Tampa buffets mean more than just Chinese

Scott Sterling

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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On the surface, buffets seem to be the ultimate culinary idea. Everyone gets exactly what they want, at the portion size they want, at a price they want. Unfortunately, more often than not, when people think of buffets these days, a few things tend to come to mind: old people, spotty quality, and lack of variety. Perhaps because today's traveler is more cost-efficient or simply because of a new trend, buffets have enjoyed a certain renaissance in Tampa over the past several years. With the spate of new hotels opening or renovating throughout the town, new players in the buffet scene have emerged. Couple those new options with...  Read more »

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    Crazy Buffet

    Local Expert Tip: "Crazy Buffet is located across the street from the stadium, making it a great pre-game stop."

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    Fresh Harvest

    Local Expert Tip: "The Hard Rock is located across the street from the Amphitheatre, so Fresh Harvest is a great place for dinner before or after a show."

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    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Airport Area

    Local Expert Tip: "The champagne starts flowing every Sunday from 10:30 to 2:30. Reservations are highly suggested."

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    New World Brewery

    Local Expert Tip: "What's more rare? A barbecue buffet or one that may be the best lunch (11-3 on weekdays) in town?"

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    The Laughing Cat

    Local Expert Tip: "The lunch buffet runs on weekdays from 11 to 3. It can get crowded, so avoiding the noon hour might be a good idea."

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    Queen of Sheba

    Local Expert Tip: "If you have a vegetarian in your party, Ethiopian food is a favorite of the vegetarian community."

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    Hao Wah

    Local Expert Tip: "The noodle dishes are a particular specialty at Hao Wah, especially the lo mein."

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    Apna Kabab House

    Local Expert Tip: "Indian food has a reputation of being spicy. If you're not sure what a dish is on the buffet, make sure you ask first."

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    Loving Hut

    • Cuisine: Vegetarian
    • Neighborhood: Tampa-Busch Gardens

    Local Expert Tip: "For those who might be more adventurous, this might be the only buffet in town where cactus makes regular appearances."

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    Firestick Grill

    • Cuisine: Eclectic
    • Neighborhood: Channelside

    Local Expert Tip: "The Firestick Grill is open two hours before any event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and is the best dinner option in the arena (that isn't typical sports food)."



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