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Why is 'Western' smorgasbords/buffets a disappearing genre in Metro Vancouver ?

LotusRapper Jan 8, 2014 01:53 PM

*Not* talking about AYCEs for sushi, Chinese, Indian and/or other cuisines. Just your standard N. American-style cuisine buffet.

And *not* counting the special holidays (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Christmas, New Year, etc) buffets that many hotels offer.

Right now I can really only think of a small handful that are present year-round, such as River Rock Casino, Grand Villa Resort, Uncle Willy's (last surviving one in Metrotown).

I accidentally came across the site for Tucker's (http://www.tuckersmarketplace.ca/) where there are three in Ontario, which got me to suspect it's part of the Mother Tucker's chain that we had out here in the '70s - early '90s. I believe the last one was at the corner of Lougheed & North Road (I believe where Wings Tap & Grill is now).

The various Boathouses used to provide weekend buffets year-round. So did that place that preceded Whet on Granville Island 2 or 3 iterations ago. Then there was The Copper Kettle on Kingsway.

So ...... I guess I'm just wondering why Metro Vancouver is no longer a popular area for Western AYCE's. Our bent on health and fitness ?

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    Philx Jan 8, 2014 02:47 PM

    Limited demand for large amounts of mediocre food?

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      Georgia Strait Jan 8, 2014 10:12 PM

      hey - how could you leave out BC Ferries ; )
      http://www.bcferries.com/onboard-expe...

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      1. re: Georgia Strait
        LotusRapper Jan 8, 2014 10:43 PM

        Alright, ya got me there. *But* you'd have to want to go to the Island (and back) in the process.

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        Georgia Strait Jan 27, 2014 01:04 PM

        speaking of buffets - i will be interested in what the revamped Griffins will be (www.fairmont.com aka hotel Vancouver

        )

        i mean, the Griffins set-up was designed for buffeting - breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner

        1. LotusRapper Jan 27, 2014 03:25 PM

          The Roof:

          http://www.fairmont.com/hotel-vancouv...

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            Kircalbret Jan 31, 2014 04:31 AM

            There's a place called knight & day down boundary rd. I'd say the food is average.

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