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  • Ra Da May 24, 2006 06:03 PM
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What arte the best bay area buffets for:
1. Pizza
2. Thai
3. Malaysian/Singaporean
4. Afghan

Would appreciate your tastes & choices. Also appreciated is the price, location & ph number of restaurants

Thanks

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  1. I don't know about any of the others, but for number 4 i would have to say Helmand at lunch.

    Awesome Afghani food buffet for 10 dollars all you can eat.
    mmmmmm
    Helmand is on Broadway in SF and the link is below

    Link: http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&...

    1. For pizza, Sierra Sam's in Sunnyvale is good. It's bare bones, but the pizza is made fresh, and it's around $7/person. 568-B East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale 94087

      1. I don't know of any Malaysian/Singaporean buffet in the bay area. There is a Melaka restaurant in San Bruno, which I think was probably a Malaysian restaurant before, but it's converted to a Chinese/Japanese buffet of dicey quality, so I don't think you'll find any Malaysian food there at all.

        1. Not EXACTLY a buffet (although there is a salad bar)....for pizza, on Monday nights Goat Hill Pizza on Potrero Hill In SF, has an all you can eat pizza, but as the pizzas come out of the oven (various varieties) they are brought to the different tables for serving...
          here's a link:
          http://www.goathillpizza.com/menu.htm...

          and I heartily agree with Helmand for Afghani!

          1. I'm curious about the Cliff House. A few weeks ago we ate at Sutro's for the first time. It was fine. For $25 you can get a pretty OK lunch which is described in excruciatingly fawning pseudosophisticated detail on the menu (great bread & butter, OK salmon crusted with bacon - they have to tell you the bacon's pedigree, spinach - "special" spinach of course, mashed - they have to tell you the potatoes' pedigree, and of course tiny nouveau frou frou odds and ends sprinkled around artfully, and tasteless but colorful sauces squirted across the plate in an annoying abstract art pattern - and what always makes me laugh: when they try to be au courant and make a towering pile out of something as simple as fish, mashed potatoes and spinach). But my mother in law was treating, so...so what?...I had a fine time and even though I'm so sarcastic with you I certainly wouldn't say anything uncomplimentary to her.

            The Cliff House also has a weekend brunch. I think it was around $40. They might have a buffet every day, I didn't notice. My relatives were in a hurry to leave right as I was trying to find this brunch buffet to check it out. So I missed taking a look.

            Since this is one of the best view restaurants on earth, and since I had an acceptable meal at Sutro's, I really want to know more about that buffet. Seen it? Eaten it? What do they serve? When is it open? What's the deal?

            1. One of the worst buffets in my life and that includes the greasy ethnic $2.99 (I exaggerate) all you can eat ... only the price was $45 for the Cliff House buffet.

              It was Thanksgiving and they didn't have mashed potatoes. It took effort for them to bring out the inedible cranberry sauce ... I mistook the only red glutinous thing on the table for cranberry sauce ... it was strawberry jam ... not a match for roast turkey.

              Service was indifferent. The room was standard hotel banquet room. Tables were cramped. The traffic pattern was bad. The selection was poor.

              Almost two Thanksgivings ago and I'm still bitter.

              Of course that was just after they re-opened. But from your dead-on description of Sutro, it doesn't sound like much has changed.

              They only have Sunday and holiday buffets. Hope anyone else who might have tried this more recently will report.

              Cliff House Thanksgiving Buffet OR Turkey with Strawberry Jam
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              There was cream cheese & lox, but no bagels. In fact, the server didn't know what a bagel was ... I'm saying ....

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              1. re: rworange

                Sierra Sam has closed down for Pizza instead is now a BBQ joint. Save yourself a trip!

              2. I found the buffet pizza at ...of all places... Hometown Buffet in Fremont (near Newpark Mall) to be decent. A bit above Pizza Hut expecially when the pesto pizza just fresh off the oven. Don't expect Cheeseboard quality but very acceptable I thought instead of the usual blah.

                This is a bonus considering the other offerings are also very decent such as their all you can eat sirloin steak and their excellent fried chicken that will put KFC to shame. Not to mention their excellent pot roast.

                This is my favorite American buffet right now. Hard to beat really and it's only like $8-9 dinnertime.

                1. Round Table Pizza Buffet
                  398 Grand Blvd Oakland, CA (near Lake Meritt)
                  M-F 11am-1 pm
                  $6+Tax=6.51

                  Don't know if any other locations of RTP offer a buffet....