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Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

wench31 Apr 26, 2013 09:28 PM



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    ebchower Mar 10, 2014 07:16 AM

    So who here is going to TOFTT when they open?

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      yCf Mar 10, 2014 09:06 AM

      I definitely plan on going.

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        jrvedivici Mar 10, 2014 10:07 AM

        Ohhhh my inner glutton will bring me there sooner or later. My only experience with them is from visiting family in rural Virginia, there is a GC in the nearest big city (about a 30 drive) and let me tell you, it's "the" place to go!

        I've never found it to be offensive, besides some of the customers.

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          ebchower Mar 10, 2014 10:15 AM

          Now they are talking early May to open. There's also a White Castle on 18 that looks ready to open but hasn't so far. All these fine dining establishments playing cat and mouse. I can't take it much longer.

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            equal_Mark Mar 10, 2014 01:15 PM

            Mmm... Chocolate showers AND fried baloney buns!

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          MarlboroMan Mar 10, 2014 09:48 PM

          Oh, I'll probably be there on opening day. My favorite restaurant is a buffet. And, I'll admit, my current favorite restaurant around here is Freehold Grand Buffet. Good sushi. Not the fanciest, but solid. I ate there on Sunday. Mostly ate sushi. Heck of a lot less money than eating at Tokyo up the road.

          My second favorite is Teppanyaki Grill & Sushi Buffet in East Brunswick. Okay sushi.. sometimes pretty good. Enough of other stuff to keep me interested. Hibachi grill in back, along with carvable meats. Some very intriguing dishes that mostly only Asians would find interesting, (and lots of Asians eating there). And the prices are insanely low. Like I paid $6.38 for weekday lunch (with a coupon) before tax and tip.

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          joestein Mar 10, 2014 05:10 AM

          A few years ago on vaction, we had a golden corral near the resort we stayed at. My daughters asked me about it and I told them that before they were born, when mommy and daddy didn't have much money, we walked into there to eat and walked right out because it is gross.

          They now refer to the restaurant as "Stinky Corral" everytime they see a commerical or the restaurant.

          Just thought I would share that with everybody.

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            grampart Mar 10, 2014 06:13 AM

            In what way was it "gross"? Was that your only GC experience? Do you assume that they are all "gross"?

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              joestein Mar 10, 2014 06:39 AM

              Yes, that is my one and only GC experience.

              I called it gross because the food I viewed on the buffet seemed very low quality.

              I have not seen or heard anything since that would change my mind.

              Apologies to any GC enthusiasts.


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                joonjoon Mar 10, 2014 07:10 AM

                I like Golden Corral! Their dinner rolls are top notch...I swear if they served 'em at a high end restaurant people would think it was the bees knees.

                Their sauteed mushrooms are fantastic too.

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                  michele cindy Mar 10, 2014 02:11 PM

                  They also have great fried chicken livers.

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                    joonjoon Mar 10, 2014 02:13 PM

                    I didn't know they had those! I'd go to town on that.

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                      michele cindy Mar 11, 2014 04:35 AM

                      I've only been to one GC in Royal Palm FL. Hoping they have them at the Freehold location.

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                  fourunder Mar 10, 2014 11:27 PM

                  Last year during the month of December, I took advantage of the warm weather(50-60*) and a low room rate at Caesar's Boardwalk to play some golf. I had heard GC was not bad from friends, so It was in my plans to give it a try. On the first day down, i finished golf a little too early to have dinner, so I went towards the hotel. Since I was by myself, I had no real desire to sit in a restaurant by myself, but I tried to see if I could get into Chef Vola's, however, it was closed. Whitehouse Subs was also closed due to renovations ...the after effects from Hurricane Sandy if I can recall correctly. Beaten down, I went to the Hotel and tried to see what my options were....Nothing hit me and I did not feel like driving over to the Borgata...so I ended up on premise at the Caesar's Buffet. It was something like $40 plus tax and gratuity. The food looked well presented, but it was fair at best. Inedible steak, cheap shrimp and overcooked everything else.

                  The next day after golf dinner at GC with drink was <$15. The steak was tender, the Fried chicken was excellent, a little salad and some Ice Cream. It was better than at Caesar's. If one were closer to me, I would have no problem going there for the food or convenience. I was pleasantly surprised by the operation, one particular cook and my server.....and left in a better mood than the previous night.

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              ebchower Mar 6, 2014 08:20 AM

              The latest on their Facebook page.

              We've had so many people ask us when we will be opening. We have a tentative date but because of the weather and other factors it is hard to give a final date. We can tell you that March is our expected month. Keep watching this page for more updates and when we get closer we will announce the Grand Opening date. Thanks to all our followers for making this page so popular, keep up the "Likes" and pass the word.

              1. michele cindy Jul 16, 2013 04:52 PM

                Putting aside the nasty video for the moment... When we drive to FL we always end up a the Golden Corral in Royal Palm Beach. It's the only one I've ever been to. This one appears clean and I have never seen anything like shown in the video. Given that... the food isn't great, but you do find a few things on the buffet that are pretty tasty. My favorite, deep fried chicken liver. The banana pudding is also pretty good. While I do enjoy fine dining, GC is in it's own category. Kind of like the way White Castles are to burgers. They aren't a great burger, but they really can hit the spot when you are craving one. My family will be very excited to hear this and we will take the 1.5 hour drive to go this GC to give it a go. And yes like the other poster mentioned, a chocolate fountain is enticing to the kids but my favorite is the ayce cotton candy certainly making this certainly worth the drive!

                1. Terrie H. Jul 12, 2013 03:42 PM

                  You must live in the most god-foresaken wasteland for restaurants on the planet if you think Golden Corral is a YAY. Sorry.

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                    drongo Jul 12, 2013 05:40 PM

                    I believe it was sarcasm.

                    But since this is New Jersey, maybe the "god-foresaken wasteland" is not a bad description <gd&r>.

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                      Terrie H. Jul 12, 2013 05:42 PM

                      I do hope so.

                  2. drongo Jul 12, 2013 03:21 PM

                    I went to Golden Corral once, in South Carolina.

                    It's inexpensive. But so is cat food.

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                      jrvedivici Jul 12, 2013 03:36 PM

                      But is cat food all you can eat for $10.95???

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                        drongo Jul 12, 2013 05:38 PM

                        LOL.. all you CAN eat or all you WANT to eat?

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                      joonjoon Jul 10, 2013 10:13 AM

                      I've been to one in MD on a number of occasions. For the money they charge it's a great buffet. Their rolls are killer.

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                        equal_Mark Jul 10, 2013 11:17 AM

                        The one in Aberdeen?

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                          joonjoon Jul 10, 2013 12:38 PM

                          Yep that's the one! Went there a few times visiting Fort Monmouth peeps...

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                            jrvedivici Jul 10, 2013 12:50 PM

                            I didn't know you were a Ft. Monmouth peep. Guess you decided to stay and find new employment, good for you!

                            The only GC I've ever been to was in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. While it wasn't terrible you get what you pay for......what do they charge $10.99 for all you can eat? What can you really expect.

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                              joonjoon Jul 10, 2013 01:04 PM

                              I'm not a Ft. Monmouth person but I had a few friends who worked there..

                              Yeah seriously - but honestly for 10 bucks and change it's a pretty impressive spread. I went one time for AYCE ribs and it was kinda decent. Some times their steaks are even edible.

                              Not bad for 10 bucks.

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                                shesallthat Jul 11, 2013 06:35 PM

                                Oh so its going to be across from "Golden Bell Diner" or whatever that place is now called. Great. Another place to avoid in my town.

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                              equal_Mark Jul 12, 2013 12:25 PM

                              I was given my "Retirement luncheon" there a couple years ago after opting out of a move to the culinary wasteland down in Aberdeen. I behaved and made an enjoyable time of it.

                              Next time you are down there visiting Ft. Monmouth ex pats, take them to Mamies... http://www.mamiescafewithlove.com/

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                                joonjoon Jul 12, 2013 02:57 PM

                                Ah I'm glad you stuck with us =M! Aberdeen is indeed a culinary wasteland but there's some interesting stuff there. Mamies is by far my favorite joint in that area...have you tried their shrimp salad and crab cake club? Killer.

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                          coldsolderjoint Jul 10, 2013 09:08 AM

                          I wonder if this is why we've been seeing more Ads on TV.

                          We stopped at one in North Carolina on a road trip down to Miami once. I thought it was pretty good for road food. Especially for the money.

                          But you know.. I agree with the others here, its just sort of a place you end up at once in awhile. And of course your going to have to accept the fact that most of the other patrons will have no idea what a calorie is or what fresh means. LOL

                          I've been waiting for the rumored Cracker Barrel to open up. Chicken and Dumplins!

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                            Rigmaster Jul 10, 2013 07:33 AM

                            Any restaurant can be mismanaged. Not defending GC, but there are many GCs that are much cleaner than this.

                            GC corporate should be all over this, including replacing any and everyone who does or ignores this.

                            The local inspectors should immediately put this place on watch and do multiple unannounced visits.

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                              ebchower Jul 10, 2013 07:23 AM

                              Now I really can't wait for this to open.


                              1. grampart Apr 27, 2013 03:59 AM

                                I visited my first Golden Corral in 1979 in Vero Beach, FL.. In the 27 years I lived there, I made maybe a dozen return trips. Not bad, not great, I never heard anyone rave about it or complain about it. Just one of those places that, for one reason or other, you stop in from time to time. I haven't been to another for at least 10 years, although there are a few here in GA. Not sure about their current offerings, but the salad bar and the baked potato bar were popular back in the day. They also made a pretty tasty hamburger.

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                                  ebchower Apr 27, 2013 04:28 AM

                                  Not a good sign when your Wikipedia page has a Salmonella section.

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                                    grampart Apr 27, 2013 04:45 AM

                                    $hit happens.

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                                      jrvedivici Apr 27, 2013 04:52 AM


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                                        Samalicious Apr 27, 2013 05:59 AM

                                        But they have a chocolate waaaterfallll.

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                                      SusieQQ Apr 27, 2013 03:30 AM

                                      Is this another chain restaurant? Hope not...Freehold is going to be known as the "king of the Chains"...

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                                        ebchower Apr 26, 2013 10:01 PM

                                        I never heard of them until they started sponsoring pro bowling a couple years ago. Given that demographic and their other sponsors (Motel 6, Dennys), let's just say my expectations aren't high!

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