There are several restaurants in the greater Phoenix area where you can get your fill for a very reasonable price. All-you-can-eat buffets are great for people who like to eat a lot, like lots of variety, but do not like to dress up. Buffets are popular with the kids, too.
When it comes to all-you-can-eat buffets, quantity is there, for sure. But, what about quality? It seems that buffet restaurants have some extra challenges when it comes to protecting patrons from food-borne illnesses. Keeping food at the correct temperature and many people having access to the foods items are really the main areas of concern. Read up on restaurant reports and safety records before you go.
All of these buffet restaurants in the Phoenix area serve at least lunch and dinner. Some serve breakfast, too.
Golden Corral is an American family-style restaurant chain in 41 U.S. states that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This popular chain has seven locations in the Phoenix metropolitan area including West Phoenix, Glendale, Goodyear, Surprise, Gilbert, East Mesa and Casa Grande. Golden Corral features a large all-you-can-eat buffet and grill offering 150 numerous hot and cold dishes, a carving station and their Brass Bell Bakery.
Old Country Buffet is an American chain restaurant with 168 locations throughout the U.S. that serves what they refer to as classic foods like fried chicken, baked fish, mac and cheese with lots of choices for sides, including soups and lots of salad choices. Beverages and desserts are included. There are three locations at the Phoenix Metrocenter, Glendale, and East Mesa.
Sweet Tomatoes is an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar chain restaurant. In addition to lots of veggies and salad fixings, you will find focaccia and pizza, a pasta bar and a baked potato bar. Its concept was born in southern California, as a healthy alternative to fast food. The restaurant boasts that it uses the freshest fruits and vegetables and makes soups and baked goods made from scratch. If you have eaten at a Souplantation, then you are familiar with Sweet Tomatoes, they are one and the same. There are seven Sweet Tomatoes locations in the Phoenix area: Ahwatukee Foothills, Arrowhead, Desert Ridge, Gilbert, Metrocenter, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Souper! Salad! is less focused on meats and sides and concentrates heavily on fresh vegetable and fruit salad ingredients. You'll also find a baked potato bar, made-from-scratch soups, various breads and desserts at Souper! Salad! There are two locations in the Phoenix area, one in the Phoenix Metrocenter and another in Mesa (Superstition Springs).
Cici's is known as a national pizza buffet chain restaurant with a lot more than just pizza such as salads, pasta, salad, soups and desserts. There are more than 400 franchises throughout 35 states. There are three locations in the Phoenix area, including downtown Phoenix, West Phoenix and Mesa (Superstition Springs).
Not all buffets are cheap. For example, in Scottsdale, you can find the popular Brazilian churrascaria, Fogo de Chao. This popular worldwide restaurant with its three-story flagship now in New York City got its beginnings in 1979 in Porto Allegre, Brazil. The grilled meats keep coming by roving gaucho chefs until you wave them off. This is an upscale dining experience.
With two Phoenix-area locations in Glendale and Chandler, this independently operated chain specializes in seafood including an array of sushi. The restaurant has more than 12 buffet tables and 200 freshly prepared items every day.
This sushi seafood buffet in the Chandler neighborhood offers build-your-own poke bowls, Asian-style hot entrees, soups, sushi, hibachi-grilled meats and scrumptious desserts. Senior citizens and children can get reduced rates.
Flavors of India in Phoenix features northern Indian cuisine. The restaurant offers a lunch buffet with chicken or vegetable dishes done in different ways with cream-based sauce, curry, lentils, spinach, and paneer (fresh farmer's cheese). Plain naan and rice are included. For dessert, you can choose rice pudding, mango pudding and fried balls of dough in sugar syrup.
You can expect to find 200 food selections prepared fresh every day including Chinese cuisine and Mongolian barbecue. Popular menu items include sushi, duck, and seafood selections such as snow crab legs, crab, oysters, crawfish, scallops, clams, mussels and calamari. There is one location in the Phoenix area in East Mesa. The restaurant offers discounts for seniors and children.
Lin's Grand Buffet is many restaurants in one. If you looking for a good steak restaurant with a choice selection of meats, you can find that there. If seafood or sushi is what you crave, then Lin's serves that up in an abundant way. Or, if you are in the mood for a good Asian meal, then you have a vast selection of dishes from various parts of Asia. There are two locations in Phoenix in South Phoenix and West Phoenix. This chain restaurant can also be found in New Mexico and Texas, too.
If you live or are planning travel in the Surprise area of Phoenix, you do not have to travel to Tempe, Mesa, or downtown Phoenix for a Chinese-style buffet, the China Buffet offers a similar dining experience with tons of Chinese entrees, seafood and sushi served at one price. Lines are long on Sundays, so plan ahead or go another day for less of a wait.
In North Phoenix, you can find Chinese standards, seafood and sushi much like you would expect from an Asian mega buffet-style restaurant at the New Super China Buffet. The food is fresh, the atmosphere is friendly and the restaurant is clean. The entrees are bottomless and the prices are super affordable. The restaurant is not as "new" as the name suggests, it has been around since at least 2013. The restaurant doesn't have a website, but the online reviews can give you an idea of how popular this restaurant is with local residents.