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Head of Red Lobster Replaced After All-You-Can-Eat Failure
Associated Press ^ | 9/24/03 | Richard Gibson

Posted on 09/24/2003 8:19:05 PM PDT by jimbo123

DES MOINES, Iowa (Dow Jones/AP) - Darden Restaurants Inc. Wednesday said it had replaced the head of Red Lobster, its biggest chain, after an all-you-can-eat crab promotion went awry.

Darden President and Chief Operating Officer Dick Rivera will succeed Edna Morris as president of Red Lobster.

Morris, who had been in that job just 18 months, left to pursue other interests, the company said.

Darden executives said Red Lobster management had badly miscalculated how many times customers would refill their plates after paying $20 for an "endless" crab entree. Meanwhile, crab prices were going up, sending the profit margin crashing.

"It wasn't the second helping on all-you-can-eat but the third," said company chairman Joe R. Lee on a conference call.

"And maybe the fourth," added Rivera.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; crab; failure; promotions; redlobster
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To: jimbo123
I ate there once and will not return!
101 posted on 09/25/2003 2:08:37 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: rftc
I think that's pretty much the consensus opinion of everybody who has ever had the misfortune of eating there.
102 posted on 09/25/2003 2:19:45 PM PDT by metesky (("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: AmishDude
All I ask is that they better de-vein the shrimp. They don't do that in many of the chinese buffets. Also, one has to wonder about the quality of mass quantities of food.
103 posted on 09/25/2003 3:23:19 PM PDT by cyborg (member in good standing of the Tinfoil Hat Society)
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To: jimbo123
Talk about not knowing your customer base. Reb Lobster goers are not there because they prefer quality over quantity. They're there to stuff their gullets with rubbery "seafood."
104 posted on 09/25/2003 4:21:12 PM PDT by MattAMiller
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To: KneelBeforeZod
LOL!

The Simpsons - always the best.

105 posted on 09/25/2003 5:16:39 PM PDT by dagnabbit (No Amnesty-Merger with Mexico)
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To: Old Professer
"Sounds more like a way-station for indentured immigrant workers than a legitimate restaurant."

We've wondered that. They speak NO English, no even a rudimentary amount. I asked one waitress if an item was new...she just stared at me, I simplified it "Is this new?" she still just stared at me and shook her head.

We crack jokes that the Triads must be moving in a new batch of illegals on another container vessel, but it may be actually what's going on!

Ed
106 posted on 09/26/2003 12:04:46 AM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: dennisw; dighton
The Chinese buffets seem to make it work.

Not for some people they don't.

http://www.johnpinette.com/clips/chinesebuffet.wma

107 posted on 09/26/2003 6:57:22 AM PDT by Stultis
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To: dennisw
Dunno. The Chinese buffets seem to make it work. Some have snow crab legs and you can eat as many as you want.

Super King Buffet and Emerald Coast restaurants. YUMMIE!!!

108 posted on 09/26/2003 9:37:28 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: dennisw
Ocean City, Maryland! That's where we lived when I was born. My dad used to dig up clams at the beach and mix them into my milk and baby food. Probably not a smart thing to do from a health perspective but I believe it did give me a lifelong hungering for seafood---especially clams and oysters.
109 posted on 09/26/2003 9:40:49 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: Hunble
Crab is too difficult to eat (you have to work for it) and most people are not willing to spend their asking price.

You need special scissors to open up the crab shells, especially their legs. Some restaurants provide such scissors and with others you just have to bring your own.

110 posted on 09/26/2003 9:45:12 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: Held_to_Ransom
On the other hand, one of my favorite places to go out in the Amish country is an 'all you can eat' smorgasbord where lunch is under 8 dollars, and dinner about 12.

That sounds like an "Amish" smorg I know in Shipshewana, IN. I put "Amish" in quotes since even though it is billed as an Amish restaurant, why was my "Amish" waitress wearing a cellphone?

111 posted on 09/26/2003 9:48:11 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: dennisw
Cool, thanks.
112 posted on 09/26/2003 9:50:34 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: dennisw
That Ocean City, MD buffet menu is impressive UNTIL you see the Emerald Coast Buffet menu that we have right here in Broward County. Take a look:

The following is only a guideline of what is normally served. Management reserves the right to change any of the items offered without notice.

Gourmet Center

Mon - Fri Lunch Weekend Brunch Mon - Thurs Dinner Fri - Sun Dinner
Sushi Bar California Roll
Florida Roll
Cucumber Roll
Vegetable Roll
Grilled Salmon Roll
California Roll
Florida Roll
Cucumber Roll
Vegetable Roll
Grilled Salmon Roll
California Roll
Florida Roll
Vegetable Roll
Seasonal Seafood Rolls:
     Tuna, Eel, Grilled 
     Salmon, JB, Dynamite
California Roll
Florida Roll
Vegetable Roll
Rice Pockets
Seasonal Seafood Rolls:
     Tuna, Eel, Grilled 
     Salmon, Spider, JB, etc
Sashimi: Salmon, Tuna, 
     Snapper, Octopus
Grill Chicken Teriyaki
Smoked Sausage
Garlic Bread
Chicken Teriyaki
Salmon Steaks
Smoked Sausage
Chicken Teriyaki
Salmon Steaks
Smoked Sausage
Steak Teriyaki
Chicken Teriyaki
Salmon Steaks
Grilled Mahi Mahi
Carving Station CLOSED CLOSED Hand Carved Prime Rib Hand Carved Prime Rib
Hot Entrees Orange Chicken
Shrimp & Lobster Sauce
Barbecue Ribs
Almond Chicken w/ Veg.
Black Pepper Steak
Shrimp Tempura
Imitation Scallop Tempura
Szechuan Chicken
BBQ Pork & Broccoli
Tofu w/ Mixed Vegetables
Sesame Chicken
Meatballs w/ Black Bean
     Sauce
Szechuan Tofu
Kung Pao Chicken
Szechuan Eggplant
Egg Rolls
Ja-Doo Chicken Wings
Sauteed Mushrooms
Shanghai Noodles
Salt & Pepper Snapper
Orange Chicken
Shrimp & Lobster Sauce
Barbecue Ribs
Ja-Doo Chicken Wings
Bacon
Honey Garlic Spare Ribs
Sesame Chicken
Black Pepper Steak
Sauteed Mushrooms
Mussels w/ Black Bean
     Sauce
Szechuan Chicken
Meatball w/ Green Pepper
Imitation Scallop Tempura
Kung Pao Chicken
Shanghai Noodles
Tofu w/ Mixed Vegetables
BBQ Pork & Broccoli
Egg Rolls
Almond Chicken w/ Veg.
Salt & Pepper Snapper
Snow Crab Legs in Garlic
     Butter
Shrimp & Lobster Sauce
Barbecue Ribs
Ja-Doo Chicken Wings
Szechuan Chicken
Honey Garlic Spare Ribs
Sesame Chicken
Egg Roll
Spring Roll
Black Pepper Steak
Szechuan Eggplant
Messels w/ Black Bean
     Sauce
Pot Stickers
Meatball w/ Green Pepper
Shanghai Noodles
Duck Breast w/ Sweet
     Potato
Tofu w/ Mixed Vegetables
Imitation Scallop Tempura
Orange Chicken
Peking Pork Chops
Snow Crab Legs in Garlic
     Butter
Shrimp & Lobster Sauce
Breaded Jumbo Shrimp
Barbecue Ribs
BBQ Pork & Broccoli
Seafood Delight
Sesame Chicken
Peking Pork Chops
Honey Garlic Spare Ribs
Szechuan Eggplant
Orange Chicken
Black Pepper Steak
Duck Breast w/ Sweet
     Potato
Mussels w/ Black Bean
     Sauce
Pot Stickers
Stuffed Crab Claws
Egg Rolls
Ja-Doo Chicken Wings
Spring Rolls
Shanghai Noodles
Salt & Pepper Snapper
Soups Hot & Sour Soup
Won Ton Soup
Egg Drop Soup
Hot & Sour Soup
Won Ton Soup
Egg Drop Soup
Seafood Chowder
Japanese Miso Soup
Sweet Corn and Chicken
     Soup
Hot & Sour Soup
Won Ton Soup
Egg Drop Soup
Seafood Chowder
Japanese Miso Soup
Sweet Corn and Chicken
     Soup
Hot & Sour Soup
Won Ton Soup
Egg Drop Soup
Desserts Black Forest Cake
Home Made Almond 
     Cookies
Napolean
Cheese Cake
Honey Twist
Fresh Cut Fruit
Fresh Cut Fruit Salad
Jello
Flan
Chocolate Cake
Almond Jello & Mandarin
     Orange
Coconut Cake
Chocolate Strawberries or
     Bananas
Black Forest Cake
Home Made Almond 
     Cookies
Coconut Tarts
Cheese Cake
Honey Twist
Key Lime Pie
Fresh Cut Fruit
Fresh Cut Fruit Salad
Jello
Strawberry Short Cake
Flan
Coconut Cake
Chocolate Strawberries or
     Bananas
Fresh Fruit Tarts
Napolean
Black Forest Cake
Home Made Almond 
     Cookies
Coconut Tarts
Cheese Cake
Honey Twist
Key Lime Pie
Strawberry Short Cake
Fresh Cut Fruit Salad
Flan
Fresh Cut Fruits
Chocolate Strawberries or
     Bananas
Fresh Fruit Tarts
Mochachino Cake
Marble Cheesecake
Home Made Almond 
     Cookies
Coconut Tarts
Cheese Cake
Honey Twist
Tiramisu Cake
Strawberry Short Cake
Fresh Cut Fruit Salad
Flan
Fresh Cut Fruit
Ice Cream
Make your own Sundae
Vanilla
Amaretto Almond (Sugar
     Free)
Chocolate
Strawberry Cheesecake
Orange Sherbert
Pistachio
Pralines
Strawberry Cheesecake
Rum & Raisin
Vanilla
Amaretto Almond (Sugar
     Free)
Chocolate
Strawberry Cheesecake
Orange Sherbert
Pistachio
Pralines
Strawberry Cheesecake
Rum & Raisin
Vanilla
Amaretto Almond (Sugar
     Free)
Chocolate
Strawberry Cheesecake
Orange Sherbert
Pistachio
Pralines
Strawberry Cheesecake
Rum & Raisin
Vanilla
Amaretto Almond (Sugar
     Free)
Chocolate
Strawberry Cheesecake
Orange Sherbert
Pistachio
Pralines
Strawberry Cheesecake
Rum & Raisin
Salads Crab Meat Salad
Italian Tortellini Salad
Rotini Salad
Macaroni Salad
Make you own Caesar
     Salad
Assorted Salad Builders
Peel n' Eat Shrimp
Kiwi Musells
Crab Meat Salad
Shrimp salad
Seafood Salad
Italian Tortellini Salad
Hawaiian Delight Salad
Make your own Caesar
     Salad
Assorted Salad Builders 
Stone Crab
Kiwi Musell
Peel n' Eat Shrimp
Raw Oyster on Half Shell
Crab Meat Salad
Shrimp Salad
Italian Tortellini Salad
Make your own Caesar
     Salad
Assorted Salad Builders
Snow Crab Legs
Stone Crab
Kiwi Musells
Peel n' Eat Shrimp
Crab Meat Salad
Shrimp Salad
Italian Tortellini Salad
Make your own Caesar
     Salad
Assorted Salad Builders

113 posted on 09/26/2003 9:57:39 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: Kieri
I love snow crab AND king, but my favorite has to be Dungeness. I had some at Friendly's Family Restaurant (not the chain) in southern Florida and it was the BEST crab I'd ever had.

I guess you never had Golden Crab. It is a recent discovery since they are found off the coast of Florida several thousand feet below the surface. I had some Golden Crab at the Marathon Seafood Festival and literally swooned from the incredible taste. You can get it here in Ft. Lauderdale at Captain Mikes. Golden Crab---The BEST crab ever!!!

114 posted on 09/26/2003 10:13:26 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: Ichneumon
I ate 10 lobster tails at a buffet once.

Super King Buffet here in Broward County serves up baby lobster tails and I can eat 20 of them without breaking a sweat.

115 posted on 09/26/2003 10:15:22 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: Ichneumon
Yeah, but they have 99 other kinds of food for you to fill up on also. Not many customers will fill up on nothing but crab.

No. I also gorge on oysters, clams, sushi, lobster tails, etc....Thanx to Emerald Coast Buffet.

116 posted on 09/26/2003 10:18:03 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: jimbo123
This story is total BS. I smell something more than FISHY in this story. My guess is that they dumped this Affirmitive Action glass cealing breaking, bimbo, because she was a flop in more than her Crab-fest.
""Higher-than-expected crab expense, along with other issues at Red Lobster,..""
Their are dozens of layers between the top dog COO, and a marketing promotion, and my guess is that she surrounded herself with a bunch of assorted asskissing freaks..none of which were worth their seasoned salt. Look for a "mass resignation fest" in the top tier of this once proud chain.
"People want to see the food and maybe we spent too much time talking about the love," he said.....DUH fest.. *<]:\
117 posted on 09/26/2003 10:21:26 AM PDT by carlo3b (http://www.CookingWithCarlo.com)
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To: carlo3b
This story is total BS

Agreed. My wife and I long ago stopped going to Red Lobster because the seafood was poor in quality. All you can eat programs have to be researched to set the correct price. If they did not do that, then there is a better reason to replace management. But I agree there are lots of unspoken reasons too.

BTW, I have seen "bottomless" beer pitchers, or plates of shrimp reach the point where we were asked to leave. (The establishment can trump up a reason.) Especially at lunches where the assumption is that patrons will go back to work before eating the establishment out of house and home. Usually they simply limit the service until you leave in disgust.

118 posted on 09/26/2003 10:45:07 AM PDT by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: jimbo123
after an all-you-can-eat crab promotion went awry....

I'm sorry


119 posted on 09/26/2003 11:26:27 AM PDT by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: blam
We have a Chinese buffet near our house that has all-you-can-eat every night, including snow crab legs. When they first opened, they kept it constantly refilled. Now, they re-fill the crab legs only so often. They have also added other types of cuisine, like Italian and Mexican. This offers more variety and is more filling. These folks have been in business now for a long time.
120 posted on 09/26/2003 11:34:06 AM PDT by twigs
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To: HairOfTheDog; Wneighbor; RMDupree
Wow! Remember when I wanted to go to this and thought $23 was too much and ate chinese food instead??
121 posted on 09/26/2003 11:42:27 AM PDT by 2Jedismom (HHD with 4 Chickens)
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To: KC_for_Freedom
I don't think anyone expects to get Maine Lobster, or Dungeness King Crab, at an all-you-can-eat, promo. Thankfully I never had to resort to lowest common denominator gimmick to bring the customers in my establishments. But had I done so, I would have researched it with the best brains my budget could afford.. I.E.: secure a fixed price on the date range, and minimum standards, as well as track the progress of the promo in each location.

This is a monster company, Darden Restaurants Inc. owners of,  "Olive Garden.. etc", and they have the capacity to alter any promo in 24 hours, with their big budget  pre purchased time slots in each major markets on TV and print if it was getting out of hand.. Pure BS.

BTW, this company just settled a class action anti discrimination suit, which may have accounted for the classic PC BS Reshuffling At Darden Boosts Diversity At Top President, having such leverage with her incompetent staff choices..  I am really expecting the company to do a house cleaning and bump the share prices up ASAP!

122 posted on 09/26/2003 11:42:48 AM PDT by carlo3b (http://www.CookingWithCarlo.com)
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To: scab4faa
I'm not sure excatly how far you want to annalyze that..


123 posted on 09/26/2003 11:49:57 AM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Ichneumon
My husband and I were thinking of going to this special. We even left the kids with my parents (something we rarely do...they go everywhere with us.) I coached my husband all the way to the place to watch out, it's a racket...they'll put these cheesy biscuits and salad in front of you and keep filling up your soda...just so you stuff yourself on that "cheap" stuff and not eat so much expensive crab legs! And that they'd be really slow bringing out refills of the crablegs.

Well, he had it down, was totally paranoid about going in there and having them manipulate him in to eating something other than crab legs.

So we get there and the line is way out the door. I walked to the front to sign us in, and asked "How much is the all-you-can-eat crab legs?" The hostess says "$23...but you get salad! And biscuits too!"

Well, I thought $23 was too much (maybe it's not, but it was for me) and we left.
And that is the end of my Red Lobster "All-you-can-eat Crab Legs" story.
124 posted on 09/26/2003 11:56:02 AM PDT by 2Jedismom (HHD with 4 Chickens)
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To: Tall_Texan
Years ago, three friends and myself (combined weight between the 4 of us was easily over 1/2 ton) went to a restaurant that was doing all-you-can-eat ribs.

After the 3rd plate for each of us, our service started getting pretty crummy. The waitress would service all the tables around us, but wouldnt come to ours to fill up our water glasses, or give us more ribs.

We finally flagged her down a couple of times more, and we each consumed two more plates of ribs. (By this time they were only putting one or two ribs on a plate.)

Well, we paid the bill, and left a very minimal tip (why pay for poor service)...as we left the restaurant, the manager followed us out and told us that it was because of people like us that they could only do all-you-can-eat one day a week. My buddy Jake turned around and said, "Hey, if you can't make a profit off of it, don't do it."

Next thing we know is the manager has called the cops. Three squad cars arrive with cops jumping out saying, "okay, where's the riot?" Apparently this knuckle head of a manager told the 911 operator that there was a riot in the parking lot of his restaurant.

The cops asked us a few questions, and started laughing. They asked the manager what crime we had committed, and the manager said, "They ate too much and didn't leave a tip." The cop asked again what crime we had committed, and the manager just kind of started crying and went back into his restaurant.

A few days later the owner of the restaurant received four letters, one from each of us, explaining the situation. Two weeks later we had heard that the manager and the waitress were both "let go". And the restaurant never did all-you-can-eat again. 6 months later the place went out of business.

"If you can't make a profit, don't do it."
125 posted on 09/26/2003 3:34:08 PM PDT by birbear (I'll take Things Nobody Knows for $300, please, Alex.)
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To: 2Jedismom
Take a look at the Emerald Coast Buffet menu on my reply #113. Only $17 for the weekend dinner. Plus they often have coupons for $3 off. Believe me I've eaten at the Emerald Coast Buffet and it is the best. Part of the year they even serve all you can eat Maine lobster. And with the regular supply of Stone Crab claws you can't go wrong. Also note the deserts. Not the cheap kind. This is actual cheesecake. Next time you visit Broward County (home of the famous hanging chads), treat yourselves to Emerald Coast Buffet. Oh, and check the freebie alternative newspapers for those coupons.
126 posted on 09/26/2003 4:29:52 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Stitch In Time Won't Save You A Dime But At Least It Makes This Dopey Saying Rhyme.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
D'oh!

Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

[As i mentioned, the B/C & JD! lists are going to float into and out of whack over the forseeable future, while I try to cobble a rig back together for myself. My apologies for any incovenience or misunderstandings in this time frame. New signups/removals may be flaky in this time-frame as well; please bear with me, and keep in mind you may have to FReepmail me more than once for me to get it done. Thanks again!]

127 posted on 09/26/2003 4:45:21 PM PDT by mhking (Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back...)
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To: okie01; mhking
How can anyone eat at a restaurant where the fish tastes exactly like the shrimp, which tastes exactly like the crabs, which tastes exactly like the...
128 posted on 09/26/2003 4:51:36 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: jimbo123
>> Darden executives said Red Lobster management had badly miscalculated how many times customers would refill their plates after paying $20 for an "endless" crab entree. Meanwhile, crab prices were going up, sending the profit margin crashing. "It wasn't the second helping on all-you-can-eat but the third," said company chairman Joe R. Lee on a conference call.

It appears my wife and I are partly responsible. We ate about a "ton" of snow crabs and butter (in one sitting, but over an extended period of time, or course).

129 posted on 09/26/2003 4:53:01 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau
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To: stands2reason
Nope.....
130 posted on 09/26/2003 4:56:58 PM PDT by The Coopster (Tha's no ordinary rabbit!)
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To: Semper911

131 posted on 09/26/2003 4:57:57 PM PDT by gitmo (Zero Tolerance = Intolerance)
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To: Tall_Texan
>> I used to have a roommate that weighed over 350 lbs and I could see the palpable look of fright from managers whenever we walked into a buffet restaurant. One time we were at a pizza buffet run by an Asian man who came out after the second trip to the buffet and announced, "That's all you can eat." My friends argued that "all you can eat" was generally the descretion of the customer, not the restaurant. But the guy persisted with his heavy accent, "Yea. the sign say 'all you can eat'. Well, that's all you can eat." I guess it all depends on your translator.

When I was in the Navy, I saw a sign in a California diner that read, "All you can eat for $1.49". So I went in and ordered. The waitress brought out a small plate with small servings of peas, rice, and chicken. I gobbled that down quickly, and said, bring me another. She looked at me strange, and said, "I'm sorry. That's all you can eat for a buck-forty-nine." (just kidding)

132 posted on 09/26/2003 4:59:34 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau
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To: Queen Jadis
It's not the visual that bothers me - it's the soundtrack. Eating noises repulse me. I have no idea why. I even stop the dog from licking his, um, paws.
133 posted on 09/26/2003 8:43:00 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: StriperSniper
Plus they re-use whats left over....
134 posted on 09/27/2003 3:01:23 AM PDT by .45MAN (I am what I am because of what I am!)
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To: Semper911
>>>>The headline of this story really threw me. I thought someone bit the head off of something during an all you can eat special.>>>>

I thought the same thing!

135 posted on 09/27/2003 5:56:39 AM PDT by JonathansMommie (Life Is Not Measured By The Number Of Breaths We Take But By The Moments That Take Our Breath Away)
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To: Chemist_Geek
"The sights were so disgusting, I never returned to the restaurant."

Your response:

Aww, too bad. We'll make sure that only visually-approved people are allowed to be out in public.

Everyone else we'll lock away so as not to offend your delicate sensibilities."

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Sheeeeesh, Chemist, what kind of remark is THAT?

WackyKat made a free decision to not go to a restaurant based on personal choice to not have to view disgusting behavior while eating.

WackyKat didn't try to have a law created that forbade those repulsive people going out, or make the restaurant change policy, or sue anyone for distress, or any other idiotic liberal response.

WackyKat used God given freedom to simply chose not to go there anymore.

So - what is your problem with THAT?

136 posted on 09/27/2003 6:24:47 AM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: jimbo123
Here's a tip. Never, ever eat at a seafood resteraunt whose HQ is in Des Moines, Iowa.
137 posted on 09/27/2003 6:27:46 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: mhking
"You ea' too mush you go now!!!"
138 posted on 09/27/2003 11:57:50 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (<><)
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To: PJ-Comix
DuBarry (Plantation) and Dim Sum Buffet Village in Coral Springs.
139 posted on 09/27/2003 3:36:43 PM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: PJ-Comix
The secret of eating snow crab legs is to try and get just the ones with claws on 'em.
140 posted on 09/27/2003 3:40:12 PM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: jimbo123
Red Lobster is the Jack-in-the-Box of seafood.
141 posted on 09/27/2003 3:43:44 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Semper Paratus
Exactly!
They are a big of a joke around here, where most folks fish and net their own....and there are gobs of excellent seafood places right on the water...

There is nothing better than eating shrimp, crab or fish just caught or oysters dug that morning.

And Red Lobster doesn't have a clue at how to cook seafood.
142 posted on 09/27/2003 3:55:07 PM PDT by najida (He who is without baggage can cast the first Samsonite.)
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To: Sir_Ed
Oh God, I'm gonna get called a tin-foiler for this, I just know it!

"But the food is sure good, I don't see how they make money...they have crabs, prawn, crayfish, salmon, ribs, really expensive food, and lots of it, all for less than $8.00."

Anyone familiar with the Cox report back in '99 can tell you why. Cox's panel concluded thousands of PLA operatives are here, pretending to be businessmen, students, cultural exchange officials, etc. A job in a Chinese restaurant, especially if it was run by your "family" would be perfect cover for an agent to get into the country. Two to three weeks later, when they got fired, they could just disappear into our society, safe in the knowledge that the INS, or whatever it's called now, is too inept and too understaffed to track them down. How do they stay in business? Well, as an intel-gathering operation, they'd be funded by the Chicom government. All those five-dollar shower curtains sold by Wal-Mart (and produxed by slave labor), can fund a whole lot of shenanigans.

Okay, I've got my Nomex CVC suit on, and am running out to the store for more tin foil...flame away!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

143 posted on 09/27/2003 4:06:06 PM PDT by wku man ("I'm not a hero...I just like hitting people in the head!" Nelson Munz)
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To: AppyPappy
hehe.."I like you. You big eater. You leave nothing on plate. Child in China die for that".

I love asian folks they generally arent shy! I was at a buffet with "I like you. You big eater. You leave nothing on plate. Child in China die for that". a friend who really liked the "chicken and vegetable" he asked what was in it and got the reply "Gawd@mn you dont read?...Chicken!...vegetable!
And when he didnt finish his eggroll she lit into him...You finish!! finish now!! 75 cent you dont waste!

HAWwwwHoooo!

144 posted on 09/27/2003 5:37:57 PM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife
hehe.."I like you. You big eater. You leave nothing on plate. Child in China die for that".

I love asian folks they generally arent shy! I was at a buffet with a friend who really liked the "chicken and vegetable" he asked what was in it and got the reply "Gawd@mn you dont read?...Chicken!...vegetable! And when he didnt finish his eggroll she lit into him...You finish!! finish now!! 75 cent you dont waste!

guess I should have proof read

145 posted on 09/27/2003 5:49:39 PM PDT by mylife
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To: PJ-Comix
 

I can vouch for their roast duck on rice takeout.  $5.50   

Gou Lou Cheung

 

 

September 05, 2003

Gou Lou Cheung -- Chinese BBQ in Central Broward

One of the strange things about the otherwise swell Hong Kong City BBQ on 441 north of Commercial is that their namesake Chinese barbecue is only so-so. It's the other stuff that's really good.

Now maybe a mile or so south, in the small strip adjacent to the one that houses the other HK standby Silver Pond along with that largish Sino-Viet grocery, the little prepared-foods shop and such, there's also a tiny storefront Chinese BBQ takeout. A mainstay of Chinatowns (and Chinese towns), Gou Lou Cheung is the typical narrow little shoebox of a shop, with whole glistening birds and shiny and bumpy slabs of pork hanging on hooks behind glass up front, and a couple of tiny tables towards the back.

They haven't been around that long, and already half the items on the menu are crossed out: eliminated are noodle soups and most of their dim sum, possibly to settle disputes with the Vietnamese pho joint and Silver Pond, each a few doors down. What's left are animals and animal parts, mostly, though they also had trays of sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves (an acquired taste I still haven't acquired) and what looked like steam buns behind the counter.

Meats include the usual bright red roast pork and its fried "crispy" cousin, whole golden ducks, pale soy-baked chickens, and steam-table bins of chicken feet, pig intestines and other organs and appendages.

In a bit of a departure from the usual, they also have some meats prepared in Vietnamese styles, most obviously a fish-sauced chicken. Whether the owners are from Vietnam or they're simply catering to the substantial Vietnamese contingent in the area, I didn't ask.

Anyhow: everything looks fine, and in the interest of science (science!) I tried a plate of their roast duck over rice. I'm happy to report that the chopped strips of bone-in duck were tender and moist, very meaty, and the skin was crisp and tasty without being chewy. The sweet-salty soy-hoisin sauce poured over it was fine, and the side of steamed chopped Chinese cabbage was its usual bland, faintly garlicky-gingery self without being cooked to death.

It's not going to change the world, but it's a good addition to the area and would be my stop of choice for roast meats in Broward. They're at 4139 SR 7/US 441 in Lauderdale Lakes, between Oakland Park and Commercial. Essentially takeout only, but if you don't mind eating out of styrofoam, there are a couple of little tables for two by the kitchen door.


146 posted on 09/28/2003 6:23:06 PM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: PJ-Comix
Have eaten there. Only lunch though and am not impressed. The place is great with nice vibes but others have better food.
147 posted on 09/28/2003 6:26:36 PM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: Melas
There used to be an very nice all-you-can-eat buffet restraunt in Dallas called the Boston Sea Party. $24.95 got you all you can eat from the buffet which had pretty much everything seafood you can possably imagine, plus a main entree of your choice, lobster tail, whole lobster, or a t-bone steak.

One time 11 of my family went in there for a family celebration. We walked out about 5 hours later stuffed to the gills. About a month later, they closed the doors on that restraunt.

148 posted on 09/29/2003 10:52:15 AM PDT by JavaTheHutt ( Gun Control - The difference between Lexington Green and Tiennimen Square.)
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