Sitting in the confines of the buffet restaurant king brought a sense of normalcy back to my senses as the wide variety of foods – served cafeteria style these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and the multiple aromas wafted through the air. I proudly claimed (to myself, of course) that I was the first customer of the day to see this veritable pot 'o gold (well, buffet) at the end of the rainbow.
I have been a Golden Corral fan for years. I was talking to the manager Danny and reminiscing all the way back to when they added one of their staples to the menu – the bourbon street chicken. It was still there, still amazingly fresh, and absolutely delicious.
The seemingly endless buffet that runs from one end of the establishment to the other, looked extremely fresh, with the reds, greens, and other bright, crisp colors of the salad bar, to the browns of the meat and potatoes section to the bright, cartoon-like tints of the dessert bar. I sat near that end of the restaurant and I must admit, the carrot cake and the cheesecake kept calling my name. There were also a variety of soups to try. There is something here for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters.
Before I even attempted a conversation with the sweet sugary section, I had to hit all my favorites – which included the pot roast, an amazingly thick and moist cheeseburger on a soft buttered bun (with grilled onions and jalapenos), green bean casserole (need to get my healthy portion of veggies), barbecued chicken, pulled pork....Whoa, maybe I should stop...pizza, pork chop and macaroni and cheese. If you eat everything, can they all be favorites?
I remember going to Golden Corral with my dad. He thoroughly enjoyed the liver and onions more than anything, barely surpassing his love for the baked potato, and all its fixins'. He could sit there for hours, usually making friends in just a short time. I thought about him as I walked through the stations of food. I am not a liver fan, but I'll go with the onions any day.
Consistency in taste is key to building a following and you undeniably know what you are getting every time you dig into your favorites here. The massive number of tastes fascinated my taste buds and my brain slowly slid into food coma mode.
As I waved goodbye to the multitude of food, Danny asked me what I had for dessert. I told him that I was trying to stay off sugar and sweet.
But, since the cheesecake AND carrot cake knew my name, well....