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Behind The Scenes of One of America’s Top Buffets

Buffets often get a bad rap. I get it. For the most part, the concept plays to the strength of only quantity. Trays of food sit endlessly under heat lamps, scorching whatever little life it had away. Each batch of it made it large quantities that give more room for error. They earned this rep. But thanks to a select few standouts clustered in Las Vegas, namely The Buffet at the Wynn Resort & Casino, folks can experience a glorious meal in all you can eat form.

The latest episode of Taste the Details has me right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip to go behind the scenes of one of not only the city’s, but also the country’s, top buffets. Whether it be That Drunken Noodles or Southern-style fried chicken or hand-rolled sushi using real crab meat, The Buffet does it all superbly. Sure, the quantity factor comes into play big time given the amount of patrons that come in, yet the remarkable feat here is how quality is not sacrificed one bit.

So trust that I’ll have plates stacked of the same dish just on the fact that its lowkey better than restaurant quality. And in a town where I’ll more than likely need to stress eat to soothe the sting of all the money I lost in the casino, that’s crucial.


Bye, Diet: Applebee’s Has AYCE Shrimp, Riblets & Tenders

The Applebee’s holy trinity of bar food is joining forces in an all you can eat deal.

For a limited time, the grill and bar will be be offering an AYCE special for its classic riblets, shrimp, and chicken tenders, for $14.99.

They’ve offered AYCE deals for their riblets and tenders in the past, but this year, they added their Double Crunch shrimp to the mix.

And yes, you can mix and match between the three, so there’s no fine print with some terrible stipulation about only choosing one.


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Joining the AYCE deal is their $2 Captain and Cola. Apparently Applebee’s is a Pepsi supporter, so that’s why it’s Captain and Cola, and not Rum and Coke.

Probably the best thing about this new deal is the “trailer” Applebee’s put way too much budget into. It’s got a deep baritone narration, random explosions, and Vin Diesel-like driving scenes.

While family-friendly fast casual restaurants aren’t quite as popular as they once were, Applebee’s still cranks out interesting and useful deals, such as the AYCE appetizers and $1 cocktails.

It’s never a bad idea to stuff your face, and for $15, you can do a lot worse.

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Dickey’s Is Offering Up AYCE Ribs For The Next Four Weeks

In the past, Applebee’s has offered up an all-you-can-eat riblets and tenders deal that had customers piling in to take advantage. Now, in the waning weeks of barbecue season, Dickey’s is offering up a similar deal, with AYCE ribs staying on their menu for the majority of October.

ayce ribsPhoto courtesy of Dickey’s

Through October 28th, the AYCE ribs promotion will be available all day long, costing $19.99 per person. You start off with four ribs, two sides, and a buttered roll. After finishing those off, you get a small tray of two ribs that will be continually restocked until you can’t eat any more.

For those wondering, a typical full rack consists of about 10-13 ribs, depending on how it’s prepared and how much is trimmed off. At Dickey’s, that full rack costs about $23, so you’ll be getting yourself a bargain if you can manage to take down that many.

If you’re just looking to break even on the ribs, though, you’ll want to try to go for 8-10 ribs. That, including sides, should get you to roughly the $20 mark.

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Woman Goes Viral After Asking For Extra Rice With A Microphone At Restaurant

I’m usually pretty shy when I order food. Something I need to work on, sure. Timidness doesn’t seem to be a problem, however, with Filipina diner Glysdi Faith Baguio. Especially when she wants her rice.

Baguio is the star of one of the most viral restaurant videos to hit the Internet this past week.

According to NextShark, the video was recorded at an unknown location of Filipino restaurant chain Mang Inasal. This barbecue fast food concept offers up unlimited side orders of rice, and Baguio was looking to take full advantage. Baguio’s friend Liviann Magat Zorilla, the one behind the camera, posted it to her Facebook page.

As she eats, Baguio nonchalantly whips out a microphone and asks one of the servers for another helping of rice. Because he doesn’t hear her the first time, Baguio is urged to ask again taking the microphone out again.

The server, referred to as Kuya (big bro), doesn’t get upset or annoyed. Instead, he flashes a smile and presumably heads to retrieve the much-anticipated rice. It seems this dude’s amiable reaction to what many other servers would consider rude contributed heavily to how viral the clip went.

Since it went live, Zorilla’s upload has already gained 3.7 million views. Many of the comments were positive, praising the reaction of “kuya” in the video and how he helps contribute to such a positive restaurant atmosphere.

Although Baguio was the star, everyone clearly thought that the “kuya” was the real MVP of this clip.

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Olive Garden Is Dishing Out ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ Versions Of Their Classics


Who’s down to crush some endless pasta? Olive Garden is introducing a new limited-time Never Ending Classics deal, reports Brand Eating.

Starting at $11.99 (prices fluctuate depending on the dish), the casual dining restaurant chain will let diners choose from a handful of their most popular dishes and pack in as much pasta as their bellies can handle. Dishes include: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana, and Lasagna Classico.

Typically, they’ll give you a pretty hefty first bowl and refill you with smaller portions as to not waste any food. Patrons will also get to have their fill of soup or salad, as well as Olive Garden’s breadsticks while they chow down.

The Never Ending Classic special will be around until March 6. Seriously though, who’s down. Don’t want to go alone.

Photo: Olive Garden

Fast Food

This McDonald’s Offers Unlimited Fries


Somewhere in Missouri, there’s a single McDonald’s that the company is calling the “McDonald’s of the Future.” Here, specifically in Mound City, the extra-large McDonald’s will make way for future innovations the company plans on testing out, reports NewsPressNow.

Among them, it seems, will be all-you-can-eat french fries.

The fries will accompany the restaurant’s large kiosks where patrons can order their customized meals. Pretty much everything will be customizable at this McDonald’s which will also boast a more modern decor. This includes couches and sofas for customers to relax on and tabletop video games.

We imagine the AYCE fries will be something similar to Red Robin’s where customers will get small portions of fries at a time until they get too full to eat.

While you ponder how many McDonald’s fries you can handle, check out what happens to them when they’re introduced to molten copper.


ALERT: All-You-Can-Eat Wings at Hooters


Who: Hooters

What: AYCE (All-You-Can-Eat) Wings for $12.99

When: Tuesday, July 29 in reverence of National Chicken Wing Day… because boobs wings.

Where: All participating locations across the country

Note: Last year, 1.5 million Hooters-sauced wings were consumed on National Wing Day. So, of course the chain is challenging Americans to beat the record and “take down” 2 million on Tuesday. Patrons accepting the challenge get novelty wing-tally stickers, aka big kid gold stars.


22 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Hacks That Will Make Your Stomach A Superstar


Not eating all day, waiting for the lull between lunch and dinner, only eating the fancy stuff — we all have our tricks for ensuring we get the most out of our buffet dining experiences. Still, a few more pointers never hurt. Here’s some of the best advice reddit had to offer on how to game the all-you-can-eat buffet.

(Pro-tip: might be better not to listen to #10. Just saying.)


1. Dash and Dine

“Pull the fire alarm, let the place empty out. Grab a bunch of grub and run”




2. Food Pyramid, Shmood Pyramid

“I’m a bit of a cheapskate, so I go for the more pricey things on the buffet that I enjoy, namely the proteins. I’m a bit of an ass about getting my money’s worth.”



3. Down to a Science

“Plate One: The Recon Plate, and also satisfies my desire for variety. I take a small portion of whatever looks good, try not to waste anything when eating, compare with the people I’m eating with what they thought was particularly good.

Plate Two: A smaller plate evaluating recommendations of others and getting anything I missed on Plate One.

Plates Three + (Pre-dessert): Plates of only the best. I only take what I’ll eat comfortably, so sometimes there is only a plate Three, I’ve gone as high as Five.

Dessert: Ignore Little Ice Cream Bowl, get Salad/Soup Bowl, put a portion of the best looking cobbler in there, top with soft-serve vanilla.

Been working on this for decades, refined the plan when working at a therapeutic high school for troubled kids. The preferred reward for good behavior was a buffet trip, so I got this stuff down to a science.”





4. Little Bitch Bowls Are For Little Bitches

“Those little bitch bowls they put by the ice cream? Yeah…don’t use those. Go over to the soup bar and grab one of the giant soup mug/bowls and use that instead.”



5. Tricky, Tricky

“Eat fast. We’ve all heard that when you get full, it takes about 20 minutes for the message to get to your brain, right? Once you start, you have about 20 minutes to eat as much as you can before you know you are full. By the time your brain thinks you are full… it is too late! Ha, you just outsmarted your brain!”



6. Style Points

“Always wear comfy pants with elastic  […] Call a cab/DD or try not to fall asleep when you’re driving home. Once home remove shirt, shoes, socks, turn on TV, recline chair and do not move for the next 6 hours.”





7. Red Alert

“I use the current terror level color codes to prioritize my eating: greens go first, then bananas, anything orange and lastly the red spicy foods.”




“I was a young kid when I first ate out at a buffet

Dad: OK guys have fun, eat as much as you can, I paid top dollar for this

Me: Takes bread and butter

Dad: What are you doing with bread and butter

Me: I’m hungry, aren’t I allowed to choose anything I want since this is a buffet

Dad: No this is a BUFFET, ALWAYS always always get seafood

…and to this day everytime I see a buffet or go into one I hear a voice in my head go ‘get the seafood..the seafood, SEAFOOOD'”



9. Thanks Grandma

“If it is at a wedding, or other potentially well catered event, and the food looks really good, but you don’t want to rush the line for fear of appearing uncouth, find Grandma. Take Grandma through the line helping her get a good plate, and helping yourself to a plate at the same time. You are now a hero, and you also got plenty of the best items.”





10. Well, that’s one way to do it

“Immediately pee on everything to assert your dominance, then take a little of every dish. To be fair, this is also my strategy for shopping for clothes.”



11. Two Simple Rules

“My family has two rules. Never drink alone and all events are open bar. Wedding? Open bar. Divorce party? Open bar. Funeral? Open bar.”



12. Good Men Don’t Need Rules

“Eat until they kick you out, or have to make new rules based on how you behaved at the buffet last time you were there.”





13. Here’s why you really don’t wanna be that guy

“Never be the first guy going for seconds. Wait patiently for the fat guy to break the ice then go for the kill.”



And reddit’s response:

“Instructions unclear, killed fat guy with ice-bucket”



“instructions unclear. Killed ice guy with fat bucket”



14. Timing Is Everything

“Timing is everything too. If they switch from the lunch menu and lunch pricing to the dinner menu and dinner price at 4PM, go in at 3:30. That gives you enough time to get your 1st plate from the lunch menu and subsequent plates will be fresh dinner selections at the lunch price.”



15. Remember to bring entertainment

“The buffet near my old house had a very out of the way back room that had both WiFi from the cafe next door, and power outlets.

I had a gaming laptop.

You can probably imagine where this is going…

Several times I went there and just slowly got different nibbles / drinks over the course of a few hours while either studying or playing games.

I’d asked the manager ahead of time if they minded, and he said that as long as I wasn’t taking up a table that they needed for incoming customers (It wasn’t at peak-hours) or wasting food, he didn’t have a problem with it.

I suppose that whether you eat your fill in 15 minutes or over the course of 3-4 hours, the cost to the restaurant is the same.”





16. Pace Yourself

“Take less of each dish than you think you want. If you like it, you can always get more; if not, you won’t be wasting space on your plate or in your stomach.”



17. The Art of War

“Here is a tip to remember while you are eating: be vigilant. Be ever aware of your surroundings and know when the premium items are going to come out. Plan your trips accordingly. Know your enemies and try to be one step ahead of them at all times. If you time it right, those crab legs will walk right onto your plate.”



18. About starving yourself beforehand …

“If you know you’re going at least a day in advance, eat a huge huge pasta dinner the night before to stretch your stomach. Then starve all day with just lettuce and water. Then pig out in the evening at said buffet.”





19. … and an amendment

“Amendment to your finale: Dont eat nothing either. Your stomach will have shrunk and you will fill up on the first two plates of food.”



20. Challenge Accepted

“All you can eat is not a suggestion, it’s a challenge.”



21. Srs Bsns

“This is not a sarcastic, funny or otherwise ‘not to be taken seriously’ comment.

Take the cost of the buffet, multiply that by three. So, for an example, we’ll say the buffet costs $12, all you can eat.

Your goal is now to eat $36 worth of food. Bread is cheap, fuck bread. Vegetables are cheap, fuck those, too.

You want to hit the roast beef, the teriyaki chicken, the slow roasted pork, beef fillets, mother fucking lobster; anything and everything that looks and tastes expensive.

Buffets hinge on the idea that you came there to eat a normal meal, with some meat and a shitton of starch and carbs and vegetables, leading you to fill up on the inexpensive stuff.

The higher your cost:benefit ratios, the better. Eating is serious business.”



22. “So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong”




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