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Old 05-17-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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Cuz we'd rather gorge ourselves at the all-you-can-eat places. I love cafeteria style when it's done right.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:59 PM
 
Location: In America's Heartland
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A big chunk of our population is aging and carrying around trays of food to their tables is not real appealing, when they can go elsewhere and be served at their table.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I go to cafeteria style places every week. The lunchroom at the 1st Presbyterian, Sree's Curry in a Hurry and Salem's Grill.

Its the best way for both of those operations. Salem's and Sree's have limited ethnic menus, people get to see what they like before they buy. The church has a changing daily menu, they only make a handful of items, and again you can see what it is.
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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A big chunk of our population is aging and carrying around trays of food to their tables is not real appealing, when they can go elsewhere and be served at their table.
Actually, the majority of the people I saw in this place were older, a couple of them even needed assistance carrying their trays to their table. I assumed it was the younger generation that didn't like cafeterias. Or maybe home style food appeals to mostly older people?
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:56 PM
 
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There a few in the DC area where you pay by the weight.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Here in Texas, we had LUBY's
Furrs, Wyatt's, Fresh Express.
We ate there as Kids many times.
used to be a great place to go after church for lunch.
They have slowly disappeared. I went to LUBY's by myself and spent close to 15.00 just recently.
The prices have risen, sadly the quantity and quality have slipped.
I suspect the public's taste has changed and cafeterias have followed the drive-ins
Of yesteryear.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Here in Texas, we had LUBY's
Furrs, Wyatt's, Fresh Express.
We ate there as Kids many times.
used to be a great place to go after church for lunch.
They have slowly disappeared. I went to LUBY's by myself and spent close to 15.00 just recently.
The prices have risen, sadly the quantity and quality have slipped.
I suspect the public's taste has changed and cafeterias have followed the drive-ins
Of yesteryear.

The quality has slipped and since these places have to cater to as many palates as possible, they cater to the lowest common denominator: Bland food. If they added any kind of spice or strong flavor to anything, they'd end up with many people not caring for it and ending up with a lot of waste.
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yesterday I ate at a Morrison's Cafeteria (now owned by Piccadilly) and it was the first time I had been in one since I was a kid. I didn't even know the place was still there until I saw it online. The food was really good homestyle cooking, which is perfect for people like me who don't want to cook a whole spread while home alone, plus I like being able to see what I'm getting before paying for it. Surely it's more healthy than fast food since there's a variety of veggies available, and it also seems like cafeterias don't have the risks of contaminated utensils like buffets. So why does it seem like these places have almost disappeared since the 1980's? Is there a general dislike for them?
50s=Cafeteria

60s-70s= Smorgasbord

80's on = Buffet
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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The quality has slipped and since these places have to cater to as many palates as possible, they cater to the lowest common denominator: Bland food. If they added any kind of spice or strong flavor to anything, they'd end up with many people not caring for it and ending up with a lot of waste.
I think you nailed it:

BLAND tasting food.
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:17 AM
 
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Cuz we'd rather gorge ourselves at the all-you-can-eat places. I love cafeteria style when it's done right.
hunter has a point- i love going to a chinese buffet

i can get 3 rounded plates,, plus, i bring large ziploc bags, and put as much in my sons backpack as possible-you cant do that at a cafeteria (im joking, but i saw a couple ladies load up these large hand bags doing this )
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