Courtesy Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Lobster and Hearts of Palm Salad

8 Delicious Dishes to Taste From Resort Casinos in Indian Country


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

High Steaks Steakhouse's Lobster and Hearts of Palm Salad (Courtesy Thunder Valley Casino Resort) )

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.

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What's on the Menu? A Food Tour Around Indian Country Featuring the Great Oak Steakhouse

Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Great Oak Steakhouse: 20 oz Bone-In Rib Eye Steak

Great Oak Steakhouse' s 20 oz Bone-In Rib Eye Steak (Courtesy Pechanga Resort & Casino)

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

 Paragon restaurant's Oysters dish (Courtesy Foxwoods Resort Casino)


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

Bar Americain's Grilled Pizza (Courtesy Mohegan Sun)

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.


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