Review: Home Town Buffet Restaurant
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|Mon, 09-24-2007 - 11:09pm|
Yes, I know Home Town Buffet isn't exactly the acme of class and high cuisine. Usually there is something edible there though (yes I know that's not high praise), and it does present some very nice benefits when dining with a mob of small children. And they are...
1. Very inexpensive! Hubby and I took our five kids (ages 8 yrs to 18 mos.) there and paid $35 for the whole thing. Adults are $10 each for dinner and kids 2-11 are charged on a sliding scale of $.60 per year of age (so my 3 year old was $1.80 and my 8 year old was $4.80).
2. It's a buffet. In case you haven't already figured out why this would be a plus, there is so much stuff there that there's sure to be something that everyone will like. Our kids ate fried chicken, ham, steak, salad, french fries, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, watermelon, melon salad, rolls, ice cream....
3. Instead of all the other patrons looking at you like you've just brought in the full charge of an orphanage and why can't you keep them all quiet anyway, every time we've been there everyone seems quite amused by the whole mob of small children and everyone has been very polite and friendly. Of course they still look at us all like they are wondering if we have somehow time warped from another universe without birth control, but it's more with appreciation and amusement than disdain. This is a rather welcome thing.
4. NO FIGHTS ABOUT FOOD! This is a reason right there to go. Since everyone gets to pick what they want, no one complains and everyone eats their dinner. It is a welcome respite from, "I don't like spaghetti; my sauce is touching my rice" etc. etc.
We give our kids "the speech" before we go inside. You know, "no yelling, no running, no screaming, be polite" and all that stuff that you have to remind them eight hundred times before you actually open the car door to go wherever you're going. Every single time we've gone, the children have been impeccably well-behaved, polite, and friendly (maybe we should move our home to the restaurant; do you think they'd stay that way all the time?). We don't take them all to restaurants very often, but they occasionally decide they really want to go to this one and they all start begging. Every time we go we have really enjoyed the time with the kids, and that makes it worthwhile despite the cafeteria food.
Anyone else found a decent restaurant for large families on the cheap?