More and more, casinos are not merely destinations to lay down chips and push pretty buttons. As operations continue the battle for your disposable income, theyâ??re finding to be especially powerful three weapons theyâ??ve wielded all along: the knife, the fork and the spoon. The ultimate victor, of course, is you. Thatâ??s why every year, we ask our hungry readers where they love to dine when they head to the tables, and what menu items give them a full stomach, even if they never get that elusive full house.
Here are their 2015 choices for appetizers.Â Readyâ?¦ Set â?¦ Eat!
Bayou La Batre Crab Cakes ($19) |Â BR Prime at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (above)
Guests order this eloquent starter to capture the essence of Gulf Coast cuisine. It is only caught upon order and then delivered directly to BR Prime. Sitting atop house-pickled cucumbers, the crab cakes are served with spicy remoulade and herbs.Â Learn more about BR Prime.
Fried Green Tomatoes with Lump Crab ($10.99) |Â Bourbonâ??s BBQ & Steaks at Ameristar Casino Vicksburg
Crispy fried tomatoes are topped with meaty lump crab and adorned with creamy hollandaise sauce. Learn more about Bourbon’s BBQ & Steaks.
Baked Lobster Mac â??Nâ?? Cheese ($15) |Â 1875 The Steakhouse at French Lick Resort & Spa
Lobster and spiral fusilli pasta with a creamy three-cheese blend topped with herbed breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Learn more about 1875 The Steakhouse.
Mignonâ??s Crab & Lobster Cake ($15) |Â Mignonâ??s Steak & Seafood at Palace Casino ResortÂ (above)
With only the freshest crab and lobster meat used as a starting point, these patties are spiced just so with Bell Pepper and BÃ©arnaise sauce and browned to perfection. Learn more about Mignon’s Steak & Seafood.
Gumbo ($10) |Â Coast Restaurant at Beau Rivage-Biloxi
This delish stew owes it heritage to Louisiana foodies from the 1700s, and the iteration at Coast Restaurant honors its history at the stateâ??s official dish. Learn more about Coast Restaurant.
Char-Broiled OystersÂ ($14) per dozen |Â BT Steakhouse at Boomtown Biloxi
What better way to enjoy Gulf Coast cuisine than to dine on fresh oysters right out of the gulf. These flavorful char-broiled oysters come served Rockefeller, casino or garlic parmesan of your choice. Learn more about BT Steakhouse.
Gulf OystersÂ ($15) |Â Phillip Mâ??s at Pearl River Resort
These mollusks are prepared fresh and filled with jumbo lump crabmeat, glazed and finally topped with chives and Cajun seasoning. Learn more about Phillip M’s.
Bogartâ??s Shrimp ($12) |Â Bogartâ??s Steakhouse at Hollywood Gulf Coast
This tasty start begins with deep-fried blue crab claws and kicks up the volume with Cajun remoulade. Learn more about Bogart’s Steakhouse.
King Crab and Sweet Corn Bisque ($12) |Â Thirty-Two at IP CasinoÂ (above)
The seafood greatness of the Alaskan red king crab shines in the contrast with the sweetness of the shoepeg corn and the shaved winter truffle. Learn more about Thirty-Two.
Seafood Au GratinÂ ($15) |Â Bogartâ??s Steakhouse at Hollywood Gulf Coast
Whatâ??s not better when itâ??s au gratin? Here, exquisite gulf shrimp, crab and crawfish and drenched in a creamy parmesan sauce. Learn more about Bogart’s Steakhouse.
Grilled Colossal Shrimp Cocktail ($16) |Â Sinclairâ??s Restaurant at French Lick Resort (above)
Who you callinâ?? â??shrimpâ?? These colossal shrimp live up to their name and earn a place in our competition smothered in avocado pico de gallo and cilantro-lime chili sauce. Learn more about Sinclair’s Restaurant.
Baked Crab & Pimento Cheese Gratin ($16) |Â Fairbanks at Hollywood Casino Tunica
Creamy lump crab meat crusted with perfectly baked pimento cheese make this starter a stand-out in its own right. Learn more about Fairbanks.
Oysters RockefellerÂ ($11) |Â Wellingtonâ??s Steakhouse at Rising Star Casino (above)
Land and sand meet at the intersection of goodness when the regional fave is served with maple pepper bacon then boosted with hollandaise sauce, spinach and boursin cheese. Learn more about Wellington’s.
Cornmeal Fried Oysters ($14) |Â Fairbanks at Hollywood Casino Tunica
Just because the item is simple doesnâ??t mean itâ??s not capable of greatness. Start with the best oysters, coat in the texture and sweetness of cornmeal, and fry just soâ??well, thatâ??s a great way to start off just about any meal. Learn more about Fairbanks.
New Orleans BBQ Shrimp ($14) |Â Fairbanks at Hollywood Casino Tunica
The judicious application of butter gives these BBQ shrimp a creamy smoothness that creates the perfect environment for the spices and the meat of the shrimp to come together. Learn more about Fairbanks.