Rotating Smorgasboard

Does anyone else remember a restaurant that had a rotating buffet? I vaguely recall – going on a school trip back in the late 1980’s to a place that had a rotating buffet – the food went around and then back into the kitchen for the cooks to refill the bins… so, for example, if you wanted mashed potatoes you had to wait for them to come around again….. I’m pretty sure the one I went to was called Duff’s. Am I crazy, or does anyone else remember this?


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Posted on March 28, 2017, in Amazing, Clever, Cool!, Foodstuffs, HIstory, Teens, Travel, USA, Weird. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. How funny! A bit before my time, but it does remind me of conveyor belt sushi or dim sum, where you grab whichever plate passing by that looks good 🙂

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  2. I absolutely remember this growing up. I lived in Louisiana at the time at it was a Duff’s restaurant. One small reason I was a fat kid!

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  3. Harold Phillips

    the restaurant was called “Duffs”. Homer and Stacey Duff had a large chain of them. they went through a divorcee and she got have of the stores. She called her`s “Stacey`s” and his became “Hometown Buffet”.

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  4. Yes. There was a place called duff’s. Had this type of buffet table. Wish it was still around. Remember it as a child. Thought it was so cool to stand there and the food cane to you !!!

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  5. Yes!! Was just listening to old Billy Ocean songs on You Tube!! Ha ha….Brought me back to when I was a kid in the 80’s. The thought of that spinning buffet table came to mind and yes….Duff’s it is!

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  6. Yep …it was in Fort Lauderdale Florida…it was called Duff’s…I was there in 1988.

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  7. Oh good I thought I was going crazy because no one remembers a buffet like this either. I always thought it was called Dove’s but Duff’s would make sense. My memory is bad but I do remember going to a rotating buffet when I was a tiny kid.


  8. James Edwards

    Wow I someone asked on Facebook if anyone remember duffs and I lived by one in Monroeville pa and they had the rotating buffet I was trying to find pictures and you got one.the best part was people at the edge where food went back and the didn’t get the spoon back in food before it went behind the wall.


  9. yes. it was duff’s, i thought it was so fun as a kid. they don’t have the rotating buffets anymore though. 😦


  10. Malcolm Reynolds

    I remember Duffs quite well, I used to go to the one in Alton, IL all the time with my parents in the early to mid 80’s. They had one or two revolving buffets and one that didn’t rotate, the desert bar didn’t rotate either… It was a great place, I always loved going there. I got married to my wife when I was 18 around 1990 or 1991 and I took her there only to discover they had been closed. I was sad to see it go.


  11. We had one here in suburban Milwaukee. I thought it made great sense to do it that way since the staff could keep an eye on the food without running back and forth carrying the food to restock the buffet. Surprised other buffet type places didn’t adopt it.


  12. I do remember duffs. It was where the standard bank is now, below shogun, in Monroeville PA.


  13. Oh my gosh I totally remember that! It seemed huge to me back then but I was like 8. We would go there on the way to Chicago from St.Louis Mo. I assume it was off 55 and I’m pretty sure you’re right about the name! Duffs. Good times.


  14. Yesssss!!! I thought I was imagining things too! We had one in Montgomery, AL! Thank you so much for the pic!!


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