An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Owner Did A Reddit AMA And We're Shook

Diply 4 Jan 2018

I'm not a huge fan of buffets, but that has more to do with the fact that I don't tend to eat enough to make the price worth it.

As for the food, I usually find it good but never great, and I do my best not to think about all the ways it could go terribly wrong from a food safety standpoint.

That doesn't mean I'm not morbidly curious, though. 

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

And when the owner of an All-You-Can-Eat buffet decided to open himself to questions on Reddit, it seemed I'm not the only one.

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1. Unsurprisingly, many people specifically asked about how the food is prepared.

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Also unsurprisingly, it turns out many of the dishes are prepackaged and frozen. But, at least the meat dishes are made in house.

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2. "What is the largest amount of food you have seen/heard about someone eating at one sitting?" — aaronthenia

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

Certainly, anyone worth mentioning in the answer to this question got serious value out of the cost of the buffet.

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Now that's just underestimating people.

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Whether they shouldeat more than two pounds of food is one thing, but I know a lot of people who believe that they need to get their money's worth and will eat long past feeling stuffed.

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3. Continuing the theme of gluttony, other users wondered about how much money is lost on expensive items.

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Sure, the seafood and meat dishes may cost more to make, but most people fill up on noodles.

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4. "As a fan of American-Chinese food, I have to ask, Hot and Sour Soup. My absolute favorite but it is never the same place to place," asked thehungrydrinker.

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

"Some is ok, some is amazing, never had one I hated, what is the story on it?"

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I'm not sure what I'd prefer, my soup being thinner than usual due to fewer eggs, or the restaurant opting to substitute cornstarch.

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I mean, it would make the soup the right thickness, but it just wouldn't be the same.

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5. "What is one item you would advise people to stay away from at an all you can eat buffet?" — hacks_podcast

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

You know, I thought I'd be more surprised at the sushi being safer, but his logic about stricter standards makes sense.

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6. "Why do the deserts always look so delicious but taste like stale cardboard covered in colored sugar?" — ld43233

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

I'd take this a step further because I don't even think the frosting tastes like sugar, just food coloring.

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Honestly, as much as I love sweets, I just skip dessert when I'm at a buffet.

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My one exception is at a local sushi place where the dessert options include red bean ice cream, which is the best.

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7. The sushi may be okay, but stay away from those oysters.

Reddit | tallnginger

"From groceries and fisheries past their prime"...yuck! Like, it's not even that they're sitting in the buffet trays for too long. They're bad before they even arrive!

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8. "Is your restaurant menu fairly standard, or do you try new menu items regularly to mix things up?" — samwisep86

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

I hate it when my favorite dish disappears from the menu, but his explanation makes a lot of sense.

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9. Of course, we all want to know why our favorite dishes never seem to be available.

Reddit | twojs1b

His explanation makes a lot of sense, though. Having to hand-dip each chicken wing would take a lot longer than dumping sauce into a bowl to cover a bunch at once.

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Why not just toss all the wings in a big bowl of sauce?

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Well, they're messy enough already. Do you really want sauce all over the spot you're meant to hold? And it would be much harder to control how much sauce was on each.

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10. Got more than one question? No problem. He's happy to answer them all.

Reddit | WorkStudyPlay

The pests answer is most interesting to me, in that it puts my concerns about cleanliness to bed.

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11. "What's the best sauce you've found over your life that would make most things taste a lot better?" — solutionsfirst

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

Really, are we surprised by this answer? That red sauce with the rooster on the bottle makes everything better.

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12. I knew the profit margin on fountain drinks was large, but wow!

Reddit | dog_in_the_vent

It makes sense, though. One container of flavor syrup can fill a ton of cups before needing to be replaced.

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13. If you've ever wondered whether people try to scam the all-you-can-eat: they do.

Reddit | buffetfoodthrowaway

Luckily, people apparently tend to leave the cheap stuff, like noodles, on their plate, rather than the protein.

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Whenever my family goes to a buffet, it boggles my mind to see how much food my father piles on a single plate.

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I'm more of a multiple servings girl. Then my food is still warm when I'm finishing a plate of it.

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14. Sometimes, his answers to questions of gluttony or waste sound like a dare.

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I don't know, I've seen remarkable amounts of protein get eaten at buffets. You almost want to try it just to prove him wrong.

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15. The issue of homelessness is tough for businesses, but this guy does it right.

Reddit | Howdocomputer

Not only do they let people work for food if they need it, but some have even gotten permanent jobs!

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16. Continuing the trend of proving that this guy is a good dude, he gives discounts to the elderly or disabled. 

Reddit | yourzero

I think a lot of restaurants would just shrug at a person who literally can't eat a full-sized meal and just charge them full price.

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17. Dumplings FTW! Eat all the dumplings!

Reddit | shadowman2099

My heart would have broken if he'd revealed the dumplings were unsafe to eat. Dumplings are my happy place, and you should never mess with my happy place.

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So here's my takeaway from this whole thread:

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Avoid the oysters and crab legs, enjoy the sushi, and eat all the dumplings. And sriracha is the greatest sauce on the planet.

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