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    Restaurant Portion Sizes and All You Can Eat Buffets

    So in threads about obesity that often pop up, one thing that is always mentioned is how the US has much bigger portion sizes in restaurants in general than a few European countries and others. From my understanding not only are portion sizes smaller in Europe but meals cost more as well. Why would someone go out to eat somewhere and leave hungry because they arent served enough food.

    In my opinion, most restaurants in the US serve exactly the right amount of food (with the exception of those tapas or gastronomy places where they bring you bite sized dishes). If youre paying money for a meal, when you are done eating there should always be leftovers to take home. If not, youre getting stiffed and leaving hungry.

    And my second question. Is the US the only country where all you can eat restaurants are a common thing? We have AYCE places everywhere here. Everything from Chinese Places(well the average Americans idea of Chinese anyway), Home Cooking style food, Seafood, Pizza, all have AYCE buffets you can go to. It feels great to spend $10 to $15 and eat till you cant move. Its a great Value!

    From googling, this appears to be a visual representation of a US meal, VS and European meal.



    The one on the left is a US meal, the middle is a US kids meal, and the right one is a European meal. If I ate the right one, Id be hungry an hour later, if it even sated me at all
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    I've never been hungry because of not being served enough food. I often have to leave food on the plate because it's too much to eat.

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    Anyone who eats "till you cant move" is a greedy pig, gluttony is a vile vice.

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    only in the ussr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Child of Curiosity View Post
    I've never been hungry because of not being served enough food. I often have to leave food on the plate because it's too much to eat.
    Yup, get more than enough usually.

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    I had this old uncle, the kind of person who nobody quite knew what he did for a living, he would go to all you can eat buffets and smuggle out food.

    There's an all you can eat Chinese place here and it's wonderful in almost every way. It's always packed with customers a lot of which are fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH816 View Post
    Anyone who eats "till you cant move" is a greedy pig, gluttony is a vile vice.
    Only if you do it for every meal. When youre paying for all you can eat, youre supposed to get your money's worth and eat more food than the value of what you payed

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH816 View Post
    Anyone who eats "till you cant move" is a greedy pig, gluttony is a vile vice.
    It hurts so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orlong View Post
    Only if you do it for every meal. When youre paying for all you can eat, youre supposed to get your money's worth and eat more food than the value of what you payed
    All you can eat is exactly as it says on the tin, European AYCE places won't suddenly boot you out after 1 plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orlong View Post
    From googling, this appears to be a visual representation of a US meal, VS and European meal.



    The one on the left is a US meal, the middle is a US kids meal, and the right one is a European meal. If I ate the right one, Id be hungry an hour later, if it even sated me at all
    Not anywhere I've been...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre-Z View Post
    Not anywhere I've been...
    Yeah he is pulling facts out of his ass, the one on the far right is a kids meal, it even has kiddies cutlery.

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    AYCE is supposed to be about sampling the variety of choices on the buffet not gorging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH816 View Post
    Yeah he is pulling facts out of his ass, the one on the far right is a kids meal, it even has kiddies cutlery.
    That isn't kid's cutlery, that's European safety cutlery, used so that we don't stab the people at the next table in the restaurant due to being starved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH816 View Post
    Yeah he is pulling facts out of his ass, the one on the far right is a kids meal, it even has kiddies cutlery.
    Here is the original pic I found with the words on it. They are just hard to read because its small.



    Im guessing the kids cutlery is on the right one because regular cutlery wouldnt fit the plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammondQ View Post
    AYCE is supposed to be about sampling the variety of choices on the buffet not gorging.
    No, that would be a tasting bar or tapas place. All you can eat means that you are supposed to eat until you cannot eat anymore, hence the name "ALL you can eat"

    I still havent gotten a yes or no answer though to whether AYCE places are primarily a USA thing

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    I reject your interpretation of AYCE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orlong View Post
    Here is the original pic I found with the words on it. They are just hard to read because its small.



    Im guessing the kids cutlery is on the right one because regular cutlery wouldnt fit the plate

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    No, that would be a tasting bar or tapas place. All you can eat means that you are supposed to eat until you cannot eat anymore, hence the name "ALL you can eat"

    I still havent gotten a yes or no answer though to whether AYCE places are primarily a USA thing
    The plate on the right is still not the "European portion".

    We have plenty of buffee restaurants over here as well.

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    lot of people dont realize how much food we as americans eat and how much we WASTE. AYCE is a great idea, you get a good value for 10$ average for dinner you can eat till you are good till morning, you are full and it usually is very satisfying....and fattening. Everything they serve at those places are deep fried, or made in the most unhealthy ways, its all fast food basically it just looks better and tastes better, all about presentation.

    Chinese food is especially bad, the vegetables are pracitcally boiled in oil and everything is battered, fish, shrimp or chicken, all in a golden tasty batter...

    In Las Vegas its like the capital of food places, 100's even 1000's exist along the strip, along the areas where there are casinos, most are even FREE to entice you in to gamble, you pay 1 fee and get all you can eat food and gamble spend more money...

    Its all a money making scheme, they fatten us up, give us really tasty food, you come back and eat again, over and over..cuz its cheap and many believe its the best value because of the economy and how much groceries are...you can spend 20$ on 1 or 2 meals for your family, or spend 30$ and eat enough food for the entire day, and its not hamburger helper or ramen...pass the crab ragoons....i'm hungry now.

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    So, I'd say the picture is probably wrong/right. It may be correct in super fancy restaurants with small portion sizes that are more designed for taste than actual filling. But for a normal restaurant our portion sizes are roughly just less than yours, and whenever I go out I'd say everyone is satisfied.

    But yes there are a few all you can eats, they tend to be... not very good, cheap shit you can mass produce and throw at plates.

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    Am I the only one who doesn't enjoy feeling completely stuffed? I always feel inclined to eat what is in front of me and I would never want to tip food from a restaurant into a plastic bag and take home with me so I prefer an average sized meal that satisfies me without making groan and ugh than I do getting as much food as I can for my money... Your going out for a meal, your focus should be to enjoy the meal not get the most for your money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommo View Post

    But yes there are a few all you can eats, they tend to be... not very good, cheap shit you can mass produce and throw at plates.
    Considering it's about the same way here most time, I can't see a reason it needs to be mentioned, you know?

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