The words "All You Can Eat" are magical to some diners, anathema to others. Restaurant veterans often look down on them, unmercifully. "I wouldn't eat at a buffet - any buffet - if you put a gun against my head," said one chef who asked to remain nameless. "I mean, I have friends that cook at buffets."
Room 39's chef and co-owner Ted Habiger says, "Buffets as restaurant are terrifying to me. But a buffet line at a wedding or a special event is a different thing. And I'll admit that there's one kind of buffet that doesn't bother me. Those Mongolian grill-style restaurants where they cook the food in front of you."
Me? I like the concept of the all-you-can-eat theme, but I'm frequently disappointed by the array of dishes set out before me, where quantity, rather than quality, is the selling point.
That brings us to today's Central Standard Friday program on KCUR 89.3.
On today's edition of the Food Critics show, I'll be joined by Christine Becicka (who prefers not to eat at buffets as a general rule), Mary Bloch and Emily Farris, who has a variety of opinions on the subject. We'll offer a smorgasbord of possiblities: Chinese buffets, pizza buffets, the casino variety and everything in between.
Central Standard Friday begins at 10 a.m. If you have your own opinions, feel free to bring them to the on-air conversation at 816-235-2888.