Home » Dine With Us »Lifestyle » Currently Reading:

Hunt Country Gourmet’s RESTAURANT REVIEW – Epic Buffet, Hollywood Casino

November 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Dine With Us, Lifestyle No Comments
Buffet_Table_166-4C

By George Humphries

If you are a dedicated foodie, then the Epic Buffet at the Hollywood Casino (we still call it the Charles Town Races) is the closest you can get to heaven. Located on the lowest public level of the clubhouse building at the far end of a vast expanse of slots and gaming tables, this may be the most extensive spread of comestibles that can be imagined. According to the Sous Chef we cornered as he made his rounds checking on the various food displays, the Epic Buffet offers more than 100 different items at any given time, all of which are prepared on the premises.

Diners pay a flat rate to enter and are escorted to a comfortable booth or table. Lining the far end of the cavernous main room is a long buffet and steam table with most of the hot entrees. At the center of this wide expanse, two toqued assistant chefs stand behind the carvable offerings, waiting to provide you the quantity and degree of doneness or rareness you ask for among steamship round, prime ribs, pork roast, ham, turkey, or roast chicken.

Flanking the carving area on both sides is a vast array of hot offerings. On one side, we found mussels, clams, shrimp (one of about five different shrimp dishes at one location or another), taco-crusted tilapia, a lovely salmon, curried chicken, pot roast, hush puppies, and a complete Vietnamese Pho station with broth, noodles, meats, vegetables and herbs layered to request. Next to this is a sushi station. On the other side, some Italian dishes, several kinds of pizza, Angus sliders, a steak dish, liver and onions, barbecue ribs, and catfish. Scattered throughout were vegetables such as broccoli, steamed cabbage, green beans, fried okra, Brussels sprouts, and various potato, rice, and pasta dishes.

At the center of the room is a racetrack-shaped buffet with soup, chili, breads, some five different green salads, 14 chef-prepared salads, and a dozen or so glorious desserts. This included crème brulee, cakes, cheesecakes, brownies, a particularly good bread pudding, and a sundae bar with sauces and toppings.

Unlike many buffets, this one is very accessible. You can approach it at any point without having to wait in a line. On two Saturday nights, the only line we saw was in front of the meat carving station, and that was only about five or six people. The room “works” remarkably well considering that it seats more than 300, and on one weekend evening we went it had already served almost 1,000 people by 7 p.m. without seeming at all crowded.

Writing a food review is difficult, because it is all good, and no matter what people’s preferences might be, including vegetarian, anyone can find enough to fill a plate at least once and even more times.

The Epic Buffet is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with a brunch on Sunday. Weekday dinner prices are $16.99; Friday and Saturday $21.99. Tuesday is crab leg night at $34.99. And every night, that’s for all you can eat, including your choice of beverages served at your table. Hollywood Casino has a total of seven restaurants and a food court. Epic is our favorite because we can have a big meal and then walk it off as we watch some horses at the track. Parking is free.

The Blue Ridge Grill at Brambleton is half of the Blue Ridge Grill family, the other located in Leesburg in the southwest corner of Route 15 and Edwards Ferry Road and tucked in behind the McDonalds, Sheetz, and The Tire Center. The Brambleton restaurant, opened two years ago, also is planted deep in a busy retail center – but it’s worth the effort of finding it.

The Brambleton Plaza, in case you are not a near neighbor of the massive development, is located off Northstar Boulevard where it intersects with Ryan Road. The restaurant sign is located high on the building to the right of the Regal Fox Cinema. While there is limited on-street parking, there is a large parking garage that is easily accessed behind the shops and cinema.

The restaurant faces the fountain in front of the theater and has outdoor seating that will be very inviting in good weather. Inside the spacious restaurant are comfortable booths and tables as well as a bar the length of the high-ceilinged dining room. It is a pleasant and well-arranged space, and features brilliant large photographs of steeplechase racing, kayaking, and other scenes of Loudoun County country life.

And the food is the best part of this attractive and inviting place.

The lunch menu consists of a surprisingly long list of tempting offerings in groups labeled Appetizers (8 different offerings $4.50 to $9.50); Entrée Salads (6 at $8.50 to $14.50, three of which were available in smaller portions with an entrée); Seafood and Pasta (5 from $12 to $17); Chicken (3, $10 and $11); Sandwiches (8 $7.25 to $13.75); Burgers (3 all at $8.25); and Steaks and Ribs (5, $15 to $18). In addition, there are eight sides ($3 and $4) and three dessert choices ($6 and $7). The dinner menu is slightly expanded with entrée prices just a little higher.

We started a recent lunch with the soup of the day – a deliciously-flavored Chicken Mushroom Soup that turned out to be almost a stew – hearty and satisfying enough to be a main course. In addition to the soup of the day, the Grill offers a “Homemade” Lobster Bisque, both at only $4.50.

The sliced Prime Rib sandwich ($13.75) was plentiful and tender and served on a French baguette with au jus for dipping. It also had a layer of Monterey jack cheese, and was served with some of the best French fries we’ve had anywhere – thinly cut and subtly seasoned with BRG’s special blend.

My wife chose to combine an appetizer and a small salad for a meal, which turned out to be a good choice. The Asian Chili Shrimp consisted of some 8-10 fried shrimp ringing a mound of Asian peanut slaw topped with tempura-style fried green beans and chopped peanuts.

The Mixed Greens Salad was adorned with chopped tomatoes and mangoes and tossed in a classic vinaigrette. Excellent. The Grill offers a small version of this at $4.50, as well as small versions of its Caesar Salad and its Blue Ridge House Salad (romaine, tomato, corn, cucumber, and croutons tossed in a ranch dressing).

At another lunch, we chose the Barbecue Ribs ($17.75), which turned out to be an entire rack that almost hung over the already large serving plate. They were juicy and the sauce was tasty without being too sweet. They were served with fries and a side of Blazin’ Saddle Beans, a BRG recipe. We highly recommend the dish.

The Prime Rib dinner was all it should be, tender and flavorfully rubbed with some BRG special blend of seasoning. Prime Ribs go for $15 at lunch, and are available at larger sizes at dinner for $19 and $24. The Grill also offers several steaks and chicken dishes.

The wait staff is well trained and refreshingly, they pitch in to help one another. When a glass of ice tea starts to reach bottom, another magically appears handed by a different waiter even when our waitress was not immediately available.

Blue Ridge Grill Manager Kevin Weitz tells us that the restaurant blends all its seasonings and sauces onsite with its own recipes. He also is particularly proud of a dessert that he created –Dulce de Leche Chocolate Cake – a thick dark chocolate cake baked with a dulce de leche center and served with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream, then drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces (like it needed it!) Other desserts are a Catoctin Mountain Apple Walnut Cobbler and Banana Pudding.

The Grill serves wine, beer, and a full range of alcoholic drinks.

George Humphries is a retired Navy aviator who began cooking at the age of 10 and has managed several large restaurants. He has lived in Loudoun Country since 1984.

Comment on this article


By commenting, you agree to abide by our Terms of Service.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

noerpel_new

Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

Lunde new

Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

moore-sobelnewmug

By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

Michael_Pic

Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

juneingarden flowers

Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

potoma wayside

My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

blueridge2

By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

blueridge2

By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Thank You

nedimogelman

It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

blueridge2

Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

eaglescout

Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

(Be the first to comment)

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

blueridgemiddleschool

Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

(Be the first to comment)

Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

benkellog

Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

(Be the first to comment)

Calendar

June 2016
M T W T F S S
30

Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

31

Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

1

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

2

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

3

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

4

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

5

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

6

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

7

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

8

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

9

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

10

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

11

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

12

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

13

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

14

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

15

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

16

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

17

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

18

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

19

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

20

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

21

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

22

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

23

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

24

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

25

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

26

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

27

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

28

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

29

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

30

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

1 2

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

3
Current Print Issue:
Sign up for our email newsletter:

Recent Comments

Lifestyle

Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

rummage_sale

78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

(Be the first to comment)

Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

troy and paula haag 1a

Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

(Be the first to comment)

Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

hair color

Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

(Be the first to comment)

Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

Kaine

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

(Be the first to comment)

Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

morven

Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

(2 comments)

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

(Be the first to comment)

Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

lvhs

The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

(Be the first to comment)

Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

purcellville cannons

Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

(Be the first to comment)

Archives

  • +2016
  • +2015
  • +2014
  • +2013
  • +2012
  • +2011
  • +2010
  • +2009