Ranking All-You-Can Eat Chain Buffets From Worst To First
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Ranking All-You-Can Eat Chain Buffets From Worst To First

The heyday for all-you-can-eat buffets might
be in the past but if you know where to go, you can still find your unlimited satisfaction
in the form of an unending dinner plate. Here’s our ranking of all-you-can-eat buffets,
from worst to first. This all-you-can-eat buffet known primarily
for their pizza is an inexpensive restaurant option but if you succumb to the cheapness,
you’ll soon regret not shelling out more money for a real meal. The pizza crust is stiff and flavorless, and
you can taste the cost-cutting measures in the rest of the bland ingredients. With each bite you take from the buffet, no
matter if it’s pizza or one of their newer concoctions, your regret will grow and the
money you saved won’t be able to overshadow your dissatisfaction. “What the heck is that?!” “Who puts broccoli on pizza?” “That’s it, I’m done.” “Congratulations, San Francisco, you’ve
ruined pizza!” As the name suggests, Souper Salad offers
primarily all-you-care-to-eat soup or salad, but what you get is atrocious. The salad options are disappointingly limited
and, and if you want to try the soup, you sometimes have to do so blindly because Souper
Salad has a bad habit of not labeling the different options. Ultimately, whichever soup you select will
be a letdown. Even worse? Most Souper Salads also have a taco bar, but
it’s not worth trying, either. Bummer. Shoney’s has been around since 1947, so you
might have good childhood memories of this restaurant. But don’t let your memories fool you, Shoney’s
isn’t a place you should go to if you want good food. In theory, Shoney’s all-you-can-eat food bar
is a bargain, as it promises everything from fried chicken to fruit. But in reality, it’s usually just gross. The problem with Shoney’s isn’t necessarily
the ingredients or even the recipes. The problem is that everything is just so
stale. If you happen to catch the buffet when it’s
hot and fresh, Shoney’s isn’t bad. That said, it’s still not what you may remember
from decades ago. Pizza Ranch has more than 200 locations, mostly
in the Midwest. When you enter a Pizza Ranch, you might be
impressed by their Western-themed decor. When you taste the food, though, you’ll be
mostly unimpressed. While the pizza might be a step up from Cicis,
it’s still not what anyone with functioning taste buds would classify as good. Beyond their pizza, the macaroni and cheese
is basically glorified cheese paste, and even their mashed potatoes manage to somehow disappoint. The best option is usually their dessert pizzas. But, if you don’t act quickly, the feeding
frenzy created by others waiting for the same dessert pizza will empty it before you can
get your hands on a slice. HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, and Ryan’s
Buffet are all-you-can-eat buffets owned by the same company, offering the same experience
under different names. Twenty years ago, you could find really good
food at these restaurants. Unfortunately, the parent company recently
filed for bankruptcy and the quality of food continues to deteriorate. When you eat at any of these buffets, it’ll
be painfully obvious that you are eating at a place that may be out of business soon. The decor is outdated, cleanliness can sometimes
be lacking, and the atmosphere is depressing. The food itself is okay as long as you prefer
everything to be sweeter than necessary. Needless to say, they probably won’t be around
by the time your grandkids grow up. Western Sizzlin’ is an all-you-can-eat buffet
restaurant chain with food that’s a reasonable array of decent, authentic Southern cuisine. Two issues hold Western Sizzlin’ back from
rising higher. First of all, a lot of the food is simply
overcooked. Secondly, the cost has gone up enough that
it’s questionable whether you are receiving good value for your money. For a comparable price, you can get higher
quality food at a normal, sit-down restaurant. Though it used to be fairly common, only certain
Pizza Hut restaurants offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet these days. Finding one near you can be a chore, however
if you do find one, it’s actually pretty good bang for your buck. That said, there are a few caveats you should
know about before you track down a Pizza Hut that does the lunch buffet. First of all, expect there to be a really
limited assortment of pizzas. The quality of what is available is usually
high, but don’t be surprised if your favorite type of pizza is nowhere to be found. Second? Don’t count on a dessert. Sweet Tomatoes, which goes by the name Souplantation
in California, is legitimately one of the best all-you-can-eat options in the nation. Open for either lunch or dinner, this is the
place to go if you want a buffet with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Their salad bar is fantastic, as they even
have special salads that change each month, along with nuts, croutons, and seeds to add
a yummy crunch to your salad. Sweet Tomatoes also has some of the best soups
you will find at a buffet restaurant, as well as a bakery section that features really good
muffins and breads. The only real flaw for Sweet Tomatoes is crowd
management, so it’s best to visit during off-peak hours. Sirloin Stockade has been around since 1966,
and unlike many other chain buffets, they seem to be getting better and better. Their all-you-can-eat hot buffet has filling
entrees including pasta and cooked-to-perfection steak. The meat quality here is surprisingly high. In their cold buffet, Sirloin Stockade has
a top notch salad bar with fresh vegetables. What may end up being your favorite aspect
is the bakery, where they have cakes, multiple types of pies, and rolls. They also have ice cream and a vast choice
of toppings, and everyone knows that’s a must for a real buffet. While all-you-can-eat pizza places usually
underwhelm, Shakey’s Pizza is an exception as they’ve been able to maintain the same
high standards throughout the years. This is one place that won’t disappoint if
you decide to visit due to nostalgia. In fact, it’ll be just like you remember. You can taste the difference in their pizza
dough, which is prepared fresh every day and is never frozen. The mozzarella cheese on the pizza is also
tasty and a step up from the competition. If you like dessert pizza, Shakey’s has you
covered with plenty of sweetness to select from. Bonus? Their Mojo Potatoes are famous for a reason,
and their fried chicken is crispy and yummy. Sizzler has had its ups and downs over the
60-plus years it’s been in business. From iconic eatery to bankruptcy, these days
Sizzler doesn’t have many locations in the United States — but the ones they do have
are actually serving really good food. Unfortunately, only some of them are still
all-you-can-eat buffets. “What happened to the stakes they had in their
when they closed?” “Do you think they got eaten?” Still, we recommend you locate one because,
if you haven’t been in a while, you’ll be surprised at how good at all tastes. Keep an eye out as Sizzler will sometimes
offer all-you-can-eat entrees like shrimp, steak, or ribs. That’s a great time to visit and get your
fill. Your Sizzler might not look like it did in
the ’90s, but it will still be darn good. A relative newcomer to the all-you-can-eat
buffet scene, HuHot Mongolian Grill has their own tasty twist. After paying for the lunch price or the dinner
price depending on the time of day, you get a bowl and get to work. In your bowl, you place your choice of protein,
noodles, vegetables, and sauce. The most popular protein options include meat,
chicken, and shrimp. Once you’re finished picking the items for
your bowl, you head to the grill where your food is cooked for you. Still hungry? Start the process all over again! When you combine quantity of options and quality
of food, no all you-you-can-eat buffet can touch Golden Corral. While it’s not the best food on the planet,
you are sure to find something you like. You can find it all here, with timeless favorites
including bacon wrapped sirloin filets, smoked beef short ribs, boneless buffalo chicken
wings, sweet and sour pork, baked fish with lemon herb sauce, and many more. Golden Corral has an incomparable carving
station and a salad bar complete with all types of fruits and vegetables. They also have delicious soups, freshly baked
breads and other goodies in their bakery, and a dessert bar that will have you coming
back for seconds and thirds. Maybe even fourths. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “Ranking All-You-Can Eat Chain Buffets From Worst To First

  1. For most people Its "all you care" to eat.
    The "all you CAN" eat customers make these places to disgusting to frequent.
    Everytime I tried these places there were Morbidly Obese People gorging like it was their last meal.

  2. 6:21. This is a PERFECT example of what I'm talking about…If you're wondering where the animals in the Jackson MS zoo went…just go to Golden Corral, seriously, enough said.

  3. The worst buffet I ever ate at was Golden Corral in Davenport, Iowa. Everything thing that was supposed to be hot, was cold. They were too lazy to heat it up first. People get sick that way. 🙁

    I like any buffet that features roast beef. But most only half cook it. If you want raw meat, bite a dog. 🙁

  4. I actually dont mind CiCis especially for the price 🤷🏽‍♂️ I also love pizza ranch but I went to western sizzlin once and it was the worst buffet I've ever been to 🤦‍♂️

  5. The steak at Golden Corral tastes like it's from the Goodyear tire and rubber company.If,it actually was it would probably be better.

  6. Golden corral with their wings are delicious for the price and fries but everything else in my town from golden corral is alright

  7. Golden Corral is just awesome IF you catch them when they first open in a new location. There will be corporate people all over the place, and the food is just outstanding for a buffet. But after about a month or maybe two at the most, all the corporate people are gone, and the food that was so awesome a month ago, now gives you flashbacks to your school cafeteria lunches. The employees just do not care, and the managers don't either. The cooks learn that if they overcook something where it is practically inedible, that no one will eat it, so they can cook less and still keep the buffet full. One pan of hard as a brick meat loaf will last all day long! If they make it taste good, they'll be cooking meatloaf all day long. What minimum wage employee wants to do that?

    And if you find something not cooked as hard as a brick, it's simply dumped out of a can and warmed up. Seasonings? Who needs those? The attitude seems to be that If you make it taste good, people will just eat more and we'll have more customers, making you have to work harder. NO thanks. They just want to make it to the end of their shift, while doing the least amount of work possible. To accomplish that, requires shitty food.

  8. I used to love Sizzler. Unfortunately, the one by me closed 20 years ago. I ate at one in California a few years ago, but it wasn't a buffet and the food wasn't nearly as good as I remember.

  9. The mention of bacon wrapped filets brought to mind my most disappointing topic @ GC: special promos. It's been 18 months plus since the GC in Largo, FL had prime rib or wrapped filets. In Clearwater, FL, Duff's Buffet re emerged from the dead & is excellent. We have 2 excellent Chinese buffets in Chopsticks & Oriental Super Buffet. Pizza Hut buffets in our area will make custom requests

  10. Can't say I've ever gone to a buffet expecting very good food. But honestly, one of the "buffets" I miss most was when Wendy's had the Superbar. Maybe it was because I was a kid, but that was the best ever. I could put nacho cheese on my pasta or taco meat on my salad! Quincy's was also good… mainly their rolls. They put Logan's to shame. Golden Corral is a cesspit and probably the worst out of the buffet options in my area. I've never even heard of quite a few on this list.

  11. Our Golden Corral here in Victoria Texas sucks! I have eaten at one in Houston Texas and for was different and they consently brought out fresh food and deserts. In Victoria it's the same food over and over and food is not replenished or sits there in try and looks dry.

  12. Cinzettis here in colorado is terrific. Authentic Italian food prepared in a open kitchen directly in front of you for the most part. Definitely the best all you can eat buffet ive seen. All so several hotels have really good buffets. Say what you want about Cicis if your 420 friendly you cant beat it for the price.

  13. The Sizzler in Murrieta, California is 5 Star every time you go. I know the owner and she works hard to keep it that way.

  14. Golden Corral is one of the worst buffets around, dirty dishes everywhere, people walking around eating and coughing while serving themselves, kids sticking strawberries in the chocolate with their dirty hands, and the people that work there just turn the other way

  15. Golden Coral has gone down hill drastically in the last 6 months. Not going back. Used to love their chicken not so much anymore. Food isn't hot and is old.

  16. It's called Sweet Tomatoes, not Souplantation in my California city. And the video is right –Hometown Buffet was the place to eat back in the 90s. However, it still has a good breakfast buffet which they only have on the weekends. You can still go to Sizzler's where I live and their all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar is not as good as it was 20-30 years ago, but still has lots of tasty offerings (plenty of salad fixins', spaghetti, chicken, Mexican food bar with fresh guacamole, etc….) Golden Corral didn't do well when it came to town back in the early 2000s and the restaurant pulled up stakes after 4-5 years, but I read in our local paper recently that it's coming back with a new restaurant opening in 2020.

  17. Las Vegas buffets are light years ahead of Golden Corral and Cici’s Pizza. Only 2 I’ve heard of and I have dined at both. Both equally BAD.

  18. Golden Corral is disgusting, if that is at the top of this list I can just imagine the others. Sometimes I think 'Mericans would eat dogshit if it was cheap and was covered in a sweet gravy.

  19. I must admit, Golden Corral is pretty good. Food is good but restaurant smells funny. I recommend you go about an hour before lunch. You get to eat breakfast and lunch for the price of one.👍👍👍

  20. My senior aged Parents and I regularly dine at the Golden Corral in Goodyear Az, an upscale Western suburb of Phoenix. The price is affordable and the food is delicious ! The chicken breasts are huge and hot with the perfect amount of crispness. The mash potatoes and gravy taste home made. The seafood is consistently good. Too bad so many unlucky people had bad dining experiences in their local GC. Ours is Fantastic, come to sunny Arizona and try it for yourself !

  21. I loved taking my triplets to Cicis years ago. It was cost effective and the food was decent at the one we had here. Haven’t been to one in years as ours closed at least 10 years ago.

  22. Golden Corral is nasty af, but I do live in the ghetto south. For some reason Golden Corral is really popular with ghetto low class people in the south, and that’s who works there as well.

  23. I've been traveling for a living for almost 20 years, so I've eaten at beyond my fair share of restaurants. I'm not sure how they decided to choose just 13 places, but of them I've eaten at 10. I'm not gonna try ranking them but will say that I'm very surprised that CiCi's was last and Golden Corral was first. I believe that most people who have a CiCi's in their neck of the woods would say that you can't beat it for the price. Yea, the food isn't the greatest you'll ever have, but you won't leave dissatisfied. Shoney's has become difficult to find but they are average at best. I miss the Hometown (and Ryan's) that was here in town up until about 8 years ago. You got your own refills of whatever you wanted (soda, milk, juice, tea, etc). I do have a Pizza Hut near me that offers a lunch buffet and the video was dead-on about that – very limited (usually 3 pizzas) – and it goes quickly. I only had HuHot once while in California and it's exactly like BDs Mongolian Grill that we have in OH. It's really good but a pain if you're really hungry and visiting during peak times. And I'll say this about Sirloin Stockade (I believe I was near Paducah, KY at the time): the food was very fresh and flavorful and I was not disappointed in the selection.

  24. VERY subjective….. CiCis newer flatbreads are decent and for the price, cannot be beat. Their dessert is great too. In general, you get what you pay for and the key is to go when these places are packed so the food is fresh.

  25. How could you possibly leave out any mention of Pizza Ranch amazing chicken? No positive, no negative, no mention at all! Did you even send anyone there at all?

  26. Don't believe that resturant employees should be baby/ child sitters, that responsibility belongs to the parents. If the children don't know how to behave, then leave them home.

  27. Should've named this west coast buffet's. I've only ever heard of 3 of these cici's, pizza hut and golden coral. And cici's is definitely better than both of those. The golden coral here sucks

  28. Golden Corral is the worst buffet I have ever been to. I have given it three shots in three different towns and the food was universally terrible.

  29. I wish they showed real footage of the food from other YouTubers or pics from the net.

    Going by the commercials, all this food looks freaking amazing.

  30. The Golden corral in Elgin Illinois is excellent but the one in Tinley Park Illinois is not that great plus is overcrowded which I don’t like

  31. Golden Corral is shit! They had cockroaches all over the food at a local one, and it's still in business!! God, you talk about disgusting!

  32. Stopped going to Old Country Buffet because I never felt good after eating there. Have heard the same complaint from others. None remain in my area. Still have a Ponderosa nearby and is a good place to eat despite not being as fancy as other restaurants.

  33. Due to cleanliness issues and not wanting to over-eat really bad, we prefer a decent cafeteria, especially S&S (getting harder to find in Georgia and SC). Stop by if you're going through Macon. Kids meals are .99 if you get certain adult meals, and everyone can get pretty stuffed for around 6 bucks per person (but be nice and leave a tip).

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