Do you mentally “price” your plates at a buffet restaurant?

United States
April 13, 2007 1:54pm CST
Here’s what I mean. I was at a buffet for Easter and realized that I was sitting there looking at my plate and trying to figure out exactly how much each plate was “worth” while I was eating it. I would give a value to all the different foods I grabbed, whether it was seafood or meat or something else. I usually justify eating as much as I do in buffets by showing myself what a bargain I got on all of the food… Do you sit there and calculate approximate costs of your food?
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@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I have never done this with the food I eat at buffets, but I do it with my kids. I can't stand going to a buffet and my kids take hardly nothing and then I am thinking, man, I paid so much for the little they eat. I like the buffets where the kids pay so much for their age. It makes better sence to me.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
Oh, I know what you mean. My parents hated taking my two younger sisters to buffets when we were children cause they barely ate anything and they cost so much for them, too... thanks for the response!
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@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
23 Apr 07
thanks for picking me as best response.
@lightningMD (5931)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I've never thought about it like that before. I do often think we didnt get our moneys worth for my daughter since she rarely eats anything at these places. I'm pretty sure my husband and i get our moneys worth though.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
hahaha, yeah... i'm just kinda weird like that. I like to see the "value" of a bargain. Since it's only my wife and I, I think that we both get incredible value for our money, especially when we go to Sushi buffets... but then, a child can not eat as much. Although, if you think about it, I usually think the big bargain adults usually gets from a buffet goes to the child's meal as well... and balances out. Thanks for the response!
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@KissThis (3004)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I don't price how much each plate normally runs me. Depending on which buffet we happen to go to we usually happen to get our moneys worth. You get a wide selection of food that everyone should be able to find something that they like to eat. If I was to make that amount of food at home it would cost me alot more. Plus I would be the one stuck doing all the clean up.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
Yeah, there are so many benefits to it. My wife and I went to one on Tuesday night cause we were being lazy to cook and clean... and we do always get our money's worth... I just always like to visualize the kind of "deal" we were getting... lol. Thanks for your reply!
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
14 Apr 07
No, I don't do that. I just eat away, choosing all the lovely foods. We go to a restuarant called Fresh Choice that is a buffet. I love it. There is a huge array of food, ranging from roast meats, Chinese, salds & sweets. I don't calculate the value as I am sure I eat far more than I paid.
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@vebela (310)
• United States
13 Apr 07
You know, I price my plates at a buffet differently than you do, but I still do it. I always end up thinking to myself, "Okay, so this dinner cost $15. If I eat 2 plates of food plus dessert, that's gonna be $6/$7 per plate and $2/$3 for the dessert." Then I compare to a restaurant for the same types of food I'm getting. Like, "At a restaurant this dessert would have cost me $4.50." Or, "This plate of steak, mashed potatoes, and vegetable would have cost me about $10.50 at a restaurant." So, it's practically the same thing that you do, but a different process of getting there. I like to see the bargain that I am getting at buffets, too...and make sure that I am getting at least my money's worth if not better.
@RAMONES (537)
• Belgium
15 Apr 07
Looks like this is proof again that eating habbits in Europe and the US are very, very different. Here on the "old" continent we haven't got that many buffets, and when we eat in a restaurant (not fast-food) we just enjoy our choice. We don't have to "price", because prices are on the menu, so when you order a dish, you'll know in front what it will cost. If the price is too high for you : don't order it