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Jul 5, 2012 05:17 PM

OMG!! Golden Corral

who would think of going there?? just saw their TV commercials for cotton candy!!

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  1. Well, yeah. Pretty unusual, to say the least. Look, this is an all you can eat buffet with a large range of foods and a fixed price somewhere south of $10/per. I've eaten there on road trips in Virginia, and managed to make a reasonable southern meal of decent baked ham sliced to order, collards, black eyed peas, corn bread, and a simple salad, with unlimited unsweet tea, and some melon. The place is packed with working folks and others for obvious reasons--including large by groups of Mexican workers loading up on plates of beef and ham and chicken. Would I go there again by choice? Unlikely. But it has its place, both as a default and is for many cash-strapped families, a real option. Frankly, except for its many sweet excesses, its food is generally no worse and maybe even a bit e better than the offerings at some of the relatively few independent "country buffets" that remain points South.

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    1. re: bob96

      You are exactly right bob! and they are 10 times better than they were 20 years ago. I eat there maybe once or twice a year if I'm in the area and I'm starving, the pot roast is as good as you'll get anywhere.

      1. re: bob96

        I am not a chain person and I found myself at a GC last week in Myrtle Beach. We were there for a basketball tournament and this was the "team night out" selection for a large group, perhaps 40 kids and adults. I b*tched and moaned the whole way there but, you know, it was much better than I expected and amazing price. At this particular GC, they import eastern european summer workers; our server was friendly and efficient. I left a good tip because of all the 5th and 7th grade boys we had in tow.

        My son ate the cotton candy, dipped into the chocolate fountain. No, I'm not proud but I didn't see it happen as I was at another table altogether.

      2. We used to take my grandmother because she loved it and she needed the calories. I don't know if they still offer it, but they used to have a soup/salad/dessert option if you didn't want to full buffet.

        1. I eat here with my husband on occasion and we manage to find some common ground. This time of year, they usually have a nice selection of fresh fruit and he enjoys the meat selection. I do find though that places like this bring out the worst in people which is the reason I generally avoid it on busy evenings. Last time we went in, I watched a woman in line ahead of me lick her plate clean from her apparent first trip through the line. So, it isn't usually the food that scares me away.

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          1. re: Jambie

            There was a story recently about folks who load plate after plate of food in to "concealed" shopping bags to take home--in one case, a table of women of a certain age were busted for dumping into their bags the entire evening's supply of chicken wings, one plate at a time.

            1. re: bob96

              I would believe it because some of the amount of food on the plates is staggering to me. I have struggled with weight issues all my life so I'm certainly not qualified to be the food police but I find it easier to believe the food is being taken home rather than eaten at one sitting.

            2. re: Jambie

              You're right there Jambie, seems like (almost) everywhere you go these days there's that "hillbilly factor" to deal with.

              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                Not just the hillbilly factor--plenty of well-dressed teens with plates filled with pizza and fries, followed by endless ice cream and that chocolate.

            3. I have to laugh whenever I see their commercial on TV...trying to make us believe that cotton candy trumps a chocolate fountain.

              1. I ended up at one in small town Kentucky about 15 years ago when we just weren't up for the one good strip mall Chinese place in town yet again. IIRC, I had a rotisserie chicken off the buffet, and it was no better or worse than typical grocery store rotisserie chicken.

                The chocolate wonderfall thing scares me though. Whenever I see a Golden Corral review pop up on Urbanspoon, there will be someone complaining about toddlers sticking their fingers in the wonderfall and then licking them off repeatedly.

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                1. re: beachmouse

                  I've seen that happen at a $29.95 "upscale" brunch. Those things are just four feet of nasty.

                  1. re: Samalicious

                    "Whenever I see a Golden Corral review pop up on Urbanspoon, there will be someone complaining about toddlers sticking their fingers in the wonderfall and then licking them off repeatedly."

                    Ew. I have never been to a Golden Corral (as far as I know there are none nearby) but the kids with their hands in the chocolate wonderfall would get b!tchsl@pped by me first, their parents second.