Jump in the Line: Chow Down at Orlando's Diverse Buffet Options

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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Looking for the best buffet in Orlando to stuff your gullet? Look no further. We’ve combed the neighborhoods of the City Beautiful for some excellent options for a range of palates and budgets. Not surprisingly, Disney scored big, with flavorful international venues such as the wurst-lovers’ paradise of the Biergarten at the EPCOT World Showcase’s Germany Pavilion and the ever popular Boma, an Afrocentric delight at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. In fact, Disney’s version of Africa ranked twice with Tusker House, a breakfast-lunch-and-dinner outpost in the heart of its Animal Kingdom Park – one where character interaction...  Read more »

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    For an all-you-can-eat buffet, Boma offers intriguing African dishes for the adventurous palate alongside familiar favorites.

    Local Expert Tip: "If the children in your party are picky eaters opt for breakfast, when Boma serves more traditional American fare. Dinnertime is a deluge of African delights."

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    Woodlands Indian Cuisine

    • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: South Orange Ave

    Vegetarian- and largely vegan-friendly, too, Woodlands' hearty buffet is an ideal place for committed carnivores to give faceless food a shot.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you fall in love with Woodlands -- many do -- and decide to return for dinner, be aware there is often a wait. "

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    Biergarten Restaurant

    Its EPCOT location makes the Biergarten tops for uber family-friendly dining with genuine (if Disney-fied) international flair.

    Local Expert Tip: "Much of the Biergarten's staff is from Deutschland, which makes it a great place to dust off your high school German. "

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    Texas de Brazil

    Texas de Brazil is not for quickies. Linger and luxuriate in what one can only imagine carnivore's heaven to be like.

    Local Expert Tip: "Avoid at all costs the rookie error of filling up before the meat skewers arrive. "

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    Sweet Tomatoes

    With salad to sate dieter palates -- and heartier fare for the unconcerned -- Sweet Tomatoes is a budget-friendly buffet with less fat than most.

    Local Expert Tip: "There are six Sweet Tomatoes locations in the Orlando metro. Check the website for the most convenient option. "

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    Tusker House

    For some reason,Disney's African dining venues are among its best. Tusker House is no exception.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are highly recommended, as is showing up about 30 minutes before your seating time. "

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    Villa de Flora

    For a lovely location, a varied selection of fare and great views sans rain or mosquitoes, Villa de Flora gets the nod.

    Local Expert Tip: "Saturdays and Sundays through December 2013, Villa de Flora hosts "Shrekfest," a character-interaction breakfast with the DreamWorks ogre and his pals. "

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    El Palacio

    • Cuisine: Latin, Puerto Rican
    • Average Main Course Price: $6.49
    • Neighborhood: South Orlando

    Whether you're hungry or budget-conscious or both, El Palacio fits the bill and gives buffet frequenters a welcome Latin furlough from General Tso.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hitting the Florida Mall? El Palacio is literally minutes from shopping, but figurative miles from the food court. "

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    Koy Wan Hibachi Buffet

    Oh, the vastness of it all. For Asian buffet enthusiasts who have a gift for AYCE consumption, Koy Wan will become synonymous with "fill'er up!"

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan to come back for more? Check their website for a printable coupon that will earn you a gift certificate for return visits. "



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