Food Paradise: Buffet Paradise Pictures

From a lip-smacking lobster in Rhode Island, a finger-lickin' BBQ Buffet in Texas and a sinfully delicious Vegas mega buffet, enjoy a belly-busting bonanza of everything all-you-can-eat.

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Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

Dinah's in Los Angeles is a classic, family-owned diner that screams "Americana" with its red, white and blue decor and its commitment to keeping its atmosphere old school. 960 1280

  

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

A true Los Angeles landmark, Dinah’s sits under the city’s very first chicken tub sign and serves up nearly 4,000 pieces of its famous fried chicken a day. 960 1280

  

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

With roots in Harlem, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles went on to become an LA institution. The restaurant now serves more than 1,000 meals a day at 6 locations. 960 1280

  

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

In the heart of Hollywood, diners join together to worship a bit of heaven on a plate at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. 960 1280

  

400 Degrees Hot Chicken, Nashville, TN

400 Degrees Hot Chicken, Nashville, TN

The spicy chicken at 400 Degrees Hot Chicken in Nashville, TN, makes this restaurant the perfect fit for Food Paradise. 960 1280

  

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart owner Donna King is known far and wide as the “chicken lady.” Her recipe for fiery fried chicken is definitely giving the other Kentucky cluckers a run for their money. 960 1280

  

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

The Bon-Ton started serving its world-famous chicken about 20 years ago, when Donna King was a waitress. She persuaded her boss to buy deep fryers so the restaurant could start serving home-style fried chicken prepared with a secret recipe she helped to perfect. 960 1280

  

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Don’t let the modest mini-mart storefront fool you, one bite of Bon-Ton’s signature spicy, succulent chicken will prove there’s nothing paltry about this poultry. 960 1280

  

Pine State Biscuits in Portland, OR

Pine State Biscuits in Portland, OR

Just as the name suggests, Pine State Biscuits in Portland, OR, is all about the buttery, fluffy, home-style biscuits. But for fried chicken fans, the biscuits are basically a delivery system for the battered bird. 960 1280

  

American Cupcake in San Francisco

American Cupcake in San Francisco

Perhaps the country's most unusual, unheard-of and unmatched fried chicken treat is at American Cupcake in San Francisco. 960 1280

  

American Cupcake in San Francisco

American Cupcake in San Francisco

At American Cupcake, you can get Red Velvet Fried Chicken on a bun, in a salad or atop a weekend brunch special. 960 1280

  

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Nothing flies out of the Jacques-Imo's kitchen in New Orleans like its crispy bird. 960 1280

  

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Chef Austin may have contributed to the menu, but the atmosphere and decor at Jacques-Imo's are all Chef Jacques. 960 1280

  

The Busy Bee Cafe, Atlanta

The Busy Bee Cafe, Atlanta

The chicken at The Busy Bee Cafe in Atlanta is deep-fried in a special fryer for 8 minutes to give the Busy Bee's fried chicken its signature bee-licious crust and juicy flavor. 960 1280

  

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY, wouldn’t be a corral of comfort cuisine without the Sanders’ authentic sides like stewed tomatoes and spinach casserole. 960 1280

  

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Nearly 80 years ago, Colonel Sanders experimented with pressure cookers to fry his chicken faster. His pioneering efforts revolutionized the frying process, making the meat even more moist and tender. 960 1280

  

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

Jimmy and Drew’s in Boulder, CO, is the place to go the next time you find yourself kvetching for a delicious deli sandwich. 960 1280

  

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

The latkes at Jimmy and Drew’s are made from scratch using shredded (then pureed) potatoes, pureed onions, eggs, seasoning and matzo meal. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Schenectady, NY: home of modern American marvels such as the first commercially produced lightbulb, the theater that hosted the first TV demonstration -- and the king-size steak sandwich from Morrette’s. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

One of the best things about Morrette's is that all its sandwiches are made to order. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Philadelphia may be home of the cheesesteak, but believe it or not, the finest Philly cheesesteak just might be served in upstate New York -- at Morrette’s! 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Don't want your sauce on top? No problem! At Morrette's, sandwiches come with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

For customers who simply cannot handle the king-size steak sandwich, have no fear: Morrette's offers a queen-size version of this scrumptious sandwich. 960 1280

  

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Located just a few blocks off the Jersey Shore, amid Atlantic City’s many casinos lies a true American sandwich landmark -- the White House Sub Shop. 960 1280

  

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Customers have been known to drive from as far away as North Carolina to get their hands on a White House Sub in Atlantic City. 960 1280

  

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Bentley at The Carving Board in Tarzana, CA, is not your typical steak sandwich. It's a filet mignon on ciabatta bread, with bacon mayonnaise, blue cheese, grilled onions and fresh spinach. 960 1280

  

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Carving Board’s mega sandwich, the Appetizer, is a BLT with 2 hamburger patties, 2 fried eggs and 2 grilled cheeses. 960 1280

  

Cozy Corner, Memphis, Tennessee

Cozy Corner, Memphis, Tennessee

The late great pit master Raymond Robinson opened Cozy Corner in Memphis, TN, in 1977 along with his wife, Desiree. This first lady of smoked sandwiches now runs the bologna business herself. 960 1280

  

Mother's, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mother's, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mother’s in New Orleans is a low-key, comfy, down-home restaurant that is totally vintage and utterly New Orleans. And while there’s almost always a line, everybody says it’s well worth the wait. 960 1280

  

Juan Mon's, Houston, Texas

Juan Mon's, Houston, Texas

At Juan Mon’s in Houston, these fresh, uniquely flavorful creations aren’t sandwiches -- they’re “Juanwiches.” 960 1280

  

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Smother the dog with sauce, top it with chopped onions and mustard, and slap it on a freshly-steamed bun, and you’ve got “The Works” at Newest Lunch in Schenectady, NY. 960 1280

  

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Here in upstate New York at Newest Lunch, these sauce-covered dogs are called "Michigans," and just like their Coney Island cousin in the Great Lakes state, their meaty topping is what makes these dogs so delicious. 960 1280

  

Gene and Jude's, Chicago, IL

Gene and Jude's, Chicago, IL

While ketchup is a common compliment to hot dogs and French fries, it's one condiment that is permanently banned from Gene and Jude's in Chicago, IL. 960 1280

  

Doggie Style, Alameda, CA

Doggie Style, Alameda, CA

With such a diverse range of flavors, Doggie Style in Alameda, CA has many regulars eager to try every crazy combination on the menu. 960 1280

  

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

The paper hat and white apron the cooks wear at American Coney Island in Detroit, MI, play a special part in continuing their old-fashioned tradition. 960 1280

  

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

From the black and white tile floor to the red, white and blue pennants on the walls, American Coney Island has an old-fashioned and patriotic charm. 960 1280

  

Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI

Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI

Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI, sits several steps to the west of American Coney Island, giving customers a constant source of debate: Who makes the better chili dog? 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Chef Keith’s background in gourmet cooking comes through in the unique ways he dresses up his pups at Hot Diggity in Philadelphia, PA. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

The Philly Surf and Turf Dog at Hot Diggity pays homage to an old Philadelphia classic by wrapping the entire dog in a deep fried fishcake and then topping it with pepper hash. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Customers at Hot Diggity dine in the presence of local artwork from Philly-based artist Hawk Krall, who came up with original paintings that portray the menu selections in wiener-wonderful ways. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

If making choices isn't your strong suit, then let someone else choose from one of 17 dipping sauces at Hot Diggity on your behalf. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Despite all the innovative and creative dogs that span the culinary spectrum, Hot Diggity's version of the traditional Chicago dog remains a favorite among locals. 960 1280

  

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

With a menu featuring 21 creative combinations, it can be quite a challenge choosing your hot dog at La Perrada de Edgar in Miami. 960 1280

  

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

La Parrada customers can choose links from Latin American countries like Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil, all brimming with traditional toppings. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Nestled on the east side of the Ohio River, in the town of Lesage, WV, Hillbilly Hot Dogs is truly a backwoods culinary adventure. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

If you’re looking for something under 3 1/2 pounds, try the egg dog, taco dog, pepperoni dog, junkyard dog, buckeye dog or nacho dog from Hillbilly Hot Dogs. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs signature dog, the Home Wrecker, is 15 inches long, 2 inches in diameter and smothered with 12 towering toppings. 960 1280

  

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

The kitchen at the Whistle Pig in Niagara Falls, NY, has been cooking up delicious dogs since 1939. 960 1280

  

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

Determined to preserve the local landmark they loved as kids, the Whistle Pig’s owners, Tim Shiah and Dave Bruno, gave the joint a nice, new polish, but kept the mom-and-pop vibe by bringing back the kiddy carnival rides, classic car night and opening an ice cream parlor next door. 960 1280