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Hotel Breakfast Buffets: An Exercise in Awesome

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I’ve been thinking a lot about hotel breakfast buffets lately. I plan to write an elaborate love letter to them in the near future, for they are glorious. In the interim, I just want to say that breakfast buffets are the best part of the hotel experience. No matter how ugly the bedspread is, how thin the walls are and how grimy the bathroom looks, all sins are forgiven when I enter the breakfast buffet.

This isn’t about the Eggo waffles offered at a Holiday Inn Express. That’s an insult to the breakfast buffet. I’m talking about proper hotel breakfast buffets that stretch as far as a football field and tempt you to use multiple plates. It’s a wonderful thing to see all of those carbs, fats and almost ripe fruits laid out before you. I love it all. Even the cereals. Usually with a copy of USA Today. Call me tacky. I don’t care.

I want to hear your thoughts on the ethereal experience that is the breakfast buffet. Vote in the poll and, as always, expound in the comments. Don’t be shy. This is a safe space.

What's the best part of a breakfast buffet?

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  1. Kara says:

    My typical breakfast buffet meal:

    1. Design-your-own omelet (can sub w/ scrambled eggs if line at omelet station is too long)
    2. Bacon or sausage (control myself w/ just two pieces or links)
    3. English muffin (never buy these at home)
    4. Granola/corn flakes/All-Bran/dried fruit/coconut flakes mix – eaten in big bowl with skim milk
    5. Cinnamon bun
    6. Coffee

    1. mike barish says:

      The omelet station is always a welcome bonus at the buffet. I like to call that Super Buffet.

  2. jamie says:

    I could sort of kill you for stealing my idea to do a funny poll on my blog. It’s all scheduled and ready to go for…tomorrow. Then again, I suppose this here internets is big enough for the both of us.

    What’s the weirdest/most awesome thing you’ve ever seen at a breakfast buffet?

    1. mike barish says:

      What post do you have in your queue? Look forward to reading it. As for most awesome think I’ve seen at a breakfast buffet, well, that would have to be a make your own sundae station. Breakfast dessert? OK!

  3. Alexi says:

    Buffets are my waterloo. One of my favorites: Combine the omelet (or whatever excuse for eggs they’re offering), bacon, cheese and a bagel to make my own breakfast sandwich. Gah.

    I will also eat their fruit. But never the apples; they’re always Red Delicious and those are just damp styrofoam masquerading as fruit.

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