The only thing better than going through the buffet line at an all-you-can-eat brunch? Going through it again! Especially if it's at one of the nine best buffets in LA (Korean BBQ exempted, because that's just not fair). We've broken them all down, complete with what they'll set you back, and the menu item that gets you the most for your money.
LA's 9 best all-you-can-eat buffets
Mayura Indian Restaurant (address and info)
What it'll cost you: Lunch $11.95; Dinner $12.95
Item you should pile onto your plate: Appam Fish Curry
Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold's given this Culver Indian restaurant his seal of approval, which makes sense: its tandoori chicken is perfectly seasoned, its curry's balanced and not spicy, the stuffed naan's dense with goodness, and they have fried bananas, which everyone knows Jonathan Gold loves. Or something.
The Castaway (address and info)
What it'll cost you: $32.95 Saturday; $38.95 Sunday
Item you should pile onto your plate: Prime Rib
This event space/weekendstaurant is #blessed with one of the best views in the city, which makes its weekend brunch -- stacked with everything from omelette stations to seafood stations to pasta stations to prime rib stations -- an even better deal. Oh, and there're also bottomless mimosas. So, yeah, kind of great.
Vegas Seafood Buffet (address and info)
What it'll cost you: M-F Lunch $12.95, Dinner $19.95; All Day Sat-Sun $19.95
Item you should pile onto your plate: Crab Legs
There're three locations all over town featuring this, uh, Vegas-style buffet, where probably-not-straight-out-of-the-Midwest-visitors-in-floral-prints can still get down on unlimited oysters, crawfish, and sushi.
Wahib's Middle East Restaurant (address and info)
What it'll cost you: M-Th Lunch $10, Dinner $12; All Day Fri-Sun $14.95
Item you should pile onto your plate: Chicken Kebab
Hey Alhambra, well done: Wahib's awesomeness makes the trip worth the trek, with a Middle Eastern feast featuring more than one dozen dishes, as well as all the hummus and pita you can choke down.
Cafe Sierra (address and info)
What it'll cost you: Fri/Sat, $49; Sunday $45
Item you should pile onto your plate: Lobster
Though this classy seafood and prime rib buffet is at Hilton LA/Universal City, don't let that dissuade you. They've got a massive spread including king crab legs, fresh leg of lamb, and a taco station. Yep: taco station.
Chao Krung (address and info)
What it'll cost you: M-F $9.99
Item you should pile onto your plate: Kangari Curry
Directly across from CBS on Fairfax -- aka, where there's always a line for The Price Is Right -- this tiny, neighborhood Thai gem offers a buffet full of rotating dishes that can include everything from tempura veggies to drunken noodles, which're perfect for drowning your sorrows in when you realize you didn't get asked to "come on down".
M Grill (address and info)
What it'll cost you: $28.99 Lunch, $46.99 Dinner
Item you should pile onto your plate: Meat; Seafood Stew
This Brazilian churrascaria's unexpectedly in the heart of K-town, and does traditional Braz-BBQ table service, meaning skewers of 17+ meats are sliced fresh on your plate and included with the buffet. What helps make them a standout, though? They've got beef stroganoff, noodle dishes, and actually-good salads for you to cut through the protein overload.
Hokkaido Seafood Buffet (address and info)
What it'll cost you: M-F $11.99 Lunch, $18.99 Dinner; All Day Sat-Sun $11.99
Item you should pile onto your plate: Crab Legs
Perfect for people who can't make decisions but totally love soy sauce and sesame oil, this Pan-Asian mini-chain serves up Chinese, Mongolian BBQ, and sushi all under one roof, along with roast beef (???), fresh seafood, and egg rolls. Definitely egg rolls.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (address and info)
What it'll cost you: $8.49 for "thighs and legs only", or $9.69 for the whole bird
Item you should pile onto your plate: Chicken. Duh.
You may say, "Kentucky Fried Chicken?? Seriously, bro???", and we'll definitely say, "Yes. Bro". There's only one location with a KFC buffet, and -- though it's not RIGHT in LA -- if you're driving by Lake Elsinore on your way to Vegas (or if you're like, at Lake Elsinore), it's where you should stop. They've got a rotating array of all the KFC side dishes (mac and cheese!), plus, of course, all the fried chicken you can stuff down your gullet.
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Joe Donatelli is a freelance journalist and he's still all-he-can-eating at one of these brunches. Follow him on Twitter @joedonatelli.
1. Mayura Indian Restaurant10406 Venice Blvd, Culver City
2. The Castaway1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank
3. Vegas Seafood Buffet110 S Brand Blvd, Glendale
4. Wahib's Middle East Restaurant910 E Main St, Alhambra
5. Hokkaido Seafood Buffet10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
6. KFC321 Summerhill Drive, Lake Elsinore
7. Café Sierra555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City
8. Chao Krung111 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
9. M Grill3832 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
This Culver City Indian haunt doesn't disappoint, with sensational (and traditional) dishes like the perfectly-seasoned tandoori chicken, balanced curry, and stuffed naan. And if you want it all, hit up their all-you-can-eat buffet.
Located in Burbank, this event space & weekend resto features an incredible view AND a baller brunch buffet that offers everything from omelette stations to seafood stations to pasta stations, and more! And to wash it all down? Bottomless. Mimosas.
One of three locations, this Glendale spot doles out more than 150 (!) tasty menu options, including familiar dishes and some seasonal and creative versions inspired by a Vegas-style buffet. And you can't go wrong with the unlimited oysters, crawfish, and sushi.
Although it's a bit of a hike out to Alhambra, Wahib's makes it totally worth it, with a Middle Eastern spread that features more than a dozen dishes, and ALL the hummus and pita you can gobble up.
If you love soy sauce but can't decide what to put it on, this is the place for you. It's got Chinese, Mongolian BBQ, and sushi -- plus roast beef -- so pile your plate high and grab a few extra packets of soy sauce to drench everything in.
If KFC wasn't good enough already, this is the only location with a buffet, and it's just outside of LA if you're up for a drive by Lake Elsinore. It's got all the fried chicken you can stuff down your throat plus all the side dishes on a rotating display.
Enter Cafe Sierra, and immediately be blown away by the all-you-can-endure buffet. Tucked inside the Hilton LA/Universal City, it's a must-hit if you're in the area.
For $10 Mon-Fri each week, you can treat yourself to limitless delights from Chao Krung, directly across the street from CBS on Fairfax. Enjoy everything from tempura veggies to drunken noodles, and be sure to try some of their Kangari Curry while you're there.
M Grill is home to something you may have only dreamed of before now: unlimited Brazilian BBQ, brought to your table one giant skewer of meat at a time. Take some time with their salads and noodle dishes to curb your meat sweats, and come in for lunch (rather than dinner) to save yourself about $20.