Drove to Wisconsin this week. Yup. Work related. Drove out with my boss. Yup.
Can't really say too much but I did want to relay one little glimpse into this trip. After sitting for an hour in stop-and-go traffic through Chicago, my boss said "Hey, do you like buffet?".
I was non-committal. I don't know. I've gone to buffet places in the southern states and they could be hit or miss. Not really something I go out of my way to try out. But my boss seemed pretty excited about it so why not? There's usually at least one dish that makes it worthwhile.
I punched in "Old Country Buffet" and found several hits. Apparently it's some sort of chain. We pulled into the one that was closest to our route and headed in. And this place.... man... this place is the saddest restaurant I've ever been in, in my entire life. The Old Country Buffet is unquestionably the Wal-Mart of the dining world. The people in this place are not happy. They're not happy with their lives and they are not happy that they have to eat at a place like the Old Country Buffet.
There are exactly two nice things I can say about the Old Country Buffet. It is inexpensive and the dining experience is as quick as you want to make it.
The rest of it is shit.
The Mexican section was disgusting, the Chinese section was depressing, the Italian section was laughable, and everything else just made me cringe. And cry a little.
The fried chicken was at least edible. And the coffee was better than the stuff at the office (which isn't saying much). So I grimly ate my meal and then we grimly left.
This was not a happy meal. And it set the tone for the rest of the trip. Avoid the Old Country Buffet if you value your happiness in any amount.