Tuesday, March 23, 2010
All you can eat - Is this ever a good thing?
The last few times I've been watching tv, I keep seeing a commercial for a chain restaurant: All you can eat fries! With any entree!
I wonder if this is ever a good thing? Buffets are bad enough, but I can still see a place for them. Admittedly it is nice to be able to go up and choose a few things from a wide variety of food. But, when a restaurant offers all you can eat on one item, it's just a case of stuff yourself till the cows come home.
I used to work as a server in a rib restaurant that offered all you can eat ribs one night a week. I hated working that night, but it was good money and my husband was in school at the time, so we needed it. Being run off my feet wasn't the part I hated. It was watching customers eat till they were ready to puke. I specifically remember one women who continued to put more and more food in her mouth. It looked like every bite was a struggle. I think the most I ever served to someone was about 25 beef ribs, but the record in our restaurant was around 50. You have to get your money's worth, right?
The thing is, restaurant portions are already supersized. Then then they bring in the marketing gimmick of "all you can eat". I mean, when you order an entree that comes with fries, you probably already have far more on your plate then you should eat. Do you really need to add more to that?