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The Best All-You-Can-Eat Deal in Every State
In America, we believe that it’s our God-given right to eat as much as we want, whenever we want to, and all-you-can-eat deals (usually found in the form of buffets) are the perfect manifestation of that ethos. Thankfully, there are plenty of great places to live out that dream, and we’ve tracked down the very best all-you-can-eat deal in every state and Washington, D.C.
Alabama: Barnyard Buffet, Saraland
At this popular down-home Southern-style buffet, you’ll find more than 30 offerings from three hot bars, with something new every day of the week. There’s always fried chicken and fish, hushpuppies, pot roast, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, honey-glazed sweet potatoes, and cornbread, along with a wide variety of meats, soups, fried treats, and vegetables. Friday night means steak and baked potatoes; Saturday means ribs with house-made barbecue sauce; and Sunday brings a traditional Southern Sunday supper with chicken and dumplings, turkey and gravy, and all the fixin’s. The weekend breakfast buffet is also popular, with eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, and fresh-cut fruit. The price tops out at $13.19.
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Alaska: Gold Creek Salmon Bake, Juneau
Since 1978, Gold Creek Salmon Bake has been bringing hungry travelers to a campsite at Salmon Creek Falls in an old-growth forest, where they can pan for gold, check out old mining relics, enjoy the wilderness, and partake in an all-you-can-eat feast of the freshest salmon you’ll find anywhere. The salmon is grilled over an alderwood fire, and served with a variety of side dishes and blueberry cake for dessert. The adventure costs $55 for adults and $41 for children.
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Arizona: Wandering Horse Buffet, Scottsdale
Located at Talking Stick Resort, Wandering Horse Buffet offers a huge variety of Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and American cuisines, and really has something for everybody. There’s fresh sushi, a carving station, brick oven pizza, a huge dessert spread, a $34.95 Champagne Sunday brunch, a $23.95 prime rib feast on Wednesdays, and unlimited king crab legs on Friday and Saturday nights, when the price tops out at $36.95.
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Arkansas: Abe’s Old Feed House, Benton
Abe’s Old Feed House is serving some of the finest fried catfish you’ll ever try, and better yet, they’ll serve you all you care to eat. You’ll find them on the buffet alongside catfish steaks, boiled and fried Gulf shrimp, fried chicken, fried frog’s legs, hickory-smoked ribs and sausages, a variety of fresh side dishes, and ice cream sundaes and fresh-made cinnamon rolls for dessert.
California: Hae Jang Chon, Los Angeles
California is a big state with no shortage of all-you-can-eat deals, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one than what’s offered at Hae Jang Chon, located in LA’s Koreatown. At this super-popular Korean barbecue spot, you can choose from a mind-boggling assortment of 27 menu options including meats both marinated and unmarinated (brisket, short rib, bulgogi, and pork belly are especially popular), seafood, vegetables, and even beef tripe, which you can cook yourself on tabletop Korean stone grills. The feast costs $23.99 for lunch and $25.99 for dinner, and it’s open daily until 2 a.m.
Colorado: Los Cabos II, Denver
This quaint Denver spot specializes in authentic Peruvian cuisine, and their lunch buffet, served daily from 11 to 2, is the state’s best. For $8.95 ($15 on Sundays), you can enjoy a traditional Peruvian feast of lomo saltado (beef strips with peppers, onions, and tomatoes), cau cau de mariscos (curry seafood stew), and a variety of soups and salads.
Connecticut: Evergreens at the Simsbury Inn, Simsbury
Evergreens is one of Connecticut’s finest restaurants, located inside the upscale Simsbury Inn, and its Sunday brunch buffet is nothing short of astounding. Crêpes Suzette, made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelettes, carved sirloin and turkey, cheese blintzes, lobster mac and cheese, smoked seafood, cheeses, 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.
Delaware: Deerfield, Newark
The Sunday brunch served at this popular golf club and wedding venue is nothing short of spectacular. Served from late September through early May, this 111-foot brunch spread features a seafood station (don’t miss the crab cakes and oysters Rockefeller); made-to-order omelettes and eggs Benedict; a carving station with lamb, strip loin, and salmon; a pasta station; a vegetarian stir-fry station; soups and salads; bagels and breakfast pastries; a yogurt parfait station; a kids’ buffet with fun foods like chicken tenders, mini pizzas, and a “doughnut wall”; and a huge dessert spread. And if you want to make your own mimosas, they’ll be happy to supply a bottle of the good stuff and juice.
Florida: The Circle, The Breakers, Palm Beach
The Italian Renaissance-style Breakers Palm Beach has been one of the country’s premier high-end destinations since tycoon Henry Flagler had it built back in 1896 (the current incarnation was completed in 1926). There’s no shortage of spectacular dining options at this luxurious retreat, but for brunch one option rises head and shoulders above the rest (and above every brunch option in the state): Sunday Brunch in The Circle’s splendid and opulent dining room (think ocean views, 30-foot frescoed ceilings, and oval murals depicting Renaissance-era landscapes) — a tradition for more than 25 years. Alaskan king crab legs, sushi, caviar, smoked fish, lamb chops, carved-to-order ham and beef tenderloin, Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, fresh-baked pastries and muffins, omelettes, cheeses, pâté, and more than 30 desserts are all for the taking, with a harpist strolling from table to table to boot. The Champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Marys are free-flowing. Come hungry, and it’ll be well worth the expense.
Georgia: Nori Nori, Atlanta
This super-popular Sandy Springs spot boasts an absolutely massive assortment of all-you-can eat sushi and other Japanese and fusion dishes. Along with more than 20 varieties of nigiri sushi and more than 30 creative rolls, diners can treat themselves to a spread of dishes including Asian black noodle salad, shrimp cocktail, barbecue pork, blue crab in sesame sauce, beef ribeye, lobster and clam cakes, oysters Rockefeller, tempura shrimp and vegetables, udon noodles, and a huge assortment of desserts ranging from Oreo cheesecake to green tea ice cream. It ranges in price from $18.25 to $33.95, and is worth every penny.
Hawaii: 100 Sails, Honolulu
100 Sails is Honolulu’s buffet restaurant, offering five different buffets in total: breakfast, brunch, lunch, Hawaiian lunch on Saturdays, and dinner, ranging in price from $32 to $58. The buffet is heavily influenced by Chinese cuisine, but the native cuisine of Hawaii is certainly represented as well, and local ingredients are used whenever possible. Drop in for lunch on Saturday and you’ll encounter a Hawaiian feast of specialties including kalua pig, pork lau lau, chicken long rice, sushi, and haupia; on the dinner menu, look out for Lomi Lomi salmon, ahi poke, Chinatown-style steamed crab, Dungeness crab, salt and pepper Kauai shrimp, crispy garlic soy chicken, and the build your own ramen station. And like all great buffets should, this one has a carving station with prime rib au jus.
Idaho: China Grand Buffet, Boise
Going strong for more than 10 years, this beloved Boise institution serves all the Chinese and Japanese classics, more than 200 items in total. Along with just about every Chinese-American dish you can dream of, the restaurant also recently added a hibachi grill as well as a full-service sushi bar, which would easily be worth the price of admission alone: Eight bucks for lunch, and $11.25 for dinner.
Illinois: Red Apple Buffet, Chicago
This sprawling restaurant is home to three full rooms’ worth of buffets, and while there are plenty of American and international specialties, for all intents and purposes Red Apple is a Polish buffet. Pierogis, potato pancakes, schnitzel, Polish sausage, blintzes, pork stew, roast beef, stuffed cabbage, pork shanks, roast turkey or duck, potato dumplings, and a huge array of desserts await you, but there’s only one problem: It’s nearly impossible to try everything you want to before filling up.
Indiana: The Journey, Indianapolis
It’s not so often that the journey is the destination, but this Indianapolis favorite is in fact a huge destination for anyone looking for all-you-can-eat sushi, prime rib, seafood, and other freshly made Asian-inspired dishes in a modern and comfortable space. For a price ranging from $8.99 to $21.99, guests can enjoy nearly 100 types of 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, pork loin with gravy, prime rib, roast lamb, stuffed shrimp, red snapper with masago sauce, beef tataki, sashimi salad, snow crab legs, and cold peanut noodles.
Iowa: Americana, Des Moines
This classic American restaurant draws crowds during the week for its stellar steaks, share plates, and signature pizza pot pie, but Americana really shines on the weekends, when it unveils its Bombshell Brunch Buffet and offers it until 2:30 p.m. More than 40 items are available for the taking, including all the classic breakfast dishes, classic comfort fare, 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. And don’t forget about Monday nights, when the restaurant offers all-you-can-eat fried chicken and all the fixins.
Kansas: Cinzetti’s, Overland Park
Modeled after an Italian piazza, Cinzetti’s boasts an all-you-can-eat Italian feast ranging in price from $10.99 to $16.99. More than 55 dishes are served from eight stations: Parmesan, Rotisserie, Tavola Calda, Antipasto, Marchetta, The Pizzeria, Fresh Made Pasta, and Fresh Bakery. Standouts include lasagna bolognese, fried calamari, chicken cacciatore, minestrone soup, six different pizzas, farfalle carbonara, house-recipe meatballs, made to order crêpes, and (because why not?) Kansas City-style barbecue.
Kentucky: J. Graham’s Café, Louisville
Louisville’s elegant Brown Hotel is one of America’s most famous, due to its timeless luxury and because it was the birthplace of a local specialty, the Kentucky Hot Brown. The hotel’s warm and inviting J. Graham’s Café is the best place in town to try that famed open-faced sandwich, but its $19 lunch buffet (served Tuesday through Friday) and $28 Sunday Brunch and far and away the best buffets in town. The lunch buffet includes soups, salads, fresh breads, two rotating entrées, potato and vegetable sides, and a dessert spread; the Sunday brunch buffet includes a live carving station, a rotating entrée, smoked salmon, cheese and charcuterie, omelettes and scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of other breakfast specialties. Both options are absolute steals.
Louisiana: Dooky Chase, New Orleans
Dooky Chase has been a quintessential New Orleans restaurant since Edgar “Dooky” Chase and his wife Leah opened it back in 1941. (Dooky passed away in 2016, but Leah is still going strong at age 95.) On Tuesdays through Fridays, Leah and her team set out a lunch buffet that’s nothing short of legendary. It changes daily, but you can expect to find red beans and rice, hot sausage, fried chicken, fried catfish, shrimp étouffée, collard greens, mac and cheese, candied yams, and squash casserole. It may be humble, but it’s about as delicious as food can get.
Maine: Harraseeket Inn, Freeport
The luxurious, 93-room Harraseeket Inn is a Maine institution, and it’s home to two restaurants, the Broad Arrow Tavern and the Maine Harvest Dining Room. Both offer spectacular buffets: On every day but Sunday the tavern offers a $17.95 lunchtime spread of housemade soups, salads, porcini rubbed hanger steak, tandoori chicken, crab cakes, fried haddock, brick oven pizza, Maine blueberry pie, and a variety of other dishes; and on Sundays the big guns come out in the dining room for its $39.95 Sunday Brunch, which includes steamed and chilled half-lobsters, local organic prime rib with port wine demi-glace, oven-roasted Mexican-style chicken, ceviche, St. Louis ribs, Mexican seafood stew, brunch burritos, and a variety of desserts.
Maryland: Hooper’s Crab House, West Ocean City
This Ocean City destination is only open for the summer season, and while its lobsters, crab cakes, and other local seafood dishes are on their own worthy of praise, it’s the All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast that really puts it over the top. For just $40, you’ll be treated to a never-ending cavalcade of house spice-seasoned steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, fried chicken (!), corn on the cob, and hush puppies. When it comes to dockside dining, it doesn’t get much better than this.
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Massachusetts: Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, Boston
This laid-back restaurant serves some of the best soul food in Boston, and it’s best known for its all-you-can-eat jazz brunch, served Sundays from 10 to 3. For $29.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 6-12, you can feast on fried chicken, barbecue ribs, rice and beans, collard greens, mac and cheese, scrambled eggs, grits, waffles, breakfast links, ham, and a variety of other weekly rotating dishes. Pro tip: If you get there between 10 and 11, you only have to pay $19.99.
Michigan: The Grand Hotel Main Dining Room, Mackinac Island
This famed 1887 hotel is an ideal spot for luxuriating over a long luncheon. (You know it’s luxurious because it’s called a luncheon.) While looking out over the world’s longest porch (yes, you heard that right), you can enjoy a daily lunchtime feast from chef Hans Burtscher that includes fresh salads, high-end cheese, fresh fruit, and a rotating selection of seafood and slow-roasted meats. Adult hotel guests pay $30; non-guests pay $47. It may seem a little steep, but once you take a seat in the bright, colorful dining room you’ll know it’s well worth it.
Minnesota: Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant, Melrose and Sartell
Cornerstone 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 Minnesota specialty, 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.
Mississippi: Palace Buffet, Biloxi
Located inside the Palace Casino in Biloxi, the Palace Buffet offers everything you’d want in a casino buffet and more. Prime rib, steaks, pizza, fried chicken, catfish, meatloaf, fresh boiled shrimp, stuffed crabs, fried clam strips, hush puppies, the coast’s first Mongolian barbecue (where you choose your meat, vegetables, and sauces and watch them cooked in front of you), and a huge variety of salads and desserts. It starts at $14 for weekday lunch, and tops out at $21 on Friday and Saturday nights, when crab legs join the party.
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Missouri: Charley’s Buffet, Lincoln
Self-described as being “in the middle of nowhere,” this oasis is legendary in the area for its bounty of fresh-cooked homemade specialties. Steak, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, baked ham, macaroni and cheese are all standouts, as is their wide variety of fresh-baked bread and homemade pies. If you choose to make the trek, know a couple things: They’re cash-only, only open Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m., and lines tend to stretch out the door.
Montana: Pompey’s Grill, Three Forks
Located inside the historic Sacajawea Hotel, Pompey’s Grill is one of Montana’s finest steakhouses. It’s renowned for its high-quality steaks and locally-sourced meats, but it really comes to life on Sundays, when $48.95 will get you all-you-can-eat red Alaskan crab legs with soup or salad and two side dishes. It’s first-come, first-served and only available until 8 p.m., so make sure you get there early!
Nebraska: Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet, Various Locations
Valentino’s offers a whopping 75 individual dishes, served from eight separate stations, all with an Italian-American slant. Soups and salads, a variety of house-made pizzas, pasta salads, fresh fruit, Italian classics including baked lasagna and meatball parmesan, Fresh baked garlic knots, 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.
Nevada: Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
The Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet is nothing short of mind-blowing. Opened in September 2012 after a $17 million build-out, it’s stocked with nine cooking stations turning out more than 500 individual dishes and about 15 daily specials. Seating about 600, this buffet looks like an upscale restaurant, and the quality of the food served here would feel right at home at any of the city’s top eateries. Top-quality carnitas tacos are made to order; you can take your pick from a mound of meat including prime rib, lamb chops, and barbecue brisket; the dim sum and sushi are some of the best in Vegas; and soufflés are baked to order. There are wonders around every corner at this buffet, and if you can only hit up one while in Vegas, it should be the Bacchanal at Caesars. The price varies from $39.99 for weekday brunch to $59.99 for weekend dinner.
New Hampshire: Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle
Wentworth by the Sea has been called the Crown Jewel of Portsmouth, located just off the mainland on New Castle Island. Open since 1888 and one of the East Coast’s premiere resorts during the twentieth century, it was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980s and is today a member of the Historic Hotels of America and operated by Marriott; a six-year, $30 million renovation added a spa, pool, and suites, and today it’s once again one of the East Coast’s finest resorts. But it’s the all-you-can-eat brunch we’re supposed to be talking about, right? Well, its Sunday brunch is amazing. Unlimited Champagne, live jazz, ice sculptures, fine crystal and china, and the elegant environs of the main dining room set the stage for an abundant and luxurious buffet, boasting two carving stations (with prime rib, of course), omelettes made to order, pastas, stuffed French toast, cheeses, and a wide variety of desserts. You might just never want to leave.
New Jersey: The Borgata Buffet, The Borgata, Atlantic City
Every casino-hotel in Atlantic City boasts a buffet, but the one at the Borgata just might be the best. The Borgata is the largest hotel in New Jersey as well as the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City, and the buffet is reasonably priced and really has something (multiple things, in fact) for everyone. The meat section alone is worth the price of admission, with options ranging from sirloin steak and prime rib to grilled chicken, beer-braised pork belly, barbecue pork ribs, and pork chops. The seafood section is also expansive, with fried snapper, mahi mahi, salmon, clams, sushi, shrimp cocktail, and seafood pasta. Rounded out with a selection of Italian dishes, Chinese food, burgers, fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese as well as surprising finds like roasted marrow bones, this is a buffet that’s impossible to dislike.
New Mexico: Tomato Café, Albuquerque
A local Albuquerque favorite since 1993, Tomato Café offers a wide-ranging and very tasty spread of traditional Italian-American classics. A fresh salad bar, several types of soups, pizzas (including gluten-free crust), four types of pasta or polenta with your choice of six sauces, meatballs, ravioli, and vegetable sides are all available for just $9.99 for lunch and $11.99 for dinner.
New York: Hill Country BBQ, New York City
Inspired by the legendary barbecue joints of Texas’ Hill Country, this venerable New York barbecue hotspot is insanely popular, and offers a wide variety of expertly smoked meats and addictive sides. It’s always hopping, but if you drop in on Mondays between 5 and 10 you can treat yourself to a barbecue feast that’s fit for a king: all you can eat brisket, smoked chicken, pork spare ribs, and side dishes for just $32 per person, or $16 for kids 12 and under. It’s one of the best barbecue deals you’ll find anywhere.
North Carolina: Casey’s Buffet, Wilmington
This beloved no-frills buffet is filled to the brim with Southern and soul food classics. Chef-owner Larry Casey opened the restaurant in 2005 after 25 years in the industry, and here he displays his culinary skills in spot-on versions of barbecue pork, fried and baked chicken, catfish, whiting, chitlins, mac and cheese, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried fatback, pigs’ feet, and a slew of sides and desserts. Daily specials rotate on Wednesdays through Sundays; standouts include barbecue pork chops and beef ribs on Wednesdays, Brunswick stew and deviled crab on Thursdays, carved roast beef on Fridays through Sundays, hot wings and fried pork chops on Saturdays, and turkey and ham on Sundays. This place is a true Southern icon.
North Dakota: Passage to India, Fargo
Since 2005, Passage to India’s three chefs have been shipping spices and other ingredients from India and using halal meat to create some of the finest Indian food you’ll find in the Midwest. Every day except Monday, the team sets out a lunchtime spread that’s available from 11 to 2:30, and it’s a bounty of Indian specialties. More than 20 options are available, including tandoori chicken and naan cooked in a ripping-hot tandoor, biryani, curry, tikka masala, samosas, pakoras, aloo gobi, chana masala, butter chicken… It’s all here, and it’s all wildly delicious.
Ohio: Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, Mount Hope
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is located smack dab in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, and it’s run by Gloria Yoder, who, although not Amish, was born and raised in town. Both Amish and “English” alike gather at her restaurant, where they can enjoy traditional Amish home cooking like fried chicken, roast turkey, fried lake perch, fried shrimp, 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 and Amish cracker pudding.
Oklahoma: Cajun King, Oklahoma City
Make sure you come to this Oklahoma City favorite extra hungry, because you’re going to want to devour everything in sight and be really sad when you become full. Why? Because it serves expertly prepared Southern and Cajun fare, like beignets, fried catfish, blackened pork chops and catfish, fried chicken, crawfish étouffée, collard greens, candied yams, gumbo, mac and cheese, frog legs, jambalaya, boudin balls, bread pudding, and other classics are all on point, and you’ll be really glad you found this place. We suggest you go on Friday, when every single item they make is up for grabs; the whole feast will only set you back 12 bucks.
Oregon: Namaste Indian Cuisine, Portland
Namaste isn’t just one of the Pacific Northwest’s best Indian restaurants; it offers the best all-you-can-eat deal in the state. Their generous buffet will set you back only 11 bucks for lunch and 14 for dinner. Most Indian buffets only offer a half-dozen or so options tops, but this one boasts well over a dozen options, as well as a full salad bar. Pickles, chutneys, two raitas, vegetable pakoras, daal, palak paneer, vegetable jalfrezi, aloo mataar, butter chicken, South Indian goat curry, tandoori chicken, several different curries, and soft-serve mango ice cream for dessert. Come hungry!
Pennsylvania: Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl
The longest buffet in Lancaster County (clocking in at 200 feet), Shady Maple boasts a massive selection of expertly prepared Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. A breakfast buffet hits all the right notes (make sure to try the house-made biscuits and scrapple), but the buffet really comes alive at dinner, when 46 salad bar items, eight homemade breads, five soups, six cheeses, eight meats, 14 vegetables, 14 desserts, eight pies, six cakes, and the Sunday bar are just the beginning. Every day (except Sundays, when they’re closed) has a different theme: Monday is steak night; Tuesday is surf & turf night;, Wednesday is prime rib night; Thursday is shrimp and steak night; and Friday and Saturday nights bring The Grand Menu, loaded with smoked brisket, salmon, Cajun catfish, fried crab cakes, and New York strip. And on top of all that, it’s a great deal: Weekly dinners range in price from $19.99 to $23.99.
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Rhode Island: The Nordic Lodge, Charlestown
Five words: All-you-can-eat lobster. Seriously, how many places on earth offer all you can eat lobster? This charming lakeside eatery keeps the steamed lobsters coming, and they’re joined on the buffet by Alaskan crab, fried shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops, steamed crabs, shrimp scampi, fresh local oysters, New England clam chowder, lobster bisque, lobster mac and cheese, barbecue pork ribs, filet mignon, prime rib, and plenty more entrées, salads, sides, and dessert (including a Häagen-Dazs sundae bar). The price may be steep at $98 per person, but with a little bit of planning you can easily get more than your money’s worth.
South Carolina: Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, Myrtle Beach and Kill Devil Hills
Captain George’s has two waterfront South Carolina locations, and they’re offering a spectacular fresh seafood feast. Alaskan snow crab legs, Dungeness crab legs, soft-shell crabs (in season), steamed shrimp and clams, mussels, crawfish, blackened mahi, broiled fish, fried oysters and scallops, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed clams, and she-crab soup are just a handful of their seafood offerings; other specialties include barbecue pork ribs, sirloin steak, mac and cheese, homemade breads, and more than 15 homemade desserts. It costs 20 bucks for kids 12 and under, and $36 for adults.
South Dakota: Sanaa’s Gourmet, Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls is the last place you’d expect to find a restaurant that serves some America’s finest vegetarian and vegan cuisine, but Sanaa’s Gourmet, run by chef and cookbook author Sanaa Abourezk, has been doing just that for more than a decade. Abourezk serves a full lunch and dinner menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes with a gourmet twist (along with a full gluten-free menu) along with a 10-item buffet for Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner. The buffet varies each week based on what’s fresh and in-season, but expect dishes including chicken shish tawook, tabbouleh, kibbeh, hummus, eggplant kufta, muhummara, falafel, saffron basmati rice pilaf, and a variety of breads and soups. There are always plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options, every item is cooked daily from scratch, they use only organic untreated flour and fresh-ground spices, and Abourezk can often be found doing most of the cooking herself. Add on the low price of the buffet ($11.95 for Saturday lunch and $15.95 for Friday and Saturday dinner), and you’ve got yourself a true winner.
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Tennessee: Brook Shaw's Old Country Store, Jackson
Picture in your mind’s eye your best approximation of what a place in Jackson, Tennessee, called Brook Shaw's Old Country Store would look like. Weathered wood, front porch, antiques on the walls, and plenty of home cookin’, right? You got it. Open nearly every day since 1965, the buffet at old-fashioned “whistlestop” Casey Jones Village serves a huge selection of country favorites, like country ham, turnip greens, cracklin’ cornbread, chess pie, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, pulled pork, fried catfish, pickled okra, ribs… If you’re a fan of down-home country cooking, Brook Shaw’s is a must-visit.
Texas: Allen’s Family Style Meals, Sweetwater
This humble, unassuming restaurant located in small-town Sweetwater (located about 40 minutes down I-20 from Abilene) has been in business since 1952, when Lizzie Allen began cooking fried chicken for locals, and today it’s run by two of Lizzie’s grandchildren, Billy and Suzan, and has become a must-visit for those in the know. Pay 10 bucks when you arrive, take a seat at a communal table, and you’ll be treated to a family-style feast of fried chicken (some of the best you’ll ever try), creamed corn, carrots, potatoes, mac and cheese, okra, beans, cobbler, and more, all prepared according to Lizzie’s old recipes. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
Utah: The Roof Restaurant, Salt Lake City
Overlooking Temple Square on the tenth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Downtown Salt Lake City, The Roof is a fine dining restaurant that also happens to serve a stunning dinner buffet Monday through Saturday nights. Prime rib, honey-baked ham, rotating entrées and pastas, potatoes, salads, shrimp cocktail, cold poached salmon with lemon and dill, cheeses, soups, and plenty of sides. It costs $42 for adults, $18 for kids 7-11, and $9 for children 4-6.
Vermont: Lucky Buffet, St. Albans
Located inside a nondescript building across the street from the St. Albans train station, Lucky Buffet serves a varied and ample buffet with a rotating selection of frequently restocked, freshly prepared dishes. The 5-year-old restaurant offers just about everything you’d expect from a Chinese buffet, including General Tso’s chicken, dumplings, shu mai, shrimp, lo mein, fried rice, and the like. It’s not blazing any new territory, but it does what it does extraordinarily well, for a price that tops out at $9.45.
Virginia: Sushi King, Various Locations
Sushi King has 11 locations all across Virginia, and offers a massive assortment of all-you-can-eat sushi and other Japanese fare in a sleek and modern setting. Twelve appetizers, 17 different types of sushi, 19 classic rolls, 23 different chef’s specialty rolls, and 19 different kitchen entrées are yours for the taking, all for $12.99 for lunch and $18.99 for dinner.
Washington: Salty’s on Alki Beach, Seattle
Located right on the water, Salty’s serves one of Seattle’s most popular weekend brunches, which features a stunning buffet loaded to the brim with fresh local seafood and brunchtime classics. Washington state Dungeness crab legs, Alaskan snow crab legs, peel and eat prawns, blackened steelhead, Puget Sound steamers and mussels, seafood chowder, salt-crusted salmon, smoked steelhead mousse, Taylor Shellfish oysters on the half shell, a variety of pastas, classic eggs Benedict, biscuits and country sausage gravy, cheesy bacon hash browns, mac and cheese, fresh-made omelettes, and a variety of salads are complemented by chocolate and caramel fountains with plenty of dippers for dessert and a “Make Your Own Mary” bar to wash it all down. Adults pay $54.99 on Saturdays and $59.99 on Sundays.
Washington, D.C.: Seasons, Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown
The super-luxe Four Seasons Georgetown is home to Seasons Restaurant, where power brokers and movers and shakers rub shoulders with regular folks in search of the city’s finest brunch buffet. For $85, diners can enjoy a selection of meat, fish, and game (grilled lamb chops, braised short ribs, Maryland crab cakes, seafood gumbo); seafood (shrimp cocktail, oysters, crab claws, house-smoked salmon, grilled octopus poke, blackened tuna, scallops, lobster salad, ceviche); salads (grilled endive, Cobb, escarole with caramelized pear, baby kale and Brussels sprouts); omelettes with fillings including shiitake mushrooms and jumbo lump crab; a wide variety of sides; assorted cheeses and charcuterie; Mexican street tacos; a Reuben sandwich station; and an astounding array of house-made desserts. Bring your appetite!
West Virginia: Quinet’s, New Martinsville
Thus humble and down-home eatery in Downtown Martinsville has been feeding the locals high-quality, classic American fare since the 1920s, and has been owned by the Quinet family (who changed the name) in 1941. Along with a full menu of classic breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, and comfort food entrées, the restaurant also offers a daily buffet featuring scratch-made dishes like barbecue ribs, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, Southern fried chicken, baked Swiss steak, and plenty of side dishes, all cooked according to old family recipes. This place is Americana at its finest.
Wisconsin: Amber Indian Cuisine, Middleton
Located in an unassuming strip mall, this bright and charming Indian restaurant has attracted legions of fans for its absolutely massive lunch buffet, served daily from 11:30 to 3. All the bases are covered here, along with some (delicious) surprises: chicken tikka masala, samosas, tandoor-baked naan, a variety of curries, chana masala, kati rolls, and more than a dozen more specialties, along with 12 different chutneys and a huge assortment of desserts. All that for just $11.35.
Wyoming: Bar J Chuckwagon, Wilson
You knew that the best all-you-can-eat deal in Wyoming was going to involve a chuckwagon one way or another, right? Because of course it does. Located at the 41-year-old Bar J Ranch in Jackson Hole, this nightly dinner begins at 7 p.m. on the dot (when the dinner bell rings, of course), and guests can treat themselves to an all-you-can-eat meal of a choice of barbecue shredded beef, boneless chicken breast, a beef and chicken combo, barbecue pork ribs, or a grilled 12-ounce ribeye along with endless baked potatoes, biscuits, beans, applesauce, spice cake, coffee, and lemonade. The price ranges from $25 to $35, but a visit to Bar J isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience. Now if only they served brunch!