Buffet Restaurants in Orlando & Kissimmee
Orlando Visitor Guide
Kissimmee Buffet Diners
If you live in the USA you will already be familiar with most of the names of these businesses and how the system works, be patient with us as we try to explain them all to our international visitors.
As we indicated in our introduction to this section, categorizing these restaurants is not going to be easy. So please bear with us...
With the ever growing popularity of Buffet type restaurants we give you an overview of the locations offering this style of meal.
Buffet Diners defined -
Many restaurants will choose to advertise a buffet as an 'all-you-can-eat' experience, while others may call it an 'all-you-care-to-eat' experience, which sometimes takes on the same meaning and sometimes not (!?!)
Some of the other area restaurants will ride on this popularity by advertising an 'all-you care-to-eat' entrée
They are all just trying to say the same thing using slightly different words. They are simply referring to a very hearty meal.
We thought we knew at one time which one was which but lately, we're not sure! It can be quite confusing, so the best thing to do is to ask.
Generally, if a restaurant is advertising a buffet, it usually means an 'all-you-can-eat' menu, which may vary from a few main entrées to an unlimited selection. The actual Buffet will be a bar, or series of bars, where you can choose from the traditional trimmings - potatoes, breads, salads, a selection of specialties (Mexican, Italian etc.) and fruits as well as unlimited beverages. Oh yes, don't forget desserts.
Though their prices can be quite enticing, please keep in mind that the quality of the food and the experience can vary greatly from location to location, even within the same chain.
Just to confuse the situation even more, many restaurants will also offer either a 'one-plate' selection from the salad bar or an 'all-you-can-eat experience', which becomes a meal in itself.
This is one of our American editors favorites. Healthy, and one of the better values available to you -
Restaurants that offer this are numerous but the salad bar at many Pizza Hut Restaurants is well worth a visit...
Probably the best known of the area buffets are the Ponderosa Steakhouse and Golden Corral Restaurants but there are many more to choose from. We are attempting to put together a comprehensive list of them all.
There are a lot of Chinese Buffets, probably the location of Splendid China is helping in this. There's China Pearl, Dynasty Buffet, Emperor's Wok and the Pagoda Restaurant. Further East there is the Regent Chinese Restaurant, located at the east end of Irlo Bronson Memorial just before the Florida Turnpike, on the south side of the road. See our Ethnic section for a more detailed view...
For a more American choice, you can consider the Las Vegas Buffet. Though a little more expensive, the variety that's offered here is a sight to behold!
Additionally, restaurants such as Boston Lobster will also offer the 'all-you-can-eat' experience. In this particular example, lobsters and seafood in general.
Breakfast - All You Can Eat.
Can't forget the first meal of the day...
You will find even more places that serve unlimited breakfast than the major locations e.g. Ponderosa & Golden Corral. Many hotels and larger motels will have an 'all you can eat breakfast' that is open to none residents.
Use them wisely -
Eat well here and skip lunch at the theme parks to save money! Usually! Kids under 10 eat free with a paying adult. Watch out for seasonal specials.
There's much more waiting to be discovered in the area. These are only a few examples.
Check here for a more detailed explanation of 'All You Can Eat' establishments...
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