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Best Buffets

Best Buffets

Sure, we all love the turkey, and the parade of pies to follow, but what Thanksgiving feast would be complete without the cluster of sides?

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
October 28, 2019 3:18 AM

Ever stop to think about why we love buffet restaurants so much? In part, it’s because we love getting a good deal. The idea of unlimited food for a set price is kind of hard to argue with, especially when we love the restaurant. If you enjoy shrimp and the buffet serves it, it’s time to eat all the shrimp you can. If it’s pizza your heart desires, then eating slice after slice of that delicious pepperoni with cheese is pure heaven.

Another reason we’ve fallen for buffets is that they’re quick. Walk into one, and you can have a piping hot plate of your favorite food sitting right in front of you, ready to be devoured, lickety-split. In some restaurants, you might be lucky to get an appetizer in 15 minutes, much less the food you came in for.

Perhaps the reason most of us like the buffet is because it offers variety. In the early 1900s, Sweeden introduced the smorgasbord. What started as a plethora of cheese and meat and other finger food items in Europe, 100 years later has turned into the all-out buffet in the United States.

In Tulsa, we love trying all sorts of food and drink. Walking into a restaurant with the chance to try every last thing on the menu is paradise.

And from time to time, there’s something undeniably satisfying about a meal that doesn’t end until you decide it should. When no matter how much you eat, it costs the same. And where no one’s going to judge you for grabbing yet another plate, since you’re all there on the same mission.

This area is filled with such endless experiences, from casino buffets to all-you-can-eat Asian joints, Brazilian steakhouses to bottomless breakfasts. So, strap on a bib, use a napkin, tip your server, and check out our 27 favorite all-you-can-eats.

As you should expect, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s buffet is top-notch. Any time of the day, an impressive variety of entrees and side dishes await the hungry patron who doesn’t want to take a gamble on getting food somewhere else.
As you should expect, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s buffet is top-notch. Any time of the day, an impressive variety of entrees and side dishes await the hungry patron who doesn’t want to take a gamble on getting food somewhere else.

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Beijing Gourmet
8228 E. 61st St. | Tulsa

Buffet-style dining and Asian food seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? A place like Beijing Gourmet stands out for its spacious room and ample choices, making it a go-to for many families in the Tulsa area. Regulars love the honey chicken, spring rolls, and fried doughnuts. And there’s a Mongolian grill included in the buffet price, so you can have your choice of ingredients freshly made up in exactly the combination you want.
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Buffet | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa

Casinos are typically known for their buffets, among other things. And, as a rule, the better the casino, the better the buffets within. As you should expect, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s buffet is top-notch. Any time of the day, an impressive variety of entrees and side dishes await the hungry patron who doesn’t want to take a gamble on getting food somewhere else. It’s a sure bet that your appetites will be completely satisfied, and taking two or three rounds to do it is part of the fun.
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Cumin Flavor of India
8242 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

This cozy spot serves up tasty Indian food that you won’t soon forget. The buffet is available during lunch hours, Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., making it a great way to taste-test items. You’ll enjoy favorites like tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, koftas, punjabi kadhi, aloo cabbage, palak paneer, biryani, tandoori naan, and more. The dishes are authentic and delicious, and you’ll want seconds — perfect for a buffet meal.
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Incredible Pizza
8314 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

Variety is the spice of life, so they say. Incredible Pizza seems to live by this motto with not only tasty pizza, but any combination of pizza, as well as so many other menu items like chicken tenders, salad, tacos, soups, and more. With over 150 items available, as well as special-request gluten-free dishes, you’ll be amazed just how incredible this buffet is. Oh, and what other buffet do you know of that also has a world-class arcade attached to it?
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India Palace
6963 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa

Tulsa’s oldest Indian restaurant, India Palace, continues to delight foodies around the 918. Their lunch buffet is perfect for getting that Indian fix you’ve been craving. Tulsans love it for their upbeat service and authentic dishes. Favorites include the garlic naan, samosas, and vindaloo. There are plenty of meat and vegan options, so the vegetarians and carnivores in your group can both find something satisfying to chow down on.
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Nelson's Buffeteria
4401 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa

Open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, Nelson’s is a reliable restaurant that throws you back to the past with its cafeteria-style comfort foods. Locals love the chicken-fried steak, but you’ll also want to try the beef and noodles with rich brown gravy, the moist meatloaf, homemade mac and cheese, and the bacony green beans. And don’t forget the to-die-for cinnamon rolls and selection of homemade pies. Save the diet for later.
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Ollie's Station
4070 Southwest Blvd. | Tulsa

Visiting an all-you-can-eat comfort food restaurant is like enjoying a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal any day of the week. Any time visiting this place is a treat, but it may just be the breakfast buffet that will take you back to the days when grandma cooked up everything under the sun, with no end in sight of good food and great memories. Decorated, top to bottom, with model trains, Ollie’s is a Tulsa tradition worth enjoying soon, even if you were just there.
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Stonecreek Kitchen | Osage Casino Hotel
951 W. 36th St. N. | Tulsa

Stonecreek Kitchen serves a daily breakfast buffet from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. with an assortment of sweet breads, muffins, eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruit. Their evening buffet (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) includes all your favorite comfort foods such as fried chicken, fried catfish, mac and cheese, fresh baked rolls, fresh fruit cobbler, and so much more to satisfy your appetite.
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Tandoori Guys
2039 W. Houston St. | Broken Arrow

Either the gobi tandoori cauliflower or the chicken tikka masala at Tandoor Guys will make your visit worth it, but every one of their dishes with rich, creamy sauces and tender chunks of chicken and cauliflower will knock your socks off. All the aromatic flavors welcome you the second you walk in, and if you love Indian-style food, you won’t have any trouble finding room for seconds or thirds. Be ready to try something new, because this restaurant makes a habit of introducing its regulars to something never served before.
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Texas de Brazil
7021 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa

Love meat? Then this buffet-style restaurant is for you. It’s a Brazilian steakhouse serving as much as you can eat of flame-grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage. The salad bar is also all-you-can-eat and filled with a wide selection of seasonal items to satisfy your belly. There will probably be way too much to pick from, so you’ll have to plan to come back. What a problem to have, right?
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Vision's Buffet | River Spirit
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa

If you have a craving for an endless supply of savory seafood, or an unquenchable desire to feast on tender, juicy beef, chicken or pork, Vision’s is always ready to meet that all-important need. A seemingly infinite variety of melt-in-your-mouth veggies, freshly baked breads, and delicious desserts will be there too. Whatever you’re hoping to chow down on, between slot machines or table games, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll find it in Oklahoma’s largest casino buffet.
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Yutaka Grill & Sushi Buffet
6560 E. 51st St. | Tulsa

Popular for its blend of American style and Asian style dishes, Yutaka’s buffet will satisfy just about anyone in your group of family and friends. Its no-nonsense atmosphere makes it easy to go with any size group, and everyone from kids to grandparents will find something to enjoy. Try some simple sushi, pepper beef, wontons, noodles, shrimp, fish — or choose your ingredients to be cooked for you at the Mongolian grill section of the buffet.
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Also Check Out

Bangkok Thai
3313 E. 32nd Place | Tulsa

Buffet Palace
10934 E. 21st St. | Tulsa

China King
1330 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

China Wok
4971 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Cicis Pizza
2435 W. Kenosha Ave. | Broken Arrow
9540 N. Garnett Road, Ste. 107-109 | Owasso
4949 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
3126 S. Garnett Road, Suite B | Tulsa
8955-C S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa

Golden Corral
8144 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
9711 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

Golden Saddle
6618 E. Admiral Place | Tulsa

Hibachi Grill Super Buffet
8110 E. 74th Place | Tulsa

Himalayas Aroma of India
4844 S. Memorial Drive | Tulsa

JK’s Thai Buffet
1421 E. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow

Mazzio’s
12505 S. Memorial Drive | Bixby
1200 E. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
611 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow
19322A E. Admiral Blvd. | Catoosa
1504 W. Will Rogers Blvd. | Claremore
211 E. Main St. | Collinsville
13735 S. Hwy. 51 | Coweta
519-A E. 141st St. | Glenpool
510 W. Main St. | Jenks
3030 W. Okmulgee | Muskogee
2200 E. Shawnee Bypass | Muskogee
8001 Owasso Expressway | Owasso
408 W. 2nd St. | Sand Springs
4099 S. Hwy. 97 | Sand Springs
100 N. Mission | Sapulpa
1425 W. Rogers | Skiatook
1712 S. Muskogee | Tahlequah
1115 S. Garnett Road | Tulsa
421 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
5119 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
1723 W. 51st St. | Tulsa
10115-G S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
2425 E. 71st St. | Tulsa

Oriental Pearl
12140 E. 96th St., Suite 100 | Owasso

Pita Place
8315 E. 11th St. | Bixby

Shanghai Avenue Super Buffet
803 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow

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