How many types of buffets can you name?

Did you know that there are several different types of buffet restaurants?  Just like restaurants differ in what they offer, buffet restaurants differ in how they are arranged and what you receive for your dollar.  Buffet style of dining can be traced back to 16th century France and has sustained the test of time.  Throughout time, the traditional concept of buffet dining may have evolved and changed; however, it still remains a popular restaurant concept in the United States.

When most people think about a buffet restaurant, they typically think of the “all-you-can-eat” style restaurants.  These types of buffets offer a variety of food and allow customers to pay one price for as much as they can eat during their visit.  Often food stations are set up around the restaurant offering meats, vegetables, soups, salads and desserts.  Customers are allowed to serve themselves from the various food stations as many times as they wish during their visit.

A cafeteria buffet is usually set up as a long line of stations.  Customers pass through the line making choices as they walk past the food choices and are served their choices.  Typically, these types of buffet restaurants are a “pay per item” type of restaurant which means that you pay for each item individually.  It is not an “all-you-can-eat” for one price buffet as discussed above.

Family style buffets are a different take on the traditional “all-you-can-eat” buffets.  Instead of having the food arranged at various stations where customers serve themselves, the menu is chosen by the restaurant and is served at the table.  Servers will keep refilling dishes as customers request more food; however, the choices are limited by the restaurant.  These types of buffets may be preferred by those who do not wish to stand in line to serve themselves or prefer not to share food with every other person in the restaurant.

Some restaurants offer catered buffets for special occasions when a lot of people must be fed quickly.  Restaurants that offer catered buffets bring the food to your location, set up the stations and serve the food as people pass by the stations with their plates.  Many people use catered buffets for weddings, corporate events, holiday parties and large birthday parties.

No matter what buffet style restaurant you choose, the benefit of buffet restaurants remain the same – - a lot of value for your dollar.

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One Response to How many types of buffets can you name?

  1. AASmith says:

    The best bang for your bucks! It is a win-win situation you will ever find in Chicago. Red apple buffet has such a great options of foods. I made a smoked salmon sandwich, which reminds me of the best brunch of my life in Chicago. The deserts are supposed to be the best of the buffets. I can’t attest to that, except that they were pretty good. Waiter service is good. I liked my waiter. I’ve never seen a waiter move so fast nor have I seen a waiter run :D We REALLY LOVE IT; I will definitely go redapplebuffet again!

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