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amykragan Oct 21, 2007 05:31 PM

What's your favorite buffett place in Austin?

I like North and South China a lot and have heard decent things about Thomas Buffett, (escolar) but haven't tried it yet.

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    sqwertz Oct 22, 2007 08:46 PM

    Buffet Palace Westgate location.
    Hickory Street Grill for weekend breakfast/brunch (special setup)
    Clay Pit lunch

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      jensterx Oct 28, 2007 01:24 PM

      I just got home from a great brunch buffet at Moonshine's (3rd/RedRiver). $15/per person for a great home cooking style brunch. My only complaint is that I ran out of room to try a bit of everything. I loved the Hoss's Migas, the Green Egg Scramble with pesto and parmesan, and the white chocolate bread pudding... Friendly staff a surprise treat for a Sunday brunch.

      Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
      600 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701

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      Hsien_Ko Oct 22, 2007 09:17 AM

      Madras Pavillion lunch buffet (plus they throw in a custom-made dosa to boot)!

      1. shanntastic Oct 22, 2007 08:02 AM

        Green Pastures. Tasty critters. Delicious breads and sweets. Milk punch. Yum. Four Seasons brunch buffet is also really nice. I've been meaning to check out the Starlite brunch as well, but haven't as of yet.

        1. Twill Oct 22, 2007 03:40 AM

          I'm a big fan of the Sunday lunch buffet at Java Noodles. Fonda San Miguel's Sunday brunch is delicious, if expensive, but the weekend combination menu/brunch buffet at Lambert's is a slightly better value, imo.

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            achtungpv Oct 21, 2007 06:41 PM

            Alborz & Star of India.

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              Lonna Oct 22, 2007 11:22 PM

              I love Star of India! Indian Palace is also pretty good.

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                waldy Oct 25, 2007 09:41 PM

                Green Pastures is definitely my choice for brunch.

                But for everyday dining out, I love Indian Palace, too, Lonna! I was surprised not to find any Chow mention of it when I did a search a few weeks back. I live in the neighborhood and eat there at least once a month.

                Their saag paneer is the best I've had anywhere, made from fresh spinach and huge chunks of homemade cheese. Melt-in-your-mouth chicken fried in chickpea batter (what's that called?) and creamy, buttery chicken tikka masala. Their spinach pakora are really light and crispy and they have a revolving assortment of great veggie dishes, often cauliflower and potato aloo or mushrooms in a yellow curry sauce. This past weekend, I had a cabbage and peas dish I'd never seen there before, very gingery and comforting. And the only dessert I've ever felt the need to try there are the little dough balls, flash-fried and then served in the lightest of rosewater syrups--yum! Just one of them is enough to send me into sugar shock all night, but boy are they delish.

                It's not a perfect restaurant: I find their raita a bit bland, and the cucumber and tomato salad is always strangely dry. The decor is left over from Slicers, the sandwich place that was there before Indian Palace, and it still looks sorta like an upscale Denny's.

                But, the family who runs the place is really nice, and now that I go once a month or so, they welcome me by name--it's very mom-and-pop. And, I love knowing that I am supporting a truly local business when I eat there.

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