U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Food and Drink
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 10-04-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
14,297 posts, read 17,491,099 times
Reputation: 22118

Advertisements

Totally common at grocery store and bodega takeouts. Which is why I don't bother with the iceberg lettuce and other cheap items. If I'm paying per pound, Gimme meat.

 
Old 10-04-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: NYC
1,466 posts, read 918,938 times
Reputation: 3318
We've had delis with lunch buffets for many years in NYC. You get a take out clam shell fill it with what you like and pay by weight..
 
Old 10-04-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
2,557 posts, read 3,927,693 times
Reputation: 1918
The local Golden Corral Buffet has a take out option where you pay by weight.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 12:35 PM
 
3,098 posts, read 1,464,990 times
Reputation: 6100
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jkgourmet View Post
Totally common at grocery store and bodega takeouts. Which is why I don't bother with the iceberg lettuce and other cheap items. If I'm paying per pound, Gimme meat.
On the other hand, lettuce weighs next to nothing so you should get a plateful.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 01:45 PM
 
1,944 posts, read 1,037,399 times
Reputation: 2359
Quote:
Originally Posted by elnina View Post
I am on vacation right now, and noticed a new (for me) trend around here: pay for what you eat buffets.
In other words, everything looks like in a typical buffet, but price is set say, $6/lb.
You put on your plate whatever you want to eat, then proceed to cashier, where your plate is weighted (all plates are the same and their weight is substracted from the total) and you pay for what on it.
I noticed that there is almost zero waste, and those places are extremally popular here, overseas.
(I took several pictures, but don't know how to post them from my phone. Will post when I return to the US.)

Is that concept already tried in the US? I didn't see it around there where I live. Perhaps in NY?

The delis with hot food/salads where you pay by weight is pretty much everywhere in NYC and especially Manhattan. Unfortunately, $6lb is now cheap for Manhattan. $8-9/lb is more common and that is expensive for every day lunch, at least for me...

Last edited by DefiantNJ; 10-04-2018 at 02:27 PM..
 
Old 10-04-2018, 03:51 PM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
3,290 posts, read 2,179,571 times
Reputation: 12389
Years ago, a restaurant in Chicago called Soul by the Pound had a pay by weight policy. They didn't last that long because people wanted healthier food choices.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 04:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
33,542 posts, read 51,750,301 times
Reputation: 82966
Yeah, I know that pay by weight is available in stores where everything else also get sold by the weight. Some hospitals, government buildings, salad bars or company cafeterias do that too, but the places I saw are stand alone restaurants, where people go to eat, not shop.
They are buffets/restaurants where all your food is sold by the pound. They look like all-you-can-eat buffets.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 04:16 PM
 
5,046 posts, read 597,010 times
Reputation: 13098
I don't eat at buffets now, but I think that would certainly cut down on the amount of wasted food. It used to disgust me to see so much food being thrown out. (Actually, I still hate to waste food or see it wasted.)
 
Old 10-04-2018, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
13,388 posts, read 42,701,155 times
Reputation: 11465
Most buffets around here do have a "to go" pay by the pound deal available. But most also have the traditional "all you can eat" if you stay. I have never seen one offer a by the pound price if you stay. That would be, in my mind, more of a cafeteria than a buffet.



I guess it's a question of self-discipline, some people take more than they can eat, most eat more than they should. DW and I, when we go to a buffet, keep in mind that we are not there with a goal of hurting ourselves, or to see just how damn much we can eat in one sitting, but to enjoy a variety of dishes, emphasizing meat, vegetables, and salad, not ice cream and cake.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 05:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
33,542 posts, read 51,750,301 times
Reputation: 82966
Quote:
Originally Posted by Praline View Post
Years ago, a restaurant in Chicago called Soul by the Pound had a pay by weight policy. They didn't last that long because people wanted healthier food choices.
There is cheap and junk, or more expensive but better/healthier quality.
Sadly, most people still want just "lots of cheap". That's why All You Can Eat is flourishing.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top