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May 24, 2006 06:03 PM

Best bay area Buffets by food

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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


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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.
    Helmand is on Broadway in SF and the link is below


    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:

          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, 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?