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10 baller buffets to enjoy and enjoy and... enjoy

Like the country it governs, DC is a veritable melting pot of cultures, and frequently those cultures will line up those pots, add plates, cutlery, and a sneeze guard, and make a buffet. Making sure you stretch your dollar, waistline, and sense of plate-loading ethics, we tracked down the finest all-you-can-eats in the city…

Diya Restaurant
Diya Restaurant ()
Tysons Corner
You've got to head outside the Beltway if you want to reach Diya in Tysons Corner, where they cater to the office crowd with never-ending (and delicious) naans, curries, and rice puddings -- but it's totally worth it, and there are great options for both carnivores and veggies alike.

Mirage Cafe ()
Falls Church
This Peruvian-slash-Middle Eastern eatery fuses the unlikeliest of culinary traditions, then gives you literally as much as you can eat of them. You'll find kabobs, a selection of baklava, and ceviche, all lined up together on the same table, and eventually, your plate. 
The Hay-Adams
The Lafayette ()
The storied is literally across the street from the White House, and even these guys are on the buffet train. For Sunday brunch, you can score limitless apps including cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, and a bunch more -- along with a healthy selection of not-totally-healthy desserts. 

HeeBeen Restaurant (
Heebeen may ostensibly be an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ (and it does that bit extremely well), but the real game-raiser here is the sushi & sashimi selection on offer too, and the fact that -- considering this is a buffet -- it's actually great
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Filomena Ristorante ()
The buffet is only for Sunday brunch, but it shouldn't be missed. And while this Georgetown Italian institution keeps the carbs coming, they're anything but filler -- we're talking homemade pastas with chicken, seafood, or sausage, fresh baked focaccias, and a ton more. 

San Miguel Cafe ()
Falls Church
It's in a paint-by-numbers strip mall, and it's anything but fancy on the inside, but the never-ending Latin eats here are pretty fantastic. Pack your plate with pupusas, top them with some fresh guacamole, and swing by the made-to-order fajita station for good measure.
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Farmers Fishers Bakers ()
Another brunch buffet option, but this one allows eaters to binge and enjoy the Georgetown waterfront. They dish out waffles, pastries, french toast, and bacon -- literally as much bacon as you can handle. Granted, you can spring for yogurt and fruit and the other healthy options, but we all know why you're really here.

Sichuan Express ()
Farragut Square
This Chinese restaurant is a quasi-hidden secret with the World Bank and IMF workers Downtown, but for those who want to avoid the other grease, this place sells delicious, and actually authentic Chinese food -- by the pound. We're talking noodles, seared meats, pork buns, you name it.
Cafe Recess
Cafe Recess ()
Capitol Hill
Staffers on The Hill need their energy to do what they do in those hallowed halls. And to get that energy, they walk behind the Capitol to Cafe Recess. This place doesn't focus on one cuisine but tackles quite the spectrum: Spanish, American, Korean, and Chinese. 

Georgia Brown's ()
Need some Southern goodness? At this McPherson Square all-you-can-eat-ery, you'll get it, in the form of sliced ham, shrimp, grits, bacon, home fries, and so much more during their Sunday jazz brunch buffet. Oh, and the drinks are bottomless, too. 

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1. Diya Restaurant 2070 Chain Bridge Rd, Vienna, VA 22182

This Tysons Corner hot-spot is not only a killer Indian resto, they're also a buffet with a myriad of options like naan, curries, and rice pudding.

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2. Mirage Café 5916 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

This Falls Church spot features Peruvian/Middle Eastern cuisine with Latin-fusion twists, such as kabobs, baklava, and ceviche.

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3. The Lafayette 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Located in The Hay-Adams Hotel directly across the street from the White House, The Lafayette is class all the way, serving contemporary American cuisine in an upscale and sophisticated atmosphere.

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4. HeeBeen Restaurant 6231 Little River Tpke, Alexandria, VA 22312

This Korean BBQ is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza, which features all your Korean faves plus sashimi and sushi as well.

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5. Filomena Ristorante 1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, 20007

An Italian resto that's tough to rival in the Georgetown area, Filomena doles out a wide array of pastas, salads, meat, poultry, and seafood.

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6. San Miguel Cafe 5900-B Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

It may be in a run of the mill strip mall, but San Miguel Cafe features one of the best Latin lunch buffets you'll ever have, with made-to-order fajitas and other tasty options.

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7. Farmers Fishers Bakers 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Yes, you guessed it, there are farmers, fishers, and bakers involved in this joint, who bring you fresh seafood, sushi, steak, and bake bangin' beignets with raspberry coulis, hot fudge sauce, bourbon caramel sauce. A true farm-to-table set up, Farmers Fishers and Bakers has a partnership with North Dakota Farmers Union that provide seasonal ingredients for a diverse menu of regionally-inspired farmhouse comfort food.

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8. Sichuan Express 1825 I St NW, Washington, 20006

Only come here if you're seeking authentic Chinese food in heaping portions. We're talking seared meats, pork buns, noodles, and more by the boat-load.

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9. Cafe Recess 209 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, 20003

This Cap Hill eatery tackles a number of different cuisines, from Spanish to American to Korean and Chinese. And the surprising part isn't that they offer so many different kinds of food, it's that they do them all pretty damn well.

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10. Georgia Brown's 950 15th St NW, Washington, 20005

They do Southern fare right at GB's, which such fine foods such as ham, shrimp, grits, bacon, home fries, and more, which are all available in their delectable buffet.

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