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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Magdalena

    No buffets for me! There is too much danger of cross-contamination of food, and since the generic bleu cheese dressing is always there, along with other allergen laden food like tomatoes (plus my susceptibility to food preservatives) the buffet is just the steam table of death for me. Family buffets are different – the food rarely sits out for a long time.

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  2. Sherry Ridgeway

    I really steer clear of buffets, as it is all but impossible not to overeat!. Even just trying to eat mainly salad, blue cheese (generic or not) is sooo hard to resist. And then…dessert mocks me until I give in to its charm! *sigh*

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  3. Deborah

    We haven’t eaten at a buffet in over 25 years!!!! NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!

    In the past we’ve seen people licking their fingers and touching the spoons, and getting the rolls without tongs and touching other rolls while doing so, but that’s not the worse.

    We saw a mother put ice cream in a cone for her kid and then he licked the ice cream and dipped it in the sprinkles instead of using a spoon. The mother saw him, and we were waiting for the mom to scold him (about 9 years old and should have known better, at least we thought until….), and tell the waitress so she could change the condiment. But the mother then licked her cone and did the SAME thing!!!

    We called for a manager, and he change the sprinkles and gave us free meals and thanked us, and we HAVE NEVER been back to a buffet!

    Oh, and think of the dirty tables constantly wiped with nasty rags! I carry clean napkins and folded Clorox wipes in a zip lock in my purse, and we never lay our flatware on the nasty table; always on a napkin. Also, never touch our silverware until finished with the menu, then we use hand sanitizer. Imagine the germs on menus. Yes you can’t be germ free, but one can avoid unnecessary contamination! 🙂

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    1. Kevin

      Eewww, I don’t think I’d got back to a buffet – ever – if I had experienced those things either!

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  4. lorraine stoddard

    I don’t care much for buffets either. It seems like the food all taste alike….very bland. The food isn’t hot. I’ve seen the people that work there put food over the old food,and then mix it up.

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    1. marge

      I agree with you Lorraine, it all tastes the same

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  5. jodie

    We don’t eat at buffets either. In this area, the Golden Corrals are very dirty. We have restaurant inspections and they always have a list of things wrong. Makes a person sick just to read the list.

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  6. j.w.blust

    they closed our Golden Corral in Lawrenceburg, Indiana down about 9 mo. ago. The best buffets are in the Amish country “Homes County” Berlin, Ohio and the outskirt city’s. I have yet to have had a bad experience. Just love the fried chicken and Amish noodles over mashed patatos.

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    1. Kevin

      Agreed by buffet standards there are some decent ones in Amish country…

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    2. marge

      J.W> the noodles over the mashed potatoes is the best. That’s the way I eat them. I also make my own noodles

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  7. Jan

    The buffet my husband and I love to go to is Dutch Heritage in Sarasota. Everything is so clean and the food is always fresh. One of your followers will like this, and I do, too…..everytime a table gets wiped down, they use a fresh wipe that they keep in a pouch they wear around their waist. It gets thrown out as soon as the table is cleaned. I think this should be mandatory in ALL restaurants.

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    1. Kevin

      Ohhh, I like that a lot…a fresh wipe on each table!

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    2. Trish

      LOVE that idea!

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    3. brenda

      one of our fast food restaurants began doing this a while ago and a few others have begun doing so. our golden corral is new to our area. the crowds are unbelieveably long. the supplies seem to rotate nicely without huge amounts at a time. the bowls and platters are wisked away and new full ones replace them. no old food mixed with new. Let’s hope this continues.

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  8. Kelly Showalter

    Now you know why I call it the “Golden Trough” – NOT my thing! I might have eaten at one 2 or 3 times!

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  9. Wendy

    Having someone lick an ice cream cone and then stick it in a common bowl is a little over the top (kudos for informing the manager) but to my mind, so is wiping everything you have contact with down with sanitizer. It seems to me that unless you already have a compromised immune system you’re asking for trouble.

    I don’t know about the Golden Corral – we don’t have any around here, but the Chinese buffet we frequent seems to follow reasonable safety standards, as do the “Amish” buffets we’ve been to in Lancaster, PA.

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  10. Trish

    I call them “barfets”! Seems there is always someone that will get sick from them. Whether it’s the germs people spread or the food itself. I am a germaphobe and I refuse to eat at a buffet (barfet)!
    I’ve been wanting to go to Shady Maple, but I’m afraid to go. I hear it’s awesome, but I don’t know if I want to risk it or not…

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  11. Nana

    I had a horrid experience at a Golden Corral of which I won’t publish the location and was severely ill for five weeks with GI infection that resulted in diarrhea that took three varieties of an antibiotic cocktail to clear it up. In an unrelated visit I was sitting at my table and looking forward towards the dessert table when I saw a woman with waist length hair lean forward to serve herself from a back row container and her hair literally dragged into the flat pan container of pudding on the front. I thought I would be sick on the spot. I have never eaten there since. Other nightmare observations are kids taking a piece of fried chicken with their hands, apparently changing their minds , and returning it to the pan. I suppose it would be cost prohibitive but I wish there could be servers behind the counter lines. Just plain unsanitary methods. I also question how long the food has been out and do they serve it again the next day. If they do not, do they throw away all that food or give it to the servers at the end of day or what? Just really not a good method of food service and one I tend to avoid.

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    1. Kevin

      Nana, yes, you hit upon something with the mention of “servers” that is a cafeteria concept…used to be so popular but really few cafeterias left anymore….

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  12. Marie Czarnecki

    I don’t eat out hardly at all. Usually if I do go, I go to Applebee’s. They also treat VETERANS right, I go there every VETERANS DAY.

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    1. Kevin

      I’ll remember that about Veteran’s Day, Marie, I didn’t know that. I’m not a vet, but my Dad is….

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  13. Marie Czarnecki

    One other place I go and did for VETERANS DAY and had breakfast, and on Saturday day before Mother’s Day got great service.

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