by Christine Liu - 156 Reviews - 111 List
Unlimited food is a titillating concept--liberated loin-girding for a fixed cost, sign me up! But when going all-you-can-eat, we expect really good food and a lot of it. (No gloppy unlimited quesadillas or $80 omelet bar here.) These picks in Boston fit squarely in the sweet spot, offering a generous, fabulous meal that satisfies the palate and calls for your most tasteful stretchy pants.
(Photo: Charcuterie bar at Sel de la Terre by Tiffany Mah)
Updated: December 08, 2009
We say "unlimited prime rib," and you say? What's that ... a little slice of heaven? Somehow, the impossible is possible on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 10pm, when it's $25 for honest-to-goodness steak, cooked and sliced to order, until the cows come home. Beef? It's definitely what's for--urp!--dinner.
An announcement of crabs isn't usually worth celebrating--but Tuesdays at the Shack are headline-worthy, in the best way. Plunk down $35 for the weekly all-you-can-eat crab day, and find yourself at the mercy of unstoppable renditions on the cantankerous crustacean, including crab chowder, crab fritters, snow crab, Alaskan king crab and Dungeness crab. Throw on a bib and get crackin', because this kind of deal is Old Bay-flecked ecstasy for the seafood obsessed.
It's usually a red flag to read "sushi" and "all-you-can-eat" in the same sentence. However, this isn't just any usual joint, but Ken Oringer's posh signature sashimi bar nestled in the not-so-shabby Eliot Hotel. On Maki Mondays, a cool $32 snags you unlimited maki (a relatively rarity in these parts, where the usual menu offerings are exclusively sashimi, not sushi), with the likes of foie gras and eel, bluefin and jalapeno, giant clam and hamachi. Just make sure your chopstick skills can keep up with your accelerating appetite.
Who hasn't had a dream about swimming through oceans of chocolate, or living in a chocolate castle or ... wait, where were we? The choco-cloaked fantasy truly comes alive at the Langham's legendary Chocolate Bar, where a $38 orgiastic all-you-can-eat mega-meal includes made-to-order chocolate crepes, milk chocolate passion fruit tarts, chocolate cotton candy, tiny opera cakes, decadent ganache truffles, chocolate bread pudding, dainty macaroons and the piece de resistance, a flowing chocolate fountain. Dip everything, from fruit to confections to an outstretched tongue if you dare. Just kidding--that's a boundary you probably don't want to cross.
Sel de la Terre's Boylston location features a late-night charcuterie bar from 10pm to midnight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. $10 snags you an unlimited savoring session of pig-centric terrines and pates; rotating delicacies include house-smoked tasso ham with pickled onion, lamb rillette, pig ear terrine and turkey sausage dumplings with cashew romesco.