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All You Can Eat

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January 27, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Buffet brunches in Greater Seattle: where do you go?

“Where have all the brunches gone?”

So asks Eater Peter Rohn, who wrote in an e-mail: “I remember when just about every major hotel in Bellevue and some in Seattle and Sea-Tac had wonderful self-service buffets for Sunday brunch, or for weekday lunch or Friday seafood dinner. What happened? Most have disappeared. A few lonely survivors include Ivar’s near UW, Salty’s in West Seattle, a Chinese buffet near Northgate, Chengdu in Bellevue, the Pan-Asian in Renton and several Indian lunch buffets in Bellevue and Seattle. Do you know of any others? Recommend any?”

Seafood on ice (nice!) at Salty’s weekend brunch (photo courtesy Salty’s).

Hmmm. While “All You Can Eat” is my brand, it’s not my gustatory modus operandi. When it comes to brunch, I’m a dim sum kind of gal, though I’ve got to admit I was duly impressed with a recent visit to Bluefin at Northgate Mall, recently reviewed by my pal Providence Cicero. (All you can eat sushi, Korean panchan and Chinese-style jellyfish salad? What’s not to like?). And though it’s been a while since I’ve treated myself to Salty’s bounteous seafood brunch, I’d certainly put Salty’s — at Alki and on Redondo Beach — on my buffet brunch hit-list.

Anyway, I thought I’d turn Peter’s question over to the Eatership and ask you to share your recommendations. Dish it up, won’t you? And save me some shrimp, a crab leg or three and maybe a nice slice of medium-rare prime rib, OK?

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