For those unfamiliar, these are buffet restaurants specializing in salads, soups, and pastas. They have speciality tossed salads at the start of buffet, then follow with side salads, veggies and lots of dressings/toppings. They also have cheesy pizza bread, cornbread, soups and pastas. Dessrt of brownies, ice cream and sometimes chocolate chip cookies. In the time before, this was all one set price with beverages being extra. Not a "Hearty Foods buffet, but pretty nice spread.
One of our friends recently went for lunch and when they first stepped up to the speciality tossed salads at the tip of the buffet found that not only was one sald station completely empty but they added salad surchages now.
The speciality tossed salads might be chicken caesar, or oriental chicken - among others. But in this Las Vegas location you didn't get any chicken on these unless you want to fork another $1.25 to each guest's total. With each guest's charge of $8.00 before adding a beverage - having this chicken added to the sald puts total for one over the 10.00 mark even before taxes.
We recall when the prices were lower, and/or you could find a 2 for 1 coupon everywhere. You could overlook that the "pizza" was just a cheesy bread and that the pasta offerings are generally boring and bland.
Plus, they should make sure everyone gets offered a warm cookie. We here at the FPT Test Kitchens hope that they turn things around for the better. An all-you-can-eat buffet is something that we can never root against.