questionsdo you like going to "all you can eat" buffets?

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It depends on the price and items available. $5-$10 dollars on a variety of food? Sure! $10-$20...not so much.

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If its good Chinese food, heck yes! I also love churrascarias (all you can eat Brazillian steak house), but they are usually pretty pricey. Either way I usually get more than my money's worth.

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It depends on the place.

I personally prefer Korean BBQ all you can eat because the food is fresh(er), and I find it more worth it.

As for chinese buffets, so far over half of them is nearly the same in content and is nowhere near the quality of foods like Panda Express. It just depends where.. I typically like the chinese buffets that cooks magnolian noodles for you (cause it fresher and tastier to whatever you put in it).

I've been on high end buffets too.. not so great, I just end up at Korean BBQ for $10.

Vegas buffets... eh, most are expensive and some are crap (worst experience in Circus Circus).

Pretty much, my experience is if <$8 = probably not so great, if = $10 should be good, if >$10 and <$15 should be worth it if wallet permits, if >$20 you're probably paying too much.

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no. I can't stand buffets no matter the price.

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I used to like them, but on account that I no longer "need" XL, I won't enjoy them anymore.

That doesn't mean I have completely cut out the things I love (BACON!), but sensibility and moderation in everything is proving to be a much better option than future health issues.

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The golden corral chocolate wonderfall makes me cringe.

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yeah, we go about once per month, Usually hometown buffet.
I love Mac & cheese and ham, so I definitely get my money's worth.
I also make sure the kids drink milk to get their money's worth as well...

We always use a 2-for-1 coupon at hometown, and we have 3 kids, so we usually get dinner for around $23 for all 5 of us when we're getting one of the adult meals free.

I'll make sure I don't eat after noon on the few occasions I know we're going for the buffet.

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In general NO!. Just because I'm a picky eater and I don't want to just eat to feel like I'm getting my money's worth. The worst was Vegas- my freidn wanted to go to one. It ended up being crab legs night. I don't eat shellfish. So I spent over $20 on a buffet to eat two small tacos, even the deserts were crap so it was a bum deal for me all around.
I will do some when I'm travelling if the price is reasonable and I know there's food there I'll eat (like a breakfast buffet with omelets and bacon- just because places charge so much for bacon.)

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Yes and no.

Yes: My husband is one of those annoying people who can eat a ton of food and not get fat. He loves all-you-can-eat buffets and really gets his money's worth. He'll try just about anything once, sometimes even things that are unidentifiable.

No: I never feel like I get my money's worth. For one thing, I'm vegetarian and there is usually very little besides salad that is appealing (Indian buffets being an exception). Secondly, I try not to overindulge in all those fattening starches and desserts. Lastly, after the initial amusement of watching my husband enjoy himself, I get bored waiting for him to finish making return trips. There is just so much iced tea a person can drink!

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If it's an Indian or Chinese buffet then usually I'm happy to go to them. For American food, generally not. It seems like it's easier to make a decent curry for a buffet than it is to make a roast. At least that's what I get out of the way things taste.

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No I don't usually do buffets; there have been exceptions. We all seem to have different standards for food handling and what's ok (i.e. some people are generally disgusting).

And just the idea of the "Chocolate Disease Fountain" at Golden Corral makes me throw up a little bit, just thinking about that one kid dipping his corn on the cob under the fountain. Ugh.

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I always choose quality over quantity. So the pros of an all you can eat buffet is lost to me. The only buffet type restaurants I have patronized in the past are the cook your food to order type like B.D. Mongolian Grill. I can justify it there.
I guess if there was an AYCE buffet near me with five-star food, I would give it a chance. But I doubt I would even be able to make it into the door! :-)

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I usually stay away from buffets for three reasons.

First, the food tends to be bland or over salted. Much of it appears to be fried or smothered in some kind of heavy cheese or cream to compensate for the blandness.

Which plays into my second reason: Too many calories, too much fat and way too much salt. Since so many foods are simple carbs (these are cheap to buy and lower operating costs), are covered in some kind of fattening sauce or deep fried then in a single sitting I can eat more than enough fat, calories and salt for an entire day. Or more.

Third, since it is an all you can eat buffet, I usually do eat all I can, which is far too much. Which now means my calorie, fat and salt intake can hit two-day totals in one sitting.

No Thanks!

I will stick to the more reasonable portions at my local Mediterranean restaurant or the quarter Muffaleta at Jason's Deli with some fruit and unsweet iced tea. Or I'll cook at home where I can control what goes into my food.

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I was just talking about this yesterday.... I can't eat enough food in one sitting to justify eating at a buffet! Maybe if I was a stoner.

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Living in the heart of Lancaster, PA, I can say that my people are lovers of buffets and that the food is very good. I believe that anyone who has been to Shady Maple can vouch for that.

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@hrentz: We love Shady Maple!!!! We are about a half our from there, everyone in our house goes for the free birthday dinner, but we always make sure we go every few months, breakfast buffet is great too!

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I really enjoy AYCE buffets in the winter time, when I can wear my big coat with big pockets and plenty of plastic storage bags that I can fill up.

No work lunch prep for a week.

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@budrose: Please tell me your kidding. Day-old AYCE food. No thanks!

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Shady Maple is a great place to go when you want to feel skinny. Seeing someone who is morbidly obese eating plate after plate of food makes me feel a lot less bad about the 10lbs I should lose!

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Yes, I do like going. Then, I always regret it when I'm leaving. I tend to overeat, so I only try to go once in a long while.

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The best ones are in Vegas, the off strip hotels.

Great spreads. Better plan on a nap afterwards.

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You don't have to eat a lot to get your money's worth at a buffet. For me, it's the variety that holds all the charm. I get bite-sized portions of almost everything they have on a buffet.

The quality at Golden Corral (my favorite american-food buffet) near me has gone way up over the last several years, so it's nice to go once in a while. Leftover steak on the salad bar as well as fresh-cut pineapple. Baked sweet potatoes. Stir-fry, baked chicken, steak.

And after sampling a tiny portion of everything, I go back for a little more of what I like.

Dessert, at least at Golden Corral, isn't worth it. For one, they don't label what's sugar-free and what isn't. So if Splenda gives you a headache, too bad. So I usually don't bother trying.

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I like it because I can eat what I want. If I want to make a meal out of corn on the cob or potstickers, go for it. If I want to have just one piece of sushi or try octopus for the first time, no problem. If I don't want mashed potatoes, but I want some of that gravy for my chicken, okay. If I don't want any sesame chicken but I want to spoon some of the sauce onto my green beans, sure. For me a buffet isn't an opportunity to eat a lot, it's a chance to have my food just like I want it, in the portion sizes and order I want it.

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The dinner buffet at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas was so far beyond amazing that I can still taste the food two months after I was there. Unlimited house wine is included, the dining room is beautiful, the service is exceptional and the food and dessert selection made every other Vegas buffet I'd seen look like the refrigerated sandwich section at a gas station.

Of course it's pricey, coming in at just under $40 a person, but when was the last time you felt like you got your money's worth in quality, not quantity, at a buffet?

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When I am traveling and like to just grab something quick, Shoney's and Golden Coral are great lunches. Just go in, sit, fill up a plate or two, skip desert, and gone. Don't have to wait for the food to be cooked and served. They have enough customers that the food is replaced fairly quickly, so its usually fresh.
Same thing when on a cruise ship, buffet lunch, serve yourself, huge selection on Celebrity.

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All you can eat sushi is the best!

A local all-you-can-eat place here changed their motto to "all-you-care-to-eat", it doesn't make it sound bad... I don't have to eat all that I can anymore, only all that I care to eat.

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@elforman: Was it a lot of seafood? I tend to avoid premium buffets because I pretty much don't eat seafood (I like salmon steaks and lobster tails but that's about it). So like someone else that posted up here, I feel like I am not getting my value out of a premium buffet because 80% of the dishes are fish or shrimp (cucarachas del mar).

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@luvche21: Ha! That's funny...it's something most wouldn't notice but I would appreciate.

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I go to Mark Pi's Chinese all you can at all the time. It's 5.88 a person for dinner buffet, so yes, well worth it.

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The only American food buffet worth the money is Golden Corral. Others have cringed at the chocolate fountain, but you certainly don't have to use it. I'd go just for their bourbon chicken, broccoli salad, and carrot cake.

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I live in Vegas and most all of the casinos have "Local Deals" where you get 50-75% off the price of the buffet.

We (work people) will go to the Rio once a month and it is ~9$ for lunch

The best is the Silverton Casino Brisket... I can eat my weight in brisket.

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as a former vegas dweller, i have grown a little weary of buffets.
bird appetite. i don't get a good ROI most of the time.
until dessert's up. then i eat three pieces of mediocre pie and vomit in a nearby planter.

vegas, baby.

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@moondrake: There was a lot of everything at the Aria buffet besides seafood. There was the requisite prime rib as well as turkey, steak, pork, several Indian and Asian dishes plus pastas, breads, sliced meats and cheeses.