That's exactly how mine is - huge salad bar, soup bar (broth based), a lot of steamed veggies, and u-peel 'em shrimp and raw oysters.
So when I go there, I actually can do multiple trips and still make out pretty good. I just have something small before I go so I'm not starving, lol I found out the hard way that when I am starving I will inhale anything and everything ;)
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Depending on the buffet you go to they can be a perfectly healthy choice, but of course you have to decide what to eat when you go, but that is true of any meal choice.
Each one has its own variety, but the big buffets close to me have a Mongolian grill (where they cook the raw food you give them). I have them leave off the soy and so all I get is sauteed veggies and meat.
They also have large salad tables, as well as a carving station part of the time with pretty lean roast beef. Add to that peel and eat shrimp and a couple of steamed veggies and you have a great meal.
Buffets in general are not a good thing for weight control. They are very carefully designed to get you to eat huge amounts of the cheapest, least nutritious foods. You tell yourself that you'll have sushi, soup, and steamed crab, but then you walk past the table with the fried stuff, and instinct takes over-- "Oh, I'm just going to have one or two of these crab rangoon and one eggroll. That's nothing compared to what everyone else is eating, and I did pay for it already."
It's just against human nature to take less when it's all one price. If you really want a restaurant with lots of options, opt for a cafeteria-style place where you can choose whatever you want but you pay separately for each item.
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Chinese buffets are my nemesis. I love them SO much, but they made me gain 10 lbs over the holidays. ;) The trick to controlling the damage is the salad bar. Hit that FIRST, and always make half your plate something vegetable. Easy on the pastas, they're a big calorie hit, and encourage you to overeat.
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We never, ever go to buffets any more, especially chinese buffets..they are ridiculously overpriced (getting chinese takeout is FAR more economical if you really want the food) and seeing people gorge themselves made my husband and I ill.
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Went to a Chinese buffet with the kids last night. Tried to eat healthy, but the vegetable choices seemed to come wrapped in noodles and most things were saucy. To be fair to the restaurant, there was a stir-fry grill, which I saw on the way out--going there if we hit this restaurant again.
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