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Old 10-04-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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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

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Old 10-04-2018, 07:11 AM
 
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I haven't seen it in the US but I think it's a great idea. I typically avoid buffets because they're either not that expensive but they're loaded with cheap, processed starchy stuff, or they're very expensive because the food is better- but I don't eat that much and I choose a high proportion of vegetables. They make a lot of money off of me!
 
Old 10-04-2018, 07:23 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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A hospital in Memphis, TN, had pay by weight at the salad bar several years ago when I was visiting a family member. They had a couple of other "bars," like taco and pasta, but I only wanted a big salad that day so not sure whether the others were pay by weight or not.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 07:38 AM
 
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A hospital in Memphis, TN, had pay by weight at the salad bar several years ago when I was visiting a family member. They had a couple of other "bars," like taco and pasta, but I only wanted a big salad that day so not sure whether the others were pay by weight or not.
I've seen it in takeout places and, now that you mention it, Whole Foods weighs everything whether you take out or eat in. I used a Whole Foods near a hotel in Armonk, NY when I was there on business trips and there was no group dinner- easy to get exactly what I wanted and bring it back to the room for a peaceful dinner by myself. Good for the expense account, too.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I was at a cafeteria in a hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 10 years ago, & they had a salad & cold cut bar, which was weighed & charged by weight. So it is not new, but I have not seen it elsewhere, since.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 07:45 AM
 
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Most hospital cafeterias have a pay by weight to n their salad bar. I dint usually go to buffets. Too many hands handing the food from prepping to the clientele touching the food.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Central Market and Whole Foods both have food bars like this. I havenít seen it in a restaurant.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I have noticed this at Brazilian restaurants for a long time. Probably going on twenty years . Brazilian is pretty much the only buffet food I eat so not sure if it has spread to other types of restaurants.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Central Market and Whole Foods both have food bars like this. I havenít seen it in a restaurant.

Now that you mention it, I have seen food bars at an upscale store, selling hot foods by weight.
 
Old 10-04-2018, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Common enough at "cafeteria" salad bars.
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