Friday, January 15, 2016

Time for the Rules... Again!

It is a new year and it is time to drag out the Rules of the Buffet. I so wish that some of the buffets would take this list - you can use it with my compliments as long as you give credit - and put it up in their restaurant where it well be seen when customers are coming in. Not only would it make for a much for enjoyable dining experience for the customers but it would save a lot of effort on the part of the restaurant dealing with what happens when some of these rules are not followed.

Once again - here are "The Rules of Buffet Dining".


1. All you can eat is not a challenge. It is an offer!

2. There is no limit to the number of times that you can go up and get food.

3. Take your food in courses - as you would be served if ordering from a menu.

4. Everyone must pay!

5. No food is permitted to be taken out of the restaurant.

6. Take only what you will eat - do not waste food.

7. For a more social meal, it is polite to wait for the others at the table to finish their plates and then go up together to get more.

8. Take a clean plate every time that you go up to the buffet tables.

9. If you put it on your plate, leave it there. Never return food to the serving tray.

10. Never eat at the buffet tables!

11. Children under 12 should not be going up to the buffet tables alone.

12. The buffet table is not a cafeteria line.

13. Tip the server.

14. Never take a serving piece from one item and use it for another item.

15. Never place your dirty plates on someone else's table.

16. Never use your silverware to serve yourself from the buffet trays.

17. Once you have gotten what you want, don't stand around the buffet tables. Move on back to your table.

18. Children should remain seated through the meal.

19. Do not fill community plates for the "table". Each should take their own plate of what they wish to eat.

20. If you cough or sneeze into your hand, please do not use that hand to pick up the serving utensils.

21. In the buffet, as in any restaurant, children (and adults) should use their inside voices.

22. Don't talk on your cell phone while you are getting your food at the buffet tables.

23. Never bring an animal into the buffet. (this is not referring to medical guide dogs)

24. Never put your hands into a serving tray.

25. Tell your children not to put their hands into a serving tray - and make sure that they do not!

26. Do not carry on a conversation throughout dinner with the people at the tables around you.

27. Do not put anything back into a serving tray that has dropped onto the serving counter - and never put anything back into a serving tray (whether from the counter or your dish) with your fingers.

28. Never put the serving utensil, whether it a spoon, fork, or tongs, up to your nose to smell the food that you have taken out of the serving tray.

29. Do not eat while walking with your plate back to your table.

If you take a plate, bowl, cup, or piece of silverware and you decide you don't want it, do not put it back on the stack of clean dishes or back with the clean silverware. Take it back to your table or put it on the side of the stack where it will not be taken as clean.  

1 comment:

Art said...

Hey, have not read you in a long time... just got all caught up. :)

I found a buffet near me that I think you might be interested in.. the only problem is, they're only open for lunch.

Remember when you visited the Golden Corral in Freehold, NJ? It is practically across the street from there. The name of the restaurant is "Lemon". I know, funny name for a restaurant. "Boy, I sure hope this place isn't a lemon".. ha ha.

Anyway, their cuisine is "Mediterranean". Check out the website at From their website:

We expertly bring together cuisine from Italy, France, Spain, Morocco and Greece using only the freshest and finest ingredients.

The lunch buffet is served from noon to 2:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and the cost is $10.95. I have not been there yet, but if you look at their regular menu, you will get some idea of the dishes that might be served:

So, if you are in the Freehold area again, this might be something you might want to check out... it's different. Reminds me of that European buffet you loved in North Brunswick, although I've never been there, either.

Lemon is located on the northbound side of Rt. 9, just north of Perkins Pancakes. The restaurant has been there for a number of years. Previously, it housed an Indian restaurant.

Telling you about this one because it's vastly different than most other buffets.