All-you-can eat buffets often feature low prices but sub-quality food. However, at these Miami restaurants, feast as much as you want on their top-notch buffets. These outlets don’t skimp on quality. They offer a plethora of different flavors at reasonable prices. Don’t be fooled by the generic neon “Buffet” sign. Check these places out instead.
Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine
2500 E Hallandale Beach Blvd
Hallandale, FL 33009
Lunch Buffet: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tucked into a shopping plaza before the sand and surf of Hallandale Beach, Padrino’s has been a Cuban delicacy since 1976. Its $9 weekday lunch buffet features a host of items, ranging from two types of soup, salad, multiple varieties of rice and lots of meat. The meat items are especially noteworthy. Whether you choose the shredded pork, roasted chicken or shredded beef, it’s packed with flavors from special seasoning and grilled onions.
Ginza Japanese Buffet
16153 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Buffet: Sun to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Ginza opened on New Year’s Eve, 2010 as a much-needed surprise for the North Miami Beach area. Hand-made sushi rolls combined with a Chinese food section and stir-fry area allow for an excellent assortment of food. Sushi rolls include shrimp tempura and California rolls. A variety of cold salads are also available, ranging from crab to calamari. The hot food section includes tempura-fried vegetables, pepper steak and pork chops. You can even try your hand at cocktail shrimp or raw oysters. This buffet has it all – and it all tastes good.
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4465 N University Drive
Lauderhill, FL 33351
Buffet: Lunch Tues to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brunch Sun – 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dinner Fri to Sun – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
You’ll get a mind boggling array of flavors at Bombay Grill with each visit. Every Indian delicacy is presented in silver trays during the lunch buffet – butter chicken, chicken masala and a rotating handful of classic Indian dishes with helpful descriptions. The lunch buffets are offered from Tuesday through Saturday, all falling under $10. To stray away from traditional lunchtime dishes, pay a visit during lunch on Sunday or dinner time on Friday through Sunday with $15 for all you can eat. These more expensive buffets offer a more expansive menu of Indian dishes for your tasting.
124 S Federal Highway
Hallandale, FL 33009
Lunch Buffet: Mon to Fri – 11:30 to 3 p.m.
This lunch buffet features freshly baked bread and a full array of Italian food. The buffet usually consists of two meat dishes, salad, soup and whole-wheat pasta dishes. This restaurant is known for its pricy, fancy dinner entrees, but you’ll get the same atmosphere for less than half the price at the buffet. If you’re not feeling an all-you-can-eat meal, choose from Acquolina’s regular lunch menu. But with a price like $8.95, it’s hard to say no to the idea of endless trips through the buffet line, offering hearty Italian cuisine with every round.
The Knife Restaurant
401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
Buffet: Sun to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Bayside Marketplace has several notable restaurants, but they’re often expensive. The Knife is also pricy, but the resulting meal is worth more than you pay. This Argentinian steakhouse offers cuts of meat like sirloin steak, skirt steak, short ribs, veal breast and grilled sausage to fill you up. Side options (if you get that far) include Waldorf and Caprese Salads and ceviche. Desserts are an entirely different story, ranging from rice pudding to jello to flan with caramel and cream. Pay under $26 any day of the week to consume a plentiful lunch, or save your appetite for later and pay just under $30 for one of the most filling dinners (if done right) in the area.
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Anthony Cave is a freelance journalist based in North Miami Beach, Fla. He has written for The Miami Herald, Broward/Palm Beach New Times, CruiseCritic.com and he also interns at WLRN-Miami Herald News. His work can be found at Examiner.com.