Buffets are an experience all can enjoy. From dim sum to the illustrious champagne brunch, today’s chefs are getting creative with their buffet offerings. There is something for everyone at a price you can easily swallow. Check out the best L.A. has to offer for the all-you-can-eat types.
145 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Self described as “Seasonal Southern California Comfort Food,” Lemonade is a modern-day smorgasbord, perfect for lunch or dinner. Lemonade is unique in how it pairs foods and flavors together — you are ultimately surprised by the burst of diversity. The cafeteria-style café is built around a selection of creative marketplace salads, meats and fish, both hot and cold, and desserts. Easily get your daily veggie fixings by plating any of the cold salads such as broccoli and ricotta salad, red quinoa with brussel sprouts and kale with mushrooms. Take your pick from zesty protein entrees like citrus-poached salmon, buttermilk chicken and seared ahi with a crushed orange-ginger ponzu sauce. Wait, there’s more! Slide on down to the hot foods with ample choices like pot roasts (try the traditional beef short ribs served with truffle mac ‘n cheese), braises (Moroccan stew, chicken basque or shrimp, zucchini and curry leaf) and hot soups and chilies. Don’t miss out on the tempting desserts and the must-try libation, the blueberry-mint lemonade.
988 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Let the buffet come to you at Empress Pavilion. It’s all about dim sum – bite-sized portions perfect for sampling a variety of dishes – at this mainstay restaurant in Chinatown. Traditional Chinese waitresses push dim sum carts to your table, offering you the opportunity to sample a variety of fried and steamed dumplings filled with the freshest vegetables, chicken, shrimp and pork. Sticky buns, steamed shrimp dumplings and the fried rice are favorites. Eating dim sum is a 700-year old Chinese tradition, and you won’t be disappointed. After your meal, take some time exploring Chinatown.
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11819 Wilshire Blvd, #106A
Los Angeles, CA 90025
It’s an all-you-can-eat Chinese Japanese affair at Union Buffet on the west side of town. Take your pick from over 168 fresh dishes prepared daily. Eat your heart out with everything from the sushi bar and teppan grill, to the beautiful seafood buffet complete with crab legs, oysters and muscles. The chefs here are known for their grilled beef steaks, BBQ duck and chicken. You can be certain that Union Buffet does not add MSG to its food, and these cooks use 100% pure, soybean oil to prepare all delicious items. An all-you-can-eat buffet is $7.99 for lunch and $12.99 for dinner.
jer-ne at The Ritz Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The Sunday Brunch buffet at jer-ne in the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey is special. Start with a toast, as each guest is served a glass of the hotel’s complimentary house sparkling wine. In addition to the usual brunch buffet, the fare including fresh fruits, salads, crudité and breakfast meats. You are invited to visit the omelet station, which gives you the option to create an original masterpiece with fresh farmer’s market ingredients. You are also welcome to order one entrée a la carte from the restaurant’s brunch menu. Try the lobster benedict or the house specialty jer-ne benedict made with filet mignon and a tomato hollandaise sauce. Save room for dessert, as there are many options. The pecan pie and a hot chocolate will satisfy any sweet tooth.
La Paz Mexican Seafood Yucatan Style
4505 Las Virgenes Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
Life doesn’t get much better than margaritas, a mariachi band and a relaxed Sunday morning at La Paz. This spot hosts a Sunday brunch buffet, Mexican style. The taco bar will please your palate and the waffles with salsa and guacamole make a great pairing. Shoot over to the omelette bar for Mexican sausage and chorizo, which adds a little spice to your plate. The fresh salads include a fresh-from-the-sea ceviche (fish and shrimp). Homemade-style soups such as menudo soup (beef stomach in a flavorful broth) and albondigas soup (a spicy rice and meatballs soup) warm you up. Cochinita pibil (pork marinated in Yucatan spices) is a favorite here, as well as the BBQ birria (goat), a very popular Mexican dish. Each guest over 21 years old will be served three margaritas as part of the brunch cost. Non-alcoholic beverages are also offered. Reservations are a must to indulge in this fantastic deal.
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