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Old 02-18-2012, 03:08 PM
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I only like Chinese buffets that are busy. If it's busy, then you know the food is getting replaced. And if it's busy, that means the food probably isn't that bad (on the tastebuds...health is a different matter).

I'm also a bit prejudiced. If I see some Asian folks in there, that also makes me feel better. The place that I go to always has a lot of Asian diners. Maybe the restaurant owners hires some to bring in prejudiced people like me.
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:14 PM
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Huh. I never thought of that. I don't think I've ever seen Asian diners in there. Hell, one of the waitresses is white!!


Our place doesn't put out large portions of food, I'm assuming because they know they're not very busy. So, even at slow times, the food gets changed regularly.
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:19 PM
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Yechh. It's primarily Chinese buffets I have been to (they're everywhere around here), and IME they're universally awful. I mean it's edible, probably more so than a place like Golden Corral (to me at least, YMMV), but the quality of the food is still pretty low; low enough that I'm probably not going to eat enough to get $25 worth of food, $25 that would get me a very good meal at any number of other better-quality restaurants.


And don't be fooled if there are a large number of Asians in there; a lot of us tend toward the cheap side.
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:35 PM
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Yes the fountain sounds gross, but that commercial is so irritating. There's this guy that says "I've loved chocolate since I was a kid."

Really, dude? You liked chocolate as a kid? That's amazing. And you still like it now? Gosh, you must really like chocolate. It's so rare these days to hear of someone loving chocolate as a kid AND still liking it well into their adulthood. It's a good thing you found this flowing chocolate slurry at Golden Corral so you can partake in this lifelong passion of yours unencumbered and free.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:05 PM
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I find the thought of it absolutely horrifying, going by the behavior I have observed at buffets. It is now to the point the only buffets I will go to are the ones in a casino, where there are no small kids, and the food is changed out frequently. Many casino buffets also have multiple food stations, so it isn't just all tossed out onto untended tables, you get a server tending each station and they make sure people do not cross contaminate the foods.

I love a well done fondue, *at home* - whether a classic swiss cheese one, a chocolate one or a japanese shabu-shabu.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:50 PM
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And don't be fooled if there are a large number of Asians in there; a lot of us tend toward the cheap side.
I live in Alabama where there are a lot more Chinese restaurants than you'd think, and other than the staff I don't recall ever seeing Asians eating in them. You see lots of Mexicans eating in them, but then when you go to the Mexican places the only Mexicans you see are those working there and you don't see any Asians.
So I'm convinced Asians don't eat except for when they work at restaurants, and this makes me sad because many are nice people.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:18 PM
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Glad to see I'm not the only one - the thought of grubby little paws in that thing nauseates and horrifies me.

N.B. - it would come in handy in a "cat" fight.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:30 PM
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The only buffets I've ever not hated were Indian. Something about Indian food lends itself well to buffet (I'd assume it's a combination of poorly descriptive menus and the fact that "buffet" Indian and "menu" Indian seem to usually be the same food).

Chinese buffets are usually a sort of horrible, but it's a horrible I'll brave now and again because I have a deep emotional need for cheap, chewy peppercorn beef and comically greasy eggrolls about once every 6-12 months.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:46 PM
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I'm not a big fan of large child friendly buffets for this reason. Blegh!

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Very much agreed! I should have said "some" parents. Let's just say good manners, or an inside voice, are not exactly familiarities to this family. Seriously, every conversation has to be HELD LIKE THIS. Me and my SO are very quiet people; it drives us batty.
Of course, good kids and good parents all have less than stellar moments. Sometimes they wear you down, and sometimes they are just worn down themselves. I'm just saying, dont assume from one encounter that it's all bad news.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:49 PM
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If this squicks you out, I do not recommend Chocolate Corral's Golden Waterfall.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:37 PM
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Oddly enough, I had never heard of Golden Corral or their Hershey Squirting Fountain, till this thread--and last night I saw a commercial for it! It really does look disturbing, and I have a feeling it is not the highest-quality chocolate, either.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:47 PM
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It probably barely qualifies as chocolate at all.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:23 PM
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Oh God yes. I am completely repelled by the very idea. It's just a breeding ground for who knows what virulent strains of God only knows how many bacteria.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:11 AM
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All I think of when they are listing stuff that gets dipped in it is brownies, rice crispy treats, bandaid drippings, boogers... any other random detritus some unwashed hand happens to have on it.

Bluh.

Of course, I tend to put portions of dips or sauce on my plate for whatever I am dipping, or I ask the server for a bit extra on the side.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:26 AM
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I honestly find the fountain much more gross than any sort of buffet. Even kids use the tongs or spoons on the buffet, assuming the parent even lets the kid get his own food. But a chocolate fountain is a novelty, and kids are more likely to want to play with it.

Though, since I've never seen one, I have to admit that I wouldn't have thought about the germ issue until after I'd used it at least once.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:49 AM
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Someone brought one to a work pot luck, and even though it was all adults, all of whom I know, I wouldn't partake. The whole thing running all day - ikk. And no matter how careful you are, more than food is going to touch that liquid.

I also wasn't sure when it was used last and how carefully it was cleaned, so I just imagined old chocolate bits swirling around.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:25 AM
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Tsk tsk tsk the actual name of this horror is the "Chocolate Wonderfall" - as in "I wonder what kind of infection it will give me."
Yes! I can't believe it took 36 posts before this was mentioned. The branding is arguably one of the most repulsive parts.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:36 AM
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Every time I see that commercial, I think of some kid sticking his dirty hand in it. I wouldn't dare eat from it and I'm usually okay with a few germs here and there.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:59 AM
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Oddly enough, I had never heard of Golden Corral or their Hershey Squirting Fountain, till this thread--and last night I saw a commercial for it! It really does look disturbing, and I have a feeling it is not the highest-quality chocolate, either.
My friend rented one for his wedding or something. I read the instructions. Horrifying indeed. Even if you use good quality chocolate you have to add oil.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:18 PM
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So I guess putting your penis in it is out of the question?
After closing time, all bets are off.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:34 PM
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I'm not a big fan of large child friendly buffets for this reason. Blegh!



Of course, good kids and good parents all have less than stellar moments. Sometimes they wear you down, and sometimes they are just worn down themselves. I'm just saying, dont assume from one encounter that it's all bad news.
I have seen them plenty more than once. They're my niece and nephew after all, and they're being raised like little heathens. Sigh.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:58 PM
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The only buffets I've ever not hated were Indian. Something about Indian food lends itself well to buffet (I'd assume it's a combination of poorly descriptive menus and the fact that "buffet" Indian and "menu" Indian seem to usually be the same food).
the other thing I like is they're "safe" if you're not familiar with the dishes; you get the opportunity to try little bits of various things.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:57 PM
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I can't watch that commercial without getting queasy. Between the 'eww' factor and the memory of the last time I went to GC and got horribly ill, I don't think I'll be stepping foot in the local GC again. Or ANY place that has a buffet for that matter.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:34 AM
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I have never been considered a germs phone or neat-freak
just FYI, you have now .

Of course, I've been considered a total slob, so take it with a grain of autoclaved salt.

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Old 03-14-2012, 04:08 PM
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My friend rented one for his wedding or something. I read the instructions. Horrifying indeed. Even if you use good quality chocolate you have to add oil.
My friends have a chocolate waterfall they have used a total of twice I believe. You do not just add oil, the blend has to be about half chocolate, half oil to stay thin enough for the machine. Once I saw that I was off of chocolate fountains, regardless of sticky fingers.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:35 PM
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I went to Golden Coral twice, once in NC and once here in IL. NC one was slightly better (fresher and warmer food) but I will never go back... their food is... basically cheap casino buffet restaurant stuff and tastes like they are all made out of same stuff.

As for the sneezes, to gross out restaurant goers, it can happen at any stage of food preparation. Would all chefs/food preparers discard the food after it was sneezed on? I've seen some extremely chaotic busy kitchens trying to catch up on orders pouring in. What about dripping sweat?
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:52 PM
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Most Disgusting Thing I've Every Seen

Okay so I'm in line at the Golden Corral. I'm checking out that chocolate waterfall and was thinking about trying it out. So I got my dinner, had to eat in a crowded room with a bunch of little unruly kids running around and bumping into our chairs and table. A few of them even tried to get into our food lol. Well after we got done eating our dinner I hit the desert line; figured if I just spent almost 30 bucks to get two people in then still had to pay for drinks, I might as well get my money's worth.

As I walked up to the chocolate waterfall, some nasty fat dude stuck two fingers into chocolate, sucked on them in the most repulsive manor - Here's the nasty part.. Without even so much as wiping the visible slobber and saliva from his soaked fingers, he takes the two same fingers and sticks them right back in for another dip!!! Not only did I see it but several of the employees seen it as well.. and NOTHING was done about it, they continued on as if it was a normal thing! Needless to say, I dropped my plate that was full of deserts and made it pretty obvious that I was disgusted by what happened. I got my money back and that was the last time I've ever went to a Golden Corral.

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:22 PM
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Without even so much as wiping the visible slobber and saliva from his soaked fingers, he takes the two same fingers and sticks them right back in for another dip!!! Not only did I see it but several of the employees seen it as well.. and NOTHING was done about it, they continued on as if it was a normal thing!

I've always maintained that a convenient, simultaneous CO2 leak at all the Golden Corrals and Ryan's across the country on a Friday or Saturday night could raise our nation's collective IQ 80 points overnight.

Sure, it will be difficult finding a plumber or mechanic for a while, but we'll get by!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:44 PM
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Only if you leave a really nice tip.


I'm sure there's a joke there about leaving the tip, but I'm really not very sure what it is...
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:23 PM
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Gross Waterfall of Chocolate

It is gross. I have written specifically about its grossness. The little stinky booger fingers dipping into it is only the tip of the iceberg. The chocolate waterfall is essentially like hanging your bed sheets out to dry in a men's room. It is an air filter that traps farts, sneezes, the special stinky mold odor that a hundred consumers have written about the Golden Corral. Just Google "Golden Corral Smell" and tell me if I'm in error. The chocolate in the Chocolate Waterfall is about as clean and pure as the motor oil in your oil filter.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:37 PM
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Is the Golden Corral painted in Bridal Path Tan?

ETA Oops. My reply is zombiferous.

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Old 08-24-2015, 05:43 PM
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I have been to Golden Corral since they put in a chocolate waterfall. It was supervised and you had very few choices of what you could stick in it. You had to use a long skewer to do it. I couldn't do the fried chicken breast like I wanted....
What?! Why should I now believe anything you say? You, there, back in 2012!!!




...Anyway, according to a quick search and a handy Yelp review, apparently the Chocolate Waterfalls have been successful enough to have continued into 2015. Good for them, I guess. (I last ate at a G.C. over a dozen years ago, as my father used to love the idea of the "value." Everything tasted old. Depressing, as another 2012 post mentioned, up-thread.)
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:49 PM
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The only time I've ever been to Golden Corral was when I was in college, and I went there with some friends because it was cheap and just a block or two from my place.

It was (and probably still is) the kind of place that served that nasty canned three-bean salad. Who eats that crap, anyway?

I can assure you that NOTHING on the line was prepared from scratch on any level; it was carried in on a truck in a can or bag.

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Old 08-25-2015, 11:24 AM
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YES!!!

There was just a commercial on for it, and all I could think of was some unsupervised child sticking their grubby finger in the stream. You and me both, apparently.

Totally grosses me out.

To quote IvoryTowerDenizen... "YES!!!"

Except in my case it wasn't me *thinking* of some unsupervised kid and their grubby finger. I saw a 10-12 year old kid fully coating some foodstuff including getting some on his fingers. I wanted to vomit.

I like to think I'm a not snob; but between similar experiences between the Golden Corral incident above, and some at a buffet trough restaurant here in the Atlanta area called Sweet Tomatoes I've decided I have too much respect for myself to eat at places like that ever again. I don't get grossed out easy, and I'm not a germophobe; but I have no desire to go where people seem to lose all sense of manners or forget how to control their children. For the price it costs to eat at those places there are a TON of other options. Blecchhhh!
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:27 AM
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ha, I did a Google search on 'Golden Corral Chocolate Fountain Gross' and found this gem:
http://uproxx.com/webculture/2013/07...food-dumpster/
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:48 AM
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The chocolate fountain is not all that grosses me out about Golden Corral. The last time I was there a woman ahead of me in the salad bar line tasted all of the dressings by licking the little ladle in the containers. I have never been back there.....
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:54 PM
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The chocolate fountain is not all that grosses me out about Golden Corral. The last time I was there a woman ahead of me in the salad bar line tasted all of the dressings by licking the little ladle in the containers. I have never been back there.....
I hope you talked to a manager about it.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:41 PM
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The chocolate fountain is not all that grosses me out about Golden Corral. The last time I was there a woman ahead of me in the salad bar line tasted all of the dressings by licking the little ladle in the containers. I have never been back there.....


Oh that's fucking disgusting! Where's that vomitting smiley we keep asking for?
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:37 PM
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So I guess putting your penis in it is out of the question?
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Only at a majority of GC locations.
No no, it's fine at any of their locations as long as it's on a skewer before being pushed under the sneeze guard.
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