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Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants

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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/05/27 21:57:46 (permalink)
    Being new to Roadfood.com, it may be inappropriate to comment on two all-you-can-eat restaurants which are not included in your list of Top Ten such restaurants. If that be the case I apologize for this posting. However, this topic brought to mind two most delicious such restaurants in and near ElDorado, AR (south central AR). One is Abe's Original Old Feed House Restaurant at Lawson, AR (a country crossroads 10 mi. east of ElDorado). This is the first of a now small chain of Old Feed House Restaurants, but being the original and being located in an old country store building, it is the best & most unique of the group. It's only open like 4 or 5 PM to 9 PM Thurs. thru Sat. evenings. All you can eat offerings are fried catfish (one of their specialties), boiled & fried shrimp, other seafood items, barbequed ribs & other barbeque items, fried chicken, variety of salads, vegetables, and desserts (with huge homemade cinnamon rolls being another specialty). Usually full, busy, loud, but most delicious & enjoyabale; a fun place. Another great all you can eat place in ElDorado proper is, of all places, Ryan's Steak House (of the Ryan's chain). I would certainly never put any other Ryan's in which I've ever eaten into any "all time best" category, but there is just something about the variety and quality of food at the ElDorado Ryan's which totally sets it heads & shoulders above all the others and in the category of "among the best ever all you can eats". I've heard a number of other people express this same surprising opinion.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/05/28 04:30:42 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by AndyNYC1

    My feeling is that you're not supposed to eat all you can. I've tried. It hurts.


    Hand-stitched sampler on the wall at the late, great Mendenhall Hotel in Mississippi: EAT 'TIL IT OUCHES " />
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/05/28 12:11:11 (permalink)
    Folks in southern new england like the Nordic Lodge in Charlestown, R.I. for all you can eat. The viking buffet includes lobster and other seafood, various steaks, chicken, salads and sides and many different deserts. I think its $50.00 per person, but most people could probably eat that much in just lobster. If you can eat 20, you get 20. I've only been there once, and sort of expected it to be as AndyNYC1 describes, but it was actually quite good and relatively sedate, considering.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/05/30 16:17:07 (permalink)
    If you're ever near Lancaster, PA you need to try the Willow Valley Smorgassbord. Wonderful home cooking and plenty of it. It consists of about 50 feet of all types of down home PA Dutch food, and the desserts are out of the world. Atmosphere is very nice, it's not a run down place, and the prices are super.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/05/31 20:05:59 (permalink)
    The best all-you-can-eat place I've ever been to is in Orlando, Florida. If my memory serves me right, it's called Boston Lobster Feast. Anyway, it was $25 per person, plus drinks (I think). It was worth every penny! They had prime rib, whole lobsters, and every kind of seafood you could imagine, plus salads and desserts. I can't wait to go back...a long way from Iowa, though!
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/06/03 19:43:51 (permalink)
    O-Nami Japanese Seafood Buffet in Torrance, CA. All you can eat fresh sushi and sashimi (and I'm very picky about it being fresh), teriyaki chicken, stuffed lobsters (6 is my record-----so far!) and stuffed shrimp almost as big as the lobsters. Salads, desserts and lots of hot and cold entress. Top it off with a bill of $22 a person and it's truly a find!
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/06/03 19:46:30 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Plantation Buffet in Athens, Georgia for breakfast or lunch.
    Spiced Right Bar-B-Q in Lilburn, Georgia for the buffet line.
    Shealy's Bar-B-Q in Batesburg/Leesville, South Carolina.
    Jackie Hite's Bar-B-Que right up the street from Shealy's and around the corner, next to the railroad track.
    The rest evade my memory: I'm trying to lose 30 more pounds. Salad bar, here I come, crunching away those calories!
    Shrinkingly (But Not Violet!), Ort. Carlton in Athens, GA.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/06/03 19:59:58 (permalink)
    In Owensboro, Kentucky, the Moonlite BBQ. See the review by the Stern's in the books or on this website. We love to visit the Moonlite with visitors to this area. It is a 99.2 mile drive from home to that wonderful Buffet...and that is just the distance/time needed to focus one's appetite on the coming experience.
    Mutton, Brisket, Pulled pork, Ribs, Chicken, Ham, Plenty of hot and cold side dishes, and at least 5 varieties of pies and cobblers plus a few cakes and soft serve for those needing a sweet-tooth release. It is on Slow-Time, while Louisville (and Us) are on Fast time...this means that we gain an hour on the way, and lose it coming home...It makes the trip seem less "long".
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/06/03 20:05:18 (permalink)
    Boomtown Casino, west of Reno about 6 miles off of I-80, their seafood buffet is great, all you can eat lobster, peel and eat shrimp, oysters; on the half shell or shooters, oysters w/ spinach, bacon and garlic, clams casino, crab claws and legs, scallops, etc. Cost about 20 bucks, less for kids. Also the Reno Hilton Sunday buffet. I can't leave out John Asquaga's Nugget in Sparks, Nevada. Also good are Tony's Thai lunch and dnner buffet in Fallon, Nevada, about 60 miles east of Reno and any Basque restaurant in Winnemuuca, Nevada, especially the Martin Hotel. Although only have a maximum of 2 Picon Punches, a third will require a ride home from the local gendarme, which they will provide if they are not busy. the Overland in Fallon is also quite good, plus they have a great bar. Enjoy

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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/06/24 15:33:54 (permalink)
    I have been to some great buffets in my time, and all are defunct or not what they used to be. I guess there are limits on what people will pay for a buffet, and putting on the same spread now that cost ten bucks in the 70s and charging $30 or $40 must not be an option. So, places economize or die.

    I did go to one place recently that impressed me - the Virginia City Buffet in Bally's Wild West Casino, in Atlantic City. The price was (I think) $18.95 and the lines were long (reservations were requested). However, the quality and variety were much better than the typical buffet. At dinner, you get a coupon good for a steak or part of a roasted chicken at the grill. Then, there's the usual salad bar, there's a small Italian section, a Chinese section, a deli section, and I forget what else - let's just say a LOT of variety. Big dessert section too.

    For variety, this is easily the best buffet I've visited since the 70s (I'm not counting buffets with a narrower focus, like barbecue restaurants, or restaurants that just serve large portions). I imagine Vegas has a lot better, but for those of you limited to the east coast, it'll do.

    (P.S. While in AC I also tried White House Subs, recommended here. The Sterns were right. I know of no better sub shop anywhere. It is in a seedy part of town, so try to get there before dark).
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2003/06/24 20:17:31 (permalink)
    Mandalay Bay Casino Las Vegas. Bay Side Buffet. Especially Sunday/Holiday Brunch. Wow. This is like something a king would expect. It is good beyond words. From the Champagn to the Prime Rib and the fantastic dessert concoctions it is an experience you must have once. (at least). The bill is $23.00 before tax.

    This buffet should be top priority on any lifetime buffet "to go" list. I am not more than a $10./day gambler. My #1 reason to go to Vegas, is the buffets. There are good reviews on all the buffets in the Las Vegas Journal online.

    Mandalay Bay has a website. Look it up and fly to Vegas but be there on a Sunday or holiday for this treat.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/04 11:51:29 (permalink)
    Las Vegas: Bellagio lunch buffet: several kinds of shrimp, 4 kinds of mashed potatoes.

    Houston: Rio Ranch daily breakfast buffet: best waffles ever, with fruit and serve-yourself homemade whipped cream, omelets made to order, eggs benedict on Sunday.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/04 12:05:12 (permalink)
    Are you folks trying to let me know that there is no more $2.95, all-you-can-eat seafood at the San Jacinto Inn in Texas?
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/04 12:08:58 (permalink)


    In Virginia Beach, Captain George's Seafood Buffet has an absolutely huge buffet. It's pricey, something like $30 for dinner, but you talk about.....! The buffet table is 50 feet long and there's every kind of seafood plus non-seafood items as well. They have a location in Williamsburg and also Myrtle Beach too, but I've been told that the Va. Beach location (the original, I think) remains the best.

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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/04 13:32:56 (permalink)
    When in Bangor, Maine, try Miller's Restaurant. It's got a great local reputation (always a good sign), and I must say the food is particularly tasty for a buffet. You can also order off the menu. The buffet has separate tables for italian, mexicana, and Chinese, a make-your-own-pizza table and a separate alcove for desserts. Nothing too exotic, but if I remember right, the cost is only $12.95 or so.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/04 13:41:13 (permalink)
    I miss the Gold Buffet in North Kansas City. Years ago, it was a sweet place.

    There can be a big difference between "all you can eat" and "all you'll care to eat." I've been in places where all I cared to eat was not very much.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/05 01:17:10 (permalink)
    New Orleans Manor in Nashville, TN.

    It's been more than five years since I last ate there.... but I hear it is still the same. Last visit it was $35. That include prime rib, King Crab legs that were the diameter of a 50c piece, and allready cracked for you. Seafood Island, Dessert Island. Everything was far above average and when you get back with your new plate of food, there is a fresh linen napkin, refilled drink, and mess cleaned away.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 11:29:50 (permalink)
    We now have 3 chinese buffets. All have opened in the last 5 years. The first one that opened, was sub-par, but still exists. The second one was a Mongolian BBQ Buffet. Rating is ok, but not as good as some I ate at in California. The 3rd one, World Buffet, is the best. They have over 150 items on the tables. They do offer a little non-chinese and a type of pizza for kids (never tried it). The Chinese table has everything from fried rice to General Tso's chicken, Mongolian Beef, Kung Poa chicken, salted shrimp, in other words, a wide variety. You can also order from the menu and the food is prepared from your order. They have a hot and sour soup that is to kill for. The Szechuan, Hunan and some Mongolian are spiced hot, not mild, HOT.

    We have another 3-4 Chinese resteraunts here, but I will put World Buffet up against any of them.

    One of the funny things about all the Chinese resteraunts here, they have quit serving Chinese style BBQ ribs. Within a year, they ALL stopped.

    The best part is, if you don't feel like going there, you can order off the menu and if the order is over $15, they will deliver @ no charge.

    Yeah, about once a month.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 11:38:14 (permalink)
    Quote "One of the funny things about all the Chinese resteraunts here, they have quit serving Chinese style BBQ ribs. Within a year, they ALL stopped".

    This thought was posted by another on the previous post. Somehow I get the feeling that all the Chinese buffets are owned by the same group. We have many in Knoxville and I notice that the decor, lighting and pictures are are the same. The buffets have different names but the menu, taste and appearance is exactly the same????

    Perhaps it is the same in your area? Regardless, it is getting very tired very quick.

    Mandarin House in Knoxville is the only Chinese Buffet that I enjoy and I am beginning to worry about them as they have been expanding at a exponentially fast pace. I do not believe their quality will survive.

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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 13:29:21 (permalink)
    Maybe they use the same wholesalers? The Chinese buffets around here do have a few of the same items but all are different, and none are as good as they were a few years ago. It may be a trend that has run it's course. Several around here have converted back to a la carte dining. It is not uncommon to find pizza, mashed potatos, and french fries on a "Chinese" buffet around here.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 13:36:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Bill B.

    I miss the Gold Buffet in North Kansas City. Years ago, it was a sweet place.

    There can be a big difference between "all you can eat" and "all you'll care to eat." I've been in places where all I cared to eat was not very much.

    billyb,
    I won tickets for the Foster Brooks show there. I still remember my friend and I attending
    the buffet and Show.The owner's name was Carrol,
    (can you remember the last name?) and Foster kept making fun of him. Seemed quite extravagant for KC, but in a rat pack sort of way, in the '70's.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 13:44:12 (permalink)
    Nope. I can't say whether or not they are part of chains, if so, it is different chains. The sub-par buffet has a similar looking buffet in Northern Wisconsin. The World Buffet may also be part of a chain, but they are far superior in food preperation, taste, variety, quality of product, in every way possible. Their resteraunt is much cleaner and brighter in appearance from the other buffets.

    My remark about Chinese BBQ spare ribs was about ALL the Chinese resteraunts in town, not just the buffets. Counting the buffets, we have a total of 8 -10 chinese resteraunts and none offer BBQ ribs anymore.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 13:54:16 (permalink)
    Out here in Seattle, we have a few all you can eat sushi places.

    All are more than viable -- none spectacular. Always more than well worth the price charged.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 13:55:17 (permalink)
    While I can't say I have ever had outstanding food at an all you can eat place. Some of the better ones I have experienced were Master Grill in New York and the first Churrascaria to open in Danbury (now closed). Chinese buffets are always mediocre. I always thought it would be funny to name and all-you-can eat place "Ralph's". Get it!?
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 13:58:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by bill voss

    quote:
    Originally posted by Bill B.

    I miss the Gold Buffet in North Kansas City. Years ago, it was a sweet place.

    There can be a big difference between "all you can eat" and "all you'll care to eat." I've been in places where all I cared to eat was not very much.

    billyb,
    I won tickets for the Foster Brooks show there. I still remember my friend and I attending
    the buffet and Show.The owner's name was Carrol,
    (can you remember the last name?) and Foster kept making fun of him. Seemed quite extravagant for KC, but in a rat pack sort of way, in the '70's.


    I grew up 7 blocks from the Gold Buffet. Carrol Meyer(s?) and his family owned it. Spent alot of time in the bowling alley that was connected to it while I was in Junior High, although I wasn't supposed to. My then boyfriend worked as a busser and dishwasher at the Buffet, so I hung out in the kitchen sometimes. There were 3 separate kitchens actually. A very old woman made all the pies from scratch and offered me a job there. I was 15 years old therefore, my mother wouldn't allow me to accept the job. She didn't want me around the boyfriend that much! They regularly had some pretty big name entertainment. It was a curious place, rat packy is a good description. Carrol Meyers' son owns a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, one of the few locally owned non - chain restaurants there.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/21 14:54:24 (permalink)
    When my wife and I were on our Florida Honeymoon in 1981 on our second day we discovered Duff's Smorgasbord in Ft Myers, across the bridge from our location on Sanibel Island. Several vists later and 12 pounds heavier, our honeymoon was over. I don't think they are around anymore, but what a great variety of food for a very reasonable price.

    The worst: The Olive Garden (It wasn't my idea). They had one of those promotions of "bottomless pasta and salad", except every serving kept getting skimpier and skimpier, while they kept asking us, very pointedly, if we wanted more wine. "No, I think two glasses is enough since there's no way to get out of here except by car". I've never been back (not that I wanted to go in the first place). -----Ken
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/22 07:31:00 (permalink)
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    Are you folks trying to let me know that there is no more $2.95, all-you-can-eat seafood at the San Jacinto Inn in Texas?

    If you ate at the San Jacinto Inn for omly $2.95, then you gotta be older'n dirt. Maybe even older'n me!
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/22 09:08:02 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by ken8038

    When my wife and I were on our Florida Honeymoon in 1981 on our second day we discovered Duff's Smorgasbord in Ft Myers, across the bridge from our location on Sanibel Island. Several vists later and 12 pounds heavier, our honeymoon was over. I don't think they are around anymore, but what a great variety of food for a very reasonable price.

    The worst: The Olive Garden (It wasn't my idea). They had one of those promotions of "bottomless pasta and salad", except every serving kept getting skimpier and skimpier, while they kept asking us, very pointedly, if we wanted more wine. "No, I think two glasses is enough since there's no way to get out of here except by car". I've never been back (not that I wanted to go in the first place). -----Ken

    [:P] Ah, good old Duff's Smorgasbords. I fondly remember the one in Urbana, Ohio. They had moving food (think of an airline baggage conveyor belt)steam pans where you stood still at a serving island and dished out your selections as they moved by you. I remember gorging on their Sweet and Sour Chicken and starting to choke, the whole place started getting quiet as everyone started wondering if the Heimlich maneuver would be necessary, fortunately it wasn't.
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    RE: Top Ten All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants 2005/01/22 12:35:30 (permalink)
    The Peppermill Hotel and Casino "Island Buffet"............. in Reno Nevada.
    This is not your cheap Army chow hall type of buffet that one finds in small town USA.
    Check out this link to their menu.............
    http://www.peppermillreno.com/restaurants/islandmenu.html



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