After reading the reviews, decided to give this place a try. Went out for dinner with Family at 6:00pm, We had to seat ourselves, and there were several empty tables with left over dishes. waited for 5 minutes before we could get a booth with no dishes / plates.
NEVER AGAIN we will visit this place. Wasted $30.00 for 2 adults and a small child under 3, ... The place was dirty, the food was bland, and the tables were filthy. There was food on the carpet and staff kept walking without cleaning the food on the carpet, The customer service manager was only socializing and saying HELLO to customers AND NOT FOCUSSING to ensure tables were cleaned for new customers. The food counter areas was not clean.
If you want to enjoy a meal with your family, do not go here. you will be disappointed...
Sarcasm aside and in case anyone is wondering I like to say that I do not hold any vendettas against the places I review. I call them as I see them. So for the hard core fans of Home Town that like to defend the name of this looser, I will try to be as kind as possible.
4 people evening meal $53.00+. They first sell you the buffet and then they ask if you will like to purchase drinks. Senior discounts was all of .35c? So instead of selling you admission to food and beverages in one price, they squeeze you again. Question: if you go to a buffet isn't it obvious that drinks will be consumes, in the form of water at the very least? Let's leave that one at that.
There are two types of customers that might frequent this place. Those who like to stuff their faces to the point of no return, and I for one, will not criticize them if that is the battle plan. The other type of customer, frankly, eludes me. I know this location caters to a lot of senior groups, and special kind of demographics that like this Home Towns going around.
Service: almost none. The occasional picking of empty dishes and that is it.
Food: almost painful to admit but there is nothing being served in this place, apart from veggies that you can not mess up very much as long as they are halfway fresh, that it is worth commenting on.
Four of us tried a little bit of everything, as much as possible and including the soda machine, it was all mediocre. Pizza was an insult, prime rib dried and lightly sweet? Ham, very low grade. All the sides, chickens, fish (this deserves a particular mention for how dried and unappetizing it was), the place is definitely a buzz killer. Everyone in the staff is mexican and they have a nasty attitude, like they don't really care one way or the other. The first time I asked for the prime meat they had she cut me such a ridiculous thin slice that I, sarcastically, told her how generous her servings were. She thought I was serious. I do not like it to have a server measuring small servings. For what? So I am forced to return many times and become self conscious of my repeated visits? That is baloney without bread!
All breads tasted so badly, some of the corn (the one every cafeteria and institutions serve) was okay.
The place was half empty at 7PM on a Thursday night, probably all the senior crowd from Leisure World had already paid them a visit.
Home Town Buffet is beyond redemption. Anyone who thinks for a second that this place is anything but the last eatery you want to go to, is delusional or they are going to eat till they explode. If you rate them on quantity you can eat then this place would be a 4 Star.
If you rate them on quality of food, culinary expertise, then this place fails dismally and only earns 1 Star.
My boy warned me from previous experience (the last time we ate at a Home Town Buffet was like 3 years ago and I had vowed never to return) and said to choose a better place if we were going to go out. The other 3 in our group thought the Home Town Buffet was a good alternative. We got seriously burned and will never, ever, return to this place. No pride, mass advertisement, poor attitude, and definitely way below par food offerings. This place is so depressingly bad that In and Out would be like a 5 Star compared to this joint.
Sorry If I offended the sensitivities of those people who keep saying good things about it. Just go to the dessert section and you will find out how (the cookies were falling apart, how hard is it to bake a batch of cookies?!) cheap and mediocre everything is. Yes, you can eat until you explode but the question is: why would you want to spend your hard earned dollars in this mangled franchise. The honest truth is that one is better of eating at home for half the money that walking past the doors of the Home Town Buffet. Worst of the worst, nothing personal, just large amounts of food that needs tending. 2 Stars at the very most!
The food is so so. You go here for volume. The deserts are awful(how do you screw up rice crispy treats)! Service is poor with the exception of the cashier. Manager is unfriendly and seems annoyed people are coming in. Been here mult times because of kids and coupons. Will try to avoid you should to, but a deal is a deal with coupons.
I like hometown buffet at El Toro very much, the food is fresh and test is
good, service is nice. It is the good place for my family in holiday, weekends anf birthday party. Tommorrow I will meet my friends here.
Hometown used to be great when Joe Davis was manager, but since he has left, we do not enjoy going. The food has gone down in quality; they seem to cater more to quanity to just shove it out, and people they hire, and the people that go to eat there have changed. Cater too much to children, so it looks it; and minority. I believe they are making a mistake doing this. Its close to senior citizen community that don't eat much, keep things tidy, but you are running them off by the way its being run now. I'm hoping they bring JoeDavis back, and get back to basics, friendly atmosphere, etc.
In 2006, they brought us Steakhouse style selections and new shrimp dishes such as Peppercorn Steak, Garlic Mushroom Steak, Rotisserie-style Chicken, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Popcorn Shrimp and Butterfly Shrimp. And they introduced a new appetizer that I really enjoy; sweet Onion Petals.
Now in 2007 they have added their “Three from the Sea” selections. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights you can enjoy Butter Crumb Alaska Pollock, Orange Shrimp and savory crab cakes. I have found the “Three from the Sea” menu items to be superior. The Pollock has a perfect balance of flavors and texture, The Orange Shrimp is both sweet and tangy, dances on my tongue, and the crab cakes are delightful.
Joseph Davis, the proprietor, pays attention to all the details. The chicken is cooked perfectly. The meat dishes are tender and flavorful. Everything from entrees, to salads, to the side dishes as well as the desserts are fresh and kept filled under the watchful eye of both Joseph Davis and Carlos. The hosts often walk the floor, greeting the customers and making sure that everyone is satisfied.
They are also a great choice for Sunday Brunch buffet as well as Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Birthdays and any special events.
Do you want a great variety of tastes without payi
By A Yahoo Contributor, 5/29/06
Hometown Buffet offers a variety with quality of hearty and delicious food choices including a surprising array of special features on different days of the week.
A few of the Entree choices are their new lean Babyback ribs, Sirloin steak, Shrimp, Salmon, Pork Loin, Orange chicken, Roast Beef, BBQ beef Ribs, Meatloaf, Carved ham, Pot Roast Carved Turkey and Beef Brisket
They incorporate the cuisine of different regions into their menu on alternating days. The pricing is not only reasonable, but an excellent value for what they offer. The food is prepared in small batches throughout the day to maintain freshness, taste & quality. I have always found the atmosphere to be light, the hosts friendly & attentive. Everything is always clean & ready. A wide array of beverages are always included and your welcome to refill at will. In my opinion you will not find a greater value with the variety than you get at Hometown buffet.
The food is what's to be expected at an all you can eat. Everything is made to please the blandest of taste but not to offend the pickier eater. The seating reminded me of Vegas buffets because it was crawling with young young children on up to the elderly which are bused in at times. But that was just fine for us since there was a little of everything for everyone. The pricing is a bit steep but they offer many choices, even in the dessert dept. Overall everyone was happy. Note to owner: Roast Beef shouldn't be cooked that much. It's SUPPOSED to be redish pink in the middle!
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