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Apr 26, 2013 09:28 PM

Golden Corral coming soon in Freehold

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  1. 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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    1. re: ebchower

      And yet this thread has 62 replies for a "restaurant" experience that can be most likened to a college cafeteria.

      Says a lot about the future of locovores in NJ.

      High expectations are probably what you get after hitting it and then contemplating the chocolate waterfall...

      1. re: vikingkaj

        Not sure I am explaining this well, but you can't go in with high expectations. It is what it is. It doesn't mean that those who go, don't know anything about great food. Trust me, I frequent high end NYC restaurants regularly and know good from bad. Most folks on CH also know the difference between great cuisine and Golden Corral food. I would never go to GC often, but once in awhile it's a fun experience. Along with the not so good, there are usually a few pretty good items available,+ the kids really enjoy it. I have not been to the one if Freehold yet, but the one in FL has the best fried chicken livers, I'd just for them. The fried chicken is also usually pretty good. It's a complete 180 from the dining experiences I know are considered great. It's just something I find fun to do once in a blue moon.

        1. re: michele cindy

          C'mon, it's crap. So is White Castle, but that doesn't stop people from eating a bunch of them once in a while. I don't want to hear about their "Buying Power" either. I can't go to a Costco and buy "all the steak and shrimp I can eat" for 10.99. I wonder what grade the steak is? I'm sure it would be the lowest grade fit for human consumption.

              1. re: coldsolderjoint

                White Castle? Fried baloney on a bad biscuit they somehow refer to as a "burger?" Makes a McDonalds burger seem like Kobe Beef...

                1. re: coldsolderjoint

                  Nobody insults White Castle!!! I'm going to have some for lunch.

            1. re: vikingkaj

              ...and you can get 2nd's, AND 3rd's ! ! !

            2. re: ebchower

              I'm just sayin it's a college cafeteria. If your idea of good food is saga food service then go for it.

              1. re: vikingkaj

                Looks like they beat the Guest Meal Rates at Rutgers Busch/Piscataway....

                Rates below remain in effect from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014.

                Breakfast $8.00 plus 7% sales tax $8.56
                Lunch $11.50 plus 7% sales tax $12.31
                Dinner $17.50 plus 7% sales tax $18.73
                Brunch $11.55 plus 7% sales tax $12.31

                Rutgers Students are tax exempt by showing a valid student I.D.

                Children's Rate for guests 10 and under

                Breakfast $5.75 plus 7% sales tax $6.15
                Lunch $8.00 plus 7% sales tax $8.56
                Dinner $13.00 plus 7% sales tax $13.91
                Brunch $8.00 plus 7% sales tax $8.56

                Children over age 10 pay the regular guest meal rate.

                1. re: vikingkaj

                  This is timely given that Spring 2014 ends... Today!

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

              1. 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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                1. re: grampart

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

                      1. re: ebchower

                        But they have a chocolate waaaterfallll.

                        1. 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.