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Jan 17, 2009 11:35 AM

Question about Golden Corral

This steak house is advertising in heavy rotation on Detroit television. I went to the corporate website to find a location near me, and there is only one store in the entire tri-county area. The ads airing are pounding the message of how much food you get for less than $10. Featured in the ads is their Applewood Grill, a bacon-wrapped filet. Is it worth a 30 mile drive for me to sample the menu?

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  1. No. The food isn't good. The only really, truly positive thing I can write about them is that they do a very generous annual free dinner for military (both active and retired) personnel and their families. It's not worth the less than two mile drive to the Golden Corral near my house.

    1. i went to a g.c. once with in-laws in atlanta and did not like it.

      remember bonanza? remember ponderosa? same concept. order a marginal steak and hit the all you can eat salad/side/desert bars to your heart's content.

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      1. re: xman887

        Thanks for the response. I was wondering if it was a Ponderosa/Bonanza clone. These two replies confirmed my questions.

      2. First off, Golden Corral isn't a steakhouse. There is a grill station where you can get cooked-to-order steaks, but the main focus of the place is the all-you-can-eat buffet.

        Which is to say, it's all about quantity over quality. Unlimited amounts of a fairly large variety of stuff for not very much money. I eat there occasionally because it's my father-in-law's favorite place. Some of the food is terrible, and some is okay. None of it is particularly good.

        I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to eat there. It's a good option if you happen have a dozen ravenous teenagers under your care, but it's far from chow-worthy destination.

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        1. re: alanbarnes

          I agree with alanbarnes about the teenagers! And I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there, either--certainly wouldn't drive 30 miles. Nor would it even occur to me to try one of their steaks.

          All that said, though, I pick up takeout from GC a couple times a year (they sell it by the pound for a very reasonable price). Because out of the ginormous selection, it's not difficult to come up with three or four items that are really tasty, and to put together a decently well-balanced meal in the process. I like the pot roast and veggies, the fried chicken, and a couple of the salads.

        2. Save your time and gasoline, find a local place you'll be ahead of the game.

          1. No greasy and definitely not worth it. I ate there once just with a large group. I am not a "picky" eater but also a cook. I didn't say anything, but no NOT worth it. Typical premade buffet food. Nothing worth driving for. I can give you a great easy apple bacon wrapped filet, baked potato and salad and even a vegetable for under 12 bucs per person. WAY better.