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I’m a big fan of the buffet. Not any particular buffet… just buffets in general. I like the style of eating. I like the variety. I like the extent to which I can embarrass myself by eating a ridiculous amount of food. Chinese would have to be my favorite kind of buffet, because I find it very hard to order just one thing at a Chinese food restaurant. I’m actually a huge fan of any kind of Asian food in buffet form. Sushi is not ideal (because of the freshness), but I have found a couple that I enjoy (like the Korean/Sushi buffet Arang, in Koreatown). Indian buffets are great. All you can eat Naan is an added bonus… and the only time I will lower my “don’t eat the bread” buffet rule.
American buffets are ok, but they are definitely my least favorite. The buffet that a pregnant Frances McDormand ate at in Fargo (with the meatballs) looked pretty sweet… but unfortunately fictional buffets don’t count… and even if it does exist- I doubt I’ll ever be in that small town in Minnesota. I love the buffets in Vegas- but I usually end up eating the Asian food- so that doesn’t really count as an “American” buffet. I haven’t been to Charles Southern Kitchen (a Soul Food Buffet in Harlem) but it’s pretty high on the list. Fried chicken on a buffet is the greatest and worst thing of all time… but I did survive a KFC buffet off I-95 in Florida once, so I’m sure I’ll be ok.
So on Friday, I was walking in an area of Midtown I had never been before and stumbled upon something very exciting (to me, because I’m fat and love buffets). The place was called Al-Baraka, and it was something I had never seen before in all my buffet eating… a Turkish Buffet. It passed the price test ($9.95), and the look test (the best part about eating at a buffet is that you can go in and take a peek at what you’re paying for) so I decided to check it out.
What I ate, the food porn and the +/- all after the jump…