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Portland Buffets (All You Can Eat)

Foodaholic Jan 12, 2007 07:06 PM

Any recommendations for some great all you can eat places in Portland? Its been awhile since anyone has dived into this topic much. There are many notable places that range from brunch to sushi to pure crap. Among the places that come to mind:

Todai (sometimes good, often times crap)
Indian Restaurants (like Swagat)
Chinese Restaurants (Dime A Dozen)
Shenanigans on Willamette
Salty's on the Columbia River

Anything good come up from the last few years? Looking for more brunch places that are similar (but hopefully better) than Salty's or Shenanigans.

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    Brrrb Jan 24, 2007 02:54 PM

    It's not in Portland, but since we think it is worth it to drive there from Portland....Skamania Lodge has an excellent buffet-style Sunday brunch. There are lots of choices and the food is high quality, probably the best I have been to. The setting is beautiful, too, and the last I checked (two years ago?), it was $17.95, which was quite reasonable for what was offered.

    We're trying to watch the weight, though, so our brunch outings have gone by the wayside.

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    1. re: Brrrb
      josiahbabcock Dec 6, 2009 04:14 PM

      FYI, Skamaia Lodge offers a Gorge Harvest Buffet served every Friday night and a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Friday night will run you $32.95 and Sunday is $28.95 (both are less for kiddos, and do not include tax/tip). Haven't had either yet.

      1. re: josiahbabcock
        boyzoma Dec 7, 2009 02:15 PM

        We have had brunch at Skamania Lodge before and it is really great. I would definitely recommend it. But the absolute best is the London Grill. And you get treated like royalty.

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      Foodaholic Jan 23, 2007 01:58 PM

      Its weird to reply to yourself, but in hopes of contributing to the thread (for onlookers) here are some more places:

      Brazil Grill Churrascaria
      Northwest Grille (Brunch Only)
      JJ North's Grand Buffet

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        FoodGroupie Jan 21, 2007 08:07 AM

        The London Grill has an excellent Sunday brunch buffet. A little on the pricey side, but worth it. Service is very solicitous as well.

        Todai is pretty hit and miss. The sushi is pretty stale, the rice tends to be dried out. Not a bad place for kids, though.

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          adele Jan 18, 2007 11:51 PM

          Check out a little "chaat" place called India Direct for lunch - in a commercial building on NW Cornell at Bethany. Closed Mondays. Also has groceries.

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          1. re: adele
            extramsg Jan 23, 2007 09:35 PM

            Are they all you can eat? Whenever I've been there it's primarily been a dosa counter.

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            kander63 Jan 15, 2007 08:06 PM

            For Indian, Curry Leaf, in Beaverton, has a great lunch buffet on Saturdays (not sure about other days). Went there this past weekend and thought it was the best Indian food I've had in Portland by far.

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              extramsg Jan 16, 2007 12:29 AM

              I wonder if they're on an upswing. They were great for several months, then lost their cook, and took a major nosedive. Search for them here and you'll see the whole saga. A bunch of us gave up on them after a couple really mediocre meals and follow-ups by others that resulted in the same.

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                kander63 Jan 16, 2007 12:34 PM

                Thanks for the background info - I will try to get there again and see if I have another good experience.

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                  extramsg Jan 16, 2007 06:10 PM

                  I'd be interested to hear how you think it compares to my current favorite, Chennai Masala, plus other standbys like Lentil Garden, Swagath, and Mayuri.

                  I hold out hope that it has returned to its former glory days.

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              daawgon Jan 13, 2007 11:59 PM

              I was just thinking that with all the Scandinavians in the PNW, how come we don't have a decent "real" smorgasbord. If you're ever in Bergen, Norway be sure to try the one at the Hotel Norge.

              1. pikawicca Jan 13, 2007 01:00 AM

                I've always enjoyed Todai. In my experience in the Portland branch, the food is fresh, plentiful, and well-prepared. This is not haute sushi, but decent food a very good price. I've taken many guests to dinner here and everyone likes it.

                By the way, I've had lots worse Asian food at many Portland eateries.

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                  surfer dude Jan 13, 2007 12:56 AM

                  For brunch, perhaps the most wonderful of all is the London Grill in the Benson. You'll pay top dollar -- I think it's like $36, but if quality and quantity is what you're after, check it out. Pastries, lamb chops, salmon, eggs benedict, home made doughnuts to die for, omelet station...it's all there, and all quite good.

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                    Foodaholic Jan 13, 2007 07:52 AM

                    I have not been to London Grill just yet, but it sounds fantastic and the reviews seem to be consistent in that the food is fantastic, the dining is upscale, and the prices are a bit much. I am curious to know how many brunch buffets there are out there. In general, I think a majority of the buffets are well-hidden throughout Portland.

                  2. extramsg Jan 12, 2007 09:14 PM

                    For Indian, try Chennai Masala.

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                      Nettie Jan 13, 2007 12:41 AM

                      You know, I went to Chennai Masala for about the third time yesterday for lunch, and I have to issue a downhill alert. A few of the things were not good, with dried-out, seriously overcooked chicken--I think it was the chicken vindaloo, but since it was also not spicy I'm not sure that is correct. The tandoori chicken was also pretty flavorless.

                      I took a friend from out of town, and she was put off when we walked in by the combined smell of Indian spices and cleaning solution (not a good combo, although I'm glad that it was clean).

                      1. re: Nettie
                        extramsg Jan 13, 2007 01:41 AM

                        Was this just a one-time thing, or has it progressively gone down? I haven't been since the new year. But one off day doesn't mean the place has gone downhill. But if people start reporting that it's the norm.... It certainly wouldn't be the first time for a local Indian restaurant. But I'll reserve judgment for now.

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                          Nettie Jan 13, 2007 03:22 AM

                          I think it's been progressively worse each time I've gone, but this visit made me think that I don't need to go back.

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                            Foodaholic Jan 13, 2007 07:38 AM

                            The last two times I went, it was not as impressive as some other places I've been. I'm supportive of it regardless since Portland needs many more Indian places.

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                              fennelhead Jan 15, 2007 04:45 AM

                              I just went today and it was great. There was an awesome pongal and a light cabbage poriyal. The Sambar was very nice as were the vadas. I was eatin' veg, so I can't vouch for the chicken items.

                    2. JillO Jan 12, 2007 08:03 PM

                      I am not sure but I think that the London Grill in the Benson Hotel does a Sunday buffet brunch.

                      It's not in Portland proper, but I have actually been to the Sunday brunch at the Multnomah Falls Lodge. Beautiful setting, OK food...I don't think it is really worth the money, but it wasn't that bad. http://www.multnomahfallslodge.com/MF...

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