While in the area for a job interview we decided to try the local Golden Corral, as we haven't eaten at one in several years since there were none where we had been living. First, we were somewhat surprised at the increased price, as our two dinners came to a little over $30. I guess that is a result of rising gas prices and wasteful people. One thing, before I go into the food review: when we were in MO, there was a rule that children under 10 were not allowed to 'fix their plate' alone and unattended. Obviously that is not the case here. I saw small children heaping things on plates in proportions that they would never be able to consume, which is just senseless waste. I know their parents paid for them to eat, but this type of waste simply drives up the cost for others. And, yes, I realize that a lot of people don't work for the $$ they spend eating out, so this concept is lost on them--but one would think that GC would gently monitor this type of thing to keep costs down. I am not anti-children at all, but I am definitely anti-parentswhodon'tteachtheirchildrenhowtobehaveinrestaurants. Having said that, I did notice other parents who carefully monitored their children's selections and portions, and was heartened to see parents who care about teaching their children about how their actions affect others, and about making wise and thoughtful choices.
Okay, now on to the food. The salad bar was very good, as we remembered, with good selections, very clean and fresh and tasty. The only 'prepared' salad I tasted was the carrot and raisin, and it was quite good.
As I don't like cheap cuts of steak, I never eat the steak, but my husband did, and he rated it 'pretty good, and at least chewable--it tasted good'. I had the pot roast, which, in my opinion, is the best meat they offer. I did get one small piece of a fried chicken wing, and it was quite tasty, as well.
The homemade mashed potatoes are always good, and I ate a couple of other veggies, (cabbage & brussel sprouts) which were also okay--although not really seasoned very much. One thing different, we noticed, was the addition of whole wheat yeast rolls that were very good.
The desserts were predictable, but the bread pudding was a definite disappointment. It was just a very unpalatable paste, of which one bite was too much. Evidently they don't know that you are supposed to use stale/dry bread to make bread pudding--which insures that the pudding will have some texture to it. It tasted like they may use cinnamon rolls to make it with, but they don't realize that those need to be put into an oven on low temp to dry out and harden a bit before making bread pudding with them--but, that's my opinion. Others may like eating cinnamon roll flavored paste.
Another disappointment was the soft serve vanilla ice cream, which was one thing that I always loved at GC. This particular GC must use a much cheaper mix, as it was that kind of 'foamy/fake' tasting ice cream rather than the more 'icy' very-vanilla ice cream that more closely resembles 'homemade' ice cream. I also had the carrot cake, which is about as good as a frozen carrot cake can be--(but I wouldn't expect it to be homemade in a GC).
The iced tea was bitter, but the coffee was exponentially more so...it had to be the worst cup of coffee I've had recently. Maybe it is the water, or maybe it was old.
Now in all this negative, I want to add a big positive: the young man that was attending our area was one of--if not THE--nicest and most considerate person I've ever encountered at a GC. Not that I've had 'rude' ones--it was just that he was exceptional, and we tipped accordingly.
This GC was not the worst I've ever eaten, but definitely not in the league with the one in St. Charles, MO, which, IMHO, has the best food of any. This restaurant was much newer and brighter, but the food was not as good. I didn't leave upset, but I didn't leave thinking, 'wow, that was SO good, and I'll be coming back here again'....which, in the long run, is the true litmus test for a great restaurant meal.
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