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Looking for AYCE/Buffet seafood/crab legs in mpls/stpaul area

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I searched the board but only found some older lists... I know a few of the places listed on there are no longer in business.

My wife really wants to find a nice all you can eat seafood place that is going on fri/sat/sun. I know that a few of the casinos have them but they are on the week days....

Does anyone have any tips or if not AYCE/buffet maybe the best crab legs or lobster in the area for the money?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Bennett's Chophouse does AYCE snow crab legs. I'm not saying it's spectacular, but it's a friendly place and it's AYCE...

    Kathie Jenkins did a blurb on this recently, but none of the other options mentioned (aside from Bennett's) do Fridays:

    On Thursday nights, Jensen's Supper Club (Eagan) has all-you-can-eat snow crab legs for $30. On Friday nights, Bennett's Chop & Railhouse (St. Paul) has them for $32.95.
    On Wednesday nights Casper's Cherokee Sirloin Room--Eagan location only-- has them for $27.99
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    http://www.twincities.com/restaurants...

    ~TDQ

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    Bennett's Chop & Railhouse
    1305 West 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Jensen's Supper Club
    3840 Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan, MN 55122

    1. You find AYCE crab legs at a variety of chinese buffets but I don't think that qualifies as a seafood buffet.

      For a chinese buffet dinner with crab legs, my choice would be 98 Pounds. I think it is about $16 on the weekend for dinner and also has some sushi choices. They serve other seafood items like shrimp, fish, mussels etc. They do limit how often they bring out crab legs, so if that is your primary reason for going, I would skip it.

      What you are describing sounds like the seafood buffet that is served at Mystic Lake but is only on Wednesdays.

      I doubt you are going to find lobster AYCE around here. Not many places that serve lobster on a buffet anywhere in the country. The Sterling Buffet in Las Vegas comes to mind, but that is like $85 a person.

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      1. re: TDS1

        I've been to 98 Pound Buffet 7-8 times and have never been pleased with their crab. They put it out sparingly. Still like the place, always filled with Chinese families, groups. Went to Treasure Island's buffet for crab legs. Thought they did a much nicer job with them than Mystic Lake. Also there was no wait, while the Mystic crab line is huge if you get there later than 5:30.

        1. re: stymie

          It doesn't appear to be any other night than Thursday, but Running Aces Harness Park seems to have a seafood buffet. It's also the best place to play poker / blackjack in the area. www.runningacesharness.com

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          Running Aces Harness Park
          15201 Zurich St NE, Forest Lake, MN 55025

      2. I enjoy the Wednesday night 4-8pm AYCE crab legs at Sarna's Classic Grill in Columbia Heights. Nice friendly place, great service and they really keep the hot crab coming.

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        Sarna's Classic Grill
        3939 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

        1. Mystic Lake Casino does AYCE crab legs on Wednesday nights. I believe it's $24.95. It can be very busy during dinner hours. We've waited up to an hour in line. But they keep restocking the crab legs so they are always hot and fresh.

          1. Big10 Supper Club in Arden Hills has AYCE Crab Legs for $21.00 on Sat. night. Really good. i think it also goes by Welsh's Big 10 Tavern.

            1. Grand Casino Mille Lacs does their crab leg buffet on friday nights. 23 bucks I think. Its way up North so going there would have to include a weekend trip or something, maybe to sight see the fall colors? Its way too far to drive just for dinner, at any rate.

              I've eaten there a couple times when i've been in that area this year, it isn't too bad. And the crowds aren't nearly as ridiculous, rabid and over aggressive like at mystic lake or 98 pounds lol

              Just an idea if you ever roam around the state on a weekend.