There’s a blog for every taste in this world. We recently came across The Art of the Buffet, dedicated to the “art to eating at an all you can eat restaurant.” Buffets have proliferated over the past twenty years, mainly as a result of American agricultural policy and globalization. Economic logic: Processed foods are cheap to produce. Serving processed foods in large quantities will attract cost-conscious diners and (especially) families. We’re not going to get into whether it’s good or bad or rant about the quality of food at most buffets or the poor dietary choices of patrons. But we will say that we’re not the only ones who have had experiences similar to this:
Tonight we went back. Low and behold, there were the Lobster Grabbers. (For those of you new to this site, check back in past articles for the Lobster Grabbers) What would they do now? There is no lobster any more for them to grab. Would it be the crab legs? No, it was the sushi! The Lobster Grabbers have now converted to become the Sushi Grabbers. The guy literally filled a dish with every piece of sushi that was in the tray. And did the restaurant refill it the entire time that we were in the restaurant eating? Of course, not. My suspicion is that they did not refill the tray because they knew that as soon as they did, this guy would bounce up and grab every piece again. Not so good for the rest of us.
The Philadelphia area has numerous buffets, mainly concentrated in northeast Philadelphia and the suburbs. South Philly’s Ruby Buffet could easily serve as the archetype of the Chinese-American buffet. We’re fans of the West African/soul food buffet at Fatou and Fama in University city and of Kings Court Buffet near West Oak Lane, which seems to have some of the best buffet sushi in the area.