On those days where one appetizer, entree and dessert simply isn’t enough, a great buffet is the way to go. It’s ideal for getting a wide variety of dishes and satisfying any craving. Here are some new places to visit this year. You’re guaranteed to leave with a full belly.Please note that several of these restaurants only offer buffets on select days.
1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Warmdaddy’s celebrates the Southern rhythm and blues experience with live music and comedians, warm and friendly atmosphere and a menu of “down-home” favorites. Dinner is offered every night of the week, but the Sunday brunch is particularly popular. Visit between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy a live jazz performance and elaborate buffet. Look forward to soul food classics such as cheddar cheese grits, fried chicken, candied yams, cornbread, peel and eat shrimp, homefries, seafood salad and biscuits, plus an omelet station, ever-changing waffle station (with specialties like sweet potato waffles), fruit, desserts and more. This Southern-style feast is priced at $24.95 (excluding beverages, tax and tip) on most Sundays and $25.95 on holidays. Reservations are required.
Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse
7500 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Sweet Lucy’s is known for its Southern-style barbecue with authentic hickory-smoked color, smell and flavor. Beef brisket, turkey, chicken, pulled pork: it’s all cooked low and slow, producing meat that’s tender, juicy and flavorful. You can come in Tuesday through Saturday to order a la carte, but Monday night is the time to visit to try a bit of everything. From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sweet Lucy’s offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with smoked meats, favorite sides like baked mac and cheese, homemade cornbread, baked beans and mashed potatoes, as well as fresh rolls, assorted desserts and fountain drinks. The cost is $21.99 per person. Children 5 to 10 years old eat for half price, and children under 5 eat for free.
7152 Ogontz Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19138
When you’re the self-proclaimed “best all-you-can-eat brunch buffet in Philly,” you have to deliver on the promise. Relish aims to do just that on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. With a 40-foot buffet of modern Southern dishes and breakfast and lunch favorites, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The Challah French toast and creamy cheese grits with shrimp are popular breakfast options, while the crispy fried chicken and fried fish are lunch highlights. In addition, there are two made-to-order stations: one for pasta and the other for waffles and omelets. Seasonal fresh salads and homemade desserts complete the feast. Brunch is $24.95 per person.
Fogo de Chao
1337 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fogo de Chao is a unique dining experience that combines tableside service, family-style dining and a buffet all in one meal. At this churrasco-style Brazilian restaurant, gaucho chefs slice and serve fire-roasted meats right at your table. To accompany the meats, you’ll also enjoy traditional sides such as cheesy bread rolls, polenta and rice and beans served family-style. In addition to the unlimited meats and sides brought to your table, the “Market Table” offers a buffet of fresh salads, sides and cheeses that are inspired by markets in Brazil. Dinner is priced at $52.95 (excluding beverages, dessert, tax or gratuity), and lunch is offered Monday through Friday for $35.95. If you’d like to skip the meats and simply enjoy the Market Table buffet, you can dine for just $24.95. You can also opt for the sea bass plus Market Table instead of the full churrasco experience for $42.95 per person. Children 6 years and under eat for free, and children 7 to 12 years are half price.
1100 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Priced at just $12.99 for dinner and $7.99 for lunch, Ruby Buffet is the most affordable buffet on the list. The Pennsport spot offers a great assortment of Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine, along with plenty of soups, salads and desserts. Snow crab legs, coconut chicken, stuffed flounder, leg of lamb and beer-battered shrimp are just a few favorites, but with over 200 dishes that rotate regularly, there’s always something new to try. Brunch is also available on Sundays.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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