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Casablanca's buffet includes hummus, falafel and more. (PHOTO: Zach Karpinski & Eron Laber)

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The plates await at Downtown's China Gourmet. (PHOTO: Zach Karpinski & Eron Laber)

Milwaukee's best buffets




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 1, 2008 at 5:30 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


If you're like us, you enter any buffet with a little devil on one shoulder and a little angel on the other.

The little fella dressed in white says, "sample the fruits of this lovely cuisine, but take it slow, kid." Meanwhile, the sizzling hot demon on the other side urges you to go back and back and back, leading you to stuff yourself silly.

Approach a buffet with an open mind and with caution. Sample something new and expand your horizons, but limit your intake and you won't have to worry about expanding your waistline.

Here are some of Milwaukee's best buffets, according to OnMilwaukee.com staffers.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino's The Buffet
1721 W. Canal St., (800) 729-7244
potawatomi.com

If you're not a bingo, slots or blackjack enthusiast, you might be missing out on one of the city's most extensive and varied buffets. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, the buffet at Potawatomi features Mexican, Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Wednesday's feature is seafood and Fridays there's a fish fry bar. On Saturday, it's surf and turf with prime rib and snow crab. On Sundays, there's a brunch buffet and at dinner, the focus is on Southern and soul food specialties.

China Gourmet
117 E. Wells St., (414) 272-1688
For years, China Gourmet has been Downtown Milwaukee's largest Chinese buffet and that tradition continues in its new location along the river. There are at least three tables packed with food and during the busy lunch hour the food is as fresh as can be.

Mader's Restaurant
1037 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 271-3377
maders.com

Mader's serves authentic German dishes and continental specialties at its Sunday brunch -- from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- alongside traditional breakfast choices and an array of desserts and fruits.

Maharaja
1550 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-2250

The daily Maharaja lunch buffet doesn't change all that much, but that's a good thing. There's a large selection of Indian soups, vegetarian favorites like palak paneer (spinach cooked with homemade cheese) and chicken and beef curries. And, if you save room, you can always count on an endless supply of gulab jamun -- those little fried dough balls dipped in sweet syrup.

Casablanca
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
casablancaonbrady.com

The vegetarian Middle Eastern lunch buffet is a great deal -- for only $6.95 you can feast on salads, stews and a range of rotating "sides" including spinach pie, eggplant with potatoes, and a variety of desserts. The meat-lovers' Sunday buffet is $12.95 and it's stocked with beef, lamb and chicken dishes along with their signature side dishes.

Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ
725 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 774-5540

The best part of visiting these two spots is the experimentation. You walk through the line, bowl in hand, and try to concoct a mixture of meats, vegetables and spices that you think will please your palate. Then, you hand the whole thing over to an "expert" at the tabletop grill, wait a few moments and see how you did. If you don't like the mix of flavors and textures, well, you can always go back and try again. You can even try using one of the "cheat sheets" provided, but where is the fun in that?

StoneFire Pizza Co.
5320 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, (262) 970-8800

This buffet features a gourmet pizza bar, salad bar, noodle bar, hot dish bar, kids' food bar, and drink and dessert station. The salad bar is fresh and well-stocked, the pizza is good and the kids' food -- although not particularly healthy -- is sure to please. Pricing varies for lunch and dinner.

The King and I
830 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 276-4181

Milwaukee doesn't exactly have a thriving Thai restaurant scene, but one of the better entries is The King and I. Its lunch buffet features all of its favorites, including their famous volcano chicken (which is worth the trip on its own).

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Caetano | May 12, 2009 at 10:49 a.m. (report)

The buffet at StoneFire Pizza is really disgusting.

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rol7033 | Nov. 24, 2008 at 11:21 p.m. (report)

We are looking for a good thaksgiving buffet on Thursday

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LegallyBlonde | Oct. 2, 2007 at 4:14 p.m. (report)

The King and I buffet is sick!! ps- sick means awesome.

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T15 | Oct. 2, 2007 at 7:57 a.m. (report)

What about Old Country Buffet? It's really good if you want to clean out your system.

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dimondan | Oct. 1, 2007 at 9:38 p.m. (report)

There are a number of good Sunday buffets in the Milwaukee area. The best is Pandl's in Bayside. The price is in the mid $20's. The variety and quality is the best. My favorite is the prime rib. Great salads and a different theme each week. For great ambience, The Copper Dock on Freiss Lake is the place to be. The food is terrific and the lake view is perfect. Saz's has a good brunch, lots of variety, but the place is a little cramped, but worth the trip. Another decent brunch is the one at Hubbard Park and the one at China Gourmet, my kids favorite.

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