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When is ALL YOU CAN EAT "all you can eat"?
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well last I checked all you can eat meant "All you can eat." As in I get as many plates until my stomach is about to explode. When I got to "All you can eat" restaurants, you know what I do? I eat until I can't eat anymore! I mean that's the service I'm paying for right?

Making rules like only two plates per meal is bogus and not what's advertised at all. You might as well say seconds are free or something.
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all you can eat is where you pay a set amount of money for a meal package to where you eat as much as you please.
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Anybody have a real answer here? This is kind of an interesting question. What I mean is that people here on CR can debate the meaning of "all" or whatever forever, but how this question actually plays out in reality may be a matter for lawyers and case law (which might well vary from country to country, or even between different jurisdictions within a country). All-you-can-eat restaurants have been around a long time, and surely someone by now has already tried to test out whether "all you can eat" really is ALL you can eat in court. A brief Yahoo! and Google search on my part pulls up numerous references to the same three incidents (the one in the U.K. the OP linked to, a sushi bar in L.A. sued by a diabetic who said he couldn't eat the rice, and some fish place in the U.S. who cut off a customer after 12 pieces or something), but no real resolution. Any lawyers out there who can weigh in on the discussion here?

(Incidentally, we've a lot of all-you-can-eat sushi places here in Reno, and they're not bad at all-- some are quite good in fact. In all the places I've been, there are up-front rules in place about eating the rice with the fish (AYCE sashimi can be had also, but for a higher price), AND there's a time limit, typically one hour. I've never had a problem being satisfied, indeed overly stuffed, within one hour.)
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theres a brazillian steak house by me (fogo de choa i think its spelled) or texas de brazil in illinois, all you can eat meat. good meat. lamb pork,ribs, filet. and its good. 70 bucks a person, but i swear i eat more than that each time i go.
Posted 10/6/12 , edited 10/6/12
I think it merely refers to the maximum amount of food you can stomach within the time limit given to you by the restaurant for the given price. No take-outs is obvious, and not wasting food, drink, and utensils on purpose should also be a given.

If I owned an AYCE restaurant, I'd make it so that it isn't a buffet. I'd intentionally make my waiters slow down a little bit so food has time to settle in people's stomachs. I'd also charge enough, but not a low enough price to get me ripped off by every eater. I'd also try to obtain ingredients from sources that give me good deals without compromising quality too much.
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Posted 10/6/12
When you're full, don't make a fool out of yourself.
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29 / M / St. Louis, Misery
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Posted 10/6/12
America is fat.
Posted 10/6/12 , edited 10/6/12

sasakibomb wrote:

Myself, I go for 1-3 plates. I'm not that much of an eater in restaurants.


You must be American if you think 1-3 plates isn't that much.


This sort of marketing happens everywhere. You see so many "unlimited*" everywhere, the star being the trick. No one gives you unlimited anything. Even the somewhat true unlimited ISPs will cut your service if you're using your internet too much.
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25 / M / California
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Posted 10/6/12

underlock wrote:


sasakibomb wrote:

Myself, I go for 1-3 plates. I'm not that much of an eater in restaurants.


You must be American if you think 1-3 plates isn't that much.


This sort of marketing happens everywhere. You see so many "unlimited*" everywhere, the star being the trick. No one gives you unlimited anything. Even the somewhat true unlimited ISPs will cut your service if you're using your internet too much.


Or a lousy Asian like me who will occasionally scoop up some of the food in a hidden container to bring home. Then again, I usually don't bother with AYCE unless the restaurant is great. If it is, I'll be too full to think about scooping up food secretly. And if it's too bad, I won't even eat in the first place.
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25 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Posted 10/6/12
It's not a good idea to eat until full...

I only take two plates maximum... and then some desserts and fruit salad.
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21 / M / Australia
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Posted 10/6/12
Sizzlers, bro. Buy a sizzling steak with the extra (I can't remember the word right now) and you just destroy it, they have desserts and main dishes like Spag bog and Potato bake. And then you have salads and soups and the drinks too. Wicked place, I eat like 4 plates when I go. Delicious
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Posted 10/6/12
I think it basically means to eat until you can't eat anymore. XD But I sometimes see people mouthing down 7 plates of food at all you can eat restraunts. I personally don't eat more than a plate and a half or I know I would be sick.
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Posted 10/6/12 , edited 10/6/12
I don't know about what the rest of you are saying, but as for this being legal or not. I think you'll find that in the entrance of most "All you can eat's" there is a piece of paper covered with tiny writing. You agree to the rules on this paper the moment you step into the establishment, so presuming it say's that they have the right to ban/stop customers from eating (most do) on there it would be legal.

So the answer "All you can eat" is never infact all you can eat. No owner worth his two cents would make their "all you can eat" actually all you can eat, there is always going to be ways to get rid of people they don't want.

Despite that if your not over the top who really cares.
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25 / M / UofL; Louisville, KY
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Posted 10/6/12

wolfsaiga wrote:

its in one sitting, there are people who are broke goes in and rotate eating all day. while they spend time talking all they want while someone eats. honestly buffet places usually range would usually aim for under eaters. they don't have the right to ban them like that, unless law give them power to do so.


They can refuse anyone's business for any reason. They can also kick you out if they don't like you. Example someone who runs a coffee shop kicked a cop out because he doesn't like cops, nothing they can do to him because they know it's his business.
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25 / F / Georgia
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Posted 10/6/12
Not sure if banning someone for eating too much at an all-you-can-eat buffet is right, but if they wanted to make sure everyone wanted to get food for this special, they should have set up rules and limits for every table.
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