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(Los Angeles Magazine)   The hipsters sneer at the Golden Corrals and HomeTown Buffets, while they line up for Souplantation. Subby grabs those pepperoni focaccia and brownie slices alongside some beets and Chinese (chicken? is there actually any meat in there?) salad   (lamag.com) divider line
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2019-03-14 03:29:33 PM  
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2019-03-14 03:36:48 PM  
Ive never heard of this place, and i live in L.A. *shrugs*
 
2019-03-14 04:23:30 PM  
It's cheap, they have plenty of vegetables as opposed to the fried food and cheese buffets.
 
2019-03-14 04:32:55 PM  
I like Souplantation.  It's cheap, theoretically healthy, and the food is relatively good. And their customer base isn't hipster at all--the main clientele seems to be older folks and families with young kids--so I don't get this article.
 
2019-03-14 04:45:40 PM  

The Third Man: And their customer base isn't hipster at all--the main clientele seems to be older folks and families with young kids--so I don't get this article.


It's going to vary by location. Brentwood and West Hollywood are not going to look like Torrance.
 
2019-03-14 04:46:11 PM  
Their sister restaurant chain was Sweet Tomatoes. They closed down a lot of them two years ago because apparently they overexpanded and couldn't sustain them. Wife and I used to go on a fairly regular basis.
 
2019-03-14 04:48:17 PM  

jaytkay: It's cheap, they have plenty of vegetables as opposed to the fried food and cheese buffets.


This, but they have pizza (focaccia) and brownies instead of fried food and cheese.

College days in San Jose many years ago, this was my way of getting enough greens, with pizza.

I am taken back by Sizzler being described as bleak.

/ate at a Sizzler last month. French dip and salad bar (had some greens along with a carnitas taco and chicken wings), not bad.
 
2019-03-14 04:51:05 PM  

The Third Man: I like Souplantation.  It's cheap, theoretically healthy, and the food is relatively good. And their customer base isn't hipster at all--the main clientele seems to be older folks and families with young kids--so I don't get this article.


Anything that doesn't come out of a deep fryer or a microwave is "hipster" these days, I suppose.
 
2019-03-14 05:00:40 PM  

Thosw: Their sister restaurant chain was Sweet Tomatoes. They closed down a lot of them two years ago because apparently they overexpanded and couldn't sustain them. Wife and I used to go on a fairly regular basis.


Sweet Tomatoes is i guess thriving in Arizona, whereas we only see Souplantation in SoCal.  i guess kinda like how the parent company of Von's and Fry's, calls the stores in CA Vons and the same thing here, Fry's.  Or Safeway.  I'm getting mixed up but the point stands;  one business with two different 'brands'.

i got violently ill at our local STs some time ago, such that after absolutely murdering my bathroom (and frightfully close to soiling my car seats, I basically sped home in sheer terror) I made a complaint to the county health board.  "Yeah i basically blew out my small intestine and colon thanks to these guys, can you go take a look at them?"  County wrote back, "yeah man, we didn't find anything, hope you don't need an ass transplant, good luck...."
 
2019-03-14 05:37:58 PM  

Thosw: Their sister restaurant chain was Sweet Tomatoes. They closed down a lot of them two years ago because apparently they overexpanded and couldn't sustain them. Wife and I used to go on a fairly regular basis.


There's a Sweet Tomatoes nearby.  Haven't been there, as my wife got disgusted with them a couple years before we married.
 
2019-03-14 06:04:25 PM  
Do people really "sneer" at Golden Corral and HomeTown Buffet? They're buffets. They don't really pretend to be anything else.

That's like sneering at Twinkies. You can do it, but it's a waste of effort.
 
2019-03-14 06:57:50 PM  
I live in Hawaii, so we don't have any of those but tried a Souplantatoin on a trip to California.

Tried a Golden Corral on a trip to Indiana - their motto should be, "Golden Corral - For those who used to be in the military and really miss the food."
 
2019-03-14 08:03:42 PM  

The Third Man: I like Souplantation.  It's cheap, theoretically healthy, and the food is relatively good. And their customer base isn't hipster at all--the main clientele seems to be older folks and families with young kids--so I don't get this article.



How cheap? I went to their website & couldn't find any references to how much it costs.
 
2019-03-14 08:07:36 PM  
I don't frequent 'buffets', most of the food is TOO SALTY, plus the fact that just anybody can touch the food while it's on the 'line' is gross, but mainly because the cost isn't worth it for me, I can't eat a lot of food in one sitting (I'm a grazer).
 
2019-03-14 09:48:06 PM  

raerae1980: Ive never heard of this place, and i live in L.A. *shrugs*


yeah ...... you must never get out in the sprawl of the city, because those damn things ar all freaking over SoCal.

Also- look subby. I am 50, I weigh under 180 pounds. I am the worst nightmare for all you can eat places, as long as it is semi-good food, because I farking bank calories in a sitting. I have gotten the "you go NOW" look at sushi buffets, also at geared towards fat white folks ones. But I am poor, and all you can farking eat mean that INDEED! I will eat all that I can.

Avoid cheese mussels people- they taste so good and all that but its a bad trip and you will regret eating even a single one. Please trust me on this.
 
2019-03-14 11:24:21 PM  

jaytkay: The Third Man: And their customer base isn't hipster at all--the main clientele seems to be older folks and families with young kids--so I don't get this article.

It's going to vary by location. Brentwood and West Hollywood are not going to look like Torrance.


Ha! I've frequented the Torrance Souplantation. Asian, Hispanic and white families and old folks, pretty much. Nestled around a Red Lobster, Marie Callendar's, Elephant Bar, and Benihana. Can't remember hipsters, unless they were needing something after a trip at the hospital across the street.

The BevMo and Japanese curry joint on the other side of the offices sharing the plaza are worth a look though after Souplantation (tofu cheesecake actually tastes good, dafuq).

/fark Benihana, too. "Your birthday coupon is good only on the day of your birthday, which must fall on a weekday, before dinner, on a day without a Y, and good for entrees no more than $9.98, which cannot include a drink, rice, poultry or meat. Don't bother making reservations; we're booked even though all tables are open and the guys are just practicing their volcanoes."
 
2019-03-14 11:30:20 PM  

bratface: How cheap? I went to their website & couldn't find any references to how much it costs.


The Torrance web site says
Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm ► $10.49
Dinner 4:00 pm - Close ► $12.49
Kids (3-6) ► $3.99
Kids (7-12) ► $5.99
 
2019-03-15 12:54:41 AM  

jaytkay: bratface: How cheap? I went to their website & couldn't find any references to how much it costs.

The Torrance web site says
Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm ► $10.49
Dinner 4:00 pm - Close ► $12.49
Kids (3-6) ► $3.99
Kids (7-12) ► $5.99


Thanks jaytkay. I guess that's reasonable but I don't eat at buffet places.
 
2019-03-15 02:14:02 AM  
but i like cheese mussels!
 
6 days ago  
Yep, and the Sysco and US Foods trucks stop at both locations.
 
6 days ago  

jaytkay: The Torrance web site says
Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm $10.49
Dinner 4:00 pm - Close $12.49


I think it was slightly cheaper in Phoenix a few years back. Ex-GF loved that place for some reason. I never liked it very much because there's so little meat available there. You have to hope they've got chicken soup or something to get animal protein without paying even more money.

mrsleep: Yep, and the Sysco and US Foods trucks stop at both locations.


This can be said for almost all restaurants. The difference is in what those trucks drop off and how much.
 
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