Review: Home Town Buffet Restaurant

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Registered: 08-30-2007
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?

Rachel

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Registered: 09-27-2002
Tue, 09-25-2007 - 9:24am

Hi Rachel


I've never been to HTB (actually here we have Old Country Buffet, but I think they're the same company).

Martie, wife to one fabulous man and mom to 8 amazing children
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Tue, 09-25-2007 - 1:46pm

Pizza hut during the buffet... I made everyone get water for a change so that was FREE :) ,,, the buffett was $7 for me Nathaniel and Stewart, half price for kids under 11 and Free for kids 3 and under. All ten of us ate all the pizza hut and salad bar AND dessert bar for $35 ! Amazing LOL

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Registered: 08-30-2007
Tue, 09-25-2007 - 1:46pm

Yes, well my husband hates buffets too, and it's definitely not somewhere we'd go on a date. :) Our sole reason for going is because it works so well with the kids and they like it so much. Sort of like the tilt-a-whirl they want to go on but makes me barf... Well no, actually I don't go on those.

Plus, they're very culturally diverse! Last night we saw a guy who looked like he was about sixty with long hair and tattoos covering both arms. He was trying rather unsuccessfully to flirt with a group of four middle aged women who were smiling at our kids and not paying the guy much mind. Of course, we were at the restaurant right in the middle of the city. Probably the suburban locations have fewer tattood customers... :) Now I feel like a gigantic hick, which is very strange because I'm not. Anyway, Old Town Buffet I think is pretty similar. We have those around here too (or used to).

Rachel

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Rachel Shubin ~ Wife to George, Mommy to...
Georgie (age 9)
Trinity (age 7)
Anika (age 6)
Kyra (age 3)
Faith (age 2)
Henry 3/24/08. Hurray!

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Registered: 08-30-2007
Tue, 09-25-2007 - 1:50pm

I didn't know Pizza Hut had a buffet! Hmmmm, we'll have to try that. Plus, I even like Pizza Hut. Hehe. Thanks for the tip.

Rachel

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Rachel Shubin ~ Wife to George, Mommy to...
Georgie (age 9)
Trinity (age 7)
Anika (age 6)
Kyra (age 3)
Faith (age 2)
Henry 3/24/08. Hurray!

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Tue, 09-25-2007 - 1:59pm
We love going to the Pizza Hut buffet, usually for lunch. My kids LOVE buffets, lol. We have an Old Country Buffet, and that is my kids' 2nd favorite place to go. Dh and I don't mind it, but go there for the kids. We go for the same reasons you listed Rachel, it is very kid friendly. My kids request OCB on a regular basis, if given a choice where to go. Sure beats McDonalds, which is easily $25-$30 for our family if we're looking for a fun "kid" night out!
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Wed, 09-26-2007 - 3:42pm
We "had" an old country buffet that ended up becoming

Rebecca

 

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Registered: 09-27-2002
Thu, 09-27-2007 - 9:21am

Rebecca, Does your cyber school offer you book it coupons?

Martie, wife to one fabulous man and mom to 8 amazing children
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Thu, 09-27-2007 - 9:26am

We had an Old country buffet (before i had kids), that got sold, and now is a buffalo wild wings. (not a family place, lol)


I love Golden Corral, except for teh price and the fact that it is always packed!!


We do have a CiCi's pizza, which is a buffet, with decent prices.


Rose

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Thu, 09-27-2007 - 11:53pm

Well I can honestly say there is nowhere that affordable to eat on Maui.

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