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IKEA AYCE crayfish buffet?

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Anyone go to the Ikea all-you-can-eat crayfish buffet today? Couldn't make it today, but I plan on going soon -- I hope they are serving a la carte crayfish for a little while.

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  1. Wow, that's worth a trip!

    1. Their website only mentions 8/19 and it sold out.

      1. An AYCE buffet inside of a furniture store? Hahah! What a wonderful time we live in!

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        1. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

          I'm guessing you've never been to IKEA. They have a cafeteria, as well as a small food hall offering a variety of Scandinavian specialties (and are more than just a furniture store, for that matter.)

          1. re: Allstonian

            It's true, I haven't. I've heard they make nice couches and I hope I'm lucky enough to some day try their crayfish.

            1. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

              Their annual Christmas buffet is a massive event and definitely worth checking out. Lots of tasty Scandinavian dishes including a large smoked salmon.

            2. re: Allstonian

              And also a decent and absurdly inexpensive breakfast.

              P.S. I will add that someone who has never been there could never appreciate that IKEA has food. There is no way to get out of that place in under 5 hours so food is key. I'm partial to the soft serve.

              1. re: hckybg

                The absurdly inexpensive breakfast is even more inexpensive if you get there before the actual store is open (along w/the free coffee).

                And - with the right shopper's skill, one can plan for exactly what one wants to buy, map out the areas needed to shop in the store, stop for a bite, look at the marked down section and STILL get out sooner than 5 hrs. (and have time to take a look at the Christmas Tree Shop down the road, too).

                It's a gift (and a curse.. lol).

                1. re: hckybg

                  I can get in and out in 45 minutes.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    Yeah...well...some of us don't always go there knowing what we want...

              2. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

                I'm on their email mailing list (but got nothing about this buffet!) - they also have other buffets during the year that sound really good. I think they had one on Easter, as I remember. Another one, too - can't remember the occasion (might have been something Scandinavian), but I just remember the list of fruits. Since I've changed my eating habits that sounds like heaven to me.

                Would love to find out how the crawfish were! I've never had any at all - bought a Groupon for Brothers Crawfish in Dorchester, but I haven't used it yet. Hoping to have a movie night w/some friends & get them to go, along w/some homemade biscotti to top our feast. Hopefully I'll like them as much as I like other shellfish.

                I used to buy frozen langostinos many, many years ago (haven't had them since) - and thought those were awesome. Gawd I'm making myself hungry...

              3. What?!? And I missed it?

                Googling leads to some claims that other locations are offering it for more than one day.

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                1. re: KWagle

                  Yeah, but MA only has one IKEA (since the Somerville one seems to be slated for the year 3896). I didn't hear about this one (and my car isn't drivable right now). They seem to repeat stuff all the time, so hopefully this will be repeated also.

                  If you get to the store before it opens (the cafeteria opens sooner), you get free coffee, (as I remember) and they have the 99 cent breakfast, which is pretty decent, IMO. Funny thing, I went there twice & noticed the same group of older men (just a tad older than me, lol). Must be retired & it's become their morning "Cheers" spot. :D

                  As a woman of that certain age, and also one who needs to (and is good at) saving every penny - I think that's great.

                  1. re: threedogs

                    I've never been to a kräftskiva, but it sure looks like a grand time. Friend of mine reported on the Chicagoland IKEA kräftskiva - http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?... - $3 shots of aquavit at IKEA ... now that's a party !