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Old 09-18-2010, 10:16 PM   #181
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I was never a fan of Eat all you can. Self control is the key.
Like the one comedian joke goes. The sign say Buffet not All Day.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:16 PM   #182
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What is wrong with a regular non buffet restaurant? Why does it have to be all you can eat?
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:41 PM   #183
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I wonder why people see a buffet as a feeding trough. On the occasion that I visit a buffet, it seems like the majority of the people are eating insanely large amounts of food.

You can still enjoy a buffet, and the variety without looking at it as a challenge!
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:08 AM   #184
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I can understand the appeal to parents on the buffet thing. For one thing, your fussy-eating spouse and kids can eat what they want, and your more adventurous ones you can encourage to try something new. I'm not a huge fan of them (don't have kids, not a fussy eater, not a fussy spouse), but learned to love them when living in a city and wanting to try new cuisines without committing to an entire meal of something I never heard of (although I've done that, and never regretted it). I don't see why concerned parents, though, can't say something like, "you get one trip" or, "yes, you can have seconds" when it is of something the kid just tried and had never had before. Or, "you get ONE desert!" Unfortunately, if Mom and Dad are heaping the plates and going back for more to "get their dollar's worth", the kids are not going to learn.
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #185
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We've actually taken, when we have a taste for a burger, to going to a neighborhood bar where they serve a normal size burger for a normal size price. It is more to our liking than a fast-food chain. We live in a tourist town, and most of the restaurants serve burger meals that I swear could feed a family of four. And they charge a ridiculous amount. The last time we went there we each had a cheeseburger, two rounds of drinks (it was our treat day) and paid $21. And the simple burger was plenty for us.
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:18 AM   #186
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I love the all you can eat buffet. I can get a small portion of all my favorites, after a salad. I never eat dessert, usually head for chicken of some sort.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:16 PM   #187
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Whooo! All you can eat buffet! My favorite! Anyone who's ever had to feed any team knows that the buffet is the way to go. Everyone can choose something that pleases them and everyone can choose their own portion size.

Frankly, I've been known to close down a buffet or two in my time.

I'm not seeing the correlation to huge portion sizes though. You choose your own portion at a buffet so the restaurant can hardly be blamed if you overeat.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:11 PM   #188
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...I'm not seeing the correlation to huge portion sizes though. You choose your own portion at a buffet so the restaurant can hardly be blamed if you overeat.
The invitation and availability of "all-you-can-eat" by the restaurant to the customer is the portion size correlation. Choice or no choice, if the restaurant doesn't make a huge portion available then it won't happen...right?

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Old 09-19-2010, 02:38 PM   #189
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I wonder why people see a buffet as a feeding trough. On the occasion that I visit a buffet, it seems like the majority of the people are eating insanely large amounts of food.

You can still enjoy a buffet, and the variety without looking at it as a challenge!
A lot of it is greed, I'm afraid.
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The invitation and availability of "all-you-can-eat" by the restaurant to the customer is the portion size correlation. Choice or no choice, if the restaurant doesn't make a huge portion available then it won't happen...right?

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It's supply and demand. People want it, so businesses provide it.
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:25 PM   #190
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A lot of it is greed, I'm afraid.

It's supply and demand. People want it, so businesses provide it.

Perhaps it is now but it wasn't originally.

There was no hue and cry from restaurant patrons for all you can eat buffets that caused restaurants to start offering them 30-40 years ago.

It was a cheaper way to feed lots of people. Experienced waitstaff was not needed, just some kitchen help to keep the steam table filled. The kitchen could prepare larger portions of a limited number of dishes rather than dozens of portions of everything on the menu. etc. etc.

Granted, it probably costs you more for the ingredients per person. That just tells you how good the margin is on ingredients.
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