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bmgsmg72 May 5, 2009 12:48 PM

Does not matter if its breakfast, lunch, or dinner just looking for a good buffet

  1. MacshashRIP May 6, 2009 03:44 AM

    was wondering this myself. Has anyone been to Hometown Buffet? The best buffet I have been to EVER is the brunch at the Four Seasons in Boston. It will cost you but it's worth it once a year. The duck spring rolls were heaven.

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      bmgsmg72 May 6, 2009 06:02 AM

      Yes i went to Home Town buffet it really depends on when you go like what food they are serving. However, the biggest problem that i have with that place is the people there are very loud and always have like 5 kids running around.I would recommend going there for lunch because i believe it is cheaper then dinner and they have a very similar menu. The Salad bar and dessert station are my two favs. There is a good buffet, if you know anyone who belongs to the TPC River Highlands, they have member and guest buffets for like mothers day and fathers day with an omelet station and all you can eat its really good.

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        johnpops1 May 7, 2009 01:21 PM

        My son won a raffle for a free meal at Hometown Buffet. In my opinion, even FREE was overpriced for what it was. Total garbage. Canned veggies, instant mashed, overcooked roasts, cheap pizza's, dry fried chicken. Yuck.

        We went to the Pacific Grill in Hamden last week. The American food was forgettable. However the sushi was plentiful and the asian food was good. I would go back just for the sushi.

        We have reservations for La Luna in Branford this weekend for mothers day brunch buffet. We have been there twice, both times it has been good.

        If you really want to spend some dough, you can try Custys near Foxwoods for the all you can eat lobster buffet.

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          RhodeIslandRed Jul 5, 2009 02:32 PM

          Never, if you value your health or stomach, go to Hometown Buffet. Ever. Follow Johnpops1 advice below. I don't know how a place can ruin food the way they do, but they excel at it hands down. Salty, overcooked, canned. I commonly refer to it as, "The Trough". The one time I went was once too much.

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          HeidiCT May 6, 2009 09:57 AM

          Ugh, Hometown Buffet is food. But not all that great. It's mass produced, most of it frozen before hand, and sits around under lights. I have eaten their a few times and while it is certianly passable, not some place I plan on returning to. Great for a super tight budget or for a large family.

          Waters Edge in Westbrook has an amazing brunch buffet on Sundays. Carving station, omelet station, raw bar and the last time I was there they made crepes to order. Here is the menu. http://www.watersedge-resort.com/pdfs...

          Can't think of anymore, all the the Marriot in Mystic did an amazing Mother's Day brunch buffett but it is rather pricey. Around $50 a person I believe.

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            Earle May 6, 2009 01:22 PM

            The Buffet at the Hometown buffet in Manchester, is probably the best one around for the money, and there food is very good. Im only recomending the one on Slater St. In manchester, They are the busisist one in the state, they serve an average of 4000 to 6000. meals a week, The turnover for there food is constant, and it is replentished quite often makeing in usually very fresh.. They only serve breakfast on Sat, and Sun. But lunch is also good.. Earle Ct.

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            Alice Eats May 7, 2009 09:18 AM

            Brunch at Winfield's at the Hyatt in Greenwich: http://aliceeats.com/blog/?p=298 Wide variety of sushi, make-your-own pasta, make-your-own pancakes, huge carving table and excellent European-style desserts. My must-munch whenever I'm in the area on a Sunday.

            1. cheereeo May 8, 2009 12:05 PM

              Brunch at Bear and Grill - Orange, CT - While I am not a fan of their regular food, they have a terrific Sunday brunch and atmosphere is very relaxed.
              The Brewhouse in SONO - Norwalk CT - Sunday Brunch

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                few May 8, 2009 01:17 PM

                Sunday Bufets I know of that are good

                Griswold Inn , Essex - Sundays
                Water's Edge, Westbrook - Sundays

                Both really good - waters Edge is pricier - but then again yuo get more assortment of food

                There used to be a place by Mystic seaport - Seamans Inne - sundays?

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                  HeidiCT Mar 26, 2010 12:38 PM

                  I second the Hunt Breakfast at Griswold Inn in Essex. We went there a couple of months ago and we loved it. Not a huge selection of foods, but everything was cooked perfectly. It was cheap to, in comparison to a lot of other places. I believe it was less then $20 a person.

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                  Griswold Inn
                  36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426

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                  few May 8, 2009 01:18 PM

                  Oh yeah
                  brain fart - -Of course

                  the casinos both have extensive all you can eat buffets all the time

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                    shaogo Jun 22, 2009 10:55 AM

                    Indeed. The best buffet in Connecticut is at Foxwood's. It just gets better and better, and it's only about $20. There's usually a long line, however.

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                      HeidiCT Mar 26, 2010 12:40 PM

                      Last couple of times we tried the buffets, the quality had gone way down. Seemed like it was a better value for the money to just go to one of the restaurants.

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                        Scargod Mar 26, 2010 03:56 PM

                        I had a horrible experience (OK, not quite horrible), in Vegas (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6482..., for those that love or contemplate casino food).
                        I haven't found a "good" buffet in the four-six tries in the New Haven area and I have decided not to try any more since they are not a CHOW-worthy, Chowhound destination, IMHO.
                        In this thread "Very good/really good" is mentioned 2-1/2 times, "good" 20 times,"decent" four times, "pricey" and "overcooked" twice, "dry", "garbage", "forgettable" "ugh", "passable", "way down", "average" "amazing" once each . I tried not to pile on from a single negative/positive post. Food for thought?

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                          Scargod Mar 29, 2010 02:31 PM

                          I partially recant, crawfish and back-peddle! Today SO and I had the buffet at Coromandel, in Orange. We were there within five minutes of them opening at noon. $10! Equal to Thali in New Haven? Perhaps not, but really excellent for a buffet. Only the eggplant dish was spicy. Battered and fried spinach was crunchy and well-seasoned. The lamb curry was tender and tasty. The white meat chicken tikka masala was a little tough. The tandoori chicken, which came to the table sizzling on a cast-iron plate was very juicy, tender and delicious. Along with it came fresh nan. Other veggie dishes were very good and fresh. Beets cooked in milk was the dessert and it was very good and sweet.
                          All in all, a very enjoyable lunch!

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                          25 Old Kings Hwy N Ste 11, Darien, CT 06820

                    2. masha bousha May 9, 2009 05:15 AM

                      Sunday Brunch buffets that I've been to in the greater Hartford area (which were both good) are: Stone Well in Farmington and Rizzuto's Wood Fired in Blue Back Square in West Hartford.

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                        karlssoni May 9, 2009 07:22 AM

                        If you like Indian, you could try Mirch Massala on 184 in Groton.

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                          JRW May 9, 2009 10:09 AM

                          Another good Indian one is Tandoor on Chapel St. in New Haven.

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                            Scargod Jul 6, 2009 08:36 AM

                            Tandoor is one of the few buffets I've done and it's decent, but there's little selection and it's fairly straightforward stuff.
                            I say "a good buffet" is an oxymoron. Generally, they are a sacrilege to good food and good eating habits. I suspect they are terribly wasteful in the process. I know there are exceptions, but I don't consider them very "Chowish".

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                            howaboutthat May 9, 2009 05:26 PM

                            And Utsav, in Vernon.

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                              mrbeachy Mar 29, 2010 07:26 PM

                              my friends LOVED custy's. Not cheap at $70 p.p for the buffett, but very good quality and a huge selection to chose from- he actually ate 6 lobsters. wow.

                          3. meatme May 9, 2009 09:07 PM

                            http://www.custys.com/

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                              Rocket319 Jun 21, 2009 11:40 AM

                              Stay away from the Pacific Buffet in Hamden. We went for father's day and checked the price online before going. As we walked up to the door about 45 minutes after opening they were hanging signs on the door that the price was increased 3$ a person for the holiday. The thing is the place was already half full! As we ate we could hear people at tables around us who arrived before us finding out about the price increase when they got their checks. As for the food it was average at best and not even luke warm! My daughter and I sampled multiple items and nothing was hot. On top of that they have little signs on the table that say they will charge an additional 35% for excessive waste. If you take a bite of something and it turns out to disgusting are you expected to force it down? Give me a break. You are going to need WAY better chefs if you are going to have a policy like that. They don't even give you fortune cookies at the end of your meal. Would not recommend this place to anybody.

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                                shaogo Jun 22, 2009 10:51 AM

                                @Rocket319: There's a two-word reason why you had a rough time: "Father's Day."

                                Of course, there was no call for them to raise prices at all, even if it was $3. That's just plain greedy. However, we've had a couple of decent meals there. Never noticed that the food was lukewarm. The variety just can't be beat.

                              2. philbkr Jun 21, 2009 01:38 PM

                                I'd like to recommend The Mill on the River in Ellington. A beautiful location...lots of bridal activity here during the season(!). An attractive dining room with menus for entrees; a separate room for appetizers (cheeses, fruit, etc.) and desserts. Reservations on the weekends are a must. Prices are reasonable and the food rates a good to very good for mostly usual brunch fare.

                                1. JenJeninCT Jul 5, 2009 03:23 PM

                                  The Greenwich Hyatt is pricey, but worth it! Harborside in Stratford is dent, with a great raw bar selection, and less than 1/2 the price of the Hyatt, but may only be a holiday thing- I went on Easter. I intend to try Bear and Grill(Orange) and Silvermine Tavern (Norwalk) and will report when I do.

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                                    ratbuddy Jul 5, 2009 03:53 PM

                                    I had Silvermine's Sunday brunch once, and it was decent. The cod cakes stand out in my mind as being extra delicious, be sure to try a few if you end up going.

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                                    catsmeow Nov 27, 2009 05:57 PM

                                    David Burke's at Foxwoods recently started a Sunday buffet brunch. I just posted on the Burke thread asking if anyone's been.

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                                      2good2eat Mar 25, 2010 06:22 PM

                                      If you like Chinese, Chengs buffet in Orange has decent food, consistent quality and taste..

                                      1. DonShirer Mar 26, 2010 08:30 PM

                                        It's been several years since I've been there, but the Royal Buffet in Enfield had a reasonable Chinese buffet. One caveat: don't opt for the cheesecake!

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