questionsdo you overeat at a buffet?

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Always. That's part of why I don't particularly care for them aside from expensive Brazilian all you can eat steakhouses. Golden Corral no thanks. Fogo de Chao where do I sign?!

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I take the "All You Can Eat" as a personal challenge, especially if it's a Chinese buffet.

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Just did yesterday at Golden Corral! It was wonderful!

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@phizzo: Ooh yeah those are awesome. All I can eat quality meat? Heck yes! They might as well just leave the whole skewer to save me time.

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isn't that what buffets are for?

if not, i've been doing it all wrong.

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Sure I want to take them for all I can, however when I leave, I am physically in pain. It hurts to put on a seat belt for the drive home. I think I do more damage to myself then I do to them.

In the end, nobody wins.

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Nope. I tend to pick a bit and live with the regret of not taking full advantage of my overpriced meal.

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Not usually. But there's a Chinese buffet here that has nine full sized buffet servers plus sushi and Mongolian barbecue stations, maybe 200 dishes to choose from and everything is really delicious. They have a dozen shrimp dishes, octopus, mussels, crab, lots of different kinds of dimsum, Japanese and Thai dishes, and it's $8 a person. They have about 90% Asian foods and about 10% other, and they recently added whole baked salmon and pan fried sweet plantains to their selection. Even if I restrict myself to just a small sample of everything I want to eat there I leave stuffed to the gills. It's the only place where I do that.

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@mrsbeny: I wish I had your discipline.

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Yes, which is why I never eat where buffets are offered any more, except for salad buffets!

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I try to limit how often I go, since apparently I can't limit myself very well while I'm there.

I do like buffets because the kids get to eat their variety and seem to eat more than I can ever get them to eat at home. And sometimes I can get them to try just a bite of something they otherwise might not eat.

My strategy? Pace yourself, and never take a full scoop of anything. And keep the plate to one layer of food. It kills me when I see people stacking fried chicken on top of steak and green beans and salad. Like they only have one plate to fill and have to make the most of the trip! I am a food separatist, even at buffets.

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I usually do. I say I won't...but then, there I am, at the waffle maker making waffles to dump soft-serve ice-cream on. God help me, I love all you can eat buffets.

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When I do end up at a buffet, I usually do overeat. Probably the whole "get-your-money's-worth" mentality. Part of the reason our family stopped going to them, except a few rare occasions.

Biggest thing that convinced us to quit with the buffets was realizing that we could go to another restaurant, or better yet order takeout from the amazing Chinese place down the street, and make 2-3 sensible meals out of an entree for the same price as one buffet admission.

only buffets we bother with now (and then only on special occasions) are for meals that would be too costly or time consuming to prepare at home -- i.e. brazilian steakhouse, seafood, and sushi.

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Buffets make money from people like me. I do like the fact that I can taste a bit of everything...but not enough for me to choose a buffet. In reality, when I go out to eat, I like to be waited on. I wait on myself at home. Prefer to order 1 entree, etc. & just sit there & enjoy my meal in peace & quiet. Hopefully. Buffets are usually loud & boisterous.

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I don't, but that's also because I don't want to go back to "needing" XL again, now that I'm down to a L.

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Depends on the buffet. I like the planet hollywood and rio buffets in vegas, so I tend to eat more there. The last local buffet type restaurant I went to kinda sucked, so I ate very little there.

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I do OK with everything - usually make myself a smallish salad, take only a regular-size meal portion, but the desserts - well now, that is another atory!!!

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Let me see if I understand what you're saying...at some point we're to stop eating when we're at a buffet?

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Hell Yeah I over eat at a buffet (I'm American) and I usually take a backpack lined with a garbage bag and stuff that full of food(for the rest of the fam)

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@moondrake: Just where is that place? Around here you would pay over twice that amount for about a third the variety.

I'd like to think that I do a good job of controlling myself at these places, I prefer to sample a lot of different things rather than just pig out. however, if I find something that I really like...

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@miyoshinum5:

It's all you can eat, not you eat all!
You go home now -- you scare my wife!

[Mild profanity warning - Chinese Buffet by John Pinette]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdwuiyO7hOU

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Yes, I hate buffets for that reason (and they tend to be lower quality for a pretty high price). I always end up going up and getting 2-3 things and then seeing 4 more things I want so I end up eating at least 2 meals worth of food in a sitting. At the end I just have this look of shame while everyone who I am eating with has a look of disgust and fear (ok the last part might be exaggerating)