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Old 10-05-2018, 12:39 PM
 
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I prefer not to eat from buffet style places. I understand the food is being prepared to meet a certain price point and it's made differently when made trays at a time.

I'm one of two polar opposites. Buying a few good quality ingredients to cook at home, or eating at a traditional sit-down place, that serves "just enough" without having to take anything home.

 
Old 10-05-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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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.
Is it?

I guess it depends on your location, but I don't know of any all you can eat buffet places near where I live besides at the casino. There are bot any stand alone restaurants. Places like Golden Corral and Old Country Buffet were popular 15-20 years ago, but I don't ever see them anymore. They've all closed up, with sit down restaurants opening in their place.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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Is it?

I guess it depends on your location, but I don't know of any all you can eat buffet places near where I live besides at the casino. There are bot any stand alone restaurants. Places like Golden Corral and Old Country Buffet were popular 15-20 years ago, but I don't ever see them anymore. They've all closed up, with sit down restaurants opening in their place.
You won't see them in areas that are gentrifying. Rents rise and a Golden Corral will go out of business and you'll see 6 individual storefronts take its place, with much higher margins to support the extortionate rent in the growing area. Starbucks, Panera, European Wax Center, Sur La Table, and an independent women's fashion store that really doesn't matter if it turns a profit because the owner is loaded and this is her creative outlet.

Golden Corral / Chinese buffets will flourish around burned-out old mill towns and truck stop exits that are practically giving away units for someone to keep them up.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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They've been doing that at Wegmans for some time.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 03:12 PM
 
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They've been doing that at Wegmans for some time.
LOVE Wegman's. Can't wait to get our first one in NC.

Whole Foods does it, the food doesn't look terrible.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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There are Chinese restaurants around here that are pay by the scoop as opposed to an unlimited buffet, so that's similar. I don't think I've ever gone to one though, I'm not a fan of buffets in general, I prefer made to order entrees.

My one exception is a place like Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation because I love a good salad bar. I would go to a pay by the pound salad bar too, but can't think of any around here where you can get your salad and and a drink and then sit down and eat. But I don't mind the idea of paying just for what I eat.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 04:46 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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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?

What do you think about?
I think it helps to cut the costs of meals, because you are not paying for the huge waste other patrons create, since the waste is calculated into the meal price. The buffets seem to have more quality food because all those cheap fillers are eliminated. People simply don't want to pay for that cheap crap.
I also think that the American “all you can eat/drink” thing a significant factor in causing the American obesity epidemic.

The food waste in the US is frightening, and some cities already require food-permitted businesses to keep organic material, such as food scraps and soiled paper products, from landfills.
Restaurants there will no longer be allowed to throw out food waste, and are required to dispose of their food waste by donating extra food, giving scraps to local farms for animals, or composting it.
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-en...wing-away-food
There's a place like that on every block in some parts of New York City. Some of them are really good, too. Some are not. It's a business that's often owned by Koreans.

This is one of the best ones in lower Manhattan, called Essen:

https://www.google.ca/maps/uv?hl=en&...el_wh45e4GJh6D
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:49 PM
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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.
I know, lol, I always look for the expensive stuff that weighs less. For example, cucumbers are pretty heavy but they aren't a good value for pay-by-the-ounce. Same with mashed potatoes.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:07 PM
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So this approach sounds interesting but negates some of the appeal of buffet. For one, going to wait in a line to pay a cashier every time you get a new plate would be annoying. On a buffet, I don't get everything I'm going to eat in one trip. I'll get a plate of main items. If I'm hungry I might get another plate of different item. I might then get a plate for dessert. Another thing, I'll be less likely to try something new if paying by the pound. Even if I stick to the tried and true, I'll be annoyed paying for a dish that was prepared poorly. For families and groups, everyone tends to return to the buffet at different times after the first pass. Is everone including kids supposed to return to the food bar armed with a credit card? And finally, who wants to be thinking about what items offer best value on a weight basis? Do these places have issues with someone just filling the plate with ribeye, no veggies, no salads?
Well, often these places do their main business at lunchtime, so you are likely wanting to eat and get back to the office or cart it with you back to your desk.

But no, the people ringing your order are making minimum wage and don't care what food you chose. Ribeye doesn't keep well on a steam table, so you wouldn't find it there in the first place. Also, if they aren't going to make money on an item, they won't sell it.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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So this approach sounds interesting but negates some of the appeal of buffet. For one, going to wait in a line to pay a cashier every time you get a new plate would be annoying. On a buffet, I don't get everything I'm going to eat in one trip. I'll get a plate of main items. If I'm hungry I might get another plate of different item. I might then get a plate for dessert. Another thing, I'll be less likely to try something new if paying by the pound. Even if I stick to the tried and true, I'll be annoyed paying for a dish that was prepared poorly. For families and groups, everyone tends to return to the buffet at different times after the first pass. Is everone including kids supposed to return to the food bar armed with a credit card? And finally, who wants to be thinking about what items offer best value on a weight basis? Do these places have issues with someone just filling the plate with ribeye, no veggies, no salads?
That's not the model for this type of place though. It's not all you can eat, keep going back and getting more food. It's make a plate up of the assortment of food you want to eat, pay for just that food, sit down and eat, and leave. Like going through the cafeteria line at work or in a hospital. You get what you want the first time through. Pretty much no one goes back through again for more (I would have said no one, but I'm sure there has been someone who did! lol!)
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