Maybe you like a lot of variety in each meal. Maybe you want to get the most food for your money. Maybe you just want to consume as much as humanely possible. Whatever your motivation, Connecticut has plenty of all-you-can-eat buffet options for your unlimited appetite: It's all you can eat, in style. Here are a few buffets a cut above the average spread, satisfying a hearty appetite with upscale, quality fare. Naturally, the list is not all inclusive.
Breakfast And Brunch
Nurse a Saturday-night hangover or just enjoy a leisurely weekend day with a morning cocktail at these popular Sunday brunch spots.
>>At Dakota in Rocky Hill, advance reservations are recommended for the extensive Sunday brunch, served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The spread includes breakfast favorites like made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles and bacon and sausage, along with smoked seafood, carving stations and hot entrees, a salad bar and assorted desserts. Adults are $21.95; kids ages 3 to 10 are $9.95. 1489 Silas Deane Highway. 860-257-7752 and dakotarockyhill.com.
>>The elegant Sunday brunch at Simsbury Inn begins at 11 a.m., with special features like "action stations" – chef-attended pasta stations, baked potato martini bar with toppings, stuffed French toast to order or build-your-own chili bowl options. Other sample dishes include baked macaroni and cheese with lobster, made-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles, crepes Suzette, carved turkey and New York sirloin, poached eggs with grilled steak and a display of housemade desserts. The $28.95 adult price includes one beverage, said general manager Jan Losee, including morning cocktail favorites like mimosas and Bloody Marys. Children eat for half-price. 397 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury. 860-651-5700 and simsburyinn.com.
>>Also in Simsbury, Millwright's recently introduced Sunday brunch, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., another complete meal deal with choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for a fixed price of $29. Brunch guests are seated in the elegant upstairs dining room, overlooking the rushing river waterfall. 860-651-5500 and millwrightsrestaurant.com. See pictures of Millwright's brunch fare at ctnow.com/millwrights.
>>At The Nutmeg in East Windsor, the $21.99 price gets you one beverage (champagne, mimosa or juice) and a variety of breakfast breads, luncheon entrees, carving station with leg of lamb, roast beef and ham and cold salads. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; reservations are recommended. 297 S. Main St., 860-627-7094 and nutmegrestaurant.com.
>>It's hard to top the waterfront locale of Water's Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning vistas of Long Island Sound. Sunday brunch, served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a sumptuous affair, with stations offering seafood, meats, entrees, crepes and pastas. "Health-conscious" items are a new addition to the buffet, said food and beverage director Chuck Sultani, for those watching their diets. Adult meals are $33; drinks are extra. 1525 Boston Post Road. 860-399-5901, watersedgeresortandspa.com.
>>The picturesque Mill on the River in South Windsor also treats brunchers with a view of its rushing waterfall and an $18.95 meal, including two cocktails (Bloody Mary, screwdriver, mimosa, champagne,) one entrée selection, coffee and tea and continental brunch buffet. Entrees feature egg dishes, quiche du jour, Belgian waffles, Rice Krispie-battered French toast, sole Francaise and salmon Hollandaise. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; children under 12 dine for $14.95. 989 Ellington Road. 860-289-7929 and themillontheriver.net.
>>Pond House Grille in Glastonbury has a Deluxe Brunch on Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring buffet selections, an a la carte entree item and one brunch drink for $18.95. The buffet includes breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, corned beef hash, frittata and stuffed French toast, and savory lunch fare like pasta, salads and a vegetarian chili bar. Children under 12 can make unlimited trips to the buffet for just $8.75. 2935 Main St. 860-657-4527 and pondhousegrille.com.
Extensive Indian buffets abound throughout the state, where you can get your fill of saag paneer, chicken curry, basmati rice and warm naan for (usually) less than the price of an entrée.
>>In downtown Hartford, Royal Masala serves its buffet with 10 to 12 items from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 on weekdays for $12.95, and from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends for $14.95. 391 Main St. 860-882-0900 and theroyalmasala.com.
>>East of the river, Utsav in Vernon offers a weekday lunch buffet for $9.95 from noon to 2:30 p.m. and a weekend spread for $13.95 from noon to 3 p.m. If you're a frequent diner, consider the lunch club, where you'll receive every 7th weekday buffet for free. 575 Talcottville Road. 860-871-8714.
>>In Manchester, IndiGo Indian Bistro rotates its lunch buffet items frequently, with chicken and goat dishes, vegetarian options, tandoor offerings and various other Northern and Southern Indian cuisines. Saturday lunch buffet includes made-to-order dosas (thin rice-lentil crepes stuffed with spiced potato) and Sunday buffet features appam (fermented rice pancakes.) Weekday lunch buffet (Tuesday through Friday) is $9.99; weekend buffet is $12.99. 232 Spencer St. 860-646-8600 and indigo-bistro.com.
>>Taste of India in West Hartford offers an $8.95 weekday lunch buffet, with an $11.95 Sunday brunch featuring South Indian cuisine. 139 S Main St. 860-561-2221 tasteofindiawh.com.
>>In greater New Haven, buffet options are available at Tandoor, India Palace and Thali in the city; Coromandel (multiple locations) and Cumin in Hamden.
Chinese And Sushi
>>At West Hartford's Sakura Garden, a flat-rate buffet price includes a massive array of hot and cold items: spare ribs, yakitori, spring rolls, vegetables, tangerine chicken, soups and noodles, along with seaweed salad, edamame, kimchi, fresh fruit and desserts. It also includes freshly made sushi rolls – traditional rolls with tuna, salmon and avocado, and "special rolls" with several ingredients. Lunch is $12.95 on weekdays; $15.95 on weekends. Dinner is $21.95 on weekdays (Monday through Thursday) and $24.95 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Reduced children's prices correspond to the height of the child. 345 N. Main St. 860-231-8889, sakuragardenus.com.
>>Sushi Palace, with locations in Hamden, Orange and North Haven, is known for its all-you-can-eat, freshly made sushi and sashimi setup, priced at just $17.95 on weeknights and $19.95 on weekends. sushipalacect.com.