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Old 10-25-16, 03:00 AM
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All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

I went to one at a casino in Ferndale, Washington tonight. It was rough. Most of the old people seemed barely coherent, I had to wait an extra 5 minutes in line while some old bag haggled over an invalid coupon she had for an all you can eat buffet that was only 5 DOLLARS to begin with. There was a morbidly obese man by himself with 2 heaping plates, he had a big Santa Claus beard drenched from both his lousy forksmenship and also because everytime he took a bite, the bottom of his beard layed on his plate sopping up all the alfredo sauce. The employees all seemed REALLY miserable. While I was standing in line to get a piece of dessert, an employee said, "would you like this for here or to go?" mistakenly thinking she was talking to me I politely answered "to go please" to which she replied SXCUSE ME??" like I had just taken a leak on her shoe, and then walked away. All of this was amplified by the fact that they had interrogation room style lighting throughout the casino restaurant that made you see EVERYTHING.

Anyhow, the food was good and it was only 5 bucks, but theres only so much you can take. I feel like a Harmony Korine film could have been made there.

I mean, its not just me is it? Buffet's are generally a pretty depressing affair, no?
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

I decided to go to the golden corral a few months ago as I hadn't been to a buffet in a long time. The food was awful and I think it cost me ~$15 a person with drinks. The only highlight is they had fried chicken.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

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I decided to go to the golden corral a few months ago as I hadn't been to a buffet in a long time. The food was awful and I think it cost me ~$15 a person with drinks. The only highlight is they had fried chicken.
The idea of Golden Corral intrigues me enough to go a couple times a year (with B1G1F coupons) but the reality of it always disappoints.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

My brother and I went to an all-you-can-eat prime rib place several years ago. The manager finally had to come over to us and tell us that's all you can eat. We were there for a couple hours.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

A few weeks ago we went to a local asian and mongolian BBQ all-you-can-eat buffet. Price was $25 including no limit on drinks (most buffets in our area do not include free drinks for some reason). Food was excellent, they pretty much had everything you could imagine including an asian style self serve ice cream parlor.

Since I wanted to try as much as possible I didn't load my plates rather taking samples of different food. The best food item was deep fried turkey pieces, which I dipped in a creamy warm garlic sauce. If I ever go back those damn delicious turkey pieces will be my very first choice.

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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

You here four hours! You go now! You eat EVERYTHING!

In theory I am a fan of buffets but yeah sometimes they're not so good. I went to one Golden Corral that was seriously one of the best restaurant meals I had had in a while, but the last time (at another store) I felt unclean and bad after eating. Plus I had a coupon which was seriously a net of 5 cents off. That just made me mad.

Some of the Vegas buffets were awesome - the one at, Cosmopolitan? maybe? Rio's is good.
And though I don't go often, Brasa Brazilian chiariscurio (sp) is good.

But yeah, best case scenario is usually "adequate" food - worst case, it's a bowl of toxic material.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

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A few weeks ago we went to a local asian and mongolian BBQ all-you-can-eat buffet. Price was $25 including no limit on drinks. Food was excellent, they pretty much had everything you could imagine including an asian style self serve ice cream parlor.

Since I wanted to try as much as possible I didn't load my plates rather taking samples of different food. The best food item was deep fried turkey pieces, which I dipped in a creamy warm garlic sauce. If I ever go back those damn delicious turkey pieces will be my very first choice.
I went to one of those in Maryland when visiting my friends and it was the best all you can eat place I have been to. It was under $20 and worth it just for the Mongolian grill.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

My wife works at a Japanese restaurant and they recently added an all you can eat menu because they were getting killed by local competition that offered that. Business has increased, but my wife says it attracts a completely different kind of customer, and not different in a good way.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

Those higher end Asian buffets are my kryptonite. There are three that I go to. You always want to be prudent and not stuff yourself. And then you're there, and everything looks so good. So I end up getting lots of sushi and everything else.

It's all followed by an uneasy feeling, leading up to an bear sized poop the following day.
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Thought this was gonna be a Mabuse taking on fat dudes at a buffet thread. Very disappointed.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

Originally Posted by Hazel Motes View Post
I went to one at a casino in Ferndale, Washington tonight. It was rough. Most of the old people seemed barely coherent, I had to wait an extra 5 minutes in line while some old bag haggled over an invalid coupon she had for an all you can eat buffet that was only 5 DOLLARS to begin with. There was a morbidly obese man by himself with 2 heaping plates, he had a big Santa Claus beard drenched from both his lousy forksmenship and also because everytime he took a bite, the bottom of his beard layed on his plate sopping up all the alfredo sauce. The employees all seemed REALLY miserable. While I was standing in line to get a piece of dessert, an employee said, "would you like this for here or to go?" mistakenly thinking she was talking to me I politely answered "to go please" to which she replied SXCUSE ME??" like I had just taken a leak on her shoe, and then walked away. All of this was amplified by the fact that they had interrogation room style lighting throughout the casino restaurant that made you see EVERYTHING.

Anyhow, the food was good and it was only 5 bucks, but theres only so much you can take. I feel like a Harmony Korine film could have been made there.

I mean, its not just me is it? Buffet's are generally a pretty depressing affair, no?
That says it all...

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Thought this was gonna be a Mabuse taking on fat dudes at a buffet thread. Very disappointed.


I rarely go to these places, and it is almost always disappointing. I'd rather just have a good meal in a nice atmosphere.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

This fat girl does not like buffet restaurants. Too much overcarbed, bland food; too many screaming kids; and too many lines. I don't pay for a meal out so that I can tote my own plate. That's what the server is for.

Also, the chocolate fountain at the average Golden Corral is a petri dish. Just sayin'.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

I do not really care for buffets with few exceptions .. they are just generally a large amount of crappy food.

Exceptions being good Brazilian Steak Houses, Disney Buffets, some brunch buffets, and I have seen some pretty good Chinese ones.
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The manager finally had to come over to us and tell us that's all you can eat.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

I'm not a fan of buffets in general, as I'd almost always prefer dishes made to order. I even thought that at the Bellagio buffet. Indian food sort of works for it, but even that has always seemed better off the menu.

I do like Boma at Disney World. It has decent food and a fun atmosphere. We eat early there (right when they open) because minimally supervised little kids + buffet gross me out.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

Originally Posted by Deadman31 View Post
Thought this was gonna be a Mabuse taking on fat dudes at a buffet thread. Very disappointed.
Yeah, this is the kind of thread he usually starts. I'm highly disappointed, too.


For me the worst buffets are at Circus Circus. Total shit. I can't believe people line up for that crap.
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The idea of Golden Corral intrigues me enough to go a couple times a year (with B1G1F coupons) but the reality of it always disappoints.
I had never been to Golden Corral before so I wanted to check it out. I suppose it wouldn't have been as bad with a b1g1 coupon
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

My wife asked me if we could go to Golden Corral soon... we've never been, but I've ever only heard stories like the ones in this thread.

The best buffet I ever experienced was at a Casino just outside of Las Vegas. In Jean I think. It was $5 and it was pretty fantastic.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

They recently closed all the Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in IL and other states. That was one buffet I could go to and not be beset by the types OP described or feel dirty afterwards.

I've been to Golden Corral out this way and it was shit. Basically the Walmart of buffets.

I remember liking Old Country Buffet back in the 90's, but either my standards were lower or buffet quality was higher then. Probably the former.
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Those chicken feet look pretty good.

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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

A lot of the quality depends on the location. Some Golden Corral restaurants are a nice place to get dinner. Others are a feeding trough full of rotund adults and their grapelike children, where your feet stick to the floor.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

I generally agree, but there are exceptions. For example, there's a Nepalese/Indian place near me that has a lunch buffet to die for.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

Around here, Golden Corral is bad, Furrs is okay, Sweet Tomatoes is good, and the locally-owned Indian Restaurants are excellent.

It seems a pity that Golden Corral can charge as much for flavorless starch and grease as the other places can charge for good food.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

Originally Posted by Deadman31 View Post
Thought this was gonna be a Mabuse taking on fat dudes at a buffet thread. Very disappointed.
Thank you...I guess. But I might be able to kick this up a notch with some of my anecdotes about buffets.

1. I haven't eaten at a buffet since I was a kid. We used to frequent Souplantation when it opened in San Diego in the 1980's. The chain started in San Diego and at the time it was considered a big deal to go there. Very popular and hip. I always wondered what the rest of the country thought of that name. Like does South Carolina have a Souplantation and how do they feel about that? Well wiki just informed me that the rest of you know it by the name of "Sweet Tomatoes". Also, they just filed for bankruptcy a couple of days ago. Birth of a Nation must have started a SoupUprising.

2. My wife teaches in a school that is predominately Vietnamese. I told her once to ask the kids what their favorite restaurant is so that we could get some good Vietnamese food. She came home and reported that all of them said their favorite restaurant is Hometown Buffet. At least now we know who the real losers of that war are.

3. I've never even laid eyes on a Golden Corral. I thought we didn't have them in California, but Google just revealed there are three within driving distance of me. Let's just say they're in neighborhoods with a slightly different demographic.
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Re: All you can eat buffets are where souls go to die.

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I generally agree, but there are exceptions. For example, there's a Nepalese/Indian place near me that has a lunch buffet to die for.
The last time we were in Provo, we ate at the Indian restaurant close to the temple. We thought that the flavors were toned down a little too far, but we heard several locals praise the staff for the wonderful food. It's good to understand your market. The average Utahan likes his food a lot less spicy than New Mexicans.

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