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A plate of some of the delicious items from the buffet at the Blue Willow Inn. Photo: Curtis Compton / Staff

A plate of some of the delicious items from the buffet at the Blue Willow Inn. Photo: Curtis Compton / Staff

1) Blue Willow Inn

You say, “I don’t even *like* Southern food normally and I love their food (even though it is VERY Southern). Pecan cheddar biscuits… fried green tomatoes… those are my favorite items there. It’s a bit of a drive, but it is worth it.”

2) Café Bombay

3) John Boy’s

4) Daddy’s Country Kitchen

5) Journey’s End


The sweet, syrup-drenched Gulab Jamun from MGR Palace. Photo: Becky Stein/ special

The sweet, syrup-drenched Gulab Jamun from MGR Palace. Photo: Becky Stein/ special

1) MGR Palace

We say “It’s no surprise that one of the Atlanta area’s best Indian restaurants also has one of the best lunch buffets around.”

2) Blue Willow Inn

3) Sweet Tomatoes

4) Mirch Masala

5) Captain Billy’s Fish House

627 comments Add your comment

Mr. A

August 31st, 2009
11:53 am

Buckners in Jackson……….. the best even if it is too expensive!


August 31st, 2009
1:11 pm

BUCKNERS IS THE BEST, everything they serve—Then I would say Swapna (East Indian) on Cobb Pkwy, Marietta–and Atlantic Seafood.


August 31st, 2009
1:56 pm

Buckners in Jackson, GA is the BEST fried chichen in the state of GA!


August 31st, 2009
1:58 pm

Phils Southern Cooking in Stockbridge. The best food hands down, including all fresh veggies. Best fried chicken in the world.

Buffet Fan

August 31st, 2009
2:04 pm

Old Times Country Buffet in Warner Robins, Georgia. The best selection and taste of all time! A gazillion southern vegetables seasoned to perfection. They have fatback on the buffet for goodness sake!


August 31st, 2009
2:04 pm

The Blue Willow Inn out in Social Circle. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it.

Keep It Real

August 31st, 2009
2:41 pm

Rusans Sushi best $10 sushi lunch in ATL…


August 31st, 2009
2:45 pm

Buckners in Jackson is the best.


August 31st, 2009
3:00 pm

Asian Buffet in Stone Mountain… Great chinese buffet!


August 31st, 2009
3:25 pm

Sandy Plains and 92



Trojan '73

August 31st, 2009
4:57 pm

Buckner’s in Jackson, GA Buckner’s in Jackson, GA


August 31st, 2009
5:22 pm

Journey’s end in Loganville , GA


August 31st, 2009
5:37 pm

Without a doubt, Papa Buffet in Morrow. Great combination of Oriental and American foods


August 31st, 2009
6:45 pm

I can’t say for sure it’s the best cause I haven’t been to them all but here’s another plug for DONNY’S in Mayretta. Good price, too. Check it out.


August 31st, 2009
7:03 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market rocks!


August 31st, 2009
7:11 pm

Swapna on Cobb Parkway is incredible, and Unique Indian in Smyrna next to HH Gregg, while a much smaller buffet, scores for food quality and service. 2 top notch Indian buffets within less than a mile of each other!


August 31st, 2009
7:21 pm

Old times Country Buffet in Macon and Warner Robbins. The absolute best southern food in Ga.


August 31st, 2009
7:24 pm

OK Cafe at Northside Drive/West Paces Ferry. God bless the “OK Takeaway”!


August 31st, 2009
7:41 pm

Hands Down Blue Willow Inn, Social Circle, Ga.

I have to go Check out Buckner's Buffet in Jackson, Ga

August 31st, 2009
7:46 pm

It sound like a winner for sure. Have to go this fall during the week when it’s less of a crowd!

The Holiday Inn has a buffet in Forysth, Ga (Not Forysth County) has a killer buffet. Small town fill and rich southern cooking.

The New Perry Hotel, (A Old hotel that was remodeled) has a wonderful buffet, and sweet potato suffle to die for.


August 31st, 2009
8:03 pm

The Lighthouse in Griffin, GA. Great catfish.


August 31st, 2009
8:04 pm

Holiday Inn has rich southern cooking? Listen people, fried crap and canned vegetables isn’t “southern cooking”. It’s like saying Taco Bell is rich Mexican food. You might enjoy it, but don’t call a chain buffet “southern cooking”


August 31st, 2009
8:12 pm

Larry’s in Trenton is the best easily.

All American Dude

August 31st, 2009
8:13 pm

While not exactly a buffet, per se, the Dillard House in Dillard has some awesome food. They bring everything to your table for one price & there are LOTS of things they bring!!


August 31st, 2009
8:13 pm

Donnys on corner of Sandy Plains and 92 is the absolute best!!!

da best toriy boo

August 31st, 2009
8:24 pm

hey folks you ever heard of GOLDEN CORAL ……

Spalding Drive homeowner

August 31st, 2009
8:24 pm

Dillard House, Dillard GA is the best classy’ast buffet around, well worth the trip, great little get away with the hotel and all ya’ll.


August 31st, 2009
8:28 pm

The Bulloch House in Warm Springs, GA. Great southern food and fried green tomatoes!


August 31st, 2009
8:30 pm

It depends on what you want.

Nori Nori in Sandy Springs has a truly spectacular sushi buffet with an enormous variety of salads, hot dishes, sweets, and other items.

For Southern food, I agree with those who have posted about the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA. It has won numerous awards for good reason.

Indian … that’s a tough one. We have some very good Indian buffets in the city. I like Sri Krishna Vilas in Alpharetta. Minerva’s buffet is larger, but I like the quality of SKV a bit better. Your mileage may vary, as the saying goes. :)

I don’t know if salad bars are in their own category or not, but Soup Garden on Cobb Parkway has been a favorite of mine for years. They offer soup, baked potatoes with trimmings, desserts (terrific gingerbread), and a refreshingly interesting salad bar with the very best honey mustard dressing I’ve ever tasted.


August 31st, 2009
8:36 pm

Bullock House (Warm Springs)is the best I have had. Outstanding food and service.


August 31st, 2009
8:58 pm

Ru Sans has a buffet every Wednesday full of great Sushi and other assortments for about 10 bucks. Absolutely great deal


August 31st, 2009
9:04 pm

Come on ya’ll, “Rays on the River” Food quality, Ambiance and experience is where it’s at!!! No I don’t work there, just like to eat there.


August 31st, 2009
9:18 pm

DeKalb Farmers’ Market. No comparison. It’s inexpensive, it’s interesting and it’s close!


August 31st, 2009
9:22 pm



August 31st, 2009
9:24 pm

The Redd House in Jefferson – Home cooking straight from scratch! Family run business in the middle of no where. They do no marketing at all, it is all by word of mouth. Really great prices for what you get – all you can eat.


August 31st, 2009
9:25 pm

Buffets? Really? I’ve tried many for lunch hoping to find quality and diverse food selections, but you end up eating too much, feel gross afterwards, and scope out the crowd – obesity everywhere.

For $6-10, just have ONE plate of DECENT fresh food somewhere. As southerners, we are disgusting with the way we are fat and/or obese.
Golden Corral? DISGUSTING. Tried it once and the food was bland and greasy.

Doctor Dan

August 31st, 2009
9:28 pm

Another vote for Donny’s on Sandy Plains Rd at Hwy 92. Great selection of fresh veggies, good desserts and the price is right.


August 31st, 2009
9:39 pm

Someone listed Ray’s on the River, someone else listed OK Cafe.

Do you folks know what a buffet is?


August 31st, 2009
9:42 pm

Loosen up brother, put on your mumu and stop checking out the Southern obese! If you can’t say anything nice…. and all that. Vatica is kind of buffet-like. I vote for it.


August 31st, 2009
9:44 pm

Buckners Jackson, GA
Phil’s Southern Cooking in Stockbridge,Ga – My fav Fried Chicken ,Pick Collards and Veggies
Blue Willow Inn Social Circle, Ga – Reservations may be Required
Garden Patch Barnesville, GA


August 31st, 2009
9:52 pm

Buckners in Jackson GA

Not Disappointed!

August 31st, 2009
9:52 pm

Wilkes House in Savanah, Ga is a must. You set at picnic table with strangers and they serve great food and conversation.


August 31st, 2009
9:54 pm

Best buffet and some doofus says “OK Cafe”. Gotta love it. It’s good but no where close to a buffet!

Cardog10 is an idiot!!!!

August 31st, 2009
10:00 pm

Cardog10 you’re an idiot!!!!!!!!! The person was talking about the Kitchen at the Holiday Inn in Forsyth, Ga. I’ve been there also. It’s not canned veggies, it’s fresh and they have great food. Somebody rents the space and they serve to who ever. Cardog10 It’s not a chain you doo doo bird! Travel and see Georiga for a change!

****** FYI***** Did anyone know that Paul Deen of “Lady & Sons of Savanah, Ga” Once rented a spot at the Days Inn and served food from there, so don’t count out the Little Hotels in small towns.

Wow! Let's eat!

August 31st, 2009
10:01 pm

Oh, I promise to Diet tomorrow for a Hamburger today!!! Oy!


August 31st, 2009
10:04 pm

The Filling Station in Dalton, Ga.

Gainesville Ray

August 31st, 2009
10:06 pm

Hands down West Family! highway 75 between Cleveland & Helen! Country buffet including the best Country fried steak & gravy!!!


August 31st, 2009
10:10 pm

The Green Manor in Union City! Yum! Yum! Yum! I went there to meet a friend and her family last month and was skeptical because I’d never heard of it (yes, shame on me!). But it was great! If you like “down home” southern food, it’s a real delight! My mouth is almost watering thinking about the dressing. I felt like it was Thanksgiving!


August 31st, 2009
10:11 pm

The best buffett in the “A” is in my kitchen on a Sunday evening!, Stop wasting your money and learn how to cook……….


August 31st, 2009
10:22 pm

I like Blue Willow for the ladies church group; Buckners for the over 50 seniors church group, Dillard House and BullocK House for senior church trips. You can tell where they are by the posts. All my obesity will be dealt with on a higher plain. Heaven-bound and you are welcome to dine with me anywhere but the best eating will be at The Lords Buffet. I won’t argue the issue.