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11 Buffets and Cafeteria Restaurants to Try Around Atlanta

Atlanta includes a few buffets and cafeterias that are actually good, offering everything from Chinese fare to Southern comfort

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Not all cafeteria-style restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffets are crowded with people scrambling to assemble a mostly mediocre meal from a collection of hot chafing dishes and a wilting salad bar. Atlanta includes a few buffets and cafeterias that are actually good, offering everything from Chinese fare to Southern comfort. Here are a few restaurants in which to pile up that plate and enjoy a good meal with an affordable price tag.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cajun Cafe

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2863 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite E&F
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 814-8388
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This Duluth cafe offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fill up on Cajun, Creole, and Southern fare like fried chicken, oysters, and catfish, gumbo, hushpuppies, and red beans and rice. It’s only $16.99.

2. Tassa's Roti Shop

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224 Powers Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 977-3163
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Tassa’s Roti Shop offers Trinidad and Tobago cuisine in Marietta and Alpharetta, including combo plates like oxtail or goat with cabbage, creamed spinach, plantains, and rice and platters of curried potatoes and chickpeas served atop roti with a choice of meat. But, regulars here come for the budget-friendly, 12-dish buffet filled with jerk chicken, peas and rice, roti, and even macaroni pie. Grab a plate, fill up, and take a seat or get that buffet plate to-go. The to-go buffet is priced by-the-pound.

3. Brazilian Bakery Goianão

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1475 Terrell Mill Road SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 984-9191
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This Brazilian bakery and market also includes a small buffet serving picanha (sirloin cap), churrasco barbecue, feijoada (black bean stew with beef and pork), rice and beans, and salad fixings. The buffet is usually around $12 on weekdays and $14 on weekends.

4. La Mei Zi

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5150 Buford Hwy NE #C-310
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 676-0225
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Those in-the-know are all about the gluttonous, weekend lunch buffet set up in the middle of the dining room at La Mei Zi on Buford Highway. This Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant, located in Asian Square, is always packed, especially on weekends when the buffet swings into action.

5. RUCHI Bangladeshi Cuisine

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4847 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(678) 691-9270
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Ruchi offers Bangladeshi and Indian fare on its menu, including dishes like butter chicken, lamb sheek kebabs, and sag paneer. Head in for the $10 lunch buffet filled with options such as chicken curry, dal makhni, a variety of naan, chicken 65, biriyani, and basmati rice.

6. Matthews Cafeteria

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2299 Main St
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 939-2357
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Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker has been slinging Southern favorites since 1955. It rarely disappoints with its Southern comfort favorites like fried chicken, country ham, and barbecue ribs and sides of mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes, and squash casserole. Diners travel from around metro Atlanta to eat at this old school cafeteria.

7. Kathmandu Kitchen & Grill

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926 Montreal Rd E
Clarkston, GA 30021
(678) 732-3449
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This modest restaurant located in the Clarkston Village shopping complex serves Nepali-style Indian cuisine on its menu, and it includes an all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch. The buffet offers dishes like goat curry, tandoori chicken, dal, chicken 65, pakora (fritters), and sadheko (noodles) along with rice.

8. Cafe Delight

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63 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 577-0475
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Located Downtown, Cafe Delight serves a breakfast and lunch buffet priced by weight. Food here ranges from sushi, baked tilapia, and salmon to fried chicken, pork chops, and ribs served along with hot chafing dishes of roasted vegetables and sides. Open until 4:30 p.m. Closed on weekends.

9. Q Time

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1120 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 758-2881
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Q Time is a Southern-style cafeteria in West End serving up soul-soothing comfort dishes like baked chicken and gravy with collard greens and turkey wings or Salisbury steak with green beans and rice. Don’t skip the peach cobbler for dessert. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

10. The Beautiful Restaurant

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2260 Cascade Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
(404) 752-5931
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The Beautiful Restaurant has been providing cafeteria-style Southern food on Cascade Road since 1979 that continues to draw crowds. Think super crispy fried chicken, beef tips, and fried catfish with mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, and turnip greens.

11. The Southern Country Buffet

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192 Jonesboro Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236
(678) 586-3142
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It’s all in the name, so expect Southern comfort favorites on that buffet, including fried chicken, country fried steak, and baked lemon pepper chicken and sides of collards, black eyed peas, and mac and cheese. Don’t forget to grab some banana pudding for dessert. The buffet here is around $10 per person.

1. Cajun Cafe

2863 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite E&F, Duluth, GA 30097

This Duluth cafe offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fill up on Cajun, Creole, and Southern fare like fried chicken, oysters, and catfish, gumbo, hushpuppies, and red beans and rice. It’s only $16.99.

2863 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suite E&F
Duluth, GA 30097

2. Tassa's Roti Shop

224 Powers Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30067

Tassa’s Roti Shop offers Trinidad and Tobago cuisine in Marietta and Alpharetta, including combo plates like oxtail or goat with cabbage, creamed spinach, plantains, and rice and platters of curried potatoes and chickpeas served atop roti with a choice of meat. But, regulars here come for the budget-friendly, 12-dish buffet filled with jerk chicken, peas and rice, roti, and even macaroni pie. Grab a plate, fill up, and take a seat or get that buffet plate to-go. The to-go buffet is priced by-the-pound.

224 Powers Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30067

3. Brazilian Bakery Goianão

1475 Terrell Mill Road SE, Marietta, GA 30067

This Brazilian bakery and market also includes a small buffet serving picanha (sirloin cap), churrasco barbecue, feijoada (black bean stew with beef and pork), rice and beans, and salad fixings. The buffet is usually around $12 on weekdays and $14 on weekends.

1475 Terrell Mill Road SE
Marietta, GA 30067

4. La Mei Zi

5150 Buford Hwy NE #C-310, Doraville, GA 30340

Those in-the-know are all about the gluttonous, weekend lunch buffet set up in the middle of the dining room at La Mei Zi on Buford Highway. This Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant, located in Asian Square, is always packed, especially on weekends when the buffet swings into action.

5150 Buford Hwy NE #C-310
Doraville, GA 30340

5. RUCHI Bangladeshi Cuisine

4847 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

Ruchi offers Bangladeshi and Indian fare on its menu, including dishes like butter chicken, lamb sheek kebabs, and sag paneer. Head in for the $10 lunch buffet filled with options such as chicken curry, dal makhni, a variety of naan, chicken 65, biriyani, and basmati rice.

4847 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

6. Matthews Cafeteria

2299 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084

Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker has been slinging Southern favorites since 1955. It rarely disappoints with its Southern comfort favorites like fried chicken, country ham, and barbecue ribs and sides of mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes, and squash casserole. Diners travel from around metro Atlanta to eat at this old school cafeteria.

2299 Main St
Tucker, GA 30084

7. Kathmandu Kitchen & Grill

926 Montreal Rd E, Clarkston, GA 30021

This modest restaurant located in the Clarkston Village shopping complex serves Nepali-style Indian cuisine on its menu, and it includes an all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch. The buffet offers dishes like goat curry, tandoori chicken, dal, chicken 65, pakora (fritters), and sadheko (noodles) along with rice.

926 Montreal Rd E
Clarkston, GA 30021

8. Cafe Delight

63 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located Downtown, Cafe Delight serves a breakfast and lunch buffet priced by weight. Food here ranges from sushi, baked tilapia, and salmon to fried chicken, pork chops, and ribs served along with hot chafing dishes of roasted vegetables and sides. Open until 4:30 p.m. Closed on weekends.

63 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

9. Q Time

1120 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310

Q Time is a Southern-style cafeteria in West End serving up soul-soothing comfort dishes like baked chicken and gravy with collard greens and turkey wings or Salisbury steak with green beans and rice. Don’t skip the peach cobbler for dessert. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

1120 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310

10. The Beautiful Restaurant

2260 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

The Beautiful Restaurant has been providing cafeteria-style Southern food on Cascade Road since 1979 that continues to draw crowds. Think super crispy fried chicken, beef tips, and fried catfish with mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, and turnip greens.

2260 Cascade Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

11. The Southern Country Buffet

192 Jonesboro Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236

It’s all in the name, so expect Southern comfort favorites on that buffet, including fried chicken, country fried steak, and baked lemon pepper chicken and sides of collards, black eyed peas, and mac and cheese. Don’t forget to grab some banana pudding for dessert. The buffet here is around $10 per person.

192 Jonesboro Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236

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