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Why is Golden Corral Famous?

People would sometimes ask me, “why are you such a fan of Golden Corral?” My answer is always – “because I get a lot of value for a good price!” Golden Corral is a buffet with plenty of delicious food options.

But more than that, the price is cheap. The buffet price varies slightly by location but on average, adults pay $10 to $17 for unlimited dining at Golden Corral. In this day and age, this amount wouldn’t even get you an appetizer at a sit-down restaurant.

Why is Golden Corral so popular?

There are many reasons why Golden Corral is such a hit among Americans. Sure, you’ll find a lot of bad reviews about Golden Corral online but the funny thing is, these same people continue to patronize the chain. I mean every time you go to a GC restaurant, you will see it packed with diners. Sometimes the line gets so long it goes beyond the door! So let’s try to understand the various reasons for its popularity.

Suitable for families and gatherings:

A friend once told me, “I go to Golden Corral often because my mother loves it there. She likes all the fresh vegetables and fruits, and also raves about the baked sweet potatoes and pot roast.” Golden Corral’s appeal extends beyond just a meal, it’s a great spot for families to gather and enjoy delicious dishes. The ambiance is also warm and welcoming, plus the buffet-style setting allows everyone to choose exactly what they want.

Offers an excellent value propositionWhile several buffet chains faced bankruptcy during the pandemic, Golden Corral experienced a resurgence. Dining at Golden Corral, Pizza Ranch and Cicis increased by an impressive 125% in March 2023 compared to January 2021, based on data from Placer.ai. Golden Corral’s sales in 2022 were also 14% higher than pre-pandemic figures.

For Golden Corral, it’s been a significant value proposition for us being all-you-can-eat,” David Conklin, Golden Corral chief development officer said. “We have found a pricing sweet spot that excels during periods of economic uncertainty or inflation.

Seniors and kids get discounted pricing at Golden Corral

Golden Corral has earned its reputation as a beloved buffet destination across various age groups. For young children, Golden Corral offers lower prices starting from $8.99 for lunch and $10.49 for dinner. Kids 3 and under also dine for free.

Seniors likewise benefit from discounts on their unlimited buffet meals at Golden Corral with prices ranging from $10.99 to $15.99 depending on the time and day you’re visiting.

Food Writer Tries Golden Corral in NYC

Lauren Edmonds, a food journalist who had never set foot in a Golden Corral before, decided to visit New York City’s only Golden Corral, curious about its fast popularity.

Edmonds visited Golden Corral in the Bronx and remarked, “Behind the cash register, there’s a sign listing the buffet prices for seniors, adults, and children, along with meal types. I ordered a dinner for one adult priced at $19.99 and a pink lemonade for $2.99, totaling $25.02.” This amount already includes tax.

She noted that the restaurant featured six food stations each with a diverse menu that included healthy options. “Golden Corral completely exceeded my expectations with their food,” she said. “I never had the urge to visit a Golden Corral before this month, but I’m glad I did. Any preconceived notions I had about the food or cleanliness were proven wrong.”

Is Golden Corral as Bad as Others Say?

Not at all. I would say it depends on what you get, and also the location of the Golden Corral restaurant. To tell you the truth, some locations are really kind of “meh.” But most of the ones I’ve been to are more than decent. You get delicious food for a fraction of what you will normally pay in a sit down restaurant. Lunch is between $10 to $12 and you get to eat all the food you can consume in one sitting. For me, that’s a win-win.The bottom line is that the Golden Coral Buffet is a great value for your money. You get an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) buffet with plenty of variety at such a low cost. Try it and I bet you’ll be a customer for life!