DINNER Buffet vs. BREAKFAST Buffet

This past weekend I had 2 buffets. Don’t ask me why, I just did! I was debating with myself which one was better but it was tough to do since one was dinner and one was breakfast. I thought it would be easier if I wrote it all down, so here it is, my buffet self-debate!

 

Drinks:

Dinner: Wine list.

Not much of a wine drinker to start off with. Plus when I go to a buffet I want to pay one fixed price and go to town eating and drinking whatever I want, but wine is never included in that price.

Breakfast: Fresh Orange, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Apple Juice, etc.

Free and the best f#$%ing orange juice I’ve ever had! The waitress was obviously rooting for breakfast to win because she had an all-star performance on the refills.

Winner: BREAKFAST

 

Starters:

Dinner: Choice of two Soups (Cream of Mushroom and Seafood Chowder)

Opened up the pot to see what was up and immediately closed it and moved on. I’m going to need a pretty amazing soup selection to ever risk filling up any of my appetite, and this didn’t do it.

Breakfast: Wide Assortment of Cereals and Dry Fruits.

I can see the value of cereal for people who bring kids with them, but it was of no use to me. In fact, I take that back, kids shouldn’t even get this option, they should learn from a young age that bacon and eggs is better than fruit loops and cheerios.

Winner: TIE

 

Bread and Cheese Station:

Dinner: Variety of Baguettes and Cheeses.

I didn’t go into it with high hopes but it actually wasn’t awful. Some cheeses were smelly and funky tasting, but then some really showed off what cheese has to offer to the world.

Breakfast: Variety of Breads, Bagel, Cream Cheese and Homemade Jams.

Very nice spread! Any type of bread you could want, unless you wanted pumpernickel for some awful reason, they didn’t have that.

Winner: BREAKFAST

 

Cold Items:

Dinner: Smoked Fishes, Cold Cuts, Assorted Salads and Vinaigrettes, Sushis, Patés, Oysters and Crab Legs.

Although I’m not one for seafood, I can appreciate the high rating most of these items get worldwide.

Breakfast: Assorted Fresh Fruits, Yogurts, Cold Cuts, Smoked Salmon and Cheeses.

Useless.

Winner: DINNER

 

Hot Items:

Dinner: Chicken in Mushroom Sauce, Seafood Casserole, BBQ Pork Ribs, Pasta, Potatoes and Vegetables.

The chicken and potatoes were absolutely amazing and were duelling all night for MVP.  The ribs were delicious and fell off the bone. The vegetables were a waste of space.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, Bacon, Ham, Sausages, Beans, Maple Syrup Crêpes, Waffles, Chef’s Potatoes.

The eggs were a MAJOR letdown! They tasted powdery. The bacon was stale, how the hell do you mess bacon up! The sausages were alright but you felt like you weren’t going to feel good later with every bite. The waffles were the driest thing ever! The crepes were good but were doused in maple syrup so anything would be good like that. The beans and potatoes were great.

Winner: DINNER

 

Chef Table:

Dinner: Chef’s Meat Cut (Prime Rib) , Shrimps and Scallops Flambéed, Oysters, Assorted Seafood

Prime Rib was way too rare. Some people might like there meat red but that person isn’t me! I like my meat under the fire until the very last droplets of blood leave that animals flesh.

Breakfast: Custom-Made Omelettes.

I usually stay away from the omelette station in the interest of wanting to avoid waiting in line and using my time more effectively in other areas of the buffet. I decided to try it this time though and it was disappointingly undercooked and tasteless.

Winner: TIE

 

Desserts:

Dinner: Variety of Cakes, Mousses and Pies. Fresh Fruit  and Chocolate Sauce.

There was a brownie cake that I had been eyeing since the beginning of the meal so my expectations had built up to an outrageous level. It was OK, probably would have been satisfied had I not hyped it up in my head. Then out of nowhere came the cheesecake! It made me wish I hadn’t eaten anything that whole day and just had piece after piece of it.

Breakfast: Croissants, Muffins and Danishes.

Good thought in having these guys to matchup with Dinner’s dessert menu but ultimately it was completely overshadowed by its night time counterpart.

Winner: DINNER

 

Price:

Dinner cost almost 3 times as much as breakfast.

Winner: BREAKFAST

 

Final Overview:

After 8 rounds the score is 3-3 (with 2 ties). The MVPs of each buffet is somewhat surprising. On dinner’s side, it was a close race between the chicken, the potatoes, and the cheesecake. I’ll give it to the cheesecake for really excelling at the dessert game and putting a cap on the meal that told you your stomach was at capacity.  For breakfast, the orange juice was far and away the greatest item available. Does it hurt breakfast’s chances having a drink rule the buffet? Maybe. Or could this juice be the first of its kind to carry its team to victory? It’s hard to tell which one of these is the winner, so I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide.

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