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National Buffet Day: Top 5 Spots

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It seems fitting to me that National Buffet Day comes right on the heels of New Year Eve and National Bloody Mary Day.  The origins of the buffet comes from 16th century Sweden and the Brannvinsbord or Schnapps Table.  This tradition was in its hay-day during the early 18th century and evolved into a more modern form during the expansion of railroad systems throughout Europe.  The term “Smorgasbord” became internationally known at the 1939 New York World’s Fair when the Swedes used the buffet concept to showcase their wonderful foods for the masses.
In the U.S. buffets are seen across the country at chain restaurants such as the Old County Buffet, Golden Coral, Sweet Tomatoes, Cici’s Pizza and Pancho’s Mexican Buffet just to name a few.  America’s favorite fun time destination of Las Vegas is known the world over for its over the top A-Y-C-E Buffets where people like myself spend way more time refilling our plates rather than at the casinos and shows.  There are so many great buffets out there, it is hard to pick the best ones.  But, I am going to give you my top five anyway.
1)  Copper Chimney:  New York City – If you love Indian food, this place is a must.  Their sixteen course buffet includes specialties from both Northern and Southern India.  The Chickpeas stewed with onions, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds and the spicy Lamb Stew with apricots and crisp potatoes hit the spot.  Enjoy baskets of fresh Naan constantly being replenished at your table and only be set back $9.95 at lunch time.
2)  The Bellagio:  Las Vegas – This place serves over 4,000 guests everyday.  The 12 food stations are constantly turning over fresh seafood, pasta’s, pizza’s, making stir fry and carving your Prime Rib.  The gourmet weekend dinner also features Kobe Beef and King Crab Legs.  Prices range from $14.95 for breakfast to $35.95 for the high-end dinner.
3)  The Veranda, Grand Hotel:  Stockholm – Enjoy incredible views of the Royal Palace while dining on the centuries old Swedish tradition of the Smorgasbord.  Feast on smoked Reindeer Sausage, Herring scented with Cumin, all kinds of Salmon and the National dish of Swedish Meat Balls with Lingonberries.  They also have themed menu weeks throughout the year celebrating the changing of the seasons.  This Smorgasbord is $62 per person.  

Royal Palace Sweden

Royal Palace Sweden

4)  Cafe Fleuri, Langham Hotel:  Boston – This is the chocolate lovers dream.  The 125 dessert buffet features Boston Cream Pie, Chocolate Croissant Pudding, Mexican Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Marshmallows, a Crepe Station, Truffles, Whoopie Pies, a three tier Fondue Station and more.  This extravaganza takes place Saturday’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Adults $42, Children up to age 12 $29.  Anyone under four eats for free.
5) The  Lady & Sons:  Savannah, Georgia – The Dean family and staff turn out all you care to eat Southern staples such as Collard Greens, Black-eyed Peas, Butter Beans, Squash Casserole, Mac N Cheese, Rice and Gravy and of course Fried Chicken.  Save some space for Peach Cobbler or Banana Pudding.

Lady & Sons Restaurant

Lady & Sons

As I said, this only scratches the surface of all the great buffets out there world wide so I am leaving you with a video of the Breakfast Buffet from the St. Regis Bali Resort in Indonesia.  
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