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Is there a NON CHINESE buffet - Monmouth/Ocean area?

I saw a place called Marina Buffet down past Lacey on Rt. 9 and thought I finally found a non-Chinese, maybe even seafood, buffet. Nope. Not only Chinese, but one of the worst I've ever eaten at. Made the pilgrimage to one of NJ's five Golden Corrals once and it certainly wasn't worth the trip. Can anyone recommend a good non-chinese buffet in the Ocean County area? Or even Monmouth County?

Along the same lines, which casino in AC has the best buffet in your opinion? I've only gone to Bally's which was ok and read a review saying Borgatta was number one by a hair, but I'd like the opinion of my fellow chowhounds.

Thanks!

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  1. OK, this place is actually in Linden, NJ, but I meet my friend there occasionally. Good food. Southern style cooking. Steaks cooked to order sometimes. Decent salad bar. One small part of it is Asian food, but the majority is Southern cuisine. Decent friend chicken, too.

    http://www.smokehousebuffet.com/

    Only other non-Chinese places I can think of are sushi buffets. There's a few of those around. Of course they have Asian/Chinese food as well.

    And of course, there's a plethora of Indian restaurants around, with buffets for lunch and dinner.

    I did a search and found a Mexican buffet.. but it's in Dover, NJ. A bit of a hike. There's also a Cici's pizza buffet in Howell if you're into cheap pizza. I ate at one once, it was okay for what it was.

    Lastly, there are some Brazilian buffets in Long Branch, though I haven't been yet.

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    1. re: MarlboroMan

      I used to live in Carteret, and we went to smokehouse buffet and I was really not impressed.

      First off, the clientele wasn't really the best dinner company ("You better believe I'm getting my money's worth!!.." *literally piles on more food* kind of attitude), and then the food is about quantity and not quality.. and that's coming from ME.. the guy who doesn't mind eating a grease truck fat sandwich in his car...

      I've been to a few CiCi's in my time.. i'd recommend that over the smokehouse place.. and honestly.. we are in NJ with a decent pizza place on every corner!

      1. re: MarlboroMan

        I only go to the Borgata. Once they opened, I never went to another AC casino buffet again.

      2. I googled and came up with two Brazilian Buffet Restaurants in Long Branch.....Pezao Brazilian Buffet & Grill and Sabor Brazilian. If you try them, let me know what you thought.!

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        1. There is a Cici's pizza in the area

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          1. re: redfish62

            Speaking of cici's one is opening up in north Brunswick on rt 1 right next to moe's. (movie theater parking lot)

            1. re: coldsolderjoint

              Speaking of Moe's, one is opening in Marlboro (former Pathmark shopping center).

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            1. For Indian restaurants, pretty much all they have at lunch is a buffet.