Four "Crazy" Buffet Lunch Deals in West Palm Beach

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Nicole Danna
Rachel's, a five-star steak house, features prime rib during its Wednesday buffet.
​See this steak? Not something you'd expect from a lunch buffet line, right?

These days, your typical lunch buffet means Pizza Hut's $10 special or a China Buffet line a mile long (with a bathroom line to match). 

But if you visit Rachel's of West Palm Beach (the steak house part, that is) on Wednesday -- when they have their "prime rib special" buffet -- you'll get just that: a juicy piece of meat for just $5 (yes, we're still talking steak here).

Although not all buffets offer such delectable dishes, it's worth mentioning the few that do. 

Read on to find out where you can get an amazing lunch deal, buffet-style:

For more than 30 years, Aleyda's has been offering its Tex-Mex fare to West Palm Beach, from its humble beginnings as a food truck operated by Colombian owner Aleyda Cardona to today's colorful, Disney-like themed 150-seat dining space. 

Aleyda's menu is just as festive as its décor, complete with burritos, fajitas, and quesadillas galore and a congo-line list of specialty margaritas, making it the perfect mid-workday escape. 

The all-you-can-eat $9.99 lunch buffet is truly a feast, featuring a make-your-own taco bar, full salad bar, and hot dish or casada-like plates that offer up burritos and chimichangas as part of the special lunch menu. 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday (soft drink and free refills included).

Saffron-infused zeera rice. Chicken vindaloo in a savory curry sauce. The tangy heat of house-made mango chutney. Creamy Dal Makhni (spiced lentils) with loads of fragrant ginger and garlic. And a heap of steaming hot naan to soak it all up. 

Ahhhh, Indian food. If you love it, there's plenty to savor at Saffron. Each day, the restaurant offers its all-you-can-eat buffet lunch special that includes a choice of two daily soups, three vegetable dishes, assorted rices, and constantly rotating chicken and meat dish pairings. Oh -- and just in case you have room -- your choice of dessert as well.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday for $10.95; Saturday and Sunday $12.95 

For just $5 during the offseason months ($10 regular price), you can dig into Rachel's 26-foot, all-you-can-eat buffet table. If you're a meat lover, the best day to go would be the prime rib special on Wednesday.

Each day, the special entrée feature changes with American-style selections that include everything from chicken to pork and several types of salads. And yes, there's also an entire stage -- er, table -- worth of desserts.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday 

1. Vari Asian Crazy Buffet 

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Nicole Danna
Sushi at the buffet sushi table at Crazy Buffet.
​For just $10, you can plate-up with some pretty amazing seafood and sushi (including raw oysters and steamed crab legs). The crazy selection of food -- five buffet tables that include your average American fare and a sweet assortment of desserts -- is part of the reason they call it crazy buffet.

No worries about quality or freshness either. The sushi and seafood go so fast, you won't have time to worry about flies on your food. And feel free to special-order rolls to your liking if they aren't too busy. 

There's even a full bar. Snag a seat and throw back a few pre-chowdown drinks to get you started -- or wash it all down afterward with a cold beer or glass of wine. Current drink specials include any two beers for $4.99, cocktails and martinis two-for-one, and house wines that are buy one, get the second half-price. Now that's a crazy deal for sure.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday ($9.99 adults, $5.99 children)
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ($11.99 adults, $7.99 children)

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Location Info

Crazy Buffet

2030 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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I hear Crazy Buffet mentioned a lot nut haven't found myself to be quite crazy enough to go.

I wonder why Saffron would charge $2 more for buffet on weekends? Indus is only $10.

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