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mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Seafood Buffets 2013/11/07 09:00:16
We enjoyed some great 'Crab Imperial' at a buffet near Norfolk, VA some years back.  I did not keep notes nor photos of that ride, so maybe someone has a memory of the place... It was not in Williamsburg, but headed down to Norfolk/ VA Beach from W-burg...
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Seafood Buffets 2013/11/07 09:35:59
Pancho

MetroplexJim

On our family vacations to Rehoboth Beach, DE we almost always made a trip down to Ocean City to enjoy a seafood meal at Phillips ( http://phillipsseafood.com/ ).  So, when Phillips took over the old Flagship restaurant on the Washington, DC Maine Ave. Pier we had to visit.  It was and still is a buffet.  After a quick survey of the buffet and the "scene" we turned and left for a decent a la carte seafood meal at Bish Thompson's in Bethesda.

Aside from enjoying #10 cocktail shrimp at a swanky brunch, we don't "do" seafood buffets:  too much chance for something happening.
Hey Jim...my family also took vacation trips to Rehoboth and Fenwick Island. We also visited the Flagship (one of our faves, BEFORE Phillip's took it over. Phillips used to be great, but now only use crab meat from SE Asia. What a travesty for a Baltimore based company. You might enjoy this article.
http://hungrylikethebear....-from-the-philippines/

 

MARYLAND  The Phillipines IS  are For CRABS!
 
Hate to think it, but their shrimp are probably farmed in some cesspool in Thailand!
 
 
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Seafood Buffets 2013/11/07 09:50:02
There still are a number of Todai clones in Plano, such as Japan House on Plano Pkwy and Osaka Sushi on Park.



brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2013/11/07 09:51:37
I've been to the PI and I wouldn't eat this cr*p.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Seafood Buffets 2013/11/07 11:02:49
plb

There still are a number of Todai clones in Plano, such as Japan House on Plano Pkwy and Osaka Sushi on Park.

 
Years ago in Virginia I had a colleague who had some 'bad sushi' in WDC and got a vision-threatening bacterial infection in his eyes.  For several tense years he had to make a weekly trek up to the Wilmer Institute at Hopkins to stabilize his condition.  The only good news for him was he got to eat often at Charm City's legendary 'Little Italy' places and crabhouses. 
 
Sushi has never passed my lips; after his horrid experience I would even pass on a free meal at Nobu!
 
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We have several such places in McKinney, too.  Wouldn't touch them with a stick.  If this makes me a provincial hick, so be it; I confess! 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/11/07 11:04:12
Heartburn
Cheeseburger
Re:Seafood Buffets 2013/11/07 12:13:58
The best seafood buffet I ever had was in North Springfield Vt some years ago
Don't remember the name ,but heard it burned down
 Also the old Highland Hotel in Springfield Mass. served the best lobster dishes
 
Nathan Moore
Junior Burger
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RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/09 03:12:09
The Seafood buffets are nice. The one organized last week when I was in Las Vegas was awesome. It has a variety of seafood and variety of dishes. It also included drinks and deserts. The Lobster, the shrimp, the Crab cake was just mouth watering and very delicious. The buffet was organized at the Crab Corner. A restaurant situated in the east side of the Las Vegas. I learned that it also provides online bookings as well as others. Anyone interested in organizing a buffet can visit the place once. It will be beneficial. Thanking you.
post edited by Nathan Moore - 2014/09/09 03:38:04
wanderingjew
Sirloin
☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/09/09 18:45:41
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/09 09:58:58
Nathan Moore
The Seafood buffets are nice. The one organized last week when I was in Las Vegas was awesome. It has a variety of seafood and variety of dishes. It also included drinks and deserts. The Lobster, the shrimp, the Crab cake was just mouth watering and very delicious. The buffet was organized at the Crab Corner. A restaurant situated in the east side of the Las Vegas. I learned that it also provides online bookings as well as others. Anyone interested in organizing a buffet can visit the place once. It will be beneficial. Thanking you.




You did a really bad job of shilling your restaurant.
ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/09 10:19:52
Thought the same thing, WJ, when reading his post!
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/09 10:28:53
I agree
Twinwillow
Sirloin
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/09 18:50:00
Personally, I would never eat at a seafood buffet. Maybe, if the restaurant backed up to  either the Atlantic or Pacific ocean within the US and I saw them bringing fresh seafood thru the back door.
beobee
Junior Burger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/10 01:21:17
Anybody remember New Orleans House East in Louisville, KY? This was the best seafood buffet on the planet! First thing you saw when entering was a Christmas tree sized mound of ice loaded with shrimp. The buffet included every kind of seafood prepared in every imaginable way. The wait staff cruised around with Oysters Rockefeller and Florentine,  Clams Casino, stuffed shrimp, frog legs, and different breads. 40 years ago and still sticks in my memory. 
post edited by beobee - 2014/09/10 01:29:30
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/17 22:37:46
beobee- Louisville's New Orleans House was indeed a very special Seafood Buffet.Back in the 80's it was exactly as you described it...Primo quality and very imaginative and creative dishes of all manner of seafood critters. 
 
As with many places, time took its toll on the quality and the service as well.  Our last visit, in the mid-1990's was a disaster.. a seafood selection that looked like it came from Gold Corral, and two unattentive "re-stockers" to refill the buffet bowls, no assistance for tableside at all  yet the prices remained far above average.  We did not return.  A sad ending after many excellent visits over the previous decade.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/19 15:19:18
My personal opinion is that there are several issues with buffets period:
1:  It seems to be impossible to keep food fresh vs. restaurants that prepare food as ordered.
2:  Sanitary issues concern me.  I take Mamaw Smith to Ryan's because she likes sit.  I have noticed many people sampling food off the table, dropping food and putting it back, dirty hands sampling foods.
3:  The atmosphere is concerning to me.  Most of the folks that I observe tend to be extremely obese and somewhat sloppy.  Perhaps this is due to the low cost of food and all you can eat.  I have noticed several folks eating six plates piled full of food.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/19 15:39:14
All three points appear to be well taken
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/19 19:19:23
Zoe's Fish House on Rt 9 west of Amherst Mass does a good job on Sunday brunch, but I have not been there for a year. It is not a typical buffet restaurant, but rather a restaurant that puts out a buffet for a few hours a week. Look them up, and if you go make reservations.
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/19 21:15:54
Sundancer7
My personal opinion is that there are several issues with buffets period:
1:  It seems to be impossible to keep food fresh vs. restaurants that prepare food as ordered.
2:  Sanitary issues concern me.  I take Mamaw Smith to Ryan's because she likes sit.  I have noticed many people sampling food off the table, dropping food and putting it back, dirty hands sampling foods.
3:  The atmosphere is concerning to me.  Most of the folks that I observe tend to be extremely obese and somewhat sloppy.  Perhaps this is due to the low cost of food and all you can eat.  I have noticed several folks eating six plates piled full of food.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Paul..I think you covered it pretty well.  The addition of seafood just adds to the sanitary issue since many items do not stay fresh very long (remember what Anthony Boudin had to say about them - and seafood salad on a Monday, anywhere!!).  Buffet tables are never at the perfect temp to keep hot foods hot and chilled foods like  many seafood cold. Cheese and crackers,Soups, raw veg, pastries and other desserts, OK..........the rest I'd steer clear of.
 
And frankly....the sight of some guy( or gal, not to be sexist) who takes up a whole row of a 747 by himself walking back with 3 dozen crab legs piled on a plate is just gross.
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/20 08:08:20
You buffet frowners do realize that all the things that scare you or put you off of buffets can be done by the staff behind the scenes at ANY restaurant,  right?   How do any of you manage to eat out at all?  
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/20 09:59:36
Jennifer_4
You buffet frowners do realize that all the things that scare you or put you off of buffets can be done by the staff behind the scenes at ANY restaurant,  right?   How do any of you manage to eat out at all?  


I am not a buffet frowner.  I merely pointed out some of my issues.  I realize that food handlers behind the counter could also have issues but the number of customers that stick their hands in the food far outnumber the other potential handlers.  The odds are not in your favor.  Your choice???
I take my 93 year old mother to Ryans because she enjoys it.  It is not my choice.  I always try to select something that has just been placed on the somewhat controlled food table.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN 
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Seafood Buffets 2014/09/20 12:06:22
I am a buffet frowner for all the reasons Sundancer has listed above.  As a chef I know that in respectable restaurants the food is handled with care in the kitchen.  We do not sneeze or cough on the food.  You also have a better chance of being served HOT food (or cold if it's a salad) from a kitchen rather than a buffet. 
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