Casino adds cheap, late-night Asian food to menu

Posted at 11:51 AM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 11:56:16-05

CINCINNATI -- A cheap, flavorful option for late-night diners is coming to Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati.

Starting Saturday, Noodle 8 will serve Asian-inspired cuisine inside the Spread Buffet from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends.

For $8, diners can choose one of seven noodle- or rice-based dishes. Beef, chicken, pork or shrimp then can be added for $3 more. The food, ordered at the Asian station, ranges from pad thai to fried rice. Healthy portions of those meals are then delivered in bowls to customers at their tables. Four shrimp and pork spring rolls are available for $8 as well.

Executive sous chef Jason Hebert said the menu he designed is the outgrowth of a trend he has witnessed since working for food services at the casino since it opened three years ago.

"We've been running a specialty Asian item for eight months out of the late-night Italian buffet," Hebert said. "This gives us another option for late-night dining."

Hebert said he kept the Horseshoe's Asian clientele in mind while designing authentic dishes. The casino also hopes to draw in people from the surrounding neighborhood looking for a late-night bite.

"We think it plays well to Over-the-Rhine," said casino spokeswoman Gayane Makaryan. "The portion size is pretty big and the casino offers free parking."

Noodle 8 is not the only change coming to the casino. The casino's owner recently announced it would rebrand the location as JACK Cincinnati Casino to reflect the name change of parent company Rock Gaming LLC to JACK Entertainment.

Visitors to Cincinnati's casino will see the name change in early June, according to an announcement made in February.