Going to the smorgasbord

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    In 1978 I started traveling for the company I worked for and my first trips were to a one of our plants outside of Louisville, KY. My boss took me to the New Orleans House which back then had about every type of seafood imaginable set out. My favorites were the Alaskan king crab legs. Man, they were huge and hot with dishes of butter to dip the meat in...oh God was it good! My boss watched me devour platters of food my first night there and said “I think you’re gonna take to this travel thing!” and he was correct. I was 27 years old and that trip was also this small town hick’s first airline flight so it was all pretty cool.

    The “main course” followed the buffet and was either a filet mignon or huge whole lobster and I learned early on to order the steak because it was smaller. I’d been to another smorgasbord my Dad liked near home but it was pretty mediocre and not even 1% as nice as the New Orleans House. I have no idea if it’s still open and/or still good, but it sure was then...and I shun buffets if I have any say in the matter.
     
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    Chinese Smorgi :eek:
     
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    Buffets are huge in Vegas.
     
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    When I lived on the prairies (Saskatchewan), Smorgi was just another name for Chinese food. Simple tastes, back then.
     
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    The term "smorgasbord" always reminds me of the film Tin Men. They frequently go to the smorgasbord. Great film, one of Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DiVito's best. This is the only clip I could find. The movie is hilarious! ;)
     
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    This sir is a smorgasbord!

    Golden Corral is a buffet
     
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    I went with my folks and as I was eating I pondered the question what would the employees say if you asked them if they didn’t work there would they eat the food
     
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    Only place I've been to good ones is Vegas and Reno. We've got a Golden Corral near my house; been a couple of times. Emphasis is on quantity not quality.
     
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    loved them as a kid.... I'm no fly now... my fat cells cry out in agony, but I have to disappoint.
     
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    They can call it what they want, but that is not a smorgasbord.
     
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    Here are a couple in Nashville Monells & Sushi Train. I haven't been to Monells in a while, but ST is popular with computer geeks.
     
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    They seemed to be everywhere when I was a kid in the 60s. My parents took the family out to them as a treat. The food was very bland and it was just old people eating at those places.

    Oh, I guess that is why we are talking about them 50 years later.:cry:
     
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    The main difference is that buffets have less pickled Herring and lefsa than smorgasbords.
     
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    Oh...buffet. We have Ryans, Golden Corral, and any number of casino buffets. They're ok...but I swear that no dish there is of impressive quality. If we end up at a buffet I usually fill up on the salad bar...

    And yes, when pickled herring is offered I put a serious dent in their pocketbook...
     
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    I'd normally never go to one of these all you eat buffets on purpose, but when I was thru-hiking the AT... how else are you gonna get 8000 calories a day? We'd hit every one along the way. Our trail guide had useful town info like laundromats, post offices, and BUFFETS. It was typical to eat five or six full, heaping plates, and then two more of dessert. And if we weren't heading over until 7pm (common shuttle time from hostel), we'd have to get a couple of 1/2 lb cheesburger and fries platters, plus a couple of milkshakes, at 4pm to hold us over. That's a couple for each person...


    One of the most memorable was The Homeplace in Catawba, VA. Not a buffet, but a family style restaurant. You might be seated with other folks, if you didn't fill out a table. No menu, they'd just start bringing stuff. Big platters of fried chicken, smoked ham, etc, and bowls of vegetables, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and excellent homemade biscuits. Extremely popular, with local folks just flooding in... Of course I can't remember which day it was, might have been Sunday afternoon, after church. And now that I think about how horribly smelly we all were...
     
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    We have an Asian place here. Normally I wouldn't risk it, but a friend talked us into going.

    Turned out it was really good for what it was. I spied some fried oysters and ate about two plates of those. Then I made 20 trips to the sushi bar. The sushi wasn't the best I've ever had, but I just put on a little extra wasabi and who's gonna know?

    I think the regular price is ~$25. The night we went was $18.95. Hard to beat at that price.
     
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    :):):) I wasn't inspired to "Like" your post, Obsessed, until your last sentence......BRILLIANT! :):):)
     
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    I forgot to mention, the places we found along the AT, in those Appalachian towns down south, were priced more like $5.95. Amazing.
     
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