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Old 12-09-2012, 04:38 PM
Location: Southern, NJ
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My husband and I have no desire to go to a Buffet.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:33 PM
Location: PA
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I like the Indian lunch buffets and the Chinese/Japanese buffets. Also enjoyed the ones out in Vegas. The chain-type buffets, not so much.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Tony22 View Post
I love breakfast and dinner buffets.
I hate buffets..... I see them and leave! Nothing disgusts me more than picked over food especially when the food is something the public can touch, sneeze on, etc
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:07 PM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Really? Is everyone thinking about germs at a buffet? I don't like them, but that's not why.
I really just don't want a bunch of cheap food, and I also don't want to see a bunch of fat people eating all the shrimp. Pass.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:15 PM
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I love Sunday brunch buffets. We have a lot of good ones to choose from around here. Everyone can fill up on whatever they like and then we just snack later in the day. My husband loves prime rib, salmon, chilled shrimp, buffalo wings, etc. and I do not. I eat salad, breakfast foods and usually a cinnamon roll or cheesecake or creamer brûlée.
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:48 PM
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buffets are the best … you can pick and choose what you want....and in the day of so many food allergies and picky eaters .. its brilliant...

I use to go to many potluck dinners...set up buffet style...
I enjoyed them til someone pointed out the chicken I was eating was from a guy who had very dirty hands and long fingernails..... and the odd looking mac and cheese was from the cat lady that had visible cat hair on her...… kinda spoiled the evening.... im no longer such a fan of these...

but at restaurants ….I have more confidence...

at home I set food up buffet style.....so people can pick and choose what to eat... better than when I was a kid and someone always seemed to put peas and squash on my plate...

I do have one complaint at very busy buffets..... and its mostly my impatience...but I seem to get caught behind the slowest person in the room....she's picking thru every entrée even tho its the same stuff....

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Old 11-07-2018, 06:47 PM
Location: EPWV
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I like buffets at restaurants too. I can choose what and how much to put on my plate. Never too much that I couldn't possibly finish.

I've been to some that don't identify the item. It might look like one thing but when you bite into it, surprise. Not exactly what you were expecting. There was another time I picked out an item that looked good, then when I bit into it, super spicy, is all I can say. Lucky for me, the real spicy stuff, I can pawn off to my other half. He likes spicy. We shouldn't do it too late in the evening though. That's why we try to eat before 6 pm.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:49 PM
Location: Thailand
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Originally Posted by fibonacci View Post
They're disgusting. $8.99-$15.99 for all you can eat? What kind of quality do you think you can get unlimited of for $8.99-$15.99 and have a business still making a profit off of it? There's a reason the food is cheap---because it's trash.
Depends on how you measure quality but I can imagine where buying/cooking in bulk, with the savings on wait staff and the high margin on the the soft drinks they all order, it's possible to serve reasonable food at those prices and still make a profit. It isn't like they are back there with a team of well paid skilled chefs sauteing orders one by one, they are putting a big pan with 30 pieces of chicken in the oven. It's not fine dining, but I don't find terrible for a meal either and it's definitely food not trash.

Take Golden Corral for example. I've only been a few times but I found some of their stuff pretty good, some just okay, and some not so good. I liked their mac&cheese, roasted chicken, and green bean casserole. I also found the little Mexican food area they had to be pretty good where you build your own tacos, it's no worse than your average American family having taco night at home with the grocery store bought shells and powdered seasoning. The pasta stuff was okay, non-gourmet pasta is pasta and while not homemade sauces I can eat Ragu at home so can eat it at a buffet as well. I did not like the baked fish (it was pretty dried out and flavorless), the rice pilaf was horrible, and the ribs weren't slow cooked like ribs should be.

Originally Posted by fibonacci View Post
It's just another example of ostentatious conspicuous consumption in America. You almost never see the quantity of buffets per capita like we have here anywhere else in the world like in Europe or Asia. Maybe it's a reason they're less obese too.
There are many reasons for the obesity problem in America, but I'm skeptical that availability of buffets has anyting to do with it.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:41 PM
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I used to LOVE eating at buffets.

But I don't frequent them much anymore since most of them have foods I don't eat. Also, I don't like to stuff my face like I used to when I was younger. When I was in my 20's, I'd think nothing of having five or six plates of food all piled high. I'd eat until I couldn't walk.

But I don't do that anymore.

I've never been too concerned about the potential health aspects of it, though it can be nasty.

How Gross Is It to Eat Buffet Food?
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:45 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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went to the casino with granddaughter last Friday and we did eat at the buffet. As usual it was ok, but still just not my thing. the best part were the green beans: chicken was oK, salad bar sucked and nothing was hot hot or cold cold. I wasted $10 plus tip plus I paid for hers, cause she drove. I wish we had just gone to the snack bar and grabbed a salad or sandwich.
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