award winning selection of wines, approved by Wine Spectator.
As their dining guest, you can select a wine to pair with the crab-crusted Alaskan Halibut, which includes Wok vegetables, wasabi mashed potato and srifacha chili sauce.
Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino’s Red Sage: Braised Talus Wind Lamb
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Red Sage's Braised Talus Wind Lamb
Inside Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe, N.M., the Red Sage restaurant features new American grill cuisine, and has an extensive list of menu offerings.
The braised Talus wind lamb is priced at $37, and comes with french gnocchi, mushrooms, arugula and house made ricotta. Pair the lamb with their caramelized brussels sprouts -- with lemon, garlic, and a unique twist, chili vinaigrette -- for a delicious meal, prepared by head Chef Edgar Morales.
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This story was originally published July 4, 2015.