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A favorite among Charlotte’s lunch crowd, this Japanese restaurant offers up a killer self-serve sushi buffet for just $11.75. The biggest challenge will be deciding where to begin -- maki, nigiri, teriyaki, fried rice, and noodles are just some of the specialties up for grabs here.
During lunch hour at this modern establishment in the Metropolitan, you’ll come across a special sushi menu of all-you-can-eat rolls. Debate between 15-plus medleys for a mere 10 bucks. The deal even comes with your choice of fried rice, garlic noodles, or spring rolls, which are also unlimited and equally delicious. All-you-can-eat sushi is on deck Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm -- we challenge you to actually get work done after this meal.
This restaurant has one of the largest buffet presentations in Charlotte, featuring all of your favorite Chinese and Japanese dishes. Jasmine has you covered for a substantial, straightforward meal, whether you’re after a cold or hot bar, an extensive lineup of sushi assortments, or a hibachi grill where fresh ingredients can be prepared in front of you.
AZN in SouthPark’s popular Piedmont Row prepares all your favorite pan-Asian offerings, from Chinese to Korean specialities. But did you know that they also offer a weekday all-you-can-eat sushi menu? For $15.99 you can choose from more than 10 varieties, such as Firecracker Rolls (spicy tuna and tempura flakes, topped with a mix of krabstick, avocado, spicy mayo, and jalapeño) or smoked salmon nigiri, along with miso soup or a side salad. Stroll on over from your office between 11:30 am and 2pm and grab a seat among the chic, intimate sushi bar, or opt for dining alfresco out on the patio.
Make sure to come hungry to this sweeping spread of unlimited Asian and sushi plates. You’ll find Chinese cuisine, salads, and much more for the taking every day of the week and at a great price for both lunch and dinner. Take advantage of the lunch buffet ($9.95 Mon-Fri; $11.95 Sat-Sun), or set your sights on the dinner display ($15 Mon-Sun for the fusion Chinese buffet, or dish out a little more for the premium seafood buffet with crab legs and oysters) to end your day with a satisfied stomach.
Crab legs are offered up by the handful here for less than $30 each Monday from 5pm until closing. Choose a spot on Kennedy’s large patio and settle in for a satisfying (and slightly messy) seafood session. We recommend complementing it with an OMB draft, which you can happen to snag for $3 on Mondays.
You can’t go wrong by combining all-you-can-eat crab legs with a one-of-a-kind cocktail, and that’s exactly what we recommend here. Known for its whiskey concoctions and delicious barbecue, the Treehouse team also delivers all the pinchers you can crack on Mondays for $26.95. The creative interior of the establishment adds a distinct quality to your meal experience -- one that will instantly transport you into nature for a relaxed alternative among the SouthPark dining scene.
Endless wings are waiting for you Monday through Friday at Wild Wing Cafe’s Uptown location. Just order up your favorite flavor (we dig the Garlic! Garlic! Garlic! and Ginger sauces best) and Wild Wings will keep ‘em coming your way from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Your wings come with fries, celery, and a side of salad or soup for just $11.95.
This lunch buffet is the real deal for days when you want delicious grub and you want it fast (or any day you want a great slice). From 11am until 2pm, you can fill your bottomless pit of a stomach with Luisa’s tasty pizza, pasta, and salads for under $10. Plus, Luisa’s made our list of best pizza joints, so you know it’s good!
The most affordable of the pizza buffets, New York Pizza & Pasta offers up an all-you-can-eat option for just $6.99. It’s an easy and satisfying pick for your time crunch, with dish selections ranging from traditional slices and calzones to salads.
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Grab your work crew and head over to Pizza Peel during the noon hour for its mouthwatering pizza and salad display, offered Monday through Friday for only $8.50. This Queen City favorite (also on our list of pizza bests) will finally allow you to eliminate that dreadful morning office debate on which lunch place will please everyone. Try to get your hands on the Updyke pie, made with mozzarella, goat cheese, Italian sausage, caramelized onions, and mushrooms, and topped with fresh arugula, which will likely please everyone, too.
Ah, the epitome of epic proportions: Brazilian steakhouses. Chima promises to fill your belly up with a large variety of delectable dishes. Linger over a vast gourmet salad bar featuring hot and cold appetizers (like rices, pasta salads, soups, cheeses, and charcuterie) before posting up at your seat for the limitless skewers of meat (bacon-wrapped filet, leg of lamb, and more) still to come. Just flip your place card to green when you want more of the good stuff; switch it over to red when you could use a break. No trick, it’s just the way of the game, and the most glorious form of gluttony.
Another Uptown favorite for the traditional tastes of Brazil, Brazz features a great deal for those seeking an upscale lunch option in the city without spending an arm and a leg. You can indulge in the restaurant’s unlimited salad bar, soup station, hot bar (each weekday featuring a different theme), and a carving station containing three roasted meats – all for $12.95. It’s definitely about time you treat yourself to a work outing worth talking about, in an atmosphere you may have only considered for a special weekend dinner.
We’ve found your Thursday treat, and it’s all-you-can-eat enchiladas (chicken or beef) for less than 10 bucks. Wash ‘em down with a $2.50 Presidente beer for the perfect pairing. If you’re feeling really bold, push yourself to make it on the Enchilada Wall of Fame by eating 12 -- your stomach may not thank you, but your witnesses will.
Tucked among a small strip mall near UNCC is a lavish buffet of 30-plus offerings to satisfy your curry cravings. Have your fill of delicious Indian entrees like vegetable chowmein, pani poori, and chilli chicken on a weekday, or linger over a weekend meal for just two bucks more. It’s a great way to sample an abundance of dishes that you haven’t yet gotten the opportunity to try.
This popular sports bar features all-you-can-eat crab legs every Tuesday from 5pm to 10pm, so you can keep your seafood dependence going into the night (note that times and availability may vary by location). Head over to Metropolitan or Birkdale Village to partake in the feast, which also includes croissants and a baked potato to pair with your plate. All-you-can-eat crab is only available during the summer, so take note for next year.
1. Ru San's Japanese Sushi & Cuisine2440 Park Rd, Charlotte
2. Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge1100 Metropolitan Ave, Charlotte
3. Jasmine Buffet2305A Westinghouse Blvd, Charlotte
4. AZN Azian Cuizine4620 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte
5. Tin Tin10215 Park Rd, Charlotte
6. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill366 N Caswell Rd, Charlotte
7. Treehouse Whiskey & Fork4423 Sharon Rd, Charlotte
8. Wild Wing Cafe210 E Trade St, Charlotte
9. Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizzeria1730 Abbey Pl, Charlotte
10. Pizza Peel1600 Central Ave, Charlotte
11. New York Pizza & Pasta624 Indian Trail Rd S, Indian Trail
12. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse139 S Tryon St, Charlotte
13. Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse500 S College St, Charlotte
14. Three Amigos Mexican Grill and Cantina2917 Central Ave, Charlotte
15. Passage To India9510 University City Blvd, Charlotte
16. Hickory Tavern13545 Steelecroft Pkwy, Charlotte
This casual Dilworth Japanese restaurant has a huge menu of maki, nigiri, teriyaki, fried rice, and noodles, plus original house creations like the "America Re-Rising Roll," a mini-tower of deep-fried sea bass rolls held in place by toothpicks and topped with a mini American flag. Ru San's all-you-can-eat mid-day sushi buffet is a big hit among Charlotte's lunch crowd seeking a cheap and rice-loaded meal.
Successfully making sushi already involves a great degree of artistry and raw talent (get it?) to begin with, but Pisces takes it to the next level: here you’ll find some of the freshest, most flavorful, and elegant hand rolls and nigiri in Charlotte. Whether you’re a seasoned regular swinging by this sleek lounge to order omakase or taking advantage of their impressive lunch buffet deal, make sure not to miss their sake-based specialty cocktails (pro tip: get the Far East Manhattan, which features Bulleit rye and Zipang sparkling sake).
From the cafeteria-style seating and wall-to-wall carpeting to the strip mall setting, this all-you-can-eat buffet is like a fast-food court dedicated to Asian food. The hot and cold bars feature an extensive lineup of sushi, hot seafood, and Chinese take-out classics like lo mein and beef & broccoli; there's also a hibachi station and a full dessert selection, complete with cut-up fruit and self-serve ice cream. Jasmine Buffet's quality may not be up to par with other sushi and hibachi restaurants around Charlotte, but it's cheap and filling.
Located in SouthPark’s popular Piedmont Row, sleek and spacious AZN serves pan-Asian staples from Korean-style braised beef short rib and Peking duck to traditional sushi rolls and pad Thai. It's a reliable spot for dinner if everyone in your party is craving something different, but the best time to come is at lunch, when weekday specials and all-you-can-eat sushi reign supreme. Whether you grab a seat at the intimate sushi bar or on the outdoor patio, AZN is the perfect lunch hour escape.
The best way to tackle the Asian buffet at Tin Tin is to come with an empty stomach: you're in for all-you-can-eat servings of noodle soups, sushi, and Cantonese classics. Tin Tin's self-serve offerings are split between a standard fusion buffet (expect the Americanized Chinese usuals, plus frog legs and chicken feet for the more adventurous eater) and a premium seafood one, featuring crab legs, oysters, crawfish, and more. The prices are cheap, the options are aplenty -- what more could you ask for?
Right in the center of historic Elizabeth, this sports bar has the perfect patio to enjoy breezy fall weather over beers and American pub fare. Giant Jenga and cornhole keep patrons entertained during game day commercial breaks.
Though it's firmly planted on the ground, Treehouse really does resemble a treehouse, particularly the woodsy interior where fake tree branches sprout across the dining room and the ceilings boast leafy green panels. The sports bar-like restaurant serves elevated bar food like BBQ combo platters, hot sandwiches, and customizable burgers, plus craft cocktails with top-shelf whiskey. There's a spacious outdoor patio, too, if you weren't already at-one with nature inside the restaurant.
Sports, beer, and boatloads of chicken wings -- it's the time-honored trio upon which southern-based chain Wild Wing Cafe is built. The signature wings are available in 33 scatch-made flavors, from varying heat levels of Buffalo sauce to wacky fusion creations, like the spicy ranch "Ranchilda," and servings range between a mini basket of six wings to a party platter of 60. As with most sports bar-focused restaurants, the rest of the menu features game-day food like bacon cheeseburgers, sliders, and nachos.
Luisa's is a hidden gem that has been serving authentic Italian pizzas from its mammoth wood-fired oven for over 20 years from their location near the Park Road Shopping Center. For an all around favorite, order The Luisa, topped with pesto, sliced tomatoes, fresh garlic, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. Or, dig into the weekday lunch buffet where you can try at least 10 different pizzas.
Having transformed a rundown gas station, Pizza Peel in Plaza Midwood is a gathering place for locals to grab a regional beer on tap, and order the Updyke, a pizza covered in mozzarella, goat cheese, Italian sausage, caramelized onions, mushrooms and topped with fresh arugula. This spot offers thirty-two draft beers, homemade desserts, and daily food and drink specials.
New York Pizza & Pasta is a Charlotte staple, made legendary for its "all-you-can-eat" buffet that clocks in an insanely affordable $6.99. It's bounty of slices, meatballs, stromboli, ziti, and even features a well-stocked salad bar for those trying to take the healthy route (have fun with that). The cozy bistro evokes Little Italy, with old school photographs of Manhattan mounted in tight formation all over the walls; a nice touch, but we suggest you let the delicious pizza do the talking.
Offering one of the most opulent buffets in Charlotte, Chima excels at traditional Brazilian cuisine and immaculately cooked steak. Diners can choose from a selection of rodizio meats -- bacon-wrapped filet mignon, top sirloin with garlic sauce, barbecue ribs, and the house signature picanha steak, all carved to order by chefs in the traditional, orange scarf ensemble -- or a gourmet hot and cold salad bar of locally sourced produce. The sleek dining room boasts a glass-encased wall of wine bottles, crisp white linen tablecloths, and modern décor. It's a popular locale for special occasions, as a meal here will cost you a pretty penny.
With a meat-obsessed menu that evokes bold Latin flavors and uses traditional culinary techniques, this uptown steakhouse is the closest you can get to Brazil without leaving Charlotte itself. The red-walled eatery is a carnivore's paradise, considering the standout entrée: a classic rodizio dinner platter of ten different meats -- chicken frango, lamb cordeiro, filet mignon, and alligator, just to name a few -- slow-roasted to perfection and carved tableside, so you can admire the entire process while sipping on a delicious caipirinha. Brazz also features one of the best all-you-can-eat lunch buffets around, so you can still get your meat fix without breaking the bank.
If you’re looking for authentic Mexican fare in Charlotte, look no further than Three Amigos. This homey cantina cranks out fresh street food that has locals raving about everything from its mole to its margaritas. A slew of daily drink and food specials keeps the spot packed, so anticipate a bonafide fiesta if you swing through for dinner.
With the exception of the Taj Mahal mural on the back wall, the yellow dining room of Passage to India is pretty bare-bones -- but don't let that fool you. The University City spot is a neighborhood staple for its pure and simple Indian comfort food, ranging from appetizers like samosas, pakoras, and freshly baked naan, to signature entrées like chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and more. It also boasts one of the best all-you-can-eat lunch buffets in the area -- a veritable feast of over 30 different foods that you can devour for a mere $9.
Hickory Tavern has great food, giant screens and serves as the perfect spot for game day hanging. Choose from their local craft beer selection and be sure to pair your choice with sweet potato fries.