Finding a buffet-style restaurant in a city can be a challenge and in the close quarters of Boston, it is even more difficult. However, if you’re willing to venture past the normal people-packed locations and broaden your horizons to endless breakfast options, satisfying Indian food or a drool-worthy meat selection, you might just be in luck for a delicious, all-you-can-eat meal.
The Kebab Factory
414 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
Price: $7.95 on the weekdays and $11.95 on the weekends
Hours: Lunch buffet available Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat and Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A delight in Indian cuisine for both vegetarian and omnivorous tastes, The Kebab Factory is the best lunch buffet in town. There are many dishes to tantalize your taste buds and fill your senses with pleasure. Most have a kick of spice, but your mouth can be cooled with lassi, the traditional smoothie-like drink, and naan, the clay oven leavened bread, always at the ready. The must-try item in this spread is the warm, crispy, vegetable-filled samosa.
The Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Price: $45 per person
Hours: Sunday Brunch – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
If you’re looking for an upscale brunch, then this is the right place to be on Sunday afternoon. This brunch offers an array of simple and complex flavors, a classy atmosphere and a general feel of control over your own plate. Henrietta’s is the best luxurious brunch you can find in the Boston area. Included in the buffet is a grilled vegetable and salad station, raw bar, bagels and smoked fish, meat and cheese plates, omelet station, waffles and up to 10 dessert options.
1124 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Price: Lunch – $12.95 every day, Dinner Sun to Thurs – $21.95, Fri and Sat – $24.95 (Children 8 to 12 – $8.95, under 8 – $4.95)
Hours: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Reservations recommended)
It’s official: meat is on the menu. With an additional dash of seafood, some hot and cold side dishes and a surprising list of drinks, this Brazilian place is a family-friendly barbecue tucked into the city. At Midwest Grill, meat is always the main course. It offers items from savory beef ribs and bacon-wrapped chicken to slabs of pork loin and roasted kielbasa brought right to the table and sliced in front of your salivating mouth, making this place the best unconventional buffet around. If you’re practically a carnivore, then you’ve found the meat-lover’s paradise at this locale.
52 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Price: $11.95 per person
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A busy day can be made better with a quick stop for food such as a simple, classic take on Indian cuisine for a quick fix during the lunch-time rush. Mantra delivers an easy meal that can either be eaten there or taken to go, making it one of the most convenient lunch buffets in the city. The food choices are limited but all done well, from the Chicken Masala to the Tawa Mixed Vegetables. If you can manage a sample of the Kheer, the traditional rice pudding, it is well worth it in flavor alone.
The Blue Room
1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
Price: $27 per person, $13 for children under 12
Hours: Sunday Brunch – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Blue Room menu changes to accommodate the flavors of each season, making this brunch even more desirable. Whatever the week’s menu, a combination of the classic and the cutting-edge is offered. From pancakes and brioche rolls to grilled salmon and spicy tomato soup, this brunch buffet will win over even the pickiest of eaters. Crisp flavors and daring combinations make taste buds sing and foodies rejoice. And be sure to leave room for dessert because if you don’t, your mouth will surely regret it.
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