Restaurants The Best Things To See At A Buffet  

Ranker Food
3.5k votes 126 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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51 15
Pasta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

2
41 9
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

3
45 12
Pastry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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

4
53 18
Meat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

5
49 17
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

6
44 15
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

7
48 19
Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

8
40 13
Taco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

9
41 14
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

10
39 13
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

11
37 12
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

12
42 16
Omelette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

13
35 11
Steak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

14
46 20
Salad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

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

16
32 11
Doughnut is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

17
29 9
Quesadilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

18
37 16
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

19
27 8
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

20
27 9
Rolls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet
Rolls

21
29 11
Berry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

22
29 11
Mozzarella sticks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

23
32 15
Baked potato is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

24
32 15
Garlic bread is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet

25
26 10
Crêpe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things To See At A Buffet