When it comes to dining out, nothing beats a buffet-style restaurant. After all, where else can you eat and have such a variety of delicious foods to choose from for one low price? Alabama is home to several buffet-style restaurants, and listed below are seven of our favorites. Take a look:
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1. Fried Tomato Buffet - Montgomery
Fried Tomato Buffet offers all of your favorite homestyle comfort foods, including its famous fried green tomatoes. This buffet-style restaurant is the perfect dining destination for the entire family. You can visit Fried Tomato Buffet at 6561 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL 36117. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2. Taj india - Birmingham
Taj India offers a variety of traditional Indian dishes that you'll absolutely love. This Indian restaurant is a popular lunch spot, and you can either order from the menu or choose your meal straight off the buffet. You can visit Taj India at 2226 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205. Its hours are as follows: Lunch, Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday-Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3. The Gift Horse Restaurant - Foley
The Gift Horse Restaurant offers all of your Southern food favorites on a 28-foot buffet table. From fried chicken to seafood gumbo, this buffet-style restaurant has it all. There's also a dessert bar. Be sure to visit often because the menu varies daily. You can visit The Gift Horse Restaurant at 209 W Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535. It's open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
4. Southern Farm Table Restaurant and Bakery - Florence
Southern Farm Table Restaurant and Bakery might be located off the beaten path, but it's so worth the drive. This buffet-style restaurant serves up delicious Southern cuisine within the most charming atmosphere. A few of the foods you can expect to see on the buffet include macaroni and cheese, fried catfish, buttered mashed potatoes, peach cobbler, and fried chicken. The buffet's menu changes weekly.
You can visit Southern Farm Table Restaurant and Bakery at 4160 County Rd. 200 (Old Savannah Hwy), Florence, AL 35633. Its hours are as follows: Friday-Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5. Annie Pearl's Home Cooking - Dothan
The buffet at Annie Pearl's Home Cooking includes a variety of Southern classics such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, country fried steak, and the restaurant's famous banana pudding. Annie Pearl's Home Cooking offers a wonderful lunch buffet Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant serves both lunch and dinner. For dinner, it offers its customers "All You Can Eat Catfish & Shrimp," or "All You Can Eat Country Buffet." You can visit Annie Pearl's Home Cooking at 4930 AL-52, Dothan (Taylor), AL 36305. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6. Niki's West Steak & Seafood Restaurant - Birmingham
Niki's West Steak & Seafood Restaurant, which has been in business since 1957, is a Birmingham landmark. This cafeteria-style buffet restaurant offers its customers some of the city's freshest and most delicious food. You can select your meal from the buffet or order from the restaurant's a la carte menu. You can visit Niki's West Steak & Seafood Restaurant at 233 Finley Ave. W, Birmingham, AL 35204. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
7. Hazel's Nook - Gulf Shores
Hazel's Nook is famous for its amazing breakfast buffet, which includes a variety of morning staples such as eggs, biscuits, pancakes, bacon, sausage, and more. If you can't make it for breakfast, this Gulf Coast restaurant also offers a great lunch buffet. For both breakfast and lunch, you can eat from the buffet or order straight off the menu. You can visit Hazel's Nook at 120 E Fort Morgan Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. It's open every day, and its hours are as follows: Breakfast, 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Lunch, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Do you have a favorite buffet-style restaurant you enjoy dining at? If so, please share it with us in the comments.