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Your ultimate guide to all-you-can-eat everything—from brunch to sushi

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Over the years, Charlotteans have enjoyed a number of bottomless deals like endless wine on Thursdays at Crave Dessert Bar or all-you-can-eat crab legs at Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill (RIP). But few are able to make the discount stick. Here are the buffets and specials (34 in total) that are still going strong in the Q.C.

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ASIAN

(1) China Buffet

4336 E. Independence Blvd.

Style: Lunch and dinner buffet

When: Lunch buffet: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner buffet: Monday-Thursday, 4-9:30 p.m. Friday, 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday buffet: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday buffet: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Deal: Weekday buffet: $9.59 for lunch $12.99 for dinner. Weekend buffet: $12.99 for adults.

(2) Dragon House

355 E. Woodlawn Road

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Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Deal: Lunch buffet: $7.99 on weekdays, $8.59 on weekends. Dinner buffet: $10.29 Monday-Thursday, $10.99 Friday-Sunday. To-go buffet: $4.29 for lunch, $4.99 for dinner.

(3) Ichiban

7201 Albemarle Road

Style: Lunch, brunch and dinner buffets

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-close. Brunch: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday buffet: all day, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Deal: Pricing varies per meal and per day.

(4) Jasmine Buffet

2305 Westinghouse Blvd., Suite A

Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Deal: Lunch buffet: $8.59 until 3:30 p.m. Dinner buffet: $10.99.

BRUNCH

(5) Bistro La Bon

1322 Central Ave.

Style: Buffet

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Deal: $22 for adults. Price includes a brunch smorgasbord as well as at-the-table extras like scrambled eggs, bacon and chocolate waffles.

Do the Math: Order-off-the-menu entrees here cost between $9 and $17. Plan to take at least two trips to the buffet.

(6) Heist Brewery

2909 N. Davidson St.

Style: Buffet

When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Deal: $19 for adults. In addition to the buffet and pizza rail, price includes a selected entree from the brunch menu. Add bottomless mimosas for $15.

(7) Mert’s Heart & Soul

214 North College St.

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Style: Table service

When: Saturday and Sunday

Deal: $17 for bottomless mimosas. Order entrees off the menu.

(8) Mimosa Grill

327 S. Tryon St.

Style: Buffet

When: Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Deal: $24.95 for adults. Price includes a Southern-inspired spread of brunch classics including omelets, shrimp and grits, biscuits and homemade desserts.

(9) Pike’s Soda Shop

1930 Camden Road

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Style: Buffet

When: Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Deal: $13.95 for adults. Price includes your fill of salads, scones, eggs, bacon, casseroles and more from the brunch buffet.

(10) The Peculiar Rabbit

1212 Pecan Ave.

Style: Buffet or table service

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bottomless mimosas served on Saturdays.

Deal: $16.95 for the brunch buffet. $25 for bottomless mimosas. You can also order from the a la carte brunch menu.

(11) Vivace

1100 Metropolitan Ave., Building E, Suite 100

Style: Table service

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Deal: $30. Price includes bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas, one appetizer and one entree.

Do the Math: Appetizers and entrees at Vivace cost, on average, $8 and $16 respectively. Single mimosas or Bloody Marys are $2 each. To break even, you’ll need to drink three cocktails.

FRIES

(12) Cafe Monte

6700 Fairview Road

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Style: Table service

When: Monday nights

Deal: $19. Bottomless mussels and frites.

Do the Math: Mussels and frites cost $19 here every day. Finish one round, and you’ll be in the clear.

(13) The Dunavant (coming soon)

2322 Dunavant St.

Style: Table service

When: Daily

Deal: $25. Price includes bread, soup or salad, a 12-ounce steak and bottomless house-cut fries.

(14) Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

401 N. Tryon St.

Style: Table service

When: Daily

Deal: Choose bottomless Santa Fe fries as a side with any burger or sandwich.

HUSH PUPPIES

(15) Bill Spoon’s Barbecue

5524 South Blvd.

Style: Table service

When: Daily

Deal: Complimentary hush puppies are served (and refilled) at every table.

(16) Mac’s Speed Shop

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Style: Table service

When: Daily

Deal: Complimentary endless hush puppies are served at every table.

INDIAN

(17) Jaipur

5909 South Blvd.

Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-3 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 5:30-10 p.m.

Deal: $9.25 for weekend lunch, $11.95 for dinner.

Do the Math: Entrees here cost between $14 and $17. One trip to the buffet keeps you under budget.

(18) Maharani

901 S. Kings Drive

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Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, noon-3 p.m.

Deal: $9.95 Monday-Saturday, $12.95 on Sunday.

(19) Passage to India

9510 University City Blvd.

Style: Lunch and brunch buffet

When: Lunch buffet: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Brunch buffet: Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Deal: $8.99 for lunch, $11.99 for brunch.

(20) Persis Biryani Indian Grill

3130 Driwood Court

Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, noon-3pm.

Deal: $9.99 Monday-Thursday, $10.99 on Friday, $12.99 on Saturday, $13.99 on Sunday

MEXICAN

(21) Three Amigos

2917 Central Ave.

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Style: Special

When: Thursdays

Deal: $8.99. All-you-can-eat enchiladas.

Do the Math: On a normal business day, three enchiladas cost $9.95. Eat four to break even.

(22) Los Arcos

8619 JW Clay Blvd.

Style: Lunch buffet

When: Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Deal: $7.99 on weekdays, $9.99 on weekends

MEAT

(23) Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse

500 S. College St.

Style: Lunch buffet and dinner table service

When: Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday, 4-9 p.m.

Deal: $12.95 for lunch carvery with salad, soup, and hot bars as well as a carving station. $44.95 for dinner rodizio, which includes 10 cuts of meats such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken, scallops wrapped with bacon and fried alligator plus unlimited helpings from the salad, soup and hot bar.

(24) Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

139 S. Tryon St.

Style: Table service and buffet

When: Daily

Deal: $56.90 for full rodizio. Price includes endless cuts of 15 meats, gourmet salad bar and side dishes.

Do the Math: It costs $36.90 for just one meat, the salad bar and side dishes. Let’s say each course costs $12.30 ($36.90/3). To make up for the $20 difference, you’ll need to eat just two full servings of other meats.

(25) Let’s Meat KBBQ

1400 S. Church St.

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Style: Korean barbecue

When: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Deal: $29.99. Price includes two hours of all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue cooked on a grill at your table.

MIDDLE EASTERN

(26) La Shish Kabob

3117 N. Sharon Amity Road

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Style: Buffet

When: Friday-Sunday evenings.

Deal: $15.99. Dinner buffet.

PIZZA

(27) Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizza

1730 Abbey Place

Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Deal: $9. Price includes pizza, pasta, salad and a drink.

(28) New York Pizza & Pasta

624 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail

Style: Buffet

When: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m; Dinner, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Deal: $6.99 for lunch, $7.99 for dinner. Price includes pizza buffet and salad bar.

(29) Pizza Peel & Tap Room

4422 Colwick Road; 1600 Central Ave.

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Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Football Sundays. (Not the Super Bowl)

Deal: $8.50. Price includes buffet; select drafts are also $3.

Do the Math: Large pizzas here cost about $24, making each slice cost about $2 (depending on how you cut the pie). Adults will have to eat five slices to get their money’s worth.

SUSHI

(30) Pisces

1100 E Metropolitan Ave., Suite 120

Style: Table service

When: Monday-Friday, 11:3o a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday noon-2:30 p.m.

Deal: $11. Price includes all-you-can-eat lunch menu with select sushi rolls.

(31) Ru San’s

2440 Park Road

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Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-3 p.m.

Deal: $11.75. All-you-can-eat sushi.

(32) Upstream

6902 Phillips Place

Style: Table service

When: Every Thursday, 4-7 p.m.

Deal: $24.95. All-you-can-eat sushi.

Do the Math: A classic Spicy Tuna roll at Upstream costs $7.50, but a specialty roll can cost upwards of $18. Order three or four maki rolls or two specialty rolls to get your fill.

WINGS

(33) Sticky Fingers Ribhouse

8021 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord

Style: Table service

When: Wednesdays

Deal: $12. Price includes endless hickory-smoked wings plus coleslaw and french fries.

Do the Math: On a normal business day, nine wings cost $11, and 12 cost $14, but they don’t come with sides. Eat eight or nine wings to break even.

(34) Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley

2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd.

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Style: Buffet

When: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Deal: $10.99. Price includes all-you-can-eat wings, nuggets and soups.

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