The Long Lines at Golden Corral Encouraged (Peer Pressured) Us to Try It
Yesterday my husband and I finally ate at the Golden Corral all you can eat buffet that recently opened near us. After watching lines of people, fifty deep, waiting outside in the freezing cold, for days on end I knew we had to go. After attempting a visit during an off time (2pm on a weekday) without success due to lines still being out the door, we found the sweet spot – during a weekday snow storm. Surely no one else would be silly enough to wait outside on such a day, right? Turns out we were correct so we were able to see what all the fuss (and the lines) were about.
First a little about the restaurant. The Golden Corral has more than 450 restaurants nationwide. The first one opened in 1973. The buffet has a multitude of offerings for carnivores
According to their website, the Golden Corral restaurant is “well known as America’s #1 buffet and grill.” I wanted to test that assertion because I have never been impressed with all you can eat restaurants in general and was skeptical that the Golden Corral would change my mind. However, as there was a never-ending line of people waiting to enter this Golden Corral, I HAD to know if it was heaven in disguise as I was beginning to believe.
Does Golden Corral = Heaven?
Well, if heaven resembles a college dining hall and serves canned peaches and salt licks, then YES! Upon entering this Golden Corral we were confronted with plastic beverage cups and felt forced to decide immediately if we wanted something to drink. “Waaait,” I wailed. “Too soon. Too soon! Where are the prices?” Actually, the FIRST thing we saw when stepping through the Golden Corral front doors was the “claw crane game.” You know, the game where you move the crane and try to grab a prize with the prongs. In this case the prizes consisted of Coach bags and Apple products such as iPads.
After paying for our lunch we went in search of a seat. The Golden Corral is set up cafeteria
Hubby and I are both “tasters” and not really bothered by “strange,” combinations. Take a little of this and a little of that…how else does one decide what to go back for? We were pleased with the plentiful salad bar offerings. I started with some beets, blue cheese, deviled eggs and seafood salad. Everything tasted pretty good and I was pleasantly surprised by the seafood salad. I thought, “Okay. Maybe I was wrong about the Golden Corral all you can eat buffet. What I was wrong about was thinking that I might be wrong.
No Picture Taking at the Golden Corral Please! Just Eat!
After surveying the other food stations we couldn’t decide what to try next, not because there
We grudgingly picked up our Crayola colored plastic plates and began our tasting journey. While getting food I was snapping pictures to help me remember (and of course to post online). I was approached by a Golden Corral staff member who very nicely told me that I had to stop taking pictures of the food. I asked her why, and she replied, “Because you can’t take pictures.” “Okay,” I said pleasantly with a smile, “But you have to tell me why.” She replied, “The owners don’t want pictures taken of the food.” That didn’t really answer the question about why no pictures of the food, but I wasn’t there to cause trouble, so I said, “Okay. No problem. I will honor that request.” The entire exchange was pleasant and non-confrontational. Besides I had already taken a number of pictures!
There were food trays that needed refilling and were crusted over with the dried remnants of
But I Like the Golden Corral!
Go to any number of restaurant review sites such as TripAdvisor and you’ll see that there are
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