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Buffets aren’t just for your great Aunt Ruth anymore, they’re the preferred dining method of the proletariat.
Aw, the buffet, that age-old tradition of lust and gluttony. Deriving from the French word meaning bloated walrus song (it is, look it up), buffets have helped many Americans put up with their insane relatives during family outings. Is cousin Gus going on his usual diatribe about Q-Anon and chemtrail exposure? Now’s a good time to reload on the mashed potatoes.
Are your parents passing around photos of your nieces and nephews while dropping unsubtle judgments about how you haven’t produced any offspring and may have actually used the term “unmarriable” in reference to your dating life? Hey, at least you’ve got unlimited meats and starches to drown away the tears and that ain’t bad.
Yes, the buffet has done so much for us over the years. From family functions, to work lunches, and even curing our hangovers, everyone appreciates a good buffet now and then. We scouted the city and asked around for the best spreads and smorgasbords on either side of the outer belt.
So here you go Columbus, the best buffets the city has to offer. Don’t skimp out on seconds, go on, you deserve it. Oh, and ‘buffet’ definitely doesn’t originate from ‘bloated walrus song’ but if I can get at least one person to actually Google that I’ll die happy.
Aab India has garnered a dedicated fan base throughout the city and honestly, they deserve it for the epic lunch buffet they offer every single day. Sometimes, the only way to cure your intense craving for tikka masala is to literally fill an entire tray and go to town.
Where: 1470 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212
Website: Aab India
Cumin and Curry Indian Kitchen
Named after a fragrant spice common in Indian cuisine and arguably the most famous Indian dish, Cumin and Curry offers a variety of well-seasoned regional dishes. Stuff your face with, not some, but all of the tandoori chicken. Go on. You deserve it.
Where: 4155 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219
Website: Cumin and Curry Indian Kitchen
Texas De Brazil
I can’t explain to you how amazing Brazilian-style buffets truly are. Each seat at the table receives a card. As long as that card is flipped green, servers will bombard you with skewers of roasted meats and barbecues. The kitchen staff will continue to assault your table until you relent and flip your card over to red. This buffet is only for the carnivorous and the brave.
Where: 4040 Easton Station e, Columbus, OH 43219
Website: Texas De Brazil
Some would argue that Massey’s has some of the best Columbus-style pizza in the city (that’s thin crust, edge-to-edge toppings, and square-cut kiddos, keep up). And while they no doubt have some pretty awesome pies, they for sure have one of the best lunch buffets in town. Sometimes there’s nothing better than downing a physically alarming amount of pizza, guzzling a half gallon of Pepsi Cola and trying to make it home before your blood sugar drops and you pass out on the side of the road. Hey, we all have our own ideas of a good time.
Where: Thirteen different locations, click here to find the closest.
Website: Massey’s Pizza
York Steak House
This one might be considered a stretch, but the salad station at York Steak House is a hill I’m willing to die on. York Steak House is the epitome of a timewarp restaurant. There were 200 restaurants at the peak of York’s popularity, but now the only one is on W. Broad Street. Head over, load up at the salad station, and enjoy the spoils.
Where: 4220 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228
Website: York Steak House
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