My husband and I do like to go out to eat, and since moving to Wisconsin, I've never encountered so many "All You Can Eat" restaurant specials. Portion sizes in many of these restaurants are so huge that the AYCE specials could be the calorie bargain (instead we take the leftovers home and get another meal or two out of it). That's beside the point, but now that we're eating healthier, the AYCE specials have become a joke between us.
The other day, we drove past a restaurant advertising an AYCE liver & onions special. Hubby ribbed me about it because I do like liver and onions, and about twice a year will order it (and I always take home at least half).
Now the AYCE features are almost never healthy, but I have to say that of all the AYCE specials I've encountered, the liver and onions was the strangest. Liver has just never appealed to me as a food anyone would want to eat in bulk. When I order liver & onions, half the time I don't even eat the leftovers because the half order more than satisfied my desire for liver & onions.
What irks me is that the few healthy AYCE specials are disappearing. Like serve yourself salad bars. I'm not a pizza fan and never have been, but hubby likes pizza and Godfather's in town was a good compromise because they had a small, but nice salad bar. He'd get pizza and salad and I'd get salad. The last time we went in, they'd discontinued the salad bar.
When we moved here five years ago, there were several places that served a nice salad bar, but they're all disappearing, and the few that remain are getting smaller and unhealthier (wilted, rusty lettuce and an assortment of mayonaise-based salads).
We have friends who own a restaurant, and they tell us that the cost of ingredients, especially fresh meats and produce has doubled in the last couple years, but it still stumps me because it does seem that more people are health conscious these days, so it would seem to me to make sense for restaurants to offer more healthy options (even if the prices were higher).
What do you think? Are those of us who'd like to see healthier options (and would be willing to pay more for them) - are we really in the minority? Would restaurants lose money by having a few healthier options?