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!
New Mexico: Buffet 66 Fresh Market, Rio Puerco
courtesy Route 66 Casino Hotel
Seafood steals the spotlight at this newly renovated restaurant, nestled inside the Route 66 Casino. The incredible selection includes an all-you-can-eat clam bar and crabs on crabs on crabs. Insider tip: Visit on a holiday to score a two-for-one deal. Don’t miss these other ways to get great deals on everything.
New York: The Door, New York City
NYC is probably one of the only places outside of the Caribbean that can say it has an “elegant Jamaican buffet.” But one trip to The Door and you’ll definitely be wishing your hometown had one, too. Spend a couple of hours noshing on exotic island fare like jerk chicken, curried goat, and fried plantains. Wash it all down with sorrel, a sour raspberry drink made from hibiscus flowers. Learn the surprising foods you didn’t know were actually American.
North Carolina: Casey’s Buffet, Wilmington
courtesy Casey's Buffet
Leave it to North Carolina to have a barbecue-themed buffet like Casey’s, a family-owned institution known for its Southern soul food. Make sure you come hungry so you can gorge yourself on the all-you-can-eat ribs, chitlins, chicken gizzards, catfish, collard greens, and hush puppies. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you might even go for the pigs’ feet, which are popular with the locals. Then, try these unique foods that really do taste like chicken.
North Dakota: HuHot Mongolian Grill, Bismarck
Build, eat, repeat. That’s how it works at HuHot Mongolian Grill, a chain of all-you-can-eat stir-fry restaurants where you can create endless combinations of noodles, toppings, and sauces. Regardless of what you choose, your last course should definitely be the popular Cookie Dough Conquest: balls of cookie dough wrapped in a wonton and deep-fried. Here’s what your favorite foods say about your personality.
Ohio: The Farm, Cincinnati
Wedding venue and party hall by day, dangerously delicious buffet by night (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, that is). Sit down for a belly-busting meal of roast beef, baked ham, homestyle meatloaf, and more at one of the long tables inside The Farm’s eccentric dining room. Bonus: An endless stream of soft drinks and desserts are included as well. Here are the things restaurant owners wish they could tell you.
Oklahoma: Cajun King, Oklahoma City
Are you in the deep South or central Oklahoma? You won’t be able to tell when you step inside Cajun King. Underneath vibrant strands of Mardi Gras beads hanging from the ceiling, you’ll feast like a New Orleans roi (that’s French for king) on traditional Cajun and Creole specialties like red beans and rice, jambalaya, and sweet beignets. Consider it one of the places to celebrate Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans.
Oregon: K-Town Korean BBQ, Portland
There’s a reason Korean BBQ has such a cult following: it’s a little bit spicy, a little bit smoky, and 100 percent flavorful. And at K-Town, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat meat and veggies, which you’ll cook on a stovetop right in front of you at your table. The catch? You only have two hours to eat as much bulgogi and bok choy as you can. Ready, set, go! Tired of Portland? Try visiting this underrated Oregon city instead.
Pennsylvania: Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl
Juicy kielbasa, gooey mac and cheese, fluffy homemade dinner rolls… hungry yet? Hopefully, the answer is yes, because that’s exactly what you’ll need to be when you visit this legendary buffet. Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at its best, Shady Maple is known across the state for its hearty portions of classic comfort food. If you’re thinking of cooking yourself, try these comfort food recipes just like Grandma used to make.
Rhode Island: Nordic Lodge, Charlestowne
courtesy Nordic Lodge
Meet the restaurant that’s done the unthinkable: created an upscale gourmet buffet. There’s no other way to describe the smorgasbord at the Nordic Lodge, where guests feast on all-you-can-eat lobster, prime rib, fresh oysters and clams, and homemade cannolis for dessert. Don’t skimp on your servings, either—after all, your meal will cost you $98! Then, learn the 50 hidden gems in each state.
South Carolina: The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, Myrtle Beach
courtesy The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood
A buffet just isn’t a buffet if you don’t leave feeling like you never want to eat again. That’s how stuffed you’ll be after a trip to this Lowcountry landmark, which serves up any and every type of seafood imaginable, straight from the intercoastal waterways (yes, there’s even “crawdaddys” on the menu). Bonus: There’s an attached aquarium for the little ones to wander through. Check out these under-the-radar places to visit around the country.