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Old 05-22-2014, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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There's some places with good food, but I find the majority of AYCE places to be of inferior quality. If you are at all sensitive to MSG or too much sodium, this is one way to find out.

Many smart AYCE places try to enforce some kind of "time limit" where it's only all you can eat for an hour or so. They use subtle (or not so subtle) pressure to kick people out who are clearly abusing the situation.

Sure, everybody likes to overindulge once in a while (try a cruise ship sometime!), but if youre the kind of person that thinks 3,500 calories every friday night in one sitting is good for you... enjoy your diabeetus.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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I eat buffets because I like variety. I always hit them up right when they open, which is typically 11AM for chinese buffets, and 4 or 5 PM for casino crab leg buffets.. everything is still reasonably fresh at that time and I'm not super picky and like just about everything.

Good way to get food for cheap without having to deal with excessive menu prices, tips, and the like. I've started eating slower and making sure I chew my food very well, so I don't see all you can eat as having a time limit, and have never been told to leave, but then again it's never busy enough to fill up all the tables when I go either. Also, I don't abuse the crab leg policy like some people.. I'll take a couple of platefuls and move onto the other items, I don't eat just crab legs and that's it... that's boring (to me) .. still do get my money's worth though when you consider crab legs run $15/lb in the grocery store.
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:47 AM
 
Location: USA
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There's some places with good food, but I find the majority of AYCE places to be of inferior quality. If you are at all sensitive to MSG or too much sodium, this is one way to find out.

Many smart AYCE places try to enforce some kind of "time limit" where it's only all you can eat for an hour or so. They use subtle (or not so subtle) pressure to kick people out who are clearly abusing the situation.

Sure, everybody likes to overindulge once in a while (try a cruise ship sometime!), but if youre the kind of person that thinks 3,500 calories every friday night in one sitting is good for you... enjoy your diabeetus.
I never do associate AYCE buffets with the highest quality ingredients but that does keep the costs low enough. The Asian buffet I frequent only has the crab legs after 5 pm and the price is raised 3 dollars or so. The food is always so fresh as you always see employees going around putting new stuff out. They have signs warning customers that extra will be charged if you leave too much unfinished. Staff goes around taking plates and refilling drink so I do leave a very small tip.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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It is interesting to read the comments of others. I like to eat but do not live to eat. I prefer a lean body. My kids wanted to go to Hometown Buffet. We all headed down there and I just did not see the value for what we were eating. I saw plenty of people that were getting their moneys worth. Those same people were eating in one sitting what i eat all week.
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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To me it means I can try a little bit of many things instead of just an entree and 1 or 2 sides. I know older folks like them but I don't think the inferior quality of the food makes up for the low cost. Besides, most people eat less as they get older so what's the point.
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, Makiki
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Default I usually don't do buffets...

A friend kept bugging me to go to a buffet with him at the Pacific Monarch Hotel, Oceanarium Restaurant. It was pretty good, they had higher quality food than most buffets I've been to, such as prime rib, good quality alaskan king crabs legs, etc.. When I do go to buffets, I just eat the more expensive items. I won't put common foods such as starches, fried chicken, etc., on my plate. Here's the link for that buffet:

The Secret Oceanarium! - Review of Pacific Beach Hotel, Honolulu, HI - TripAdvisor

When I was visiting Williamsburg, Virginia 3 years ago, almost every night we would go to this Chinese buffet which also had some Japanese as well as Thai dishes.

I thought that was weird, because in Hawaii the different asian cuisines are almost never combined in one restaurant.

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Old 05-22-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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Good way to get food for cheap without having to deal with excessive menu prices, tips, and the like. I've started eating slower and making sure I chew my food very well, so I don't see all you can eat as having a time limit, and have never been told to leave, but then again it's never busy enough to fill up all the tables when I go either. Also, I don't abuse the crab leg policy like some people.. I'll take a couple of platefuls and move onto the other items, I don't eat just crab legs and that's it... that's boring (to me) .. still do get my money's worth though when you consider crab legs run $15/lb in the grocery store.

I agree with you.

The local casino charges $12 for dinner. Honestly, the food generally is NOT very good but they have mastered the prime rib. I like to go up there, get the prime rib, a baked potato, a tossed salad, and a slab of pie. If I went to the local steakhouse, I would be paying over $20.

By the way, the snow crab legs generally go for about $6-8 and that is what you USUALLY get on a Chinese buffet. You only get the King crab legs at the very high end of the Las Vegas buffets.
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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1-2 servings?
3-5 servings?
Eat till you explode then eat again?
One trip to the buffet serve myself a little bit of each dish I like

A second trip to the buffet for a little bit of what I especially like...

and then, I'm done. I don't do "mountainous" plates. If I saw a cute/hot guy overeating at a buffet restaurant, I would be turned off, in spite of his handsome-ness.
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:57 PM
 
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I eat no more than I usually would.

I don't want the bloated feeling so I rarely over eat, no matter how delicious something is.

I try to save room for dessert but these days I rarely have it, unlike my younger years when dessert was all I ate at these places.

I never have entree or soup or anything, just a main.

Australian main courses are about half the size of American ones yet they're still often too big for me.

I am a good eater and not picky at all. Just more aware of being greedy I guess.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Back in the day, when I was young and growing, buffets were a special treat. I always loved the variety. 3-4 plates full, plus 1-2 plates of dessert, were standard for me.

Now I find most buffets unappealing, except Indian buffets. I usually have 2 plates full, a couple naan, and a dessert.
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