Restaurants The Best Things To See At A Buffet  

Ranker Food
3.2k votes 118 voters 103 items

List Rules Food items you pile on your plate or in your bowl only. Vote up the foods you always make sure to get and are most disappointed to not see.

A buffet offers freedom to choose - and often the freedom of piling your plate as high as you like - but what foods are are the best of the buffet line? No matter what kind of buffet we go to, from a classy casino buffet to an all-you-can-eat buffet chain, there are always dishes we're hoping to see. Sure, it's easy and fun to take a chance on a suspicious dish at a buffet, but the best buffet foods are ones you can rely on if your gamble doesn't pay off.

There are buffet backbones like salad bars, carving stations, and potatoes baked and fried. There are also fancy foods like crab legs and fondue, that are game changers when it comes to the best foods at a buffet. Almost anything at a buffet can be a "bar" - with interactive stations allowing you to make omelets, baked potatoes, waffles, and more. Are these flexible foods the best things to eat at a buffet?

What are your go-to buffet foods? Vote up the best buffet items that you can rely on. Add any of the best main course and side dish buffet foods we've forgotten, no drinks or desserts.

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50 17
Meat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

2
47 15
Pasta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

3
38 9
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

4
47 16
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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40 11
Pastry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

Croissants, Danishes, petit fours, strudel, oh my!

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45 17
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

7
41 14
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

8
38 12
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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37 12
Taco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

10
35 11
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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37 13
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

12
39 15
Omelette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

13
32 10
Steak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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30 9
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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36 15
Fruit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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42 20
Salad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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28 9
Mozzarella sticks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

18
28 9
Berry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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34 15
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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31 13
Baked potato is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

21
26 9
Quesadilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

22
27 11
French fries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

23
23 8
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

24
24 9
Rolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet
Rolls

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24 9
Crêpe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet