Nowadays, mounds of food rise and fall on plates like graphs of the stock market. The affluent '80s gave us the two-beans-and-a-lettuce-leaf austerity of nouvelle cuisine. After we tired of our expensive enforced diet, pre-millennium madness saw plates heaped with massive cudgels of chops, mountains of flavor-infused mashed potatoes, and lamb shanks the size of a linebacker's thigh. Hunger proclaimed, we've been seduced again by the buffet. Where once this meant cruise lines, resort luncheons, or Florida early-bird dinners complete with ladies bearing plastic-lined pocketbooks, in the '00s, ethnic restaurants are entering the all-you-can-eat sweepstakes with variations on the... More >>>