How do you say Buffet?

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2003/09/24 08:43:18 (permalink)

How do you say Buffet?

Growing up in central Indiana in the 50's & 60's these were called smorgasbords. These were replaced by restaurants offering buffets (buff-fays). It's the same here in St. Louis.
In 1989 I spent six months working in Huntsville, Alabama where the pronunciation is buff-it (like Warren and Jimmy). Is this a local or regional pronunciation? Is there a Mason-Dixon line for this term?
I just remembered I forgot to search this topic beforehand so if it's been covered before point me in the right direction.
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    Lone Star
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 09:32:35 (permalink)
    Here in the Lone Star State it is Buff-ay, same as Cafe.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 09:41:56 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Lone Star

    Here in the Lone Star State it is Buff-ay, same as Cafe.
    Ditto in LA
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 09:48:23 (permalink)
    Ditto in Rhode Island, NYC, Pittsburgh. I believe in Seattle, they were called smorgasbords but then again with all the "Scandihoovians" there it didn't surprise me.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 13:50:02 (permalink)
    Hey! A fellow St. Louisan! I haven't been back there in a while, but hell, that's my favorite place to be. Where'd you go to high school?
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 14:57:42 (permalink)
    Here is how I say buffett .........


    INSTRUMENT ... OF ... SATAN !!


    I avoid buffetts at all costs .... they tend to make my pants and my shirts shrink !!!

    Just can seem to figure that one out !!!
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 15:55:38 (permalink)
    We're redundant here:

    all-you-can-eat-buffet
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 16:02:26 (permalink)
    NO NO NO!! Here Is how you say Buffet......YUMMY!! I Adore Buffets...although I must agree....I have to avoid them at all costs. They are like magnets....
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 16:31:40 (permalink)
    Buff-ay in Florida. Love the seafood buffets only for crab legs and SPICY steamed shrimp though. Anything fried is waste of time and money unless the food goes so fast that you have to wait. Then again who wants to wait for food? I'd be standing right there with a fork in one hand a knife in the other and dare anyone to get the next fresh batch.....
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 17:33:56 (permalink)
    Here in the northeast, it's Buff-ay. Unless you're a blue-blood, old-money, "proper" Bostonian, then it's "boo-fay," and it's a piece of furniture usually found in a formal dining room.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 17:46:27 (permalink)
    Buff-ay here in PA too. I have noticed a trend from "All you can eat" to "All you care to eat" buffets. Anyone else seeing this subtle change in wording?
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 18:24:25 (permalink)
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    Hey! A fellow St. Louisan! I haven't been back there in a while, but hell, that's my favorite place to be. Where'd you go to high school?

    Went to HS in Indiana but wish I could say a school just off "farty-far" Inside jokes.

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    Here in the northeast, it's Buff-ay. Unless you're a blue-blood, old-money, "proper" Bostonian, then it's "boo-fay," and it's a piece of furniture usually found in a formal dining room.

    I later consulted Merriam-Webster Online which gave "boo-fay," as the British pronunciation so "proper" usage makes sense.

    I hope someone from in or around Hooterville confirms this or else I'll think all those cute hostesses/waitresses were having some yankee fun.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 18:32:40 (permalink)
    Our headmaster's wife used to pronounce it as BOO-FAY, which just totally cracked us up. I don't know where she was from, but it wasn't Great Britain.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 18:34:45 (permalink)

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    RubyRose wrote:
    I have noticed a trend from "All you can eat" to "All you care to eat" buffets. Anyone else seeing this subtle change in wording?


    My dad used to tell me about greasy spoon owners who would advertise "All you can eat" and then when the owner thought the diner was cutting into the profit he would tell the diner "No more-thats all you can eat"
    Bill
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 20:02:04 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by gatorbreath

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    Hey! A fellow St. Louisan! I haven't been back there in a while, but hell, that's my favorite place to be. Where'd you go to high school?

    Went to HS in Indiana but wish I could say a school just off "farty-far" Inside jokes.

    I eat with a fark!
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 21:50:33 (permalink)
    Buff-it' is to hit repeatedly. I think those folks in Alabama were having some fun with a Yankee...
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 22:18:24 (permalink)
    After reading Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential...I'd call buffets: ptomaine
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/24 22:43:50 (permalink)
    My wife calls 'em "slop & troughs"
    I quote Micheal Stern who once said ...
    Gimme a Cafeteria, with a Professional Staff to attend and serve from it
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 02:31:13 (permalink)
    I call them trouble! If it's good I overeat - I've already paid, it's like a contest between me and the owners to see which of us comes out on top. The odds are stacked in the house's favour just like a casino, and to buck them you have to eat like a maniac. Anyway, if they're bad I wind up eating broth from the soup which does nothing for my hunger and find myself at McDonald's on my way home. No matter how you slice it, I'm on the pot after any buffet experience.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 09:00:44 (permalink)
    Uh Geoff- maybe you'd better talk more about good eatin, instead of your bad times with the food.

    I feel your pain, but maybe it's time to see the doc about it.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 15:17:01 (permalink)
    Last time I went ot one of those Boo-fays, the waitress came by and I asked her if this was an all-you-can-eat buffet? She said yes it was. About a half hour later she came back and said, "OK mister, that's all you can eat! "
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 16:07:09 (permalink)
    Ba-dum-dum !!


    Figured you needed a drum roll with that last one !!

    Henny Youngman would have gotten one !!!
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 16:22:24 (permalink)
    Speaking of getting the "Homer Simpson" treatment at a buffet, my brother and I used to have ludicrous eating contests when we were growing up. Both of us were huge eaters, and though by his early 20s my brother's metabolism changed we still have eating contests from time to time.

    Anyway he was in college and I was finishing high school and we had a routine where I'd go to visit him for one weekend a month and for dinner he'd take me to a buffet. Pretty ridiculous times. This one Indian buffet we visited had an age-old technique to make you eat small - they overspiced EVERYTHING. That was a challenge, and both he and I wound up unable to sleep and both were sick during the night from overeating. If you eat enough really hot Indian food, expect a "spiritual" night's sleep.

    But the funniest was when we'd get thrown out of buffets. One Chinese buffet we went to the owner stood at the kitchen door staring at us with the evil eye as we gorged on food. We would stop and take these little breaks between plates (eg 20 minute breaks to let the food settle down) and the owner would bring us the bill and take our plates, only to see us rise once more, bill yet unpaid. This night in particular, we were in the buffet for 3 and a half hours and weren't showing signs of stopping (also we were making bathroom trips that I think the owner felt were replenishing our free space) and the guy finally snapped and came out of the kitchen waving a butcher knife, saying "You go NOW" and "Buffet CLOSED". The other customers didn't even mind by that point, as we had been pretty obnoxious I'll admit.

    Whenever it happened it was a crowning glory because (1) we'd eaten at least 10 meals and (2) we would never pay ("The sign says all I can eat. I'm not paying until I've eaten all I can")!!! That time, though, the butcher knife actually got threatening and we had to pay, and we still imitate the owner waving that thing when we get playfully angry with each other.

    :D
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 16:45:17 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Ditto in Rhode Island, NYC, Pittsburgh. I believe in Seattle, they were called smorgasbords but then again with all the "Scandihoovians" there it didn't surprise me.


    Buffet in NYC? To me (native of Brooklyn) a NY buffet is as foreign as a Chicken Fried Steak in NY. I know there is one location of hometown buffet on Staten Island but where else in the city is there any buffet? If you can tell me, it will be news to me. Buffets in New York City are unheard of to me.

    I also lived in Boston and I do not recall any buffet there, but I do not consider myself a Boston expert. Super scooper was a buffet for ice cream but it only last three days a year.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 16:51:04 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by scbuzz

    Ba-dum-dum !!


    Figured you needed a drum roll with that last one !!

    Henny Youngman would have gotten one !!!


    Thanks scbuzz, I tell ya I get no respect! (copyright: Rodney Dangerfield)
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 16:57:26 (permalink)
    Best Buffet story:
    Tobies restarant, Hinckley Minnespta, I-35 North of Minneapolis/St Paul, 70 miles or so

    Used to have an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Prime rib, shrimp, crab legs and another couple o' meaty entre's. The table was at least 40 feet long, no exageration either. I sat down with a bunch of college interns and staff from a local detention center one Wednesday or Thursday night, (that's when they had the buffet). Anyway, the chef/carver didn't cut those skinny half moon pieces of the prime rib, he cut the full slab deal. After this particular meal, the heaviest eater did a full 8 inch slab of prime rib if you put the pieces back to back to back. We estimated that between the four of us, we packed in a 30 inch roast and at least 8 pounds of crab legs. All this for $8.95 each (this was 1982)
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 19:13:30 (permalink)
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    I also lived in Boston and I do not recall any buffet there, but I do not consider myself a Boston expert. Super scooper was a buffet for ice cream but it only last three days a year.


    I think you mean the "Scooper Bowl," don't you? That still goes on.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 20:09:56 (permalink)
    We call them BOO-FAY's also. Last time I was at one had to ask my wife to drive home. Eating forty oysters and three-pounds of shrimp has that effect!
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/25 20:31:00 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by jvsmom

    quote:
    Originally posted by peppertree
    I also lived in Boston and I do not recall any buffet there, but I do not consider myself a Boston expert. Super scooper was a buffet for ice cream but it only last three days a year.


    I think you mean the "Scooper Bowl," don't you? That still goes on.


    Yes, it's been a while. The last time I visited Boston, I took my wife there. She had never been to Boston. They had Scooper Bowl and we both ate our fill of New England Ice Cream.

    When I lived there, I took my own bowl with me and did a "take out." By the time I got it to my freezer, only about a third was melted. I lived in Back Bay.
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    RE: How do you say Buffet? 2003/09/26 03:41:59 (permalink)
    Let's see, Do wild bears ----- in the woods? Do fish swiw? Is the Pope Catholic? Does Mike like Buf-fay??? Yes to all of the above!!!

    My current favorite, Chinatown in Winchester, Va. Lunch and Wed & Sunday nights. Kentucky Fried Chicken buffett in Charles Town or Martinsburg WVa., once every couple months. Ryan's wherever. AYCE seafood buffetts, 220 in Winchester, Phillip's in DC or Cheasapeake Seafood when I can find one still open.

    I've only been kicked out 2x over the years. One was a pay before you eat place and the manager brought me my money back and told me to leave. Oh well...

    MikeS.
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