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steakhouse or restaurant with a salad bar?

FLgirl Oct 17, 2006 08:18 PM

When I was a kid I remember going to steakhouses and restaurants that had an all you could eat salad bar, buffet style. Places like, Bonanza, Ponderosa, Sizzler. Are there any places like this in the NYC area?

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  1. SunnysideUp Oct 17, 2006 08:33 PM

    There are Sizzler's in the NYC area (Queens, Bronx, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey). Just do a search: http://www.sizzler.com/wherewesizzle/wherewesizzle.html


    Not an buffet, but a steakhouse chain in NY and NJ known for their large salad bars:

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      MrsT Oct 18, 2006 04:59 AM

      There is a Charlie Browns in Staten Island.

      1. welle Oct 18, 2006 03:19 PM

        Greenfields Churascaria - added bonus of unlimited steak.

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          chow_gal Oct 18, 2006 04:48 PM

          Are you doing some sort of article about these all you can eat [bad] food buffets popular in the 70s? I ask because I see you also posted about southern buffets.

          1. angelo04 Oct 18, 2006 04:57 PM

            I'm glad these palces are gone. Why spend $ there when for a few more bucks you could a real meal at a real establishment? Do people who live to eat really go to these places?

            1. gnocchi Oct 18, 2006 05:24 PM

              Places like East Buffet have American as well as Asian food and I've actually seen people loading up on fried chicken and such but I don't understand why you would go there for that kind of food.

              There was a Golden Corral in Commack LI for a while, I believe it's become a Charlie Browns's. Cracker Barrel serves the kind of food you would expect to see on a buffet line but I don't know if it's offered buffet-style.

              High $$ buffets: http://www.nordiclodge.com/


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              1. re: gnocchi
                el jefe Oct 18, 2006 07:24 PM

                I was in the East Buffet on Albion Ave in Elmhurst for lunch last week. They've changed the food and formats over the years and each change has been for the worse. Last week the fried chicken was definitely the best thing on the buffet.

              2. Woodside Al Oct 19, 2006 08:53 PM

                The problem with all of those places - sizzler, ponderosa, charlie brown's, etc. -- was not the salad bars, which were pretty generic, but that the "steak" was generally terrible.

                That's why the recommendation of a Brazilian-style churascaria restaurant given above is a good one (and there are several of these in the NYC area), since the meat is usually good to very good and the salad bars can be amazing.

                1. sandrina Oct 20, 2006 06:00 PM

                  Ruby Tuesday, although not necessarily a steak house, also has an all-you-can-eat salad bar. They serve up steaks as well. I don't think the salad bar includes hot food though.

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