While our time in Santee, CA, this August was short, we did have time to have lunch with Dick and Karen Allsing and Dick’s brother Paul and his wife Cindy. When learning that we would be spending time in southwest Oregon, they recommended that we go to Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville for the Thursday evening “all you can eat” seafood buffet. A buffet that included Dungeness crab. Say no more.
For a variety of reasons, we relocated from the RV park in Shady Cove, OR, and drove north to the Seven Feathers RV park, one of the nicest at which we have stayed. So come Thursday night we boarded the casino’s shuttle bus that picks you up and delivers you back to your site and headed forth to the casino.
Today’s blog will be a bit unusual. Since casinos have hard and fast rules regarding photography, you will not see any of the traditional atmospheric photos. In fact, before embarking, Chuck called the restaurant and, after being bumped four levels up the authority chain and promising that we would only photograph our food plates, received permission to bring a camera into the dining room. Still, we brought it in somewhat clandestinely concealed in my purse. (There are a few more things that you won’t see in this blog, but I will identify them later.)
The Seven Feathers complex (casino, multiple dining rooms, RV park, conference center, and truck stop) is owned and operated by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe.
The Gathering Place Buffet is open daily, but Thursday is “The Day,” and one blogger’s experience is described at southernoregonlife-oregonman33.blogspot.com: “Deep concentration, the kind that monks possess while fasting, furrowed into the brow of my girlfriend. A sudden crack resounds against the walls. With this crack comes the faintest smile across her face as the meat from the crab claw she furiously fought with dropped to the table. With a quick and total drowning of the meat into her lemon butter, she takes a large bite, moaning softly, as her eyes move toward the next claw on her plate. This scene is played out every Thursday evening during the seafood buffet…Although the buffet is open seven days a week, the seafood buffet they offer is the real attraction that draws in customers….”
But even on Thursday the offerings aren’t limited to seafood. There is an Asian station, a Mediterranean station, a Mexican station, a salad station, a carving station, and an American station. But I was there for seafood, so set forth to construct my first plate of oysters on the half shell, cured salmon “rosettes,” and—of course—Dungeness crab.
Chuck came back with a plate of crab along with some fried rice from the Asian station.
The menu promised me mussels. Where were the mussels? Hidden over in the Mexican station. (Go figure).
Having satiated myself with seafood (three plates to Chuck’s one), I ventured forth to the dessert station where I had my choice of various fruit or cream pies, ice cream, cookies, and assorted cakes. I returned with a slice of a decadently rich pie and a slice of spice cake.
As I was headed back from the dessert station I glanced at the carving board. And I see the most beautiful medium rare prime rib. “Take a look at that as you get your desserts,” I said to Chuck.
“There’s always tomorrow night,” he says to me upon his return.
So the following evening we again caught the shuttle to the casino. Looking for a traditional steakhouse experience, I began with the made-to-order Caesar salad. I could have added tomatoes, crab, shrimp, and chicken, but I am a Caesar purist. I want the romaine, dressing, cheese, and croutons period. No other stuff.
Time for the prime rib. Chuck’s first plate included a slice of prime rib, mashed potatoes, green beans, and garlic bread.
While the slice of prime rib may look thin, it was enough meat for me. But not for Chuck who went back for seconds of everything.
I had a pre-dessert snack plate of deviled eggs (these had a touch too much vinegar in the filling) and shrimp.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.