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Brockton MA

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Portland ME (update)

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Providence RI (update)

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Wakefield MA

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Manchester CT

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Pawcatuck CT

Harley's Smokeshack NYC

3 Guys Basement BBQ Hanover NH

Prohibition Pig Waterbury VT

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Redbones Somerville MA (update)

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East Ender Portland ME

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Wrentham MA

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Willimantic CT

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Northborough MA (update)

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Marlborough MA (update)

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Bronx NY

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Arnie's Place Concord NH

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Beauford's Hillsborough NH

Fette Sau Brooklyn NY (update)

Saw Mill Dracut MA

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Scratch Kitchen Salem MA

Butcher Bar Queens NY

Pies 'n' Thighs Brooklyn NY

 

 

 

Burger Reviews:

Alden & Harlow Cambridge MA

Smashburger Natick MA

Beat Hotel Cambridge MA

White Manna Hackensack NJ

Crazy Burger Narragansett RI

Farmstead Providence RI

Burger Boys Lincoln RI

SkyBokx 109 Natick MA

Brew City Worcester MA

Shake Shack Chestnut Hill MA

Trade Boston MA

The Sinclair Cambridge MA

Lincoln Tavern S. Boston MA

The Brindle Room NYC

Coney Island Worcester MA

Craigie On Main Cambridge MA

Elevation Burger S. Portland ME

Bobby's Burger Palace

Burlington MA

Oak Long Bar Boston MA

Met Back Bay Boston MA

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M3 Somerville MA

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Catalyst Cambridge MA

Happy's Boston MA

Louis Lunch New Haven CT

Nosh Portland ME

Brick Wall Burger

Greenfield MA

JM Curley Boston MA

Shake Shack NYC

Grumpy White's Quincy MA

Wahlburgers Hingham MA

Abigail's Cambridge MA

Eastern Standard Boston MA

Firebrand Saints

Cambridge MA

Griddler's Boston MA

BGR Burger W. Hartford CT

The Gallows Boston MA

Max Burger W. Hartford CT

Gilley's PM Lunch

Portsmouth NH

Lexie's Joint Portsmouth NH

The Boynton Worcester MA

Plan B W. Hartford CT

White Hut W. Springfield MA

Russell House Tavern

Cambridge MA

Burgers, Shakes & Fries

Greenwich CT

Five Napkin Burger

Boston MA

The Butcher Shop Boston MA

Ritual Worcester MA

Scholars Boston MA

Corey's Catsup & Mustard Manchester CT

Radius Boston MA

Back Bay Social Club Boston MA

Harry's Bar & Burger Providence RI

Beehive Boston MA

Lord Hobo Cambridge MA

Towne Boston MA

 

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Floramo's Chelsea MA

New Bridge Cafe Chelsea MA

Katz's Delicatessen NYC

Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA

 

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BBQ Buffet and All-You-Can-Eat Offers from New York to Boston

Note that these all you can eat specials change frequently, so be sure to contact the restaurant to confirm.

 

Massachusetts BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

Bendle-Bean's, Pembroke MA (closed)

all you can eat ribs - Friday nights

www.bendlebeans.com


Bob's Southern Bistro, Boston MA (closed)

all you can eat brunch buffet - Sundays

www.bobssouthernbistro.com


Bub's, Sunderland MA

all you can eat BBQ side dish buffet every day

www.bubsbbq.com


Chili Head BBQ, W. Bridgewater MA

all you can eat BBQ wings - Wednesdays (discontinued)

www.chiliheadbbq.com


Firefly's Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Marlborough MA

all you can eat brunch BBQ buffet - Sundays

all you can eat ribs - Thursday nights
all you can eat lunch BBQ buffet - weekdays (Framingham only)

www.fireflysbbq.com


Jake's Dixie Roadhouse, Waltham MA

all you can eat BBQ plates - Sundays and Mondays

http://jakes-bbq.com

 

Lester's Roadside BBQ, Burlington MA

all you can eat BBQ ribs and wings - Wednesday and Sunday nights

www.lestersbbq.com


Redbones, Somerville MA

all you can eat wet ribs - weekday lunch and early evenings

www.redbonesbbq.com

 

Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA

all you can eat BBQ buffet - Sunday nights (discontinued)
www.bbqstack.com

 

SoulFire, Allston MA

all you can eat wings - Monday nights

www.soulfirebbq.com


New York BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

American Glory, Hudson NY

all you can eat ribs - Tuesdays

www.americanglory.com

 

Barnstormer BBQ, Fort Montgomery NY

all you can eat ribs and all you can eat wings - Wednesday nights

 

Brother Jimmy's, New York NY

all you can eat BBQ ribs and all you can drink beer - Sundays

all you can eat BBQ rib tips, all you can eat wings and all you can drink beer - Mondays

www.brotherjimmys.com

 

Chico's, Guilderland NY

all you can eat wings - Monday nights

www.chicosbbq.com

 

Cody's BBQ, Riverhead NY

all you can eat ribs - Tuesdays

www.codysbbq.com

 

Georgia's Eastside BBQ, New York NY

all you can eat ribs - Sundays

1.5-lbs crab legs with all you can eat sides - Sundays

all you can eat ribs with crab legs - Sundays

 

Harbor Q, Port Washington NY

all you can eat St Louis pork ribs - Tuesdays (discontinued)

all you can eat beef ribs - Wednesdays (discontinued)

www.harborq.com

 

Hill Country Barbecue, New York NY

all you can eat pork ribs, brisket and chicken - Mondays

www.hillcountryny.com

 

Lily Flanagan's, Islip NY

all you can eat ribs - Thursdays

www.lilyflanagansbar.com

 

Marfa, New York City

all you can eat wings - Mondays

all you can eat ribs - Mondays

all you can eat barbecue shrimp - Mondays

all you can eat fried chicken- Wednesdays

www.marfanyc.com

 

MexiBBQ, Astoria/Queens NY

all you can eat ribs - Tuesdays

www.mexibbq.com

 

Piggy Bank, Beacon NY

Mondays - all you can eat ribs

www.piggybankrestaurant.com

 

Port Royal Pub and Grille, Islip NY

all you can eat ribs - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

www.portroyalpubandgrille.com

 

Q Barbecue, Port Chester NY

all you can eat ribs - Mondays

www.qrestaurantandbar.com

 

Ruby's Famous BBQ Joint , East Meadow NY

all you can eat ribs- Mondays (discontinued)

www.RubysFamousBBQJoint.com

 

Smoking Sloe's, Northport NY

all you can eat BBQ buffet - Thursday night through Sunday night

www.smokingsloes.com


Southbound BBQ, Valhalla NY (closed)

all you can eat lunch BBQ buffet - Tuesday through Friday

all you can eat dinner BBQ buffet - Tuesday and Wednesday

www.southboundbbq.com

 

Southern Hospitality, New York NY

all you can eat babyback ribs - Wednesdays

www.southernhospitalitybbq.com

 

Strawberry's Sports Grill, Queens NY

all you can eat babyback ribs - Wednesdays

www.strawberryssportsgrill.com

 

Swingbelly's BBQ, Long Beach NY

all you can eat wings - Monday nights

all you can eat BBQ - Sundays

www.swingbellysbbq.com

 

 

Connecticut BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

Big Bubba's BBQ, Uncasville CT

all you can eat BBQ ribs and chicken - Monday and Tuesday nights

www.bigbubbasbbq.com

Cookhouse, New Milford

all you can eat BBQ - Tuesdays and Thursdays

www.thecookhouse.com

 

Jeff's Cuisine, South Norwalk CT

all you can eat Sunday brunch buffet

www.jeffscuisine.com


Russell's Ribs, Groton CT

all you can eat BBQ babybacks (Monday)

all you can eat BBQ beef ribs (Tuesday)

all you can eat BBQ pork ribs (Wednesday)

all you can eat BBQ chicken (Thursday)

Uncle Willie's, Seymour CT

all you can eat BBQ buffet available?

(no buffet at West Haven location)

 

New Hampshire BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

Muddy River Smokehouse, Portsmouth NH

all you can eat ribs - Monday nights

www.muddyriver.com

 

 

Maine BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

Little Dan's BBQ, Lewiston ME

all you can eat pulled pork sandwiches - lunch (11AM - 2PM)

www.littledansbbq.com

 

Vermont BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

Big Fatty's, Burlington VT

all you can eat pork and chicken - Sunday and Monday nights (Burlington only)

www.maplestreetcatering.com/Piggery.html

 

New Jersey BBQ Buffet & All You Can Eat BBQ

Indigo Smoke, Montclair NJ

all you can eat Sunday brunch BBQ buffet

www.indigosmoke.com

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All About All-You-Can-Eat

In Defense of Buffets

Sometimes buffets get a bad rap, generally on two fronts: (1) the quality of the food isn’t as good as you’d get by ordering off the menu; (2) it’s all about (and only about) the gluttony. I’d agree that the first point is usually true, although it doesn’t have to be. I’ve been to buffets where the food is brought out in small batches, maintained at a high level and replenished often. As for the second point, I’d also agree somewhat, but there are other benefits to buffets beside the humongous quantities of food available.

 

  • The speed factor. The the food is ready, so all you have to do is serve yourself, eliminating the time-consuming formality of reading the menu, ordering and waiting for the food to be cooked.

 

  • Variety: Can't decide between black bean chicken and Chung King pork? Have ‘em both (along with three other chicken dishes, two other seafood dishes, a half dozen wings and a whole lotta ribs). Ditto for the barbecue buffet: why decide between ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken when you can have all four?

 

  • A chance to try something new: Beyond deciding between favorites, buffets are a great way to try items you’ve never had before, risk-free. There are some dishes you might not want to commit to sight unseen. Sure, it may sound good on the menu, but you’re not quite sure it’s going to be what you hope it is. At a buffet, you get to be Peyton Manning, reading the defense and going with the options that look best.

 

  • Creativity: This is your chance to channel your inner Bobby Flay and try spiral patterns of yellow and red sauces on a plate, and balance three ribs in a teepee formation on top. Or you could "plate" (a verb nowadays) a pile of collard greens, with four slices of brisket artistically fanned around it. Amuse yourself, impress your friends and have fun.

 

  • The Hyperspace button: In the rarest of cases—and I hope it doesn’t happen to you—you might see an array of food that looks so unappetizing, this advance screening is a cue to bail out before suffering a bad meal.

 

Buffet Strategies

Most of these are simple common sense, but maybe you'll find a tip or two:

 

  • Get a good seat. You don't have to sit right on top of the buffet, but it's always a good idea to have a good view. This is critical to the "Eat what's best, part 4" strategy described below.

 

  • Plan your attack. Survey the entire buffet before putting the first morsel on your plate. There’s a good chance that there are more items on that buffet than you can possibly eat in one meal. Knowing what’s available will help you decide what’s worth taking and what’s worth leaving behind. If you’re trying to minimize calories, plan your attack by declaring to your dining mates that you’re only making 1 trip, or avoiding anything fried, or whatever works for you. On a barbecue buffet, it’s all about the meat for me, so I usually try to avoid sides that are high in calories (baked beans), carbs (mashed potatoes) and fat (fried foods).

 

  • Use a small plate: There's a big stack of plates specifically intended for you to use, but most buffets have smaller bread plates that I prefer. This prevents you from over-loading the plate with so much food that it will be cold by the time you get to the bottom. Instead, get two or three items that are hot and eat them while they’re hot. You can keep going back.

 

  • Eat what's best, part 1: Say you’ve got ribs, chicken and brisket on your plate and the ribs are good, but not great. But the brisket’s the best you’ve had in a while. Go back for seconds and get some more of that brisket. If you just ordered ribs or chicken off the menu, you’d never know.

 

  • Eat what's best, part 2: If you like chicken thighs but hate chicken legs, load up on thighs and leave the legs for those who like ‘em. If you like chicken wing drumettes but hate that 2-bone wing piece, load up on the drumettes. Everybody gets the piece they want, so everybody wins.

 

  • Eat what's best, part 3: Here, there are winners and losers. Not only do you like drumettes, you particularly like those extra meaty drumettes. Using the stainless steel tongs with the skill of a surgeon, you pluck out the four meatiest ones in the tray, leaving the skimpy ones for the sap behind you. You win, and it’s okay to win, as long as you don’t run up the score.

 

  • Eat what's best, part 4: In this one, everyone's a winner, but you win more. This is a rule I strictly adhere to at a Chinese buffet. Never, ever—and I mean ever—take food from a tray that’s less than 1/4 full. It means the food is old, and you’re likely to get much better quality by waiting until the tray gets re-loaded. Just like the skimpy meat, leave the old food for the sap behind you, and wait for the good stuff. If you want the General Gau’s chicken but it looks old, get the rainbow shrimp this time and re-deploy the General to your next trip. Remember, you’re Peyton Manning, reading the defense and attacking it to win. Waiting may not appeal to you if you don’t have a whole lot of time, but if you master the art of the hover-and-descend, you’ll get good stuff with minimal inconvenience.

 

  • You can order off the menu too: Just because the buffet is all-you-can-eat doesn’t mean it’s ridiculous to order something off the menu. If a joint makes really good fried pickles, but they’re not on the buffet, go ahead and get those too.

 

  • Use your waiter: Just because the buffet is self-serve doesn’t mean it’s ridiculous to ask your waiter for some service beyond drink refills. If the pulled pork wasn't available, there's nothing wrong with asking your waiter to bring you a small dish of it when it's ready.

 

  • Avoid desserts: There are exceptions to this rule. But unless you’re at a hotel brunch or there’s a world renowned pastry chef involved, you’re better off sampling more of the main course items than wasting your time on the second rate cakes typically found at a buffet. On Chinese buffets, some would also say skip the soup, but I always try the soup if I’m at a place for the first time.

 

Buffet Ettiquette
  • Don't push, don't shove, don't spit, and don't use your fingers when serving.

 

  • Don't use the tongs from one tray to reach into a different tray, especially tongs that have handled meat into a tray of vegetables. I know it’s hard to believe, but there may be some vegetarians at a barbecue buffet who don’t want their veggies to taste like meat. (I love my vegetables to taste like meat, by the way.)

 

  • You're probably going to get your money's worth and more. If the restaurant owner loses a little money on you, there's nothing wrong with it, but I like the win-win. Be a sport and show a little appreciation by at least springing for one drink. You want to keep a good thing going, don't you?

 

  • They call it “all you can eat.” It’s not called “all you and your friend can eat,” so if you order the buffet and your friend doesn’t, no sneaking food across the table onto his plate. Don’t even think of asking me to smuggle a wing over to you if I get the buffet and you don’t. One other thing: it’s also not called “all you can eat today and tomorrow,” so don’t bring Tupperware along to maximize your intake.

 

  • If there are only 2 ribs left and there’s a sad looking fat guy in line who looks like he wants one, take one and leave him one. No, that fat guy won’t be me. If there are only 2 ribs left, you can have ‘em. I’ll wait for a fresh batch.

 

 

 

Comedian John Pinette: Mr. All-You-Can-Eat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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