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2009/10/16 14:33:58 (permalink)

Golden Corral

 
Mrs OC and I were in Williamsburg VA a few weeks ago.  One evening we wanted a quick dinner so we stopped at a Golden Corral.  We had never heard of them before and we were pleasantly surprized.  Most of the food was good to pretty good, but the steak was very good.  The cook puts a few HUGE marinated sirloins on the grill and you can chat with him as it cooks.  At the proper moment he cuts off a piece, the size you want and the doneness you want. 
 
 
 
http://www.goldencorral.com/
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    HollyDolly
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/16 16:00:29 (permalink)
    We have Golden Corral around here, but am not sure how many are in the San Antonio area. They aren't bad, and they do get packed on Friday and Saturday night in Universal City.That is the one closest to me.There is also one in Seguin,about 20 miles away,and a Ryan's Steakhouse in New Braunfels.

    Mainly they are now a buffet. But in the past you could order a regular steak.It was in later yeaRS THEY STARTED DOING JUST THE BUFFET.Sorry, the caps locked.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/16 17:15:39 (permalink)
    One of my sons enjoys going at the changeover from breakfast to lunch.  He feels that he gets twice as much! 
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/16 19:10:19 (permalink)
     I don't make much of an issue over the quality comments many folks make here on Roadfood about various FF stores. However in this case I will add my thoughts.

    We have a Golden Corral a few miles away and have tried it several times (usually linked to a grandkid visit). While the grandkids have always said they liked the place, both Janet and I really put it at the very bottom of our list of places to eat in the Louisville area. We used to visit one when it was set up like Sizzler with an order taker and overfilled salad bar/food court. But since it has gone to 90% buffet it is really poor quality. Our local store is always dirty, the tables left uncleaned and the food service area very poorly maintained.

    I guess I would be one who would avoid Golden Corral unless pressured by family to go there.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/16 19:41:27 (permalink)
    Well, it's a buffet. I wouldn'tget closer to one than passing by on the same street-- at a very high rate of speed.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/16 21:16:07 (permalink)
    Way back in my highschool days I worked as a dishwasher/line cook at a Golden Corral. At the time it wasn't a buffet, it did however have a huge salad bar.

    All of the meat was cut in the resturaunt by in house meat cutters.....they brought in the basic Primal Steak cuts and the meat cutters would cut the steaks. You could order a custom cut steak as large or as small as you'd like.

    Back then the Golden Corral was an excellent bargain, and you could always get a great steak...oh yeah and the fries were all fresh cut and double fried believe it or not. Trust me I know....as a dishwasher I had to cut them and as the line cook I had to fry them...LOL!

    I wouldn't set foot in one today.........

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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/23 04:57:27 (permalink)
    I have a Ryan's about 7 miles away and a GC about 12 miles away. I used to prefer the Ryan's, they were better quality and service. They have slipped a lot the last 2 years.

    I now won't eat there.

    I only go to the GC, rarely, when I go to Costco. They are across the street from each other. The GC had slipped in quality but have come back up in the last year.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/23 05:12:06 (permalink)
    When I was on the road I would hit GC at one of my RON's. Even though they had the buffet I was able to get a cooked to order steak with fresh french fries.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/24 10:36:38 (permalink)
    The one here in Spartanburg is always packed.Ive ate there several times and have never had a bad visit.Clean and well managed.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/24 10:42:22 (permalink)
    Same with the one here in Eastgate.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/24 11:58:50 (permalink)
    they do make a pretty good pot roast here in Oklahoma.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/24 16:38:21 (permalink)
    Ryans has their Soup and Salad Lunch special for $3.99 so we visit them now and then. Their Chicken Salad with a bunch of the mushrooms, onions,peppers and mini-corn make a nice lunch for a lot less than Culvers charges for one of its Burgers!

    Tiki, They also have some pretty good Pot Roast chunks in gravy and 'real' mashed potatoes as well!...but that jacks the cheapie lunch to $4.99 (including beverage!)
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/24 19:35:55 (permalink)
    badbyron722

    The one here in Spartanburg is always packed.Ive ate there several times and have never had a bad visit.Clean and well managed.



    Most of these places all depend on who's managing them. 
    Last week I went to a place called Hoss's in Elizabethtown, Pa which is a little north of Lancaster. I was shocked at how good the food was and I've eaten at other Hoss's in Pennsylvania that weren't nearly this good. This one had a manager who was all over the employees, not hard ass, a good natured guy but just really specific about how things had to be done. And even though it was a big place with less than a dozen people eating in it ( because it was between lunch and dinner )  he still went over to the salad bar and spent a couple of minutes looking at each and every item to make sure they were okay. And the steak came out perfectly medium rare which is unusual even in more expensive restaurants. 





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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/25 01:56:19 (permalink)
    My grandparents love GC. Love. We go there when they're in town. My grandpa loves eating in restaurants, and getting to pick something different on each trip to the bars is fabulous for him. He loves the selection of fresh fruit and since he is diabetic now he can fill up on veggies & meat. His wife can't have wheat so it's good for her too.

    We went with the girls from work once after OT on a Saturday, that was fun seeing what everyone liked.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/25 02:49:19 (permalink)
    LeadBelly, I had a similar experience the only time that I ate at Hoss's ( somewhere in western PA; can't remember exactly where. ) I ordered a chopped steak and baked potato, and, since it's a chain, I really wasn't expecting too much. Surprisingly, the meal was delicious; everything about it was just about perfect. I was so impressed with both the food and service that I tracked down the manager and told him how happy I was with my experience there. He seemed genuinely pleased by my comments and talked about how important satisfied customers were to him. It's a pity that so many restaurant managers don't seem to take their job as seriously as this man did. 
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/27 08:59:33 (permalink)
    Golden Corral is offering a free dinner to Veterans and Military personel on November 16. 

     http://www.goldencorral.com/military/
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/27 12:43:19 (permalink)
    Have two GC locations nearby in Panama City & Dothan...enjoy going to both because of food/choice & service; the Dothan location seems to be a step ahead since they just remodeled & added more food bars (ex: Chinese); the only negative with Panama City's is the location (on always-busy 23rd St): it's tough to go out with the oncoming traffic (left turns are not recommended unless you want to play Demolition Derby!!).
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/27 15:18:29 (permalink)
    There is a Golden Corral built last fall on the edge of our town. It has yet to open. Apparently the owner ran out of money last January, all that needs to be done is complete the kitchen.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/28 01:39:41 (permalink)
    We have a Golden Corral where I live.  It used to be a fairly decent place to get a steak, but when they went to the buffet-style of presentation several years ago, the food quality declined--not only steaks; everything declined significantly.  They have about anything that you want, but it isn't any good.  However, the place always seems to be packed with people, so I guess those without taste buds outnumber those that have them.

    post edited by Louis - 2009/10/28 01:41:37
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/10/28 20:46:36 (permalink)
    here we call those places feeding troughs.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/01 14:57:25 (permalink)
    They have always been buffets in this market, I actually looked forward to their opening after eating there on the road several times.  They always seen to be improving and tweaking the menu, and have had great service at every one I have ever been to.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 00:32:59 (permalink)
    And your reason for this post is?
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 04:19:09 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    In my area we've have a Golden Corral in the early
    1970's and they were pretty good back then and
    still are.  It's not so much that they are super-good,
    but they have been consistent.  Locally, they are the
    type of place that my 86 yrs. old mother likes to eat
    at because she can find foods and service that gives
    her a pleasant outing, which thrills my soul.
    I will take her any place she likes, even if I don't.
    Golden Corral is a winner for me.
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 07:27:29 (permalink)
    Fieldthistle

    Hello All,
    In my area we've have a Golden Corral in the early
    1970's and they were pretty good back then and
    still are.  It's not so much that they are super-good,
    but they have been consistent.  Locally, they are the
    type of place that my 86 yrs. old mother likes to eat
    at because she can find foods and service that gives
    her a pleasant outing, which thrills my soul.
    I will take her any place she likes, even if I don't.
    Golden Corral is a winner for me.
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle


    That's a very endearing way to look at them...I now have more respect for the chain and their patrons...seriously.

    All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Soup for the Buffet Lover's Soul, it would be a best seller


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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 07:35:36 (permalink)
    Our veterans from the veterans' home love the joint.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 07:37:16 (permalink)
    Especially when they have free dinner day for them and all military personnel (as mentioned above).

    I go there when the family insists and frankly I think their food is not bad at all.  Just don't partake of the pizza.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 17:25:46 (permalink)
    Golden Corral is having their annual free meal for veterans next wednesday - the geezers storm the place like they were taking the beach at Iwo Jima again, but with walkers.
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/05 18:39:20 (permalink)
    Niagara

    Golden Corral is having their annual free meal for veterans next wednesday - the geezers storm the place like they were taking the beach at Iwo Jima again, but with walkers.

    You betcha sweet bippy - stand back!

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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/11/06 00:45:25 (permalink)
    Niagara

    Golden Corral is having their annual free meal for veterans next wednesday - the geezers storm the place like they were taking the beach at Iwo Jima again, but with walkers.

    You are too funny, Niagra !!
    And  you are so right, too !!
    My aunt and uncle tell me stories of how they wait in line about an hour at their nearby Boynton Beach, FL location to get their free Veteran's Day meals...
     
    Me, I'd rather go at a slower time, and just pay the 10 bucks, or so...  
    time is money, right?!?
     
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    Re:Golden Corral 2009/12/03 14:49:16 (permalink)
    Umm...I've never been to Golden Corral.  I'm gonna have to try it out now.  I think there's one in Largo Maryland right across the bridge from me.  I usually go to Great American if I want buffet.  I miss Ryan's.  Ryan's had the best fried chicken. We had one in Kalamazoo Michigan where I was born and raised.  Ponderosa was good too.  I like the butter rolls at Pondersosa and I would put the melted cheese all over it. MMM let me stop : }
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