I wonder what Oliver Twist would have thought of our modern day buffets? I used to be a fan of buffets when I was younger. We had a favorite buffet not too far from us that had a build-your-own strawberry shortcake table. It was heaven. Sadly they went out of business.
On a few business trips to Las Vegas, we discovered the cheap buffet. Years ago, in an effort to get people into the casinos and keep them there, establishments advertised really cheap prices on their all-you-can-eat buffets. I seem to recall some of them were around $5 or less. It was quicker to eat at a buffet so players got back to the gaming tables quicker. Since then, Vegas has discovered that people are a bit more picky about their dining and there are fewer buffets and more expensive places with much better specialty foods. A few buffets still exist and have made the list of Smarter Travel's list of Belly Busting Buffets.
Three of the ten listed are in Las Vegas. I'm sure the prices are more than $5 now. That's the problem I have with today'sbuffets. There are very few that are reasonable for my appetite. I just don't eat that much to justify the cost.
Several more buffets are listed from other countries like France, Sweden, China, and Dubai but the majority are in the U.S. Maybe the fast food industry isn't to blame for our larger sizes. Maybe it has more to do with our appetite for buffets.