Originally posted by Sundancer7
The Sundancer is not a fan of buffets although I have visited some that were great and some that were awful. I tend not to enjoy them for several reasons. One that they can be unsanitary which people sneezing, hawking and touching the food and two: I tend to over eat and feel terrible afterwards.
Not a rule but generally the more it cost the higher the quality.
In Knoxville, we have no seafood buffets. We have Ryan's that does the buffet and they try pretty hard but it can get pretty nasty. If you stand back and watch the action, you can see stuff that will turn your stomach.
It is probably a neat thing that you do not see what goes on in a kitchen anyplace. I doubt very seriously that very many places adhere to the standards observed by Lleechef!
The Sundancer cannot tolerate sanitary issues. I do not purchase anything from anybody that I remotely suspect that they are not 100% clean up to my standards.
Paul E. Smith
Sundancer, I know the above is an old post, but unless you have changed your mind in the last few years, I could NOT agree with you more.
I have heard stories about the kitchens and practices of Ryan's, Golden Corral, and several Chinese buffets that would gag a maggot.
Also, I have actually witnessed people coughing over the food, sticking their fingers into the food, examining stuff and putting it back into the pan . . . you name it.
And KIDS . . . that's another thing (of course you can't blame the kids when the parents don't properly supervise them at a buffet).
I quit patronizing buffets years ago. In fact, it was right after I nearly got into a brawl with the owner of a Chinese buffet in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The details aren't necessary here, but suffice it to say that I found some REAL nastiness on the steam table, which the owner just shrugged off, telling me to "eat something else."