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Best buffet

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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

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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

Mikey Mike

September 5th, 2009
8:46 am

The OK Cafe DOES have a buffet…It’s the “to go ” buffett and it’s awesome. Always go when I’m in town.

Booger

September 5th, 2009
9:02 am

i think the assignment was “the best buffet,” not that you can feed a football team for 25 dollars. The best means you ignore price. For example, the Boston Sea Party, if you like seafood, despite the fact you have to save all week to afford it.

bill young

September 5th, 2009
9:04 am

jones kitchen jesup Ga best meatloaf, potato salad, fried chicken, and biscuits your mom wishes she could make.

Tonya

September 6th, 2009
10:04 am

Buckner’s in Jackson, GA . Hands down the BEST fried chicken ever and I’m not even a big fan of fried chicken.

Jack

September 6th, 2009
11:09 am

Looks like Buckners is the place for buffet…got ta try it.

catchemquick

September 6th, 2009
11:30 am

sedneys buffet in gainesvillie real good, also the minnow bucket in elberton ga.

catchemquick

September 6th, 2009
11:30 am

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Vern

September 6th, 2009
11:56 am

I thought this was “Best Buffet”. Some of these places are definitely not buffet–all you can eat- places. When did Mathews Cafeteria go buffet?

Hemant Modi

September 6th, 2009
12:15 pm

I Like it see some Restaurants. but i Realy

el gordo comelon

September 6th, 2009
12:41 pm

COMELONES DE BARRIGA GRANDE STEAKHOUSE a new cuban buffet in Buford highway,for fat people only,but price is not cheap.

MoJo

September 6th, 2009
12:45 pm

I always take my bottle of hand sterilizer in with me when eating at a salad bar and use after filling my plate…yes, the handles of the spoons are dirty; just watch folks lick their fingers if they get a drop of food on them! Perhaps establishments will begin to furnish the hand sterilizers on the bars, along with the food!
Best place is still Buckners in Jackson even though the price has gone up. Just a reminder, they do not take credit/debit cards, just cash and checks.

Shay

September 6th, 2009
1:12 pm

Ummm, OK Cafe DOES have a buffet- in the Take Away section. That’s what it is, a buffet, and it’s really good, so chill people. I think the best buffet bar is at Whole Foods Buckhead location- lots of choices and most of it is pretty healthy. (I know, what’s the point if it’s healthy.)

Ole Techs

September 6th, 2009
1:32 pm

Why don’t all you pretentious.__________s (fill in the blank) like Sarge go stick your fingers down your throats and let the rest of the world have some fun?

cholesterol too high

September 6th, 2009
1:32 pm

no wonder southerners are SOOOOOOOOOOO fat

KarmaKool

September 6th, 2009
2:11 pm

I just looked back at the top of the page, and sure enough it did say “BEST OF THE BIG A” ! I thougth that meant Atlanta, It did not say, “BEST OF GA”.

Forsyth is too far away from Atlanta to qualify, even though Buckners is good.
Macon and Warner Robins is over 100 miles away.

The Blue Willow of Social Circle put a Blue Willow in Macon a few years ago. It was NOT GOOD. It went right out of business.

The Olde Time Country Buffet? KFC? I cannot believe that these folks don’t go beyond the Roberta city limits.

You folks out to venture out beyond FAST FOOD!

Becky

September 6th, 2009
2:26 pm

Green Tomato in Lawrenceville. They make everything from scratch, even their rolls and it is only $6.

The Real Mark

September 6th, 2009
2:42 pm

I suggest all you folks venture down to Fairburn to the GREEN MANOR!

Carolym

September 6th, 2009
2:54 pm

MRS. WILKES BOARDING HOUSE in Savannah hands down. No comparison.

Georgia Belle

September 6th, 2009
3:31 pm

We enjoy *Blue Willow Inn* the best. You can’t beat their freshness and quality! It is worth the drive, every time.

robbiebob

September 6th, 2009
3:50 pm

Nobody has mentioned John Boys on Canton Highway in Marietta…come on guys…Golden Corrall
get real!!

ZsaZsaATL

September 6th, 2009
3:59 pm

Ummmmmmm didn’t this article say best in the “A”(ATLANTA!) Some of these places you all are listing are all the way in BFE. I still haven’t found a good soul food/southern buffet in the Atlanta Metro area. Gladys Knights has the most consistency with their offerings. Buffet? Hmmmmmm now thats a hard one!

MissDale

September 6th, 2009
4:24 pm

Well!! The restaurant listed the greatest number of times has been BLUE WILLOW in Social Circle, GA. The food is undescribably delicious. I try to eat healthily, and have eliminated bread items from my diet because of the massive amounts of fat in bread, but I may……..or may not try to pecan crusted biscuits that someone wrote about. Sounds delicious. But what I recommend is the sweet potato souffle……it’s sprinkled with CornFlakes and the taste is magnificent. Also, I don’t eat chicken, but the fried chicken DID “call my name”. I didn’t answer the call, but it looked remarkably delicious and I’m told that it is delicious.

As everyone else mentioned, it’s a bit of a drive, but truly well worth it. Try it! I think you’ll like it
Ciao!

MissDale

September 6th, 2009
4:27 pm

OK…………….Savannah is not in the Atlanta metro area, but……….MRS WILKES’ BOARDING HOUSE!!!!!………there is no place like it, not even Blue Willow…………….Gosh!!!! When I think of the place, my mouth waters………………Didn’t think of it initially cuz (again) it’s in Savannah, not Atlanta. But when you go to Savannah, do try MRS. WILKES’……………Superb!!!!

JKJ

September 6th, 2009
4:33 pm

I agree with AJ, the Golden Corral on Austell Rd (my mom’s favorite spot when she’s in town) and Sweet Tomatoes (my daughter’s favorite) on Barrett Pkwy in Marietta. At both places, the food is great and the service is impeccable.

tony

September 6th, 2009
5:14 pm

i would say cho won buffet on satellite blvd gwinnett-its a korean resturant. also grand buffet in gwinnett just google it you can’t beat the all you can eat seafood and not all you can waste. trust me these ethnic buffet are a must.

Danny G

September 6th, 2009
5:24 pm

Journey’s End and Mathews in Tucker. Sarge, take your comments to the Editorial page. Mama Bear, we are judging food here, not kids that need to be chained to a table because parents do not teach manners anymore and a waitress that is fed up with those rug rats. The food is good. Alan, never knew anyone that had that surgery and lived a long time, so good luck to you. Time to eat!

Borodawg

September 6th, 2009
5:37 pm

Coulda sworn the question was about ‘ATL area’ buffets…not Social Circle, Jackson, Helen, Valdosta, Gainesville, etc. We southerners like to eat…but drive an hour (or more) for a buffet?

And to those who rant about obesity – you weren’t invited.

catchemquick

September 6th, 2009
5:50 pm

sarge you need to get a life try buffet, you could like it, if you get the the chip off your shoulder. and why do call yourself sarge unless you were a army cook. oh my gosh.

Ed Biles

September 6th, 2009
6:47 pm

From 11 AM to 9 PM, 7 days a week, the best is THE GARDEN PATCH

Mary Willliams

September 6th, 2009
8:37 pm

The classiest all-you-can eat restaurants include the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, the Smith House in Dahlonega, and the Dillard House in Dillard. The food is excellent at all three – worth several days of dieting afterwards to make up for the yummy splurge. And best of all, each of them are surrounded with great sights to make a day excursion! For local, watching the budget but not the waistline, it’s the Golden Corral in Alpharetta or Cumming.

Biddles

September 6th, 2009
8:37 pm

I can’t believe someone said golden corral. I can open canned veggies and eat better than that dog food.

Mike

September 6th, 2009
8:40 pm

Daddys in Acworth

jb

September 6th, 2009
8:51 pm

Has anyone ever tried Long Street Cafe in Gainesville, off of Green Street? Great breakfast buffett!

jb

September 6th, 2009
8:52 pm

I do have to say, though, that my grits are better!!

joecamel

September 6th, 2009
8:55 pm

Sting ‘em Buzz

September 4th, 2009
12:03 pm

take a drive up to Blue Ridge, Ga and go to Dillard House….you will not be disappointed

Oh yes you will, because the Dillard House is in DILLARD, not blue Ridge.

nicole

September 6th, 2009
9:41 pm

Sydney Seafood Asian buffet in Duluth. Great fresh Asian delicacies and Hibachi steak!!

Jim Eriksen

September 6th, 2009
9:45 pm

Golden Corral is a chain. They offer a large selection including seafood. The food looks great. They don’t really season anything. The dessert selection is quite good.

otis

September 6th, 2009
9:49 pm

Nick’s on hwy. 17 in Brunswick Ga. Great veggie’s and the best fried chicken on the planet.

Big Juicy

September 6th, 2009
9:50 pm

Definitely Ole Time buffet in Brunswick, GA! The best Fried Chicken and fried fish you can find anywhere and extremely clean. Great wait service as well. Only the very hungry need apply —-

BigDawg

September 6th, 2009
10:19 pm

Coleman’s Lake (Midville, GA) for seafood.
Colonnade (Cheshire Bridge) for southern make me fat food.

d

September 6th, 2009
10:27 pm

Grand Buffet In duluth

DC

September 6th, 2009
10:34 pm

Golden Corral definitely. You can get plates and plates of food for a reasonable cost plus refills on drink’s.

Diane

September 6th, 2009
11:50 pm

Red and Green Steak House in Doraville

Joe

September 6th, 2009
11:58 pm

Buckner’s is NOT A BUFFET!

JACK

September 7th, 2009
12:08 am

REIDS CAFE IN LITTLE OLD MURRYVILLE GA. BEST PRICES THAT I HAVE EVER FOUND ON A CAFETERIA LINE, WITH SUPER FRIENDLY AND NICE COUNTRY FOLKS IT MAKES YOUR DAY..ONLY DISLIKE IS THAT THEY ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAY SO I HAVE TO EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE…TRY REIDS IF YOU ARE HEADED TOWARD DAHLONEGA AND THE MOUNTAINS…YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED..

Holey Moley

September 7th, 2009
12:26 am

King Buffet on Buford Highway. Try the fried chicken’s feet. (I didn’t.)

kevin

September 7th, 2009
1:06 am

RYANS HAS GREAT FOOD

Greg

September 7th, 2009
1:20 am

McDonalds, Exit 8 Offramp, Woodstock. Best toy prizes hands down. Cheap too.

BBQ LOVER

September 7th, 2009
1:29 am

it is not a cafe or a ayce bufet however BILLS SMOKIN Q in jackson ga. has some of the best bbq and their brunswick stew and cracklin cornbread is to die for

Misterbigideaguy

September 7th, 2009
5:58 am

Sri Krishna Villas on Windward – without question