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Wed May 16, 2012, 01:25 PM

19. This specific guy's story aside, all you can eat should be all you can eat.

As soon as I watched the video I realized what the problem was. Small diners which don't normally do AYCE but do it on Sunday (or one day a week, etc.) should be a big warning sign.

Most small diners (and even some bigger restaurants I've been to) can't actually keep up with the demand if there's a rush on certain dishes and so they wind up "running out" of items. A full-time AYCE place (nomatter what they serve) works a lot differently in that they usually have a good idea how much stock to have on hand and the staff gets into a good rhythm preparing it.

Over the years here I've seen lots of hate at AYCE diners, or people making fun of them, etc. but I never understood it.

AYCE doesn't always mean some orgy of consumption- sometimes an AYCE buffet is the only way to try a bunch of different foods you'd normally not get in individual orders and also a good way to get a better deal on a particular dish, especially pricier ones, if you really like it a lot. And unlike a regular restaurant, you control your portions entirely. When I eat AYCE, I usually don't eat mountains of food, but I do make lots of little trips to explore all the different flavors and see what I like.

AYCE should really stand for ALL YOU CAN EAT, not "All we think you should eat". I've never come across an AYCE which wasn't priced signifigantly more expensive than a regular entree, usually twice as much or more. That's the whole point, you pay a much higher price for the ability to make a meal out of the buffet's items they way you like in the portions you like.

PB

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