Ranking All-You-Can Eat Chain Buffets From Worst To First

Ranking All-You-Can Eat Chain Buffets From Worst To First


The heyday for all-you-can-eat buffets might
be in the past but if you know where to go, you can still find your unlimited satisfaction
in the form of an unending dinner plate. Here’s our ranking of all-you-can-eat buffets,
from worst to first. This all-you-can-eat buffet known primarily
for their pizza is an inexpensive restaurant option but if you succumb to the cheapness,
you’ll soon regret not shelling out more money for a real meal. The pizza crust is stiff and flavorless, and
you can taste the cost-cutting measures in the rest of the bland ingredients. With each bite you take from the buffet, no
matter if it’s pizza or one of their newer concoctions, your regret will grow and the
money you saved won’t be able to overshadow your dissatisfaction. “What the heck is that?!” “Who puts broccoli on pizza?” “That’s it, I’m done.” “Congratulations, San Francisco, you’ve
ruined pizza!” As the name suggests, Souper Salad offers
primarily all-you-care-to-eat soup or salad, but what you get is atrocious. The salad options are disappointingly limited
and, and if you want to try the soup, you sometimes have to do so blindly because Souper
Salad has a bad habit of not labeling the different options. Ultimately, whichever soup you select will
be a letdown. Even worse? Most Souper Salads also have a taco bar, but
it’s not worth trying, either. Bummer. Shoney’s has been around since 1947, so you
might have good childhood memories of this restaurant. But don’t let your memories fool you, Shoney’s
isn’t a place you should go to if you want good food. In theory, Shoney’s all-you-can-eat food bar
is a bargain, as it promises everything from fried chicken to fruit. But in reality, it’s usually just gross. The problem with Shoney’s isn’t necessarily
the ingredients or even the recipes. The problem is that everything is just so
stale. If you happen to catch the buffet when it’s
hot and fresh, Shoney’s isn’t bad. That said, it’s still not what you may remember
from decades ago. Pizza Ranch has more than 200 locations, mostly
in the Midwest. When you enter a Pizza Ranch, you might be
impressed by their Western-themed decor. When you taste the food, though, you’ll be
mostly unimpressed. While the pizza might be a step up from Cicis,
it’s still not what anyone with functioning taste buds would classify as good. Beyond their pizza, the macaroni and cheese
is basically glorified cheese paste, and even their mashed potatoes manage to somehow disappoint. The best option is usually their dessert pizzas. But, if you don’t act quickly, the feeding
frenzy created by others waiting for the same dessert pizza will empty it before you can
get your hands on a slice. HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, and Ryan’s
Buffet are all-you-can-eat buffets owned by the same company, offering the same experience
under different names. Twenty years ago, you could find really good
food at these restaurants. Unfortunately, the parent company recently
filed for bankruptcy and the quality of food continues to deteriorate. When you eat at any of these buffets, it’ll
be painfully obvious that you are eating at a place that may be out of business soon. The decor is outdated, cleanliness can sometimes
be lacking, and the atmosphere is depressing. The food itself is okay as long as you prefer
everything to be sweeter than necessary. Needless to say, they probably won’t be around
by the time your grandkids grow up. Western Sizzlin’ is an all-you-can-eat buffet
restaurant chain with food that’s a reasonable array of decent, authentic Southern cuisine. Two issues hold Western Sizzlin’ back from
rising higher. First of all, a lot of the food is simply
overcooked. Secondly, the cost has gone up enough that
it’s questionable whether you are receiving good value for your money. For a comparable price, you can get higher
quality food at a normal, sit-down restaurant. Though it used to be fairly common, only certain
Pizza Hut restaurants offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet these days. Finding one near you can be a chore, however
if you do find one, it’s actually pretty good bang for your buck. That said, there are a few caveats you should
know about before you track down a Pizza Hut that does the lunch buffet. First of all, expect there to be a really
limited assortment of pizzas. The quality of what is available is usually
high, but don’t be surprised if your favorite type of pizza is nowhere to be found. Second? Don’t count on a dessert. Sweet Tomatoes, which goes by the name Souplantation
in California, is legitimately one of the best all-you-can-eat options in the nation. Open for either lunch or dinner, this is the
place to go if you want a buffet with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Their salad bar is fantastic, as they even
have special salads that change each month, along with nuts, croutons, and seeds to add
a yummy crunch to your salad. Sweet Tomatoes also has some of the best soups
you will find at a buffet restaurant, as well as a bakery section that features really good
muffins and breads. The only real flaw for Sweet Tomatoes is crowd
management, so it’s best to visit during off-peak hours. Sirloin Stockade has been around since 1966,
and unlike many other chain buffets, they seem to be getting better and better. Their all-you-can-eat hot buffet has filling
entrees including pasta and cooked-to-perfection steak. The meat quality here is surprisingly high. In their cold buffet, Sirloin Stockade has
a top notch salad bar with fresh vegetables. What may end up being your favorite aspect
is the bakery, where they have cakes, multiple types of pies, and rolls. They also have ice cream and a vast choice
of toppings, and everyone knows that’s a must for a real buffet. While all-you-can-eat pizza places usually
underwhelm, Shakey’s Pizza is an exception as they’ve been able to maintain the same
high standards throughout the years. This is one place that won’t disappoint if
you decide to visit due to nostalgia. In fact, it’ll be just like you remember. You can taste the difference in their pizza
dough, which is prepared fresh every day and is never frozen. The mozzarella cheese on the pizza is also
tasty and a step up from the competition. If you like dessert pizza, Shakey’s has you
covered with plenty of sweetness to select from. Bonus? Their Mojo Potatoes are famous for a reason,
and their fried chicken is crispy and yummy. Sizzler has had its ups and downs over the
60-plus years it’s been in business. From iconic eatery to bankruptcy, these days
Sizzler doesn’t have many locations in the United States — but the ones they do have
are actually serving really good food. Unfortunately, only some of them are still
all-you-can-eat buffets. “What happened to the stakes they had in their
when they closed?” “Do you think they got eaten?” Still, we recommend you locate one because,
if you haven’t been in a while, you’ll be surprised at how good at all tastes. Keep an eye out as Sizzler will sometimes
offer all-you-can-eat entrees like shrimp, steak, or ribs. That’s a great time to visit and get your
fill. Your Sizzler might not look like it did in
the ’90s, but it will still be darn good. A relative newcomer to the all-you-can-eat
buffet scene, HuHot Mongolian Grill has their own tasty twist. After paying for the lunch price or the dinner
price depending on the time of day, you get a bowl and get to work. In your bowl, you place your choice of protein,
noodles, vegetables, and sauce. The most popular protein options include meat,
chicken, and shrimp. Once you’re finished picking the items for
your bowl, you head to the grill where your food is cooked for you. Still hungry? Start the process all over again! When you combine quantity of options and quality
of food, no all you-you-can-eat buffet can touch Golden Corral. While it’s not the best food on the planet,
you are sure to find something you like. You can find it all here, with timeless favorites
including bacon wrapped sirloin filets, smoked beef short ribs, boneless buffalo chicken
wings, sweet and sour pork, baked fish with lemon herb sauce, and many more. Golden Corral has an incomparable carving
station and a salad bar complete with all types of fruits and vegetables. They also have delicious soups, freshly baked
breads and other goodies in their bakery, and a dessert bar that will have you coming
back for seconds and thirds. Maybe even fourths. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 Comments

  1. Pizza Hut sucks. Very low quality pizza on the buffet. I ate there and complained to Pizza Hut and they contacted me and the manager of the one I ate at contacted me and offered a free buffet and apologized. That is a plus for them, they tried to resolve the situation, but I did not take them up on the free meal. I did however go back about 1.5 years later to the same Pizza Hut and it was just as bad or worse. Pizza Hut sucks.

  2. Yeah Hometown Buffet is just a shell of its former self. The cleanliness is god awful the two near me. Absolutely disgusting. I also agree, Shakey's has a really good buffet.

  3. Golden Corral is the worst! Tried a few locations in our area and they were all bad. would rather eat at Cici's which was low on the list.

  4. I'm glad buffets are slowly going out of business. So much food is wasted at these places and they keep Americans thicc but not in the good way

  5. If Golden Corral is the best on that list, that tells me everything I need to know. The last time I went there was the last time.

  6. Golden Corral?? I haven't been back since last time they had a foodborne illness. Prior to that issue, I ate there with family and nothing was really that good, with lackluster flavor. The only thing that was worth eating was the fried chicken. Haven't been back for years…

  7. I wasnt born when Golden Corral was in long Island
    But one day we went to North Carolina and we went there
    It was amazing and now I want it

  8. Sizzler was very popular in New York. The ones near me closed years ago and all the CiCi's restaurants in New York state closed because of labor costs/minimum wage, meaning they don't want to pay their workers more.

  9. Golden Corral is disgusting. If you want good all you can eat type restaurant Paula Deens is very good. It isn’t a buffet though, it’s family style but they keep bringing it until you say you’re finished.

  10. You should consider doing a Canadian version of this video! I'd love to see how you would rank Mandarin and Frankie Tomatto's!

  11. I miss Home Town Buffet it used to be my favorite place to go with my family and I loved that they used to have a cake station where they would serve you any kind of cake you wanted and their ice cream and ice cream toppings were the best, I also loved the food I used to get roast beef with mac n cheese and mashed potatoes with gravy and their chicken cream soup was the best I lived in Ft. Lauderdale for some time as a kid and that was really close to my parents job so we would go eat there and have some good food but sadly there aren't any locations left in Florida and last time I went it wasn't as good as I remembered and the service wasn't the same

  12. Golden Corral is simply GROSS!! I have tried them several times over the past few years before calling it quits entirely as they got worse and worse.

  13. I liked Old Country Buffet & Ryans. They were good. I think Mashed is expecting too much from an all you can eat establishment.

  14. I prefer non chain buffets. They are cleaner and fresher. If you want all you can eat the best bet is a casino. Pun intended

  15. Golden Corral is the worst restaurant on the planet. I was going to maybe try some of the other places until you said Golden Corral was good.

  16. Golden Corral is my area has had numerous issues. Like a rat's head in some soup and worse. So how in blazes are they considered good? Umm, you own video contradicts this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4UZTbJNItA

  17. Tbh I’m from Metro Atlanta originally and I’ll say Ryan’s was good in the beginning same with Fire Mountain the other name for them, but as time went around 2007/2008 they tasted like crap never went back glad to see them gone from existence, Western Sizzling or Sizzler horrible buffet, worst place I ate at in my life couldn’t hold a candle to Ryan’s, Fire Mountain, or Golden Corral at all! 🤮🤢 Cici’s Pizza and Pizza Hut buffet delicious yummy, another pizza buffets not mentioned Stevi B’s or Mr. Gatti’s good alternatives but still cannot hold a candle to Cici’s or Pizza Hut buffet at all, then of course KFC and Popeyes of Panama City, Florida also had a buffet as well, which I now live in Panama City Beach Florida Anyways KFC is nasty in all terms of food, but Popeyes buffet disgusting compared to the regular menu! 🤮 Anyhow Golden Corral was my favorite buffet besides Cici’s and Pizza Hut for a little while but sadly is now disgusting as well. 😞 But the other names on this list never heard of or went to at all, Paulding County, Georgia only had the following in business: Western Sizzler from the late 90’s to about 2001 or 2002 to be exact, Ryan’s same thing until 2016 after I moved to Florida the year before that, and Stevi B’s still open, where the other areas had Cici’s and Golden Corral along with this other names, and Pizza Hut in Dallas, Georgia on Merchants Drive across from Ingles still is open with a buffet of course! 😋 And Panama City, Florida to my knowledge had: Ryan’s/Fire Mountain, and Golden Corral, and Cici’s Pizza, which Golden Corral and Cici’s are still open along with Pizza Hut on 23rd Street next to Chevron and across from Krystals also has a buffet as well, then in Panama City Beach only has Cici’s Pizza, and still does! 😁 Unless any local native from PCB that is on YouTube tells me otherwise! 🧐

  18. Golden Corral is utter trash. The only chains on this list in my area are Cici's and Golden Corral, both of which are garbage

  19. And I forgot to add Shoney’s is nasty, they had one in Douglasville, Georgia on Highway 5, Fairburn Road, and Thornton Road in Lithia Springs, Georgia I have a faint memory of it, the one on Highway 5 burned down was Williams Brothers Bqq, then became Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse, the one on Fairburn Road became Kenny’s Home Cooking, burned down recently after I moved to Florida of course, heard its now becoming a Burger King! 🤣😂🤦🏻‍♂️ Then Thornton Road closed recently after I moved as well, some home cooking place is there now too, but yes Panama City Beach at Pier Park has one still, nasty, went to it twice won’t go back or maybe 3 times either way, I’m surprised it’s still open considering tourists rather have better food and pay more! 🤣

  20. Cook your own food….No food taste good anymore…..Some of it doesn't even have a smell to it…. Golden Corral dish are not clean go at your own risk…..

  21. Golden corral when it was opening for the day was the perfect place to go to after the gym. I wouldn't go when its packed though.

  22. What alternate reality are you in? Have you actually been there to review the places or just read whats pumped out onto a script?

  23. A lot of this video is wrong. I have gone to at least 2/3rds of the places that were in this video. To shorten it up for everyone Pizza Ranch is the best pizza buffet. Everything is good and has lots of flavors. I have gone there many times and still have not found one problem. Golden Corral is a pigsty. The Bathroom and the 1/2 that is closest to the bathroom smells like nothing else you have smelt before as if they have not cleaned sentences last month. Their prices are pretty bad. The servers there are mostly not the best people. Most of there food has been there for way longer then it should, some times you will see bugs flying around the food. There is a fountain for caromel and chocolate that they let anyone use and put anything in it included young kids to put there hands or whatever in there too which I don't know about you but for me I don't want kids hands that could have who knows what in this thing only to when any has not been you go back up for anyone else to use. Pizza Hut mostly sucks with bland pizza that would be better if I get a freezer pizza. Old Country Buffet was the best overall buffet till it closed. Everything was good, the price, the food, the servers, and the overall experience. CICIS is ok. The food is overall pretty good. They need to clean a bit better. The prices are avg.
    I would really like to see the facts and proof you have on this video.

    For which is the best I would say Old Country Buffet but that is gone so for the best that still is open would be Pizza Ranch.

  24. never heard of most of these places. i do like golden coral (even tho my mom gets sick every time we go. claims its the smell)
    but me and my friends will fuck up BDs mogolian grill which is basically a hunans even down to the round cooking top. i once bet the dude 5 bucks he couldnt break all 3 of my eggs at once with the metal sword tongs. the mad lad did it first try.

  25. You seriously believe that Golden Corral is the best all you can eat buffet?! Are you kidding me?! You now have lost all credibility in my opinion!

  26. How much did golden coral pay you to put them on the top of the list? GC should have been right after shoneys, or right before…

  27. The person who made this didn't go to New Vegas and try out their buffets. In addition, this individual probably didn't watch any videos from "All You Can Vegas."

  28. My brother and I would go to Hometown Buffet in San Diego on a yearly basis on our trip there. There were six restaurants about three years ago. Three of them closed in such a close time frame from each other. The regular Hometown Buffet we went to was still open, and the staff stated it happened quickly, and they were not even aware the other three were going to close down. Now this year 2019, we found out the one we frequented on our trips has also closed down. San Diego now only has two Hometown Buffet left. I am guessing in the next five years, both will close up shop for good.

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