Photos courtesy Boyd Gaming and Flury Photography with The Suncoast’s permission and by LeAnne Notabartolo

The name Peng Zu comes from the Chinese legend of a cook who made a soup so wonderful that it was said to heal what ails you and make one live a long life. Peng Zu lived to be 800 and cooked for the emperor.

On February 21 Boyd Gaming and the Suncoast welcomed its latest addition, Peng Zu, in true celebratory style with a Chinese New Year traditional Lion’s Dance. The Lion’s Dance, featuring three lions, a dragon and musicians, was performed to bring luck and good fortune. Each attendee was handed a small red envelope containing money to “feed” to the lions to bring luck and fortune to the participants. To feed the lion or dragon you placed your envelope in the mouth of the puppet and they snapped the mouth down on your hand and you removed your hand as quickly as possible.

The new dining establishment is located next to breakfast favorite Du Par’s on the casino floor. The charming décor and open space is highlighted by a striking ceiling of paper umbrellas. Mr. Bill Boyd was in attendance and as gracious and welcoming as ever.

The menu is approachable with favorites everyone recognizes. A few vegetarian options are offered as well. A sampling of dishes was sent out, in passed hors d’oeuvres fashion, for all to enjoy. Tasting samples included Peng Zu soup (a wonton and noodle soup), crab rangoon, pork egg rolls and pork pot stickers with a tangy ponzu dipping sauce. A carving station offered a delicious pepper steak and honey walnut shrimp. 

Appetizers start at $4 and everything on the menu is under $25. Soups, noodles, wok-fried favorites, specials and combination plates are
also available.

Serving dinner only, Peng Zu is open 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, and 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A casino-wide daily Social Hour is from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. featuring dishes and drinks from $4-$7.