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Don't Waste Your Money: All-you-can-eat dining returns

(Toledo News Now) - Remember when restaurants fed us with endless buffets? They went out of style in recent years because of health concerns, but are making a comeback.

In this health conscious age, you would think that all-you-can-eat buffets would be a thing of the past. After all, we're all supposed to be watching our fat, carb and calorie intake.

Then why is "all you can eat" suddenly everywhere?

An Old Trend Makes A Comeback

TIME magazine says chain restaurants desperate for an edge on the competition are bringing back unlimited seconds in a major way.

Olive Garden has resurrected its "Never Ending Pasta Bowl" for $9.95.

At Red Lobster, "Endless Shrimp" is back temporarily for $14.99.

If you love pancakes, IHOP, Denny's, and Bob Evans are offering all-you-can-eat pancake deals at many of their restaurants (varying by franchise and location).

After your pancakes at Bob Evans, you can then move on to its "Endless Farmhouse Lunch."

Why Restaurants Love Buffets

You might think all-you-can-eat is a way restaurants lose money but it's actually the contrary. Forbes magazine explains that they are really huge moneymakers.

It turns out the average person eats just $6 to $8 worth of food at a $10 buffet. Most of us don't gorge ourselves, and the simple math says that if most people ate 20 pancakes, restaurants wouldn't offer them.

The Bottom Line

Endless buffets are a great value if you like to eat a lot. But if you watch your intake, stick to the regular menu items and order less, your wallet and waistline will thank you.
As always, don't waste your money.

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