What is more American then an All You Can Eat buffet?? With unlimited amounts of food and dessert from hundreds of items, you can't go wrong. So we hunted down the 12 'best of the best' buffets from around the country to symbolize the good ol' American tradition of pigging out, buffet style! (...the buffet was actually invented in France, but don't tell anyone)
If you haven't guessed it by now, Vegas the home of the super-buffet comes in at #1 for the Greatest All-You-Can-Eat Buffets in America. And in the land of buffets, one stands out as the best - The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars. Wagyu beef sliders, Japanese curry and red velvet pancakes are just some of the 500 items at this $100 million budget buffet. Designed to give the foodie items from around the world, this buffet of buffets even offers made to order mini souffles to go with your french-imported champagne. Wow.
Situated on 20 acres of manicured gardens surrounded by a nature preserve sits The Manor Restaurant. With a team of artisans including a father/son ice sculpting team, a master gardener, and an onsite bakery, what more can you ask for in New Jersey. Throw in a special lobster buffet with carving stations of lamb, prime rib, and turkey and a Viennese style desert table and you have a top 12 buffet in the making!
Leave it to Missouri to hit yet another 'best of the best' list homerun! Charley's Buffet in Lincoln may be the best buffet outside of Vegas and don't take it from us. 600 people a day wait in line for this award winning buffet. Only open 2 nights each week, Charleys offers everything seasoned buffet goers look for including a 30 foot dessert bar with every type of pie ever made!
Want to enjoy a buffet from Napal and Tibet in a 1864 Victorian (and reportedly haunted) home? ...only if it has it's own brewery inside! That's what you can expect at the Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Colorado. With all you can eat chicken tikka masala and a flight of house-crafted beers you won't mind a ghost or two!
What would a top buffet list be without a southern cookin' buffet? Located somewhere between Memphis and Nashville is another top buffet in America. Brook Shaw's Old Country Store restaurant is located in the heart of Casey Jones land dedicated all to the famous Casey Jones. What makes this buffet great (on top of the amazing southern cooking) is that is also has an ice cream parlor AND a fudge shop. (ps. Casey Jones was a railroad engineer who saved many lives back in 1900 ..we weren't sure either)
Love Ocean City? Love seafood? Then Horizons Oceanfront restaurant is for you. Chilled (and hot) snow crab legs, raw oysters, clams, chilled shrimp and their very tender and moist prime rib line the ocean-viewed windows of the restaurant. And once you finished eating, grab a drink or two as the restaurant turns into a night club!
Like polish sausage, pierogies and sauerkraut? How about 3 rooms of it! The award winning Red Apple Buffet in Chicago has plenty of food in it's Polish-themed buffet. For desert, try their endless stacks of different pastries and other European delights!
Why yes that IS a mermaid swimming in the distance! Waikiki's The Oceanarium Restaurant is the only buffet that lets you eat seafood WITH the seafood. A giant, two story aquarium filled with local marine wildlife surround you while you dine on some great food. Come on your birthday or special occasion and the diver/mermaid will swim by with a Happy Birthday sign just for you!
When the owner of a buffet is called the 'Seafood King', you know you're in for some great food. Located in the heart of Cajun country, Lagneaux's is known for it's famous seafood platters. Catfish Courtboulion, Shrimp Maquechou, and other things I can't pronounce line the buffet as well as exotic meats such as alligator and frog legs!
Take one of America's best golf courses, add one casino and you have the ingredients of another world class buffet location. The Wandering Horse Buffet is located at the Talking Stick Resort and Golf course in Scottsdale. With Kobe beef steaks, unlimited lobster claws, and a bacon carving station, you'll forget about that 110 you shot on the course or $50 you lost on roulette.
What better buffet to enjoy in Ohio's Amish country than a traditional, everything home cooked, Amish buffet at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen. Family style and theme buffets with one of a kind items right from local farms make this buffet stand out from the rest. Dishes change daily but the homemade sweet rolls and award winning fried chicken are a must!
Located on America's oldest military base, Fort Monroe, rises the century old historic Chamberlin. Recognized by Virginians everywhere, The Chamberlin opens it's doors to the public for an amazing waterfront buffet. Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, foodies can enjoy top buffet items such as their full seafood bar and prime rib station. Add some complementary mimosas and champagne and we were ready to go up for seconds... and thirds.