240 MGM Grand Drive
MGM Grand at Foxwoods (Hotel Lobby)
Mashantucket, CT 06338
February 18, 2012
Hey guys! Laura here. To celebrate Mom’s blankety-blank birthday (gotta keep ‘em guessing), I took her to the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods for a delicious lunch at Junior’s Restaurant. She wanted to have the whole New York deli experience without actually having to drive all the way there. With gas costing around $45 a gallon these days, we decided that Connecticut was far enough to drive for a corned beef sandwich.
Once inside, we made our way through the gorgeous casino and hotel lobby to Junior’s. We were both dying to eat, and really dying to have some of their famous cheesecake. Now we’ve ordered from the Junior’s catalog in the past (click here), but this would be our first experience having a fresh slice of their cheesecake. We couldn’t wait!
Mom and I had done a little planning at home using their website so that we could figure out the best way to have both lunch and cheesecake. When our waitress – Stefanie – arrived, we ordered two cans of Dr. Brown’s Diet Cream Soda. She brought the cans over with two large glasses of ice. Also brought over were a cup of beets and another cup of cole slaw with pickles on top. Since Mom hates all things vegetable, I ate these cold little appetizers and they were very good (although the cole slaw could have had a bit more flavor).
After stuffing our faces, Stefanie brought over the bill. Our total came to:
1 Corned Beef w/Swiss - $11.95
1 Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake – 6.50
1 Pineapple Cheesecake – 6.50
2 Dr. Brown’s Soda – 4.50 (2.25 each)
Food - $25.70
Non-Alcoholic Beverage – 4.50
Tax – 1.92
TOTAL = $32.12
Pricey! Stefanie’s 20 percent tip came to $6.42 and with Mom’s birthday luck running high, I somehow ended up with exactly that amount left over from what I’d put aside for the meal. We were on a lucky streak, so it was time to hit the slot machines.
Unfortunately, that’s where our luck ended. Although we were able to play for a while, we left empty-handed.
Tired and broke, I went back to Junior’s to get two of their famous egg creams to go. What’s an egg cream, you ask? Well, the traditional way to make it is to put in a little U-Bet chocolate sauce, a little milk, and a lot of seltzer water. Mix ‘em all together and you have an egg cream … without the egg. Apparently eating raw eggs isn’t healthy anymore, but restaurants back in the day used to plop one in which is how the drink got its name.
The egg cream was really good. It reminded me of chocolate soda. The only problem we had with it was the temperature. I wished that the waiter had put ice inside, but apparently ice is not an ingredient in an egg cream. I personally think that it would have been a little better if it were cold.
Even though it turned out to be an expensive day, it was all worth it. We had a great meal at Junior’s, a fun time playing Wheel of Fortune on the casino floor, and Mom had an excellent birthday. Both Mom and I each have a list of things that we want to get on our next visit to Junior’s, but we’re keeping our distance from the corned beef.
This Junior's location is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast is until 11:45 a.m. and lunch is until 4 p.m. There is also a separate coffee kiosk located outside of the hotel lobby off the casino floor that is open 24 hours a day.
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