Thursday, June 10, 2010

Old Country Buffet - any cheaper it would be free


Old Country Buffet

Bellis Fair Mall, Bellingham WA

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Food: 3.5

Price: Cheap

A few weekends back, I had to go down to the States to pick up something I bought online. Since the lineup at the borders has been really long lately, R and I went extra early. Because we went so early, Hagen's wasn't opened yet, so we headed down to Bellingham for some shopping first. The mall was also not opened yet, except for the few big retailers. Good thing I decided to check out Target, cause if I didn't, I would have missed out on this great place for breakfast.
The Old Country Buffet is located right outside Target, and they had a sign that said 'Breakfast Buffet $4.99'. Since R and I didn't have breakfast, we thought why not. The restaurant was rather large with lots of tables and even some cozy booths.
This $4.99 breakfast buffet had everything you can think of. They had the regular stuff: bacon, sausage, eggs (different style), toast, hash brown, french toast, waffle, pancake, pastries, hot/cold cereals and some fresh fruits. They also had a few things that are not normally associate with breakfast, such as salad bar, soft serve station (with all the fixings too), and even a self served taco/burrito bar.
R loves egg, so he was pretty much in egg heaven. They had poached, scrambled, chopped boiled egg and omelet. I loved their freshly made waffles with some real strawberry sauce. The waffle was crunchy on the outside, but airy and soft on the inside.
With this kind of pricing, I was surprised that they had a fresh to order omelet station. Although the selection was limited (red/green pepper, tomato, onion, ham, cheese, olive), but the fact they had one was already impressive to me. I asked for it to be a bit undercooked, and it came out great. The only problem was the size, it was a rather large portion, and this filled me up real quick.

There is also a fountain bar here. However it's $1.49 extra to get all you can drink. Basically, you get free water, but if you pay for the drinks, you can get anything from the fountain bar (coffee, juice, milk, pop). We both opt in on the drinks, but only to find out that the juice is always gone in a flash, so all you are left with is just pop, milk or coffee. Also the chocolate milk was way too sweet (added too much syrup). We both thought the drinks wasn't all that impressive, but I guess for $1.49, you really can't complain much.
I am not much of a sauce person when it comes to breakfast, usually a bit of salt & pepper with some ketchup will do. However here at the buffet, they had a whole station dedicated to sauce and this does not include the salad dressing and cheese sauce.

Overall, the value here can't be beat. We were excepting way less than this for $4.99, but got a whole lot more. Also the food here is certainly decent and some of them are actually quite good. Therefore if you want a hearty good breakfast, I certainly recommend stopping by.


Tia June 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM

i love this place. i'm never there early enough for breakfast, but the lunch is great too! i never get the drinks because they just fill you up and then you have less room to eat :)

Jenny June 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I agree, I think will definitely opt out for the drinks next time. Lunch buffet is good too? Well.. maybe it's time for another visit to Bellingham :)

KimHo June 11, 2010 at 5:47 AM

As I have told Sherman a couple of times already "Americans know their buffet..." :)

The hilarious part also is the amount of retirees eating at the restaurant! (First pic) I guess there is no reason for a lot of people to be there THAT early, hehehe.

Jenny June 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Yeah, the Americans definitely do buffet way better than ours. Also the price is just a steal for many of them. :)

As for the retirees, there were definitely a lot of them, but there were many families too.

Sherman June 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Old Country is solid. People who complain about this place are food snobs. For the price they charge, you can only get a fast food combo. Easy decision for me... Go to Old Country instead!

Anonymous July 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I love this place, they have really delicious fried chicken for dinner :) I have to agree, americans kick butt when it comes to buffets :) I am going to enjoy the breakfast this weekend, can't wait YUMMMMMM!!!!!

Patricia October 16, 2010 at 7:27 PM

what kind of peppers are the whole peppers that are on the taco buffet? and does anyone know how they cook them? they are awesome!

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