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Sep 14, 2007 06:53 PM

AYCE 15 mile radius of Beverly Hills

Hi all

Many time reader, First time poster.

Just moved from Florida, prior to that Manhattan and prior to that Australia.

Gotta say the food in the US is Malto Buono! (italian for very good!) Especially the buffets. In Florida, Cici's For under $5 for pizza, pasta, salad and cinnabons style rolls AYCE can't be beat.
I like the Indian restaurants dotted here and there for $7-9 ayce is very nice too and ofcourse the sushi/Japanese ayce places like Todai or Onami for about $13-16. For burgers, etc the Universal Studios $18 (10% disc online) all day ayce is pretty nice too for a day of feasting.

What I would like some help on please is a list of AYCE restaurants under $20 between say culver city to Marina Del Rey to Malibu to Sherman Oaks to Studio City to Pasadena, etc if you get the idea...

Much appreciated and may complete satiation bring you enduring joy (remember to go to the gym too).


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  1. Nawab of India on Wilshire has a great lunch buffet. Or Star of India on Melrose.

    Kushi Shabu for shabu shabu

    Rahel has a 7.95 ayce lunch special, or at least they used to

    For Korean BBQ, Mu Dung San, Tahoe Galbi, and Soot Bull Gui Rim

    Chao Krung on Fairfax for weekday buffets

    Mongolian BBQs-- one in Westwood, Mogo's on Van Nuys Blvd.

    Burbank has Picanha Churrascaria for ayce rotisserie meats

    In Pasadena, Tibet Nepal House Himalayan

    And of course, the AYCE Pavillion at Dodger Stadium

    House of Blues Sunday buffet is more expensive but good, as is the pricey one at Fogo de Chao [just thought I'd throw these in anyhoo]

    2 Replies
    1. re: Emme

      Emme, what would an AYCE shabu-shabu be like? One is delicious, but I can't imagine having more than one, even for dinner :)

      1. re: Lee by the Sea

        all the meat and veggies you can boil...

    2. Lots of choices. Let me start with Indian since it's my super-favorite.

      The great majority of Indian restaurants have lunch buffets. Until very recently I'd have said Nawab was the best on the Westside, but after a weekday brunch a week ago I'm not so sure, as it was good but not stellar. Others that come quickly to mind are Nizam, Jaipur, Shershah, Radhika's, Chandni (vegetarian), and Annapurna (south Indian vegetarian). Katmandu Kitchen has an AYCE Nepalese buffet--similar to Indian.

      A unique California-type experience is the AYCE soup-and-salad restaurant. My preference, and the most widely available, is the Souplantation chain. Don't miss the remarkably good Caesar salad and chicken soup.

      Other American-style choices include the Hometown Buffet chain (pretty average but edible), Dinah's AYCE (fried chicken, fish&chips, spaghetti, ribs on different evenings), the Proud Bird lunch, and some hotel weekend brunch buffets.

      I've enjoyed the Chinese buffets at Buffet City (close to your $20 limit) and #1 Buffet (well under it, but good).

      Brazilian churrascurias are mostly over your limit unless you go salad-only. (But how could you stand skipping a parade of eight to 15 meats going by your table unless you're a vegetarian, and then how could you stand it?) For under $30 you can add Picanha and the new Brasa Brasil Grill to your list, though not Fogo de Chao.

      There ought to be an AYCE Mexican restaurant somewhere in LA but I don't know of it.

      Annapurna Cuisine
      10200 Venice Blvd Ste 101, Culver City, CA 90232

      Radhika's Cuisine of India
      140 Shoppers Ln, Pasadena, CA 91101

      6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      Nizam Indian Cuisine
      10871 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      Nawab of India
      1621 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

      Jaipur Cuisine of India
      10916 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      Shershah Cuisine of India
      13444 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

      Chandni Vegetarian Restaurant
      1909 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

      Chandni Vegetarian Restaurant
      3808 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

      Katmandu Kitchen
      10855 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      13455 Maxella Ave Ste 202, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

      Hometown Buffet
      8629 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      Proud Bird
      11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      Buffet City
      11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Number 1 Buffet
      14418 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

      Picanha Brazillian Grill and Bar
      269 E Palm Ave, Burbank, CA 91502

      Brasa Brasil Grill
      10022 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: Lee by the Sea

        souplantation's a great call, and they have many locations... or

        also, for a more upscale and much pricier occasional treat, the sunday brunch buffets at 'gardens at the four seasons' in beverly hills and 'i cugini' restaurant in santa monica are both supposed to be real crowd pleasers. bon appetit!

        Four Seasons Hotel
        300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        I Cugini
        1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        1. re: Lee by the Sea

          Isn't Picanha under $20 for lunch? I ate there about a year ago and thought it was in the high teens for the meat. Looking on their website now can can't find any prices listed (how annoying).

        2. A little off-subject, but if AYCE is your thing, you might look up the some of the AYCE digs in Las Vegas under the "Southwest," board on Chowhound. There are some pretty extensive buffets at so many of the hotel/casinos. If you're planning on going, do some homework and I'm sure you'll be amazed.

          For a sample of a Vegas buffet, check out Wandering Chopstick's blurb on her blogsite:


          1. weekdays, for lunch, fassica has ayce ethiopian on washington in culver city near sony studios.
            although it's a chain, for soup/salad/soft serve/pizza ayce lunch and dinner 7 days a week breakfast on sundays, Souplantation. there's one in brentwood and one in marina del rey.

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            1. re: westsidegal

              Good thought. I forgot to add the Ethiopeans, many of which have AYCE lunches. In addition to being less expensive (though also less extensive), serving yourself gets around the laid-back/slow dinnertime service that has rankled some posters. I've had a nice Ethiopean lunch at Rosalind's on Fairfax; I think Nyala and Messob also have such lunches but Genet does not.

              And there is a Souplantation in the shopping center exactly across from the Beverly Center.

              Rosalind's Ethiopian
              1044 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

              Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine
              1076 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

              Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
              1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

              Fassica Restaurant
              10401 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

              1. re: westsidegal

                The Souplantation locations mentioned so far (there are also others in Torrance, Pasadena, and more):

                13455 Maxella Ave Ste 202, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

                11911 San Vicente Blvd Ste 116, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                8491 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              2. And there is of course a Todai at the Beverly Center in West Hollywood just west of La Cienega on Beverly, but to meet your price point you will need to go at lunch.


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                1. re: Servorg

                  not to mention todai is gross.

                  1. re: Diana

                    I don't disagree. I listed it because the OP said that they liked it.

                  2. re: Servorg

                    Isn't Midori in Studio City within a 15 mile radius of Beverly Hills? I'm assuming you'd have to take Coldwater Canyon or something like that to make it there, but as the crow flies...