My wife and my mom like to play at Tropicana so we earn enough points to get free or cheap rooms here.
But the buffet is terrible, overpriced and not very good, the same with the coffee shop. We go across the street to Colorado Belle for morning brunch - about $3 for an expansive buffet that lasts us until the evening meal.
You need to get the Colorado Bell's player card to eat there but that is easily done.
If you are able to play enough at Tropicana or want to you can stay there free, if not, there are many other choices around. I prefer the Aquarius for better atmosphere. The good thing about Laughlin is that they are not so greedy as Vegas which I don't go to anymore, unless my guests insist. I live in Arizona.