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14 Buffet Goers Are Sharing Their Top Hacks To Get The Most Out Of Your Meal

May 5, 2021 174 votes 32 voters14 items

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Ah yes, an American favorite, the "all you can eat" buffet. If you live in a big city, you probably have many buffet options to choose from, and they'll offer different things in terms of food, quality and price. If you've ever wondered how you can get the absolute most out of your buffet meal, see the top hacks these buffet goers are sharing!

  • 1

    Like 1, 2, 3!

    From Redditor /u/Perihelion_

    #1 Positioning, close to the buffet. Minimizing plate travel time and ensuring the prime position for refills.

    #2 The first round. Just one of each item. This is the introductory taster plate. We don't want to use stomach space on non-tasty items.

    #3 Returning to the station for round 2, maximize high value items e.g. prawns, over low value bulk foods such as rice or noodles. Remember, the aim here is not simply to have a satisfying meal out, the ultimate aim, is to beat the buffet.

    Good hack?
  • 2

    Smaller Portions For A Bigger Reward

    From Redditor /u/tmstms

    Get as small a portion of each thing as possible.

    That way, you can go back many times.

    Watch the food deck like a hawk. Go and get something when a new portion comes out.

    Dishes that are sitting around become a bit crap.

    Good hack?
  • 3

    A Hack For Your Stomach

    From Redditor /u/TheSpecificRandomer

    Don't go in with a completely empty stomach. Don't fast for hours and hours beforehand. Have a starter an hour or so before to get prepared. I find that way my stomach is empty but ready for a good filling. Then nom nom nom.

    Good hack?
  • 4

    Value Vs. Quantity

    From Redditor /u/Big_Chief_Wah_Wah

    Depends on the type of buffet. I usually go for maximum value rather than quantity. At Asian buffets, this tends to mean sushi if it's available,  and I go overboard (pun intended) on the cheeseboard.

    Good hack?