The Best All-You-Can-Eat Buffet in Every State
Pile up your plate with everything from fried chicken and mashed potatoes to sushi and stir fry at the best buffets across the country. Come hungry!
Hawaii: 100 Sails, Honolulu
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Idaho: Madhuban Indian Cuisine, Boise
You’ll likely have to wait for a table during lunchtime at this popular Indian joint—but the food is well worth it. The buffet features a variety of both traditional and modern eastern eats, from spicy fish curry spooned over fluffy basmati rice to freshly baked naan stuffed with minced lamb. If you’re looking to spice up you’re own food, here are some Indian spices to try for everyday cooking.
Illinois: Red Apple Buffet, Chicago
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A buffet, but make it Polish. That’s the idea behind this Chicago eatery, which brings “old country” cooking to the Windy City. Besides the wildly popular pierogis (stuffed with everything from spinach and cheese to fresh berries), other tasty items include Polish kielbasa with sauerkraut, schnitzel, and cabbage rolls. Have you ever wondered why Chicago is called the “Windy City”?
Indiana: Gasthof Amish Village, Indiana
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For an authentic Amish meal, stop at this Indiana institution nestled among rolling farmlands. Inside the rustic building (which was also built by the Amish!), you’ll sit down to a table full of stick-to-your-ribs foods, like baked ham and creamy mashed potatoes and mile-high meringue pies for dessert. After eating, browse the gift shop stocked with handcrafted souvenirs and decor. Make sure you also know to try the most delicious food found in every state.
Iowa: Farmer’s Pick, Waterloo
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Don’t let the fact that this buffet is located inside a casino fool you. True to its name, Farmer’s Pick features farm-to-table dishes made using locally-sourced produce, meat, eggs, and herbs from nearby farmers. Psst: Don’t leave without indulging in one of their renowned chocolate eclairs, oozing with sweet cream. Take a look at what the 50 states designed out of food looks like.
Kansas: Doo-Dah Diner, Wichita
To take advantage of this laid-back eatery’s buffet, you’ll have to show up in time for brunch on Sunday. There, you’ll get to taste a little bit of everything off Doo-Dah Diner‘s made-from-scratch breakfast menu, like the crispy corned beef hash or crab cake benedict with a side of maple pepper bacon. Want to make your own morning meal at home? Try one of these delicious brunch recipes.
Kentucky: Good Foods Co-Op, Lexington
Good Foods has an amazing hot lunch buffet and salad bar. The best part is that they source many local ingredients. In their online reviews, people rave about the way they cook their kale. That’s when you know it must be really good!
Louisiana: House of Seafood Buffet, Bush
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Spicy seafood gumbo and friendly customer service make House of Seafood the best buffet in Louisiana. From a raw bar stocked with fresh oysters and mussels to fried gator and everything in between, it’s every seafood lover’s dream. Be sure to try the crawfish, which the locals swear by, while you’re there. But, make sure you know these seafood facts that’ll change how you eat.
Maine: Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
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Open to the public, this college dining hall is more gourmet dining than school cafeteria. Browse the daily rotating menu online before heading to the campus, where you can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner for less than $7 while enjoying a stunning view of the Maine coastline. And a few times throughout the year, the college hosts special luncheons cooked by the culinary arts students. Find out the real difference between a college and a university.
Maryland: Nepal House, Baltimore
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With a motto like “the real taste of the Himalayas,” this Baltimore buffet is a destination for anyone who loves Indian food. The daily lunch spread includes every spicy, savory, and sweet specialty you could want, from biryani to kabab. But the ultimate Nepalese must-order is the Thakali Thali, which is rice, curry, mixed lentils, spinach, and wild black pepper pickle. Adventurous eaters will also love these healthy lunch ideas from around the globe.