The all-you-can-eat: where does it come from?
April 6, 2007 6:11 AM Subscribe
I'm really interested in the concept of the buffet-style, "all you can eat" type restaurant experience.
Is this a Western invention? Does it even exist in other parts of the world? Also, does anyone have anyone strategies as to how to maximize the buffet experience?
posted by quietfish to food & drink (67 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Last time I went an all-you-can-eat lunch was to a Chinese restaurant that also served "regular" food, like pizza and fries. I focused on the dim sum, but a guy behind us sat down with a huge plate full of bacon.
I also have a very clear memory of a relative visiting from the Czech Republic in the 80's. My parents took us out to dinner to an all-you-can eat place. He'd never heard of the all-you-can-eat concept, and was postively flabbergasted when confronted with all that food. And when he finally set in, he avoided starches and focused on meats.