A buffet meal doesn’t have to be a dismal crapshoot of hours-old kitchen rejects drying out under yellowed heat lamps. Don’t settle! These Seattle area buffets are sure to provide you with fresh and tasty options for days.
India Gate | 3080 148th Ave SE, Suite 102, Bellevue | 425-747-1075
This Bellevue-based authentic Indian lunch buffet is the perfect place to duck in for some all-you-can-eat action on your lunch break. On weekdays between 11 a.m. and 2:30, pile your plate with a variety of fresh, scratch-made appetizers, entrees, sides, signature dishes, and desserts. Get adventurous, sample a bit of everything, and go back for seconds (or thirds!) of your favorites.
Harried & Hungry | 1415 3rd Ave | 206-264-7900
Make your own buffet! Order a catered platter for in-office delivery and indulge in an ultra-fresh group breakfast or lunch like no other. Catering menu fixtures are available in two sizes that feed up to 15 people, and each is served on a bio-compostable platter -- so your meal is friendly to both your tastebuds and the environment. Breakfast favorites include the combo platter (with local Essential Bakery pastries, housemade banana bread, and bagels with herbed creamed cheese) and hot coffee service. For lunch, try a giant salad bowl (chicken caesar, Mediterranean, pasta salad, and more) or a sandwich or wrap platter (each includes a variety of meat or veggie options on fresh-baked ciabatta or whole wheat tortillas).
The Grill from Ipanema | 2313 1st Ave | 206-457-4885
For a truly unique buffet experience, hit the Mesa de Frios (or “cold table”) at this Brazilian steakhouse in Belltown. Dinner at The Grill from Ipanema is served Rodizio-style -- a popular Brazilian dining tradition during which servers present tableside slow-roasted meat cuts. In addition to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, and veggies cooked in a special charcoal grill, bring your plate to the buffet for an extensive spread of cold cuts, cheeses, salads, and must-try Brazilian specialities.
Sprout | Multiple locations
It’s true: a good salad bar can be both healthy and craveworthy. Sprout proves this at its two locations in Pioneer Square’s Smith Tower and the Amazon campus in South Lake Union. Choose from more than ten specialty salads or wrap options (such as the popular BLT with steak, bacon, apples, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, radishes, and pickled red onions over romaine and spinach with apricot dijon vinaigrette) or build your own as you work your way down the line (select up to 4 toppings, 2 bases, and 2 dressings starting at less than $10). You’ll find many vegetarian and gluten-free options, and you can rest assured you’re feeding your body with the best organic and local produce and proteins around.