I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar!

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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/08/24 21:37:27 (permalink)
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When we first started planning retirement St George Utah was one of our choices. Mesquite is less than 30 minutes from there and we looked into some of the newer homes there. That was ten years ago, and I am glad we didn't buy there, due to the overly rapid expansion of the town.
I like the glasswork in the Peppermill/Oasis Buffet, the water and mirrors do a great job of dividing the room into smaller dining areas.


This is off topic, but doesn't the drive from St. George to Mesquite look like the scene from all the Roadrunner/Coyote cartoons?

Going through Arizona with no exits in Arizona except a rest area.

From an Easterner's perspective it is really pretty and very different from where I am from.


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Sorry for the delay. I just saw your post from July 28...
One trip north on the 15 we were approaching the entrance to the Virgin River Gorge when a flight of four A-10 Warthogs swooped over us at a height of about 300 ft. (est.) They sailed right into the gorge above the highway, but well below the top of the cliff-line..cutting left and right like the scene in Star-Wars when Luke attacked the Death Star by flying thru instead of over the canyon. For those who haven't seen this location it is a very steep and narrow canyon, with the Interstate Hiway and the Virgin River squeezed in to the bottom of a twisting rocky 10 mile exercise in arm vs. steering wheel strength. I gained a lot of respect for the Pilots of those A-10's that day.
Funny how there were always at least two Arizona State troopers with radar on that stretch of 29 miles that has absolutely no Arizona population anywhere along it's entire run thru the state.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/08/29 00:46:07 (permalink)
Hey Al, I've been through that gorge several times but never saw any troopers or A-10s. Darn I'd have like to seen them. My dad and I did get to see some f-18s buzzing I-15 heading back to LA from LV opn time.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/12/26 10:28:03 (permalink)
In the mid 80s a Wall Street Journal article reported that Shoney's was the most profitable national restaurant chain. Analysts were quoted as saying it was also the nation's best managed restaurant chain.

What happened to Shoney's? The first one here opened around 1985, was incredibly profitable, and 10 years later all 4 stores were closed.

I liked their breakfast buffet on Saturday mornings. They would cook to order two eggs for any customer not wanting the scrambled eggs (few people knew this). When they added country ham I was ecstatic. But not long after, Shoney's was in fast decline.

In the 90s Shoney's remodeled a lot of their stores to look like upscale brass and fern cafes. Same food, but higher prices. When the remodeled store near me reopened, it failed to reclaim its clientel or attract new customers. I remember my first visit: The earnest manager was going table to table directing customers to think of Shoney's as a cafe, and not a restaurant. He had some spiel that sounded rediculous. Wile he was reciting it to us, I was looking out the lace curtained window at the big Shoney's street sign displaying the word "Restaurant".

I think they went downhill because they fixed something that wasn't broken and overreached with pricing.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/12/26 13:32:21 (permalink)
I think I know what happened to Shoney's. Alex Shoenbaum sold the company.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/12/26 15:08:11 (permalink)
In February 2003 (during the great blizzard), wife and I were at the Hilton New York for a conference. Since it was snowing to beat hell and since neither of us had brought "heavy weather" footear with us to go out, we ate breakfast at the hotel's ground level restaurant, the New York Market. I had the "all you can eat" breakfast buffet. There was all sorts of good stuff, much fresh fruit, eggs and omletes cooked to order etc. It was delicious. The downside: I think that it cost the two of us about $ 40 for the meal, but it was worth it.

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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/12/26 17:11:15 (permalink)
When I was in Delaware for my Mom's funeral, one of my brothers & his wife stayed in the Hilton there (the other one and I were at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, about a mile away). My sister-in-law's brother came down for the funeral; he knew one of the servers at the Hilton's breakfast buffet, and the server comped our breakfasts that morning. As Wally said, the buffet was a large and varied assortment, including made-to-order omelets and waffles. It would have been expensive, but worth it.

I miss the lower-cost breakfast buffets--Bob's Big Boy used to be good for me, but it's been gone for a long time, unfortunately. So I haven't had any good breakfasts out for a while. I did visit a small cafe-bakery over the summer that offered omelets, fried potatoes and veggie sausages as a combo-type breakfast; my daughter and I had the (veggie) omelets and fried potatoes and they were delicious. Didn't try the "sausages" which were made, I suspect, of tofu. Sometimes I can stomach it, other times I can't.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/12/27 21:47:45 (permalink)
We used to do the Bob's Big Boy thing once upon a time. The all-you-can-stomach breakfast is a big draw. Although chafing dishes and buffet tables often make lunch and dinner entrees a bit overcooked, it's difficult to screw up breakfast in the same way.

I note several members here recommend hotels. I have to say that the best buffet brunches I've ever had were in hotels. While the Bob's Big Boys of the world have no real need to be fabulous in order to draw customers, hotels want repeat guests, and so their buffets tend toward the fancy. Yes, sometimes you get "caviar" dishes, but you usually can also find waffles and omlettes made to order, sausage in both links and patties, pancakes with real maple syrup rather than Aunt Jemima, and true sausage gravy with fresh biscuits. There are a couple in particular that I recommend highly.

In the winter of 1996 there was a major snowstorm on the East Coast. We were staying for the weekend (or so we intended) in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the mountians in the southwestern tip of that state. We wound up staying three extra nights, as they'd closed all the roads leading out of town. (Fortunately, we had an all-wheel-drive Audi, owned by "Argent" on this forum, which took us into town to the great dart bar, Ton 80.) Many of the people staying in town for the same event were at a cheap hotel down the street from us. But we were at the Courtyard by Marriott. The cheap hotel didn't pay its staff particularly well, so they didn't bother coming in in the snow. Marriott pays time and a half if you come in in the snow, so somebody walked a mile through three feet of snow to cook us waffles, omlettes, and breakfast stir-fry to order. Now that was a breakfast! My husband remembers the poached salmon and smoked salmon in particular.

But not all Courtyards are alike. We went to one in Virginia Beach that was notably inferior. You had to make your own waffles if you wanted any, and everything was overdone and left out too long.

On the other hand, I can't recommend The Tradewinds, also in Virginia Beach, highly enough. Two huge groaning tables filled with the widest variety of foodstuffs. And the crowning glory is the swans. They have whipped cream-filled pastry swans which we all toast each other with and bite their heads off together. Argent is a major fan of this hotel, and introduced us to it.

The Asian thing is great, by the way. I did in fact visit a Chinese restaurant's breakfast buffet. It was in Richmond, actually, and was basically dim sum and chicken wings. I amused my friends by noting that Buffalo wings were actually a Chinese invention, and that they'd derived from Buffalo, China. They scoffed, but I said, "No, really! Look at the underside of your plate!" Lo and behold, it read, "Buffalo China."


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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2003/12/30 09:20:25 (permalink)
Yeah Snowed in in 1996 was A lot of fun. The folks staying at yhe cheap hotel up the street,Kept calling to ask if we had towels and bread.
The Tradwinds in VA Beach has a very good Sun. Brunch , They are in Northern Va beach , Right next to the Bay Bridge Tunnel.
My fav brunch by far though is at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Va. I wont even atempt Ato describe it, But well worth the cost and a hundred mile drive.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/01/22 09:53:40 (permalink)

Shoney's! Man I hated that place.It was like the McDonalds of the 24/7 diner.

I don't like all you can eat breakfast buffets simply because a do bacon like a junkie does crack, as much as possible. Bacon dipped in syrup, Oh yeah!

If you want a breakfast buffet, I would try some of the hotels in the city. You live in a "tourist" town I believe, and buffets are popular with travelers, so I would start there. Better yet, go to Waffle House and get something made to order!

Shoneys! Ugh!

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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/01/22 11:43:31 (permalink)
Vegas is the place for the "all you can eat breakfast." Ceaser's Palace and Mandalay Bay are 2 good places.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/01/22 12:12:10 (permalink)
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I think that the all-you-can-eat breakfast bars are not as exciting as they once were. They're more popular at casinos, not at a restaurant-type setting. Sometimes the food isn't as hot. I have tasted a cold feel in the food. Shoney's had the best one, but I think they were outselling the menu food so much that they turned their attention back to the original entrees. And I've noticed that a lot of Shoney's have closed in NC, SC, GA, and TX, sometimes if they're across from a Cracker Barrel restaurant at some interstate exits. The splurge factor pulled people to breakfast buffets; now in light of healthier fare, people are scaling down on going to buffets. I think once every 30 days is when some of us should go to a buffet, not every day.

Shoney's opened 4 restaurants in Lexington, Ky. back in '84-85 and by the late 90s all had closed. I loved their breakfast bar in the store near me, as that store had excellent management and dedicated help. After the novelty wore off, I only went once or twice a month, but loved having that opportunity. Now, I know of no inexpensive breakfast buffet in my town, and haven't been to a hot one in 3 or 4 years. There's a steak house in Ann Arbor, Michigan that does a nice breakfast bar on weekends. It was pretty good, but there was no country ham. I'll get the name and post it here.

I'm glad to know the Knoxville Shoney's still do a breakfast bar. Thanks for the update, Sundancer.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/02/05 01:44:09 (permalink)
If you are anywhere near Deadwood, SD, (in the Black Hills) go to the Tin Lizzie. All you can eat breakfast buffet=$2.99. They also have other food specials all day long. We were in the area a couple of years ago, and ate 5 meals there...it was good food at a fantastic price. Check out their website at http://www.tinlizzie.com/food.htm
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/03/23 14:05:51 (permalink)
Sometimes I am a little leary of buffets, especially during the cold and flu season. After I get my plate of food, I go to the Rest Room and wash my hands, because you don't know who all has touched those serving spoons. We went to the Golden Corral in Pigeon Forge, TN last summer and it was not good at all. The grits were scorched and the bacon was about half done, it was still very limp. But inside
Dollywood, at Grannys ( I believe ) they have a very good Breakfast Buffet. One of the best I've had, especially in a Theme Park. It is unusual but all of the food in Dollywood is good, alot better than usual theme park food.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/05/26 16:13:55 (permalink)
Most of the Shoney's around Atlanta have closed, too, so our usual spot is now Golden Corral. My husband and I do Saturday breakfast at least twice a month and we haven't found one (GC) we didn't like. If you are a picky eater, get a made-to-order omelet (you can watch exactly what goes into it as they cook it right in front of you). If you have children, you can't beat it for the selection and variety. If you don't get up real early on Saturday, they serve breakfast until 11:00 and then start bringing out the lunch foods, so you can have both if you like. I know there are locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee (caused we've eaten at most of them).
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/05/30 02:20:33 (permalink)
The new Golden Corral here in Appleton Wisconsin has an excellent breakfast. If you cant find something to eat there you arent looking hard enough. The quality was excellent and the selection endless. Way better than Hometown Buffet just a half mile away. Parettis is supposed to have a really good brunch buffet. Doxbies in Seymour Wisconsin has an excellent brunch too. Its in the middle of nowhere but it was full when we went.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/21 22:46:28 (permalink)
For those of you here in New England....I thought that I heard that Bickford's Restaurants now have a "breakfast buffet"....does anyone know if this is true? Has anyone tried it??
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/22 01:44:43 (permalink)
Given the quality of Bickford's usual chow, how could it be anything BUT nasty?
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/22 09:17:36 (permalink)
If you are in the southeast, ie. Florida or Georgia try Grandy's. They are a small chain operation but have an excellant breakfast bar.

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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/22 13:35:26 (permalink)
For the record, the single nastiest case of food poisoning I ever got was from a Grandy's in Albuquerque. A shame, too, because I used to love their big soft dinner rolls.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/23 07:07:46 (permalink)
We stayed at Holiday Inn in Fort Walton Beach the other night. We had breakfast at the restaurant there, and it was very good food for a very reasonable price. I agree with those who say to check out the local hotels for a good breakfast buffet.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/23 21:04:49 (permalink)
Thanks for the heads up about Bickford's...I guess I've hardly ever eaten there anyway. I have noticed that they are trying to reinvent themseves in the mold of Crapplebee's/TGI Friedfoods et al....calling them Bickford's Grille now...

So does anyone know of a good all you can eat breakfast bar west of Boston?
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/29 00:31:48 (permalink)
I'm no authority, but the best breakfast I can remember was at some little semi-dive in Chesapeake Beach, MD. They had an all you can eat buffet but it was very busy, and I only needed one full plate so I ordered from the menu instead. Really yummy french toast, if you like it on the eggy side, and I do... a small bit of scrambled eggs w/cheese, not runny... perfectly crispy potatoes and onions that must have been fried on the same grill as the bacon, or with bacon fat. I will happily accept ketchup for either eggs or potatoes, but I prefer mild salsa for eggs, and ketchup for potatoes. At this place, I used ketchup for both and they were still yummy. And the bacon was crispy without any of those icky white bubbly parts and without being overdone. Sigh. I don't know if there was a psychic cook who read my mind, or if I was just really hungry and appreciative that day, but it was pretty much my dream breakfast.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/06/29 00:37:40 (permalink)
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So does anyone know of a good all you can eat breakfast bar west of Boston?


Not in the canonical sense, no. But if you don't mind a bit of a splurge, the breakfast/brunch buffet at the Concord Inn on Concord's town square is not to be missed, and you will eat until you're scared you're going to throw up at the feet of the actress playing Louisa May Alcott who comes out to talk to the kids in the room occasionally.

Or maybe that's just what I do.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/07/18 00:38:08 (permalink)
The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. (on the campus of UNC) has one ... though if I hadn't gotten a fellowship at UNC that included food and lodging, I never would have been able to afford it. This is a lovely inn with excellent food and atmosphere and worth visiting for its own sake.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/07/19 15:29:35 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<div style="border: 1px #999999 solid; background-color: #DCDCDC; padding: 4px;">Originally posted by peppertree

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<div style="border: 1px #999999 solid; background-color: #DCDCDC; padding: 4px;">Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

When we first started planning retirement St George Utah was one of our choices. Mesquite is less than 30 minutes from there and we looked into some of the newer homes there. That was ten years ago, and I am glad we didn't buy there, due to the overly rapid expansion of the town.
I like the glasswork in the Peppermill/Oasis Buffet, the water and mirrors do a great job of dividing the room into smaller dining areas.


This is off topic, but doesn't the drive from St. George to Mesquite look like the scene from all the Roadrunner/Coyote cartoons?

Going through Arizona with no exits in Arizona except a rest area.

From an Easterner's perspective it is really pretty and very different from where I am from.


Very scenic Interstate.

Pepper-
Sorry for the delay. I just saw your post from July 28...
One trip north on the 15 we were approaching the entrance to the Virgin River Gorge when a flight of four A-10 Warthogs swooped over us at a height of about 300 ft. (est.) They sailed right into the gorge above the highway, but well below the top of the cliff-line..cutting left and right like the scene in Star-Wars when Luke attacked the Death Star by flying thru instead of over the canyon. For those who haven't seen this location it is a very steep and narrow canyon, with the Interstate Hiway and the Virgin River squeezed in to the bottom of a twisting rocky 10 mile exercise in arm vs. steering wheel strength. I gained a lot of respect for the Pilots of those A-10's that day.
Funny how there were always at least two Arizona State troopers with radar on that stretch of 29 miles that has absolutely no Arizona population anywhere along it's entire run thru the state.


Did they ticket the A-10s?

Getting back on topic--since there were a lot of posts about the Mesquite breakfast buffet...

Of course there are also a number of good places to eat breakfast in Las Vegas as well.
Two personal favorites Downtown ( close to I-15 and US 95) are the Main Street Station breakfast buffet (weekdays 7:00am - 10:30am $5.75 , weekends "champagne brunch," 7 am-3pm, $9.95), and the Golden Gate Bay City Diner coffee shop (not a buffet, breakfast anytime, 7am to 2am). The Suncoast coffee shop is also good, but that's a locals casino off Summerlin Parkway at Rampart.

No opinions about the Strip hotels, because we never go there for breakfast. The Peppermill restaurant on the Strip near the Riviera is supposed to have very good breakfasts, but we haven't tried it.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/07/22 22:59:10 (permalink)
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I stay at the Courtyard by Marriott many nights annually. You can pick and choose. My health standards are pretty high and I hate the huge buffets offered by many chains.


We've had two experiences with Courtyard by Marriott, at opposite extremes.

In 1996, there was a terrible blizzard on the East Coast, and we were snowed into a Marriott in Blacksburg, Virginia for several days. They closed all the roads leading from Blacksburg out to the rest of the world. (Fortunately, there's a great darts bar in town called the Ton 80 which has lots of imported beers, and Argent, with whom we were staying in the hotel, had an all-wheel-drive Audi with heated seats.) The trip was saved by a) the jacuzzi, and b) the buffet restaurant. We ate like kings. Somebody walked a mile through three feet of snow to cook us waffles and omlettes to order. There was salmon. There was stir fry to order. Everything was fresh, and plenty of it. We were in heaven.

A couple of years later we stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott in Virginia Beach, and had a horrible experience. The waffle maker was self-serve, and a mess. Fruit was left out and wilted and gross looking. Bacon and sausage left in steamer trays was overdone and nasty. Eggs were too dry. Nobody served you anything. All drinks including coffee was self-serve and the machines didn't work properly. Terrible.

You never can tell.
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RE: I want an all you can eat Breakfast Bar! 2004/07/22 23:11:58 (permalink)
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Vegas is the place for the "all you can eat breakfast." Ceaser's Palace and Mandalay Bay are 2 good places.


This is something that Native American casinos in other places have adopted. For example, the Desert Diamond Casino south of Tucson on I-19 has a buffet that offers lots of breakfast foods in the mix (I'd call it a "brunch buffet") but the one time I went I thought it needed work before I'd want to come back. On the other hand, the regular restaurant fare there is pretty good.
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