As a rule I avoid buffets like the plague. "How unAmerican," my husband remarks. But can you blame me, the majority of buffets are stocked with cheap meat, lots of bland fillers and a lack of individuality. Not to mention, the inability to keep foods at the right temperature for extended periods of time and lots of other people touching my food. Given the choice, I would always choose a smaller portion of great food over a larger portion of mediocre consumption and that, apparently is "unAmerican".
I now have an exception. I do love brunch at Granite City.
It was simple, clean and delicious. Great flavor was only exceeded by the exceptional quality of the food and shockingly, it was all temped just right. I especially like how they pull the majority of their standard menu on Sundays so that their cooks can prepare for brunch.
Plus, what other buffet lets you take the cinnamon rolls home. Yes, that's right, while you're eating your food from the line, they bring fresh hot caramel rolls to your table, which you get to take home, you don't have to eat it there. What a brilliant concept.
So when the in-laws come to visit, we're taking them to brunch at Granite City.