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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

VandynNashville

August 31st, 2009
10:24 pm

Find it amusing that the question was Buffet and someone put OK Cafe. Good but not a buffet. I have to agree with Papa Buffet, Buckner’s, The Lighthouse in Griffin and Blue Willow Inn. Papa is right by My folks’ place and we have ate there several times. Buckner’s is a great down home cooking place with Live Country Singings in an adjoining building just creates a down home southern experience. Make sure and try the Brunswick Stew.

mullet13

August 31st, 2009
10:24 pm

In Athens, Food for the Soul for authentic, delicious southern cooking. Peking on Atlanta Hwy. has the best lunch buffet.

As noted by many, Buckner’s has the best fried chicken.

Koko

August 31st, 2009
10:26 pm

Cafe Bombay in Druid Hills. Best Indian buffet.

NewRN

August 31st, 2009
10:29 pm

Buckner’s is no better than a feed trough. Bad food, sloppy service, and crowded group tables with stark lighting illuminating the gluttony. Dillard’s was quantity over quality, but beautiful scenery. It’s not as good as it was but Blue Willow does have good food, service, and variety for the price, and they have a pleasant atmosphere with nice presentation for their buffet, unlike the other places I’ve mentioned.

Chuck Uga

August 31st, 2009
10:30 pm

Golden Corral? Sweet Tomatoes? They said “BEST BUFFET,” not “BEST WAY TO GET TOMAIN POISONING.”

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker. Dillard House in Clayton. I will have to try the others mentioned (if I can find them).

Nita

August 31st, 2009
10:37 pm

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker, GA has been there since the early 50’s. Their food is excellent,, and the portions are quite large. Drive in, Diners and Dives from the Food Channel was there recently to film a segment on the show. The are open for breakfast,, lunch and dinner.

Madison

August 31st, 2009
10:39 pm

Sorry Bill but Randy’s is better than Larry’s.

Robert

August 31st, 2009
10:42 pm

Baby Jane’s in McDonough. Awesome fried chicken, plus fried green tomatoes a couple of days a week…. and only 6.50 with tea!

lots of eating

August 31st, 2009
10:44 pm

You all need use the ZTRAINER! But most of these places are great for dining… my vote goes to The Blue Willow Inn!

Wendy D

August 31st, 2009
10:45 pm

DeKalb Farmers Market of course! So many different types of wonderful food from all over, at a reasonable price. The one drawback is that the dining area is by the frozen / refridgerated foods so it’s kinda cold. Bring a coat!

A

August 31st, 2009
10:45 pm

RuSan’s sushi lunch buffet, but please can they turn the awful dance music down. Who wants to hear loud club music when you’re trying to eat lunch?

Louis

August 31st, 2009
10:47 pm

Loganville’s Journey’s End…equal to the few good ones above, and tops among the best~! Grreat Fried Chicken, Dumpling Soup, Green Fried Tomatoes…Seafood Special on Friday and Saturday nites can’t be beat, too. Been eating there almost twelve years consistently, both noon and nite. A wonderful tradition in Loganville. Started as a wing off Blue Willow Inn in Social, and went on its own a few years ago…and improved on Blue Willow in quality and value. Ya’ll come, hear~?

jamie

August 31st, 2009
10:48 pm

every time we have some poll, some jacka@@ like Steve gets on her. You need to go back to New Jersey or wherever you are from…I am sure you are “disgusting”.

Carl McKinney

August 31st, 2009
10:53 pm

Geneva’s Restaurant and Peachtree Cafe both in Thomaston, Ga; both have great food and service. cream corn, collards, meatloaf and chicken dressing at Geneva’s, fried corn, jalopena cornbread, fatback and country fried steak at Peachtree Cafe. Both have great desserts and the southern trademark ice tea!!!!!!

BIG T

August 31st, 2009
11:01 pm

BLUE WILLOW IN_ SOCIAL CIRCLE…….HANDS DOWN!!!!!

lor

August 31st, 2009
11:02 pm

Old Times Country Buffet in Valdosta, GA, a little further than Warner Robbins

Tommy

August 31st, 2009
11:05 pm

Daddy’s Country Kitchen in Acworth. If somebody has better fried chicken, it must be in Heaven. Veggies are great and the cobblers are wonderful.

Uncle Tom

August 31st, 2009
11:05 pm

Hmmm, I’d say Kacey’s on Lavista Road across from the Honeybaked Ham store…

Michael

August 31st, 2009
11:17 pm

Kasey’s at Lavista Rd and Montreal in Tucker…and only $7.00 (includes drink). Wednesday nights they even have a whole turkey on the buffet!

Katherine

August 31st, 2009
11:17 pm

Cafe Bombay for Indian is awesome!

JDJ

August 31st, 2009
11:26 pm

Panahar lunch buffet, Northeast Plaza on Buford Hwy. Excellent Indian food, many veggie dishes as well as chicken, lamb and beef. YUMMY stuff!

OptionBee

August 31st, 2009
11:29 pm

Many of you are evidently not from the south. I have tried buffets (southern food, not communist dishes)all over the south, and several that come to mind are: Shirley’s in Newnan; Buckners; the original LaPrad’s on Lake Burton (closed now); and a place in Sandersville that was a converted old house with screen doors. You have to have driven the back roads of Georgia to truly judge southern food! Many of our small towns have great local “Meat and 3’s). Buckners, I will have to say, the only way you could get a better piece of chicken is if you were a rooster!!!

Shannon, M.Div.

August 31st, 2009
11:32 pm

Blue Willow Inn… 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. When you’re there, check out the Lewis Grizzard pieces adorning the wall (for those who want an AJC connection). The BWI has won numerous awards.

I took my grandmother to the Green Manor in Union City, and she wasn’t very impressed with the selection. What they had was pretty good, but she was disappointed in what they didn’t have.

WILLIAM

August 31st, 2009
11:32 pm

Cheep buffets are contributing to the grand obese problem in America. The amount of fried, fatty food consumed by patrons of these palaces of gluteny is disgusting. Sitting and watching a little child go back for seconds and return to a table where there rear-ends hang of the chairs is a site truely to behold. Also, the folks who work there are thin, wonder why? I have been to buffets. I seldom go now. I’d rather have my food prepared as I’ve ordered it. Each to his own way to die earlier than expected…….

Georgia 1st

August 31st, 2009
11:32 pm

Historic Green Manor in union city by far is the best place in the metro area. I’ve never gone there and had a bad experience.

DecaturCyn

August 31st, 2009
11:35 pm

Here’s another vote for the DeKalb Farmer’s Market buffet. The fresh vegetable creations are never boring, and the price can’t be beat.

Joe

August 31st, 2009
11:40 pm

CiCi’s pizza is fire. Ryans has some good food too. Just EAT EAT EAT EAT fatty’s

Jim

August 31st, 2009
11:40 pm

Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA and Larry’s Buffet in Trenton, GA are both exceptional.
Sounds like I need to try Buckner’s in Jackson, GA.

KJ

August 31st, 2009
11:42 pm

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

Wow, this article was up several hours before some retard inevitably posted this. A new record?

Frances Hendricks

August 31st, 2009
11:44 pm

The Rabbit Town Cafe in Gainesville has a great southern buffet with different choices daily.

Shannon, M.Div.

August 31st, 2009
11:46 pm

Something that folks recommending Buckner’s aren’t mentioning (that I’ve seen): it’s a family-style restaurant, where you’ll be sitting at a table with strangers if you don’t come with a large party.

Some of us are shy. :) I certainly wouldn’t want to go over to Buckner’s without knowing that in advance.

Stretch

August 31st, 2009
11:50 pm

I have ate at all those mentioned above, save a few private kitchens, and I must agree that Buckner’s is the BEST! Nothing on the table is less than wonderful. The only downfall is that you might have to wait a little while to get your fill. I have eaten many luches at Phil’s in Stockbridge and they are a close second! I wish they would all deliver to Carrollton! I gotta get back on the road!

Stewed Tomatoes

August 31st, 2009
11:50 pm

Buckners by far. What you can’t eat you just rub all over yourself.

KA

August 31st, 2009
11:53 pm

I like Sweet Tomatoes for a fresh salad and soup buffet. And I like the DeKalb Farmer’s Market for all of the interesting tastes. I don’t want Jamie to call me a jack@@, but I do have to agree with Steve. Most Southern Food buffets are laden with fat, salt and sugar; even the poor vegetables are shiny with grease. Several trips to the battered and fried buffet, plus dessert and multiple glasses of sweet tea probably amounts to three days worth of calories, salt and fat grams. I grew up in the South and I like my meat grilled, vegetables steamed, and my salad with a little vinegar and herbs, with no fatty add-ons of cheese, croutons, chips, ham, egg etc. I don’t like my food smothered and covered, greased and salted and sugared up.

jennii c

September 1st, 2009
12:02 am

Annie Laura’s – Riverdale….if you’re ever in Raleigh, NC……Larry’s Seafood and Soul Food.

Steve

September 1st, 2009
12:07 am

I’m a fan of the weekend buffet at The Palace Indian restaurant at Holcomb Bridge and Peachtree Pkwy. On weekends they bring out a wider variety of items that are not available on the weekday buffet. I have no idea what many of the dishes are called but like them!

BTW, for those who voted for Matthew’s I agree they’re great but they’re a cafeteria not a buffet.

Phil

September 1st, 2009
12:11 am

I was at an all you can eat KFC that was pretty good. I don’t remember where it was though . . .

TeeBerry

September 1st, 2009
12:25 am

West’s Family Buffet between Helen and Cleveland. Phenomenal food. The slaw is worth the price of the whole meal. Tea is great. Chicken. Corn. Everything!! It really is good.

Also, it is absolutely the cleanest restaurant I’ve ever been in. It’s an O/C ’s paradise. Honestly.

L.j.m

September 1st, 2009
12:26 am

Try Runway Fish House in Baldwin, GA. It is a buffet that all who love seafood will enjoy. They also have great soups, salads, and kid friendly food as well! So skinny and overweight can come together and enjoy fried, baked, and broiled seafoods.

NavyMom

September 1st, 2009
12:39 am

Blue Willow Inn is the ABSOLUTE BEST! I would love to be able to eat their deserts but they are TOO rich. Yes I still have a bite and pay for it later:-(
I’m definitely going to have to try Buckners.
I went to Matthews in Tucker but wasn’t impressed by the way it looked.
People stick to the topic – BUFFET not RESTAURANTS – GEES!
@the idiot who said people in the South or Georgia are fat as $%# – goes to show how IGNORANT you are. Just because you eat at a buffet doesn’t mean you eat all the unhealthy things.

T

September 1st, 2009
12:39 am

Have ya’ll forgot about Mama Louise and the H&H down in Macon? The Allman Brothers would’ve starved without her and that killer fried chicken and cornbread, black-eyed peas and greens!

granni

September 1st, 2009
12:40 am

The best buffet is my dining room after Sunday service.

NavyMom

September 1st, 2009
12:41 am

@Phil there use to be one in Cobb County close to Windy Hill area and it was pretty good but that was years ago – don’t know if that was it or not.

Alan

September 1st, 2009
12:41 am

After having a gastro-bypass, I seldom eat at buffets. If I am out with friends and we end up eating at a buffet, I normally get charged a child’s price after I show my surgeon’s card documenting my surgery. Golden Corall, however, charges full price even though I explained I could only eat a few bites limited to only a few foods, and no sugared foods, deserts, or drinks. Even with the card to prove it, they wouldn’t listen. Golden Corall could care less about people who are trying to live healthy. They just want your money. So they are marked off my list. I hope that everyone will forget them as well!

Sunshine

September 1st, 2009
12:45 am

The Redd House in Jefferson is the Georgia’s Finest. It is all about Great Food, Love of Family and Southern Comfort at its best. It is worth the drive. Be sure to bring the whole family and enjoy a true Georgia meal cooked by a loving, hardworking and caring family. Be sure to tell Andy & Karen thank you for making you dinner.

John

September 1st, 2009
12:55 am

The Blue Willow and Buckner’s is 1. and 1A

The Sarge

September 1st, 2009
1:53 am

Well, let’s see:
The economy’s in the dumper
Folks, left and right, are outta work
Our Government’s spending like a drunken Sailor on weekend liberty
Overweight adults and kids are rampant throughout the land
(Do feel free to add, by priority, the issues in your life which need attending)

Is it really the responsible thing to devote an article on the best places where one can stuff their faces into oblivion? Maybe it’s just me, but I rather think not. If the article’s author feels that, for the stated issues, we are in need of “comfort food”, perhaps some literary talent should be aimed at producing “food for thought” articles instead, not “how to hasten your demise”.

Old School

September 1st, 2009
2:08 am

Mama Bear may or may not have a point. All-too-often, I see kids in these “all-you-can swalla” joints going ape shucks, running up and down the isles, sticking their grubby fingers in the offerings…and it’s up to that waitress to clean up the inevitable mess these unsupervised kids will leave in their wake. Now I’m not suggesting, for one minute, that Mama Bear’s kids fit this description…this may just be a point for M.B. to ponder (if the shoe fits, yada yada yada; if not, perhaps this may be a point of departure in understanding the behavior of those around you).

Bon Apetite!

NorthGeorgia

September 1st, 2009
2:49 am

The Runway Fish House in Baldwin (it is actually next to the runway at Habersham County Airport) is a good seafood buffet, but only if you like everything fried. Everything. Fried.

West Family Restaurant on Helen Highway north of Cleveland is wonderful, starting with breakfast and coming back for the seafood buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings. The service is excellent, with staff that has been there for many happy years.

House of Lin (GA 400 at GA 53 in Dawsonville, just north of the North Georgia Outlet Mall) is a fabulous Oriental buffet that includes sushi, for under $15 (less at lunchtime!).

In Atlanta!

September 1st, 2009
3:09 am

This is for the ATLANTA area!! Sorry, but Buckners in Jackson is NOT Atlanta. Neither is Old Times Country Buffet in Warner Robbins. Or the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. And Larry’s in Trenton….are you serious?!?! The quickest way to get there from Atlanta is through TENNESSEE!!!!! Idiots!!!