#471 Do you ever eat at buffets? How often? With whom?

#471 Do you ever eat at buffets? How often? With whom?

2006 figures put the number of cafeterias, buffets, and grill buffets in America at slightly more than 5,000.

The top 7 restaurants that come up in a Google search for “Phoenix, Arizona buffets” (my hometown) are:

  1. HomeTown Buffet

  2. Pancho’s Mexican Buffet

  3. Oriental Buffet

  4. Golden Coin Chinese Buffet

  5. Crown China Super Buffet

  6. South China Buffet

  7. Eastern Buffet

The most distasteful part of my search was the use of the term “all you can eat restaurants.” Maybe it’s my liberal social bent, but knowing that 925 million people are hungry, and every day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related issues makes it hard to think we’re such a gluttonous people that we need to market buffets as “all you can eat,” rather than “serve yourself exactly what you want.”

Though their restaurant data is not the most up-to-date, PhoenixAbout.com captures the gist of buffets everywhere:

There are several places in the greater Phoenix area where you can get your fill for a very reasonable price. These all-you-can-eat buffets are great for people who like to eat a lot, like lots of variety, don’t like to dress up, and they will be popular with the kids, too. All of these buffet restaurants in the Phoenix area serve both lunch and dinner. Chinese buffets are not included here.

Though Las Vegas made them famous, buffets now trend from comfort food like that found at Hometown Buffet to the healthier like Souper Salad and Sweet Tomatoes to catch-all Asian fare like that found at many Chinese buffets. Perhaps the best way to describe them is literally, “something for everyone.”

If those hunger statistics prompted you to want to DO something about the problem, here are four great organizaations working toward eliminating poverty.




And if you want to know MY answer to this question, you’ll have to visit the 1001RLQFW membership site and click on the Forum. There, you can add your responses and compare notes with others! Speaking of working toward ending poverty, stay tuned for a future post about my worst blind date ever. This issue played a starring role!

In the meantime, please mark your calendar for next Tuesday, November 16, when Therese Skelly and I will be hosting In All Honesty – a teleconference with two experts speaking on the topics of question-asking and journaling as powerful tools for self-development. Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled call time – we will make a recording available to all who register.


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