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There’s something about an all-you-can-eat deal or buffet that makes us feel like royalty. With grumbling bellies, we plan our strategy, survey our domain and commence the feast. You’re guaranteed to leave full, satisfied and maybe a little ashamed of your stomach capacity. But some all-you-can eat deals are better than others, and these are the very best.
In order to assemble the list, we tracked down a bevy of beloved all-you-can-eat deals from every state, then judged them according to food selection, décor, ratings on review sites and level of local renown. We also made sure that even when these deals are on the pricier side, they are worth the price. No matter the style of food served, these all-you-can-eat deals all have obtained legendary status. Just be sure to follow the primary rule: don’t fill up on bread.
At the popular down-home Southern-style Barnyard Buffet in Saraland, Alabama, you’ll find more than 40 offerings from two hot bars, with something new every day of the week. There’s always fried chicken and fish, hush puppies, pot roast, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and candied yams along with a wide variety of meats, soups, fried treats and vegetables. There are also plenty of weekend specials (including a Sunday spread that looks like a great Southern Thanksgiving table) and the weekend breakfast buffet is also popular. The price tops out at just over $13.
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Since 1978, Gold Creek Salmon Bake has been bringing hungry travelers to a campsite at Salmon Creek. At this Juneau, Alaska, spot, folks can pan for gold, roast marshmallows, enjoy the wilderness and partake in an all-you-can-eat feast of the fresh salmon. The salmon, which happens to be a food you absolutely need to try when in Alaska, is grilled over an alderwood fire and served with chicken, a variety of side dishes and blueberry cake for dessert. The adventure costs $56 for adults and $42 for children and is offered from late April to early October.
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Located in the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, Wandering Horse Buffet offers a huge variety of Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean and American cuisines. There’s a carving station, brick oven pizza, a dessert spread, a Champagne Sunday brunch, a prime rib feast on Wednesdays and unlimited king crab legs on Friday and Saturday nights. The resort is also home to Orange Sky, one of America’s best special occasion restaurants.
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The fun and kitschy Brown’s Country Store and Restaurant is a Benton, Arkansas, landmark. The country store sells taffy and over 30 varieties of handmade chocolates, putting it on par with America’s best chocolate shops. But the buffet is what put this place on the map. It’s 100 feet of down-home country cookin’. Baked chicken, fried chicken, fried catfish, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, peel-and-eat shrimp, hush puppies, mac and cheese, banana pudding … it’s all here, it’s all-you-can-eat, and it’ll only set you back $11.95 at most.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better all-you-can-eat deal in California than what’s offered at Hae Jang Chon, located in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. At this Korean barbecue spot, you can choose from an assortment of 30 menu options including brisket, short rib, bulgogi and pork belly as well as seafood, vegetables and even beef tripe, which you can cook yourself on tabletop Korean stone grills. Soup, salad, kimchi fried rice and kimchi pancakes are offered on the side. The feast costs $27.99 for lunch and $29.99 for dinner.
The Denver spot Los Cabos II is bringing authentic Peruvian cuisine to Colorado, and the lunch buffet, served on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the state’s best. The exact offerings change regularly, but expect Peruvian classics like fish soup, arroz caldo, mussels and beef stew, and aji de galina — shredded chicken and potatoes in a creamy sauce.
Evergreens in Simsbury, Connecticut, is located inside a spectacular hotel called Simsbury Inn, and its Sunday brunch buffet is remarkable. Crêpes suzette, made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelets, carved sirloin and turkey, lobster mac and cheese, sesame-crusted salmon, veal scallopini, poached eggs with grilled steak, and a massive variety of desserts among plenty of other rotating specialties are yours for the taking.
The Sunday brunch served at popular Newark, Delaware, golf club and top-notch wedding venue Deerfield is nothing short of spectacular. Offered from late October through early May, this brunch spread features a seafood station where you don’t want to miss the crab cakes and oysters Rockefeller. Beyond shellfish, there is made-to-order eggs Benedict, a carving station, pulled pork, roasted chicken thighs, soups, salads, bagels and breakfast pastries. Don’t miss the doughnut wall and huge dessert spread, either.
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Breakers Palm Beach has been one of the country’s premier high-end destinations since it was built in Palm Beach, Florida, back in 1926. There’s no shortage of spectacular dining options at this hotel that’s absolutely worth the splurge, but be sure to hit up the Sunday brunch in The Circle’s splendid and opulent dining room, which is complete with ocean views, 30-foot frescoed ceilings and oval murals depicting Renaissance-era landscapes. Crab, sushi, caviar, fresh fish, lamb chops, carved beef tenderloin, omelets, cheeses, pâté and more than 30 desserts are all for the taking, with a harpist strolling from table to table to boot. Come hungry and it’ll be well worth the (significant) expense of $125 per person.
Atlanta’s Nori Nori brings a massive assortment of all-you-can eat sushi and other Japanese and fusion dishes to Georgia. Along with more than 15 varieties of nigiri sushi and nearly 30 creative rolls, diners can treat themselves to a spread of dishes including beef tataki, snow crab legs, beef short ribs, gyoza, yakitori, white clams, yakisoba noodles, and a huge assortment of desserts ranging from chocolate cheesecake to green tea ice cream. It ranges in price from $18.25 to $33.95.
100 Sails is Honolulu’s best buffet restaurant, offering five different buffets in total: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Saturday Hawaiian lunch and Sunday brunch, ranging in price from $35 to $62. Drop in for lunch on Saturday and you’ll encounter a Hawaiian feast including kalua pig, pork lau lau, chicken long rice and haupia. On the dinner menu, look out for lomi-lomi salmon, poke, macadamia-crusted chicken, peel-and-eat shrimp and red wine braised beef.
Going strong for nearly 20 years, beloved Boise, Idaho, institution China Grand Buffet serves Chinese and Japanese classics, more than 200 items in total. Along with a wide variety of Chinese-American dishes (and plenty of dim sum), the restaurant also boasts a hibachi grill and sushi bar, which would easily be worth the price of admission alone: $8.50 for lunch and $11.75 for dinner.
More than 60 homemade items are on the menu at Warsaw Inn in Lynwood, Illinois, which, as the name might imply, veers heavily Polish. Fresh Polish sausage, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes (one of the best ways to cook potatoes), cheese and apple blintzes and a variety of pierogi are joined by nightly specials including roast duck, breaded pork chops and roast pork loin.
It’s not so often that The Journey is the destination, but this Indianapolis favorite is in fact a huge destination. Here you can find all-you-can-eat sushi, seafood and freshly made Asian-inspired dishes. Guests can enjoy dozens of different maki, gunkanmaki, nigari, temaki and sashimi. There’s also a massive assortment of hot and cold dishes including barbecue pork ribs, blue crab in oyster sauce, grilled swordfish teriyaki, beef tataki, snow crab legs and cold peanut noodle salad.
Americana draws crowds in Des Moines, Iowa, during the week for its stellar steaks, shared plates and signature bacon-wrapped meatloaf, but it really shines on the weekends, when it unveils its Bombshell Brunch Buffet. More than 40 items are available, including all the iconic breakfast dishes, a grilled cheese station, a mashed potato bar, a build-your-own breakfast taco station, a ton of desserts and bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. Plenty of gluten-free items are available as well.
Cinzetti’s boasts an all-you-can-eat Italian feast ranging in price from $11.49 to $16.89. More than 55 dishes are served from eight stations, and standouts include lasagna Bolognese, calamari, chicken cacciatore, minestrone soup and six different pizzas that are up there with what you’ll find at America’s best pizza chains.
Louisville’s elegant Brown Hotel is famous due to its timeless luxury and the fact that it was the birthplace of the Kentucky Hot Brown, one of America’s best sandwiches. The hotel’s warm and inviting J. Graham’s Café is the best place in town to try that famous open-faced sandwich, and its $32 Sunday brunch buffet is also worthy of a visit in its own right. The buffet includes a carving station, an omelet station, cheese and charcuterie, biscuits and gravy, breakfast meats, fresh pastries and rotating specials.
New Orleans’ Dooky Chase has been a quintessential Louisiana restaurant since 1941. On Tuesdays through Fridays, the team sets out a lunch spread that’s legendary. It changes daily, but you can expect to find classic New Orleans dishes like red beans and rice, hot sausage, fried catfish, collard greens, yams, meatloaf and green beans and some of the absolute best fried chicken in America.
Harraseeket Inn is a Freeport, Maine, institution, and it’s home to two restaurants, the Broad Arrow Tavern and the Maine Harvest Dining Room, both of which offer spectacular buffets. Every day but Sunday, the tavern serves a $24.95 lunchtime spread of house-made soups, salads, porcini-rubbed hanger steak and crab cakes as well as a variety of other dishes. On Sundays, the dining room hosts its $49.95 Sunday brunch, which includes dishes like local organic prime rib with demi-glace, pork osso bucco with polenta and steamed and chilled half Maine lobsters, one of the absolute best things to eat in America.
Ocean City, Maryland, destination Hooper’s Crab House is open only for the summer season, and while its local seafood dishes are always praiseworthy, it’s the All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast that really puts it over the top. For $45, you’ll be treated to a never-ending cavalcade of house-seasoned steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, fried chicken, corn on the cob and hush puppies. When it comes to great seafood shacks, it doesn’t get much better than this.
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Boston’s laid-back Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen serves some of the best soul food in America. It’s best known for its all-you-can-eat jazz brunch, served Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $24.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 6-12. Diners can feast on fried chicken, barbecue ribs, rice and beans, collard greens, mac and cheese, scrambled eggs, waffles, ham and a variety of other weekly rotating dishes.
Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is one of America’s most famous and charming hotels and an ideal spot for a long lunch when in Michigan. While looking out over one of the world’s longest porches, visitors can enjoy a daily lunchtime feast that includes fresh salads, cheeses, fresh fruit, a rotating selection of seafood and slow-roasted meats and housemade desserts. Adult hotel guests pay $35; non-guests pay $51.50.
Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant is a homey restaurant serving classic American fare in a comfortable and family-oriented dining room, and every day of the week it offers a different themed buffet. Monday is chicken, Tuesday is comfort food (including that beloved regional specialty, Tater Tot hotdish), Wednesday is wings and Italian food, Thursday is a traditional German buffet, Friday is surf and turf, Saturday is barbecue and Sunday is build-your-own tacos and fajitas. There’s also a Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch buffet with all the classic homestyle brunch favorites.
Located inside the Palace Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Palace Buffet offers everything you’d want in a casino buffet and more. Prime rib, perfectly grilled steaks, fried chicken, catfish, fresh boiled shrimp, stuffed crabs, hush puppies, Mongolian barbecue and a huge variety of salads and desserts. It starts at $14 for weekday lunch and tops out at $26 on Friday and Saturday nights, when crab legs join the party.
You’ll find a bounty of classic soul food at PeachTree in Kansas City, Missouri. The individual offerings change slightly based on the day of the week, but expect meatloaf, smothered pork chops, baked and fried chicken, neckbones, macaroni and cheese, fried fish and barbecue ribs. Don’t miss the peach cobbler for dessert.
Soup and Such claims to be the first and only soup and salad bar in Billings, Montana. You will indeed find a whole lot of soups and salad supplies on the buffet, along with all the breadsticks you want. More than 60 salad components are on offer, as well as five spectacular soups — baked potato chowder, New England clam chowder, chili, creamy tomato basil and chicken noodle — and two that change daily.
Valentino’s, which has locations throughout Nebraska, offers a whopping 75 individual dishes, served from eight separate stations, all with an Italian-American slant. Italian classics like baked lasagna and meatball parmesan, fresh baked garlic bread twists and six different pastas are always available along with a huge selection of desserts. And because why not, there’s also fried chicken with all the fixin’s.
Caesars Palace’s Bacchanal Buffet in Las Vegas is stocked with nine cooking stations turning out hundreds of daily offerings and about 15 daily specials. Rosemary marinated tri-tip, smoked spare ribs, prime rib, crab legs, lamb, dim sum, pho, red velvet pancakes, smoked wagyu, made-to-order desserts … there are wonders around every corner at this buffet. The price varies from $39.99 for weekday brunch to $64.99 for dinner, with upgrades including unlimited beer, wine and mimosas — also making it one of America’s best bottomless brunch deals.
The farm-to-table Foundry in Manchester, New Hampshire, offers an absolutely spectacular and upscale Sunday brunch. The selection itself changes weekly, but expect offerings including made-to-order omelets, perfectly scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, homemade pastries, doughnuts, French toast, waffles, local oysters, smoked salmon, seasonal soups and a carving station. It costs $29 per adult.
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Nearly every casino-hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, boasts a buffet, but the one at the Borgata just might be the best. It’s reasonably priced — topping out at $34.95 at dinner — and really has something for everyone, including pizza, fried chicken, a wide variety of Asian specialties, prime rib, fresh shellfish and fried shrimp. This is the kind of place where you’ll want to set up shop and never leave.
A local Albuquerque, New Mexico, favorite since 1993, Tomato Café offers a wide-ranging spread of traditional Italian-American classics. A fresh salad bar, several types of soups, pizzas, pasta or polenta with your choice of six sauces, meatballs, ravioli and classic side dishes are all available for just $9.99 for lunch and $11.99 for dinner.
Midtown Manhattan’s Becco is up there with America’s best Italian restaurants, and its “Sinfonia di Paste,” available for $20.95 at lunch and $25.95 at dinner, is one of the city’s best deals. There are three different daily pastas, and guests can eat as much of them as they want, with Caesar salad and assorted marinated grilled vegetables and seafood antipasti on the side.
Casey’s Buffet is a beloved Wilmington, North Carolina, no-frills buffet filled to the brim with soul food classics. You will find spot-on barbecue pork, fried and baked chicken, catfish, whiting, chitlins, mac and cheese, pigs’ feet and a slew of sides and desserts. This place is a true Southern icon, serving loads of Southern dishes that the rest of the world needs to try.
Since 2005, Passage to India’s chefs have been getting spices and other ingredients from India and using halal meat to create fine Indian food that's up there with America’s best Indian restaurants. Every day except Monday, the team sets out a lunchtime spread that’s available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and it’s a bounty of Indian specialties.
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is located in Mount Hope, smack dab in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country. Here you can enjoy traditional Amish home cooking like fried chicken, fried lake perch, pot roast, chopped sirloin and traditional Amish “wedding steak,” a patty of seasoned ground beef. There are also plenty of sides, soups, salads and desserts to go around, including nine different pies.
Mt. Everest Cuisines is bringing authentic Nepali and Indian cuisine to Edmond, Oklahoma. The best way to experience the menu is to sample its buffet offerings, which are available until 3 p.m. Pulao, tikka masala, naan, samosas, pakoras, salads and rice pudding are good representatives of what’s on offer.
Indian buffets are always a great way to sample the country’s cuisine, but most offer only a handful of items. That is not the case at Abhiruchi in Beaverton, Oregon. A full 25 items are on offered for lunch Tuesdays through Sundays. The exact items on offer rotate daily, but be sure to try the house specialty, vegetable saag paneer.
The longest buffet in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County (clocking in at 200 feet), Shady Maple in East Earl boasts a massive selection of expertly prepared Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. A breakfast buffet hits all the right notes — make sure to try the scrapple-and-why-should-you-be-eating-it" class="keyword" target="_blank">scrapple — but the buffet really comes alive at lunch and dinner, when 46 salad bar items, eight homemade breads, five soups, six cheeses, eight meats, 14 vegetables, eight pies, six cakes and the sundae bar are just the beginning.
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Lobster is one of those foods you absolutely have to eat in the Northeast, and The Nordic in Charlestown, Rhode Island, keeps the steamed lobsters coming, and they’re joined on the buffet by Alaskan crab, bacon-wrapped scallops, steamed crabs, shrimp scampi, fresh local oysters, New England clam chowder, lobster bisque, lobster mac and cheese, filet mignon, prime rib and plenty more. The price may be steep at $106 per person, but with a little bit of planning, you can easily get more than your money’s worth.
Captain George’s offers a spectacular fresh seafood feast in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Snow crab legs, steamed shrimp and clams, mussels, crawfish, blackened mahi, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed clams, deviled crab and she-crab soup are just a handful of the Southern-style seafood offerings. It costs $20 for kids 12 and under and $38 for adults.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the last place you’d expect to find one of America’s best vegan-friendly restaurants, but Sanaa’s Gourmet is one of them. The best deal here is a buffet for Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch. Offerings vary, but expect dishes including ratatouille, potato and mushroom casserole and bulgur and tomato pilaf. Omnivores will enjoy items like chicken shish tawook and beef kufta.
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The buffet at old-fashioned “whistlestop” Brook Shaw’s Old Country Store serves a huge selection of country favorites, like country ham, which of course belongs on any Southern breakfast table. For dinner, there is fried chicken, fried catfish and Low Country boil with turnip greens, white beans, hominy and mac and cheese on the side and banana pudding for dessert.
The humble, unassuming Allen’s Family Style Meals in small-town Sweetwater, Texas, has been in business since the 1950s and hasn’t changed much since then. Pay when you arrive, take a seat at a communal table and you’ll be treated to a family-style feast with some of the best fried chicken in America, meatloaf and a variety of sides including potato salad, okra and sweet potatoes, with peach cobbler for dessert.
Overlooking Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, The Roof is a fine-dining restaurant that also happens to serve a spectacular dinner buffet in Utah. Prime rib, steak with peppercorn sauce, Creole chicken, cheese, charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, seasonal sides and pastas and a wide variety of desserts are available for $46.
Located inside the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont, J. Morgan’s Steakhouse is a top-notch steakhouse that offers an epic Sunday brunch. Waffles and omelets are made to order and other offerings include fresh pastries, corned beef hash, maple bourbon ham and Vermont maple sausage. A mimosa or orange juice is included in the price, and it costs just $18 for adults.
Michie Tavern is one of America’s most historic restaurants, and it can trace its Charlottesville, Virginia, roots to the 18th century. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., when a bountiful buffet of classic Southern fare is offered. Dishes include Southern fried chicken, smoked pulled pork, black-eyed peas with country ham, cornbread, biscuits and vegetable soup.
Located right on the water in Seattle, Salty’s on Alki Beach serves a stunning buffet loaded to the brim with fresh local seafood and brunchtime classics. Washington state Dungeness crab legs, peel-and-eat prawns, seafood chowder, steamers, steelhead lox and oysters on the half shell are all must-have seafood fare. They are complemented by classic brunch dishes as well as chocolate and caramel fountains with plenty of dippers for dessert and a bloody mary bar. Adults pay $59.99 on Saturdays and $64.99 on Sundays.
The super-luxe Four Seasons Georgetown is home to Seasons Restaurant, where D.C.’s movers and shakers rub shoulders with regular folks in search of the city’s finest brunch buffet. Diners can dig into traditional breakfast fare like perfect made-to-order omelets as well as Old Bay-spiced potatoes, Maryland crab cakes and lobster salad.
The humble and down-home Quinet’s in downtown New Martinsville, West Virginia, has been feeding the locals high-quality American fare since the 1920s. Along with a full menu of classic dishes, the restaurant also offers a daily buffet featuring scratch-made comfort foods like meatloaf, lasagna, kielbasa, fried fish, chili dogs, pork ribs, fried chicken, mac and cheese and a wide selection of pies for dessert.
North Country Steak Buffet is an exciting name, and this La Crosse, Wisconsin, destination lives up to its potential. The all-you-care-to-eat restaurant is open daily until 9 p.m., offering sirloin steaks, burgers and grilled chicken, served with baked potatoes, hash browns or homemade chips. There’s also a hot buffet with rotating specials, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade soup, salad and more. For dessert, enjoy four daily ice creams and a lineup of other sweets. The price? Just $11.70 for adults.
Located at the Bar J Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Bar J Chuckwagon’s dinner begins at 7 p.m. on the dot when the dinner bell rings, of course. Guests can treat themselves to an all-you-can-eat meal of a choice of barbecue beef, boneless chicken breast, a beef and chicken combo, barbecue pork ribs or a grilled 12-ounce rib-eye along with endless baked potatoes, biscuits, beans, applesauce, spice cake, coffee and lemonade while being entertained by the Bar J Wranglers. The price ranges from $26 to $39, but a visit to Bar J isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience, and it’s a tourist trap that even the locals love.
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