Imagine a buffet complete with prime rib, filet mignon, oysters and all the lobster you can eat. Sound like a dream? Well, that dream is a reality at the Nordic Lodge in Rhode Island.
For $65 per person, guests can feast on literally hundreds of items. The all-you-can-eat buffet was incredible. With more than an hour wait for a table on a Saturday evening, be sure to get there early to avoid the dinner rush. From 8/30 to 12/14, the restaurant is open Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m. Unfortunately, they only accept reservations for parties 20 and larger.
When we visited Nordic Loge, we couldn’t believe the number of large groups – every table around us was a party of six or more. Our server greeted us and told us how it all works – go up as much as you want but only take one lobster at a time.
Our first trip up, we just walked around to see what was offered and where we could find it. (They have a separate “Angus Room” for the beef selections).
We looked and sampled most of the appetizers – oysters on the half-shell, clam chowder, calamari salad, deviled eggs, smoked mackerel and our favorite baked stuffed mushrooms.
I have to admit I am not much of a fan of buffets but this one was extraordinary. Each item was fresh, the utensils were clean and employees were standing by to ensure everything was kept in order. All soft drinks, coffee and tea are included but they also offer an extensive list of drinks available from the bar.
Once we had finished our appetizers, we returned to the buffet and split a lobster (delicious but we declared it too much work!). We also sampled some meatballs, stuffed shells, cheese and crackers, fresh jumbo shrimp and oysters.
If you think that’s enough, we didn’t! The shrimp and scallop scampi was wonderful but the baked stuffed shrimp was the winner of the evening. We were a bit disappointed with the filet mignon, a
somewhat thin slice, which was not as tender as it could have been and was a bit overcooked. The prime rib was the better choice – tender, juicy and flavorful. The fried scallops were sweet and crispy.
You have to save room for dessert here. There’s a make-your-own Haagen Dazs sundae bar complete with M&Ms, Reeses peanut butter cups and Oreo cookie toppings. If that seems too much, opt for a simple milkshake or some chocolate covered strawberries. The pie and cake selection looked too good to walk by. The Snickers cheesecake caught my eye and so did the strawberry cream cake but I gave in to my chocolate craving and selected the Snickers pie and was I glad I did!
There are also chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies if you’re looking for a lighter treat. The Viking Buffet was a wonderful find. For more information, call 401-783-4515.
178 East Pasquiset Trail
Charlestown, RI 02813
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