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Smorgasbord/Cafeterias-Dallas

Are there any of the old-fashioned smorgasbords open in Dallas. If so, which one's the top? Any recommended, don't-miss items?

IIRC, I went to one in Abilene (Luby's???) back in 1975.

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  1. I wouldn't call Luby's a smorgasbord. It's more of an old-fashioned southern cafeteria. There are still a few Luby's around Dallas, despite some financial hardships at the parent company in the past few years.

    There are lots of buffets available, and some of them have smorgasbord-type setups. Weekend brunches are very popular, and a lot of the hotels have buffet lineups; Blue Mesa does a Southwestern/Mexican buffet on weekends; Indian and Chinese restaurants do buffets throughout the week.

    A search for "buffet" on Guidelive.com just yielded 135 restaurants throughout DFW.

    1. P.S. If you want to try a salad-bar smorgasbord on steroids (plus a parade of meats), check out one of the Brazilian riodizios/churrascarias..Texas de Brazil, Boi na Braza, Fogo de Chao, etc.

      1. what kind of food are you looking for?

        yes, plenty of luby's around as well as some Furr's locations. You can visit their websites for details.
        Arlington has a Hometown Buffet...their website also has their details.
        This southern home cookin buffet seemed to keep popping up on the net with good reviews:

        http://cityguide.aol.com/dallas/resta...

        I haven't eaten at an american/country buffet in years, so i can't give any particular recs.

        1. Looking for down-home stuff like hominy, okra, fried chicken...is Furr's just like Luby's...which is consistently better quality and what price range are we talking about?

          Any of these near DFW?

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          1. re: Mike R.

            Luby's is better than Furr's. I've never seen hominy on the steam tables, though.

            1. re: Kirk

              Agree with you that Luby's is substantially better than Furr's, although Furr's fed me well through graduate school.

              Being a northerner, I had never tried hominy until I had it at Furr's. And it was outstanding cooked in butter with a general hint of jalapeno to give it a little zing. I have to say that it makes my menu at home occasionally.

          2. No cafeteria on earth is better than the Casa Linda Cafeteria in Dallas.

            It's full of good home cooking. Also, there's a Sunday roadhouse buffet west of Fort Worth, Vance Godbey's Restaurant, with filet mignon, BBQ, catfish and southern veggies.