The 9 Best Buffets in Vermont!

The term buffet refers to the Swedish concept of a “smorgasbord,” a collection of various foods that showcase a culture. However, it also references the French term “sideboard,” a type of furniture on which food is served. Any way you slice it, though, the upshot is good eats, and the practice took off in the late 1900s. Vermont, like most states, has a bevy of buffet options to offer, from Indian, Chinese, and American, to exotic hot rock options. So, loosen your belt a notch or two, and help us take a bite out of the best buffets in Vermont.    

1. Nepali Cafe, Essex Junction, VT

This family-run restaurant serves authentic fusion cuisine from Nepal, India, and Bhutan. Come on weekends for a buffet unlike any other in the state. Choose from dishes like fish pakora (chunky salmon fish marinated in lime, ginger, and garlic, and coated in chickpea flour and fried until golden) and Aloo Tikki (mashed potato patties mixed with coriander, onion, and spices, and deep-fried in vegetable oil) for a one-of-a-kind take on buffets.

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2. China Moon Buffet, Barre, VT

China Moon features award-winning Asian inspired buffet dishes like snow crab legs, General Tso's chicken, roast beef, black pepper shrimp, fresh salmon, ice cream, pastry, and more. Plus choose from regular dishes like fried rice, lo mein, chow mein, Hunan beef, sweet and sour pork, fried chicken, and more.

3. China Garden Restaurant, Bellows Falls, VT

This Chinese restaurant is known for modern interpretations of classic dishes and its use of high-quality fresh ingredients. Get Chinese-American regulars like chow mein, lo mein, fried rice, health food selections, combo specials, chef specials, and more. Plus, find individual dishes like orange chicken, teriyaki beef, or kung pao pork.

4. Panasian Chinese & Japanese Restaurant, Brattleboro, VT

Specializing in traditional Chinese & Japanese cuisine, Panasian also provides a sushi bar, and a full bar for drinks. For order online, take out, or buffet-style eats, Panasian offers dishes like chow mein, lo mein, shrimp tempura, teriyaki, sushi, and more. Plus find health food selections, dinner boxes, chef specials, etc.

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5. Black Rock Steakhouse, Springfield, VT

With a Sunday brunch buffet featuring shrimp, lobster, and crab, all cooked over hot rocks, Black Rock Steakhouse is like hibachi grill meets surf and turf. Hot rock cooking seals in the flavor and dish come to the table bursting with aroma. Get the freshest seafood from Boston as well as premium cuts of meat. 

6. The Eastside, Newport, VT

This old-school lakeside restaurant serves American comfort food with a full bar and enclosed deck. Family-owned since 1991, the restaurant includes a bakery, gift shop, and marina, and the Sunday brunch is rather famous in the region. Get carved roast beef, pastries, eggs, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, cheese, seafood, casseroles, cocktails, and more.

7. Taste of India, Middlebury, VT

For authentic Indian cuisine, there’s only one place to go in central Vermont. For delivery, take out, catering, and eat in. Taste of India has got curries, tandooris, samosas, pakoras, and so much more. Plus, don’t forget about kabobs, rotating chef’s specials, and goat specialties, or stop in for weekend buffet brunch and sample an array of dishes. 

8. FuYam Buffet Sushi and Hibachi, Milton, VT

Opened just last year, this buffet offers a fresh take on Chinese-American buffets. Featuring both fresh daily chef-made sushi rolls and buffet-style hibachi, this dinner comes with a show as you watch your own creation cooked before your eyes. Of course, you can get your traditional favorites too: dumpling, teriyaki, seafood, fried wontons, and more, but this is one unique all-you-can-eat buffet.

9. Sherpa Kitchen, Burlington, VT

This relaxed eatery offers a warm and tranquil dining atmosphere and serves classic Nepalese and Himalayan Sherpa cuisine. Offers a weekend buffet brunch like you’ve most likely never had before, you can get dishes like Samosa Chaat, lentil soup, Sherpa Stew, Momo Dumplings, Sherpa Chow Mein, and unique curries.

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