BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS (1999)
Like a landlocked cruise ship, Old Country Buffet wants to stuff you into submission. A mere $6.62 (tax included) buys you lunch. A ridiculous $8.76 (tax included) buys dinner. After that bit of business, it's pretty much between you and the 140 buffet items. Seafood Fridays and Wednesday's Asian fare are a little suspect, but Tuesday's Italian menu and Thursday's family-style options of fried chicken and carved meats are rock-solid. By plate three or four you can slow down enough to appreciate your fellow diners, each in a different stage of the feed. You might catch someone's glance over a drumstick or a forkful of mac and cheese, but don't hold eye contact for long. Etiquette requires that you focus on what's in front of you.