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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

OUR PICKS

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

Molly

September 1st, 2009
3:27 am

OK Cafe is NOT a buffet …… !

J.T.

September 1st, 2009
3:38 am

Jone’s Kitchen in Jesup, Ga. if your down that way. Best buffet in the Brunswick area. $7.50 Get there early for the banana pudding

YoungerThan ThatNow

September 1st, 2009
4:18 am

Ole Times Buffet is a small chain with restaurants in Macon, Warner Robins, Tifton, Valdosta, Fitzgerald and Tallahassee FL, to name a few. It’s good most of the time, but at times you get that ‘quantity over quality’ feeling there. Buckner’s in Jackson is very good but is tragically over-priced. But they’re aiming for the Yankees runnin’ up and down the slab who don’t know country from sushi, and don’t realize how much they’re paying for it. The Blue Willow is very good, and crowded usually… which is a good sign.

But friends, south of Macon there are better places than all of these on just about every corner in every small town you can name. So, come on down south and we’ll go have a good country lunch and you’ll still have money to get home with… and desert’s included!

Jason

September 1st, 2009
4:34 am

IMHO, the Market Diner in Thomasville is the best buffett in Georgia. I stop every time on the way to Florida and again on the way back.

Susie

September 1st, 2009
4:46 am

DeKalb Farmer’s Market – best prices and good vegetarian selection, in addition to other meat recipes not found elsewhere.

cadawg

September 1st, 2009
5:25 am

Jones in Jesup, GA I’ve never met anyone, that ate there, that doesn’t agree. I would fly all the way from San Francisco to Georgia, just to eat there! Everything is cooked in a true southern style! Great atmosphere, too! You never know who’ll be sitting at the table, a construction worker, a lawyer, a working mom, or a Senator or Govenor.

Moved South for the Food

September 1st, 2009
5:40 am

Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker. You have to get over the appearance to really enjoy the food. Some people say the run down appearance is part of the appeal. Peeling paint and brown lunchroom trays may be nostalgic but sticky floors and dirty tables is not! Come on Mike, clean up the place! You are sitting on a gold mine!

Moved South for the Food

September 1st, 2009
5:46 am

Oh, BTW, all of you folks that are concerned with the obese people of the south. The north is just as fat as the south. I worked in healthcare for 15 years and saw just as many overweight patients up there as I see down here. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes here and pizza and beer up north. Same issue, just different geography.

Ishmael

September 1st, 2009
5:51 am

I haven’t been by there lately, but The Pickrick always had great fried chicken.

bill

September 1st, 2009
6:22 am

#1 is Lady & Sons in Savannah with the best collard greens and hoecake cornbread. #2 is Stella’s in a little town called Claxton, #3 is Geneva’s on Bee Road next to Krystal’s in Savannah

Topp Dogg

September 1st, 2009
6:29 am

People who eat at buffet type establishments ,overeat because they want to be sure to get their moneys worth.This is why the men are slobs and the women are hogs.Its called grasing not eating!

Atlanta Native

September 1st, 2009
6:50 am

Thanks for answering my number one question about the Scooby Doo show there Shaggy. None of those are buffets. You are a stoner after all!

Heck...

September 1st, 2009
6:51 am

Who is PAUL Deen?

Willis

September 1st, 2009
7:04 am

Why is it that a simple “poll” soon deteriorates into social commentary about our eating habits, apostrophe use, and obesity, to mention three? And Alan wants us to know about his gastric bypass and that we should not patronize Golden Corral because they won’t give him a discount.

Am I an idiot too?

Willis

September 1st, 2009
7:06 am

Top Dogg says: Its called grasing not eating!

Sir, what is crasing? Perhaps you meant “grazing.”

BBro

September 1st, 2009
7:09 am

The Filling Station in Dalton, Ga. lol, good place to gas up :-)

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

You go Girl, do you need a goodman that works and is hungry :-)

Judy

September 1st, 2009
7:09 am

Alan, the restaurants should not have to adjust to your new eating habits..You chose your new life and need to adjust to the world accordingly..and also, good for you for trying to live healthier.

Latrice P

September 1st, 2009
7:13 am

Buckner’s 1168 Bucksnort Road, Jackson, GA 30233 phone. 770.775.6150 is wonderful, Blue Willow 294 N Cherokee Rd Social Circle, GA 30025 (770) 464-2131is excellent as well, Pelican Point Seafood 1381 Sapelo AveTownsend, GA 31331-5731(912) 832-4295 has a to die for buffet of FRESH seafood its worth the drive outside of Savannah, Lady&Sons in Savannah Ga. (Paula Deens ) is great as well.

Judy

September 1st, 2009
7:18 am

The Lady and Sons were one huge dissapointment to us. We were rushed in, rushed to order, the food was below average, then we were rushed out. I think they are living off press coverage and Paula Deen’s show or her wonderful personality.

Atlanta Native

September 1st, 2009
7:21 am

Shaggy, I have an 8 year old. Scooby Doo is prime entertainment for him. Even he knows what a buffet is.

Gordon Karns

September 1st, 2009
7:25 am

No question on this one
Blue Willow Inn, Social Circle. Simply the best hands down !!

djsteve

September 1st, 2009
7:25 am

I’ve seen no mention yet of the Smith House in Dahlonega, GA. It, too, has a fantastic buffet.

Jeanine Bartlett

September 1st, 2009
7:25 am

Smith House in Dahlonega

Paul

September 1st, 2009
7:27 am

Nori Nori in Sandy Springs

Henry Co. Redneck

September 1st, 2009
7:27 am

Baby Jane’s in McDonough has the best blond waitress. The young asian gal ain’t bad either. Fried chicken livers on Wednesday…yum.
There is/was a buffet on Fulton Industrial Blvd also. Not sure if it’s still open.

YaYa

September 1st, 2009
7:40 am

BUCKNERS!!!!!

M. D. Cain

September 1st, 2009
7:44 am

The Redd House in Jefferson is the best. Great Buffet.

Road Scholar

September 1st, 2009
7:46 am

Papadeaux’s in Alpharetta has a great Cajun buffet for lunch from Monday to Saturday. Some veges with good cajun food!

Ji

September 1st, 2009
7:54 am

I highly recommemd the place called Eat Too Fat in Ga where lots of overly fat men and women gether eating like happy pigs. Good luck to raise your blood pressure and medical bills!!!!!

Missy

September 1st, 2009
7:54 am

Buckner’s in Jackson is hands down the BEST!!!!!

Buffet Champ

September 1st, 2009
7:57 am

Without a doubt, in the metro Atlanta area, the historic Green Manor in Union City is one of the best. The peach punch is worth the trip. Pricey, but worth it.

Elizabeth

September 1st, 2009
7:57 am

Buckners in Jackson!

Vince

September 1st, 2009
8:01 am

Sorry folks, but Donny’s on Sandy Plains serves canned vegetables.
Baby Jane’s and Phil’s Southern Cooking get my votes.

MsAtl

September 1st, 2009
8:03 am

Kasey’s at Lavista Rd and Montreal in Tucker…and only $7.00 (includes drink). FRESH well seasoned veggies and meats. The salad bar is amazing! I don’t eat everyone’s meatloaf and collards but they got it! I asked the waiter who was the cook. He says the recipes come from a little old black lady and she trained a latino guy as her apprentice.

Lil T

September 1st, 2009
8:07 am

Miss Julia’s in Butler, Georgia on Hwy 19 is the best. She has an AWESOME buffet every day and after church on Sunday it is like eating bread from Heaven. She has great side orders, hamburgers [real ground beef!] and sandwiches. Her breakfast is awesome with homemade biscuits and great down home service. A very clean and hospitable restaurant. Call ahead plenty of room for family style.

Snellville

September 1st, 2009
8:12 am

The Magnolia Place in Winder is the best. Fried chicken, country steak, vegetables, salads, and lots more. Also the best banana pudding ever made!!

W.R. Jacket

September 1st, 2009
8:14 am

The Steakhouse in Hawkinsville, GA. Amazing!!!

J

September 1st, 2009
8:17 am

Swapna in Marietta. Best place to go if you love curry!

J

September 1st, 2009
8:17 am

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gatiger

September 1st, 2009
8:22 am

Please add your weight after your nomination, then we will know if your are a serious buffet diner.

Gritz

September 1st, 2009
8:25 am

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker, GA!!!!!!!!!!!

dgard

September 1st, 2009
8:26 am

Have a sleeper for you. John Boy’s Country Buffet on Canton Hwy in Marietta. Undoubtedly the best fried chicken I have ever eaten, and I have been to Buckner’s, Blue Willow, and the Dillard House. The atmosphere is not what you would expect, but food is awesome. $7.00 per person, including drink.

UGASlobberknocker

September 1st, 2009
8:27 am

To “by the way disgusted”

If Georgia is so offensive to you, wont you please leave. Delta has hundrfeds of flights a day out of town..do us all a favor and be on one today.:

cowo

September 1st, 2009
8:28 am

Blue Willow – the fried green tomatoes and mashed potatoes are killer!

John

September 1st, 2009
8:29 am

@IN Atlanta
Maybe people are giving examples from outside Atlanta because there’s nothing worth a darn in Atlanta. And that goes for things other than just restaurants . . .

Brenda

September 1st, 2009
8:32 am

Papa’s Buffet in Morrow has become my new favorite over the summer. I took my family there for my Son’s 12th birthday. Food is fabulous. My personal favorite’s that I used to frequent once a week are “The Real Chow Baby” on 10th and Howell Mill and “The Sweet Tomato” 4 locations in Atl. area which I feel are the two for the health conscious in mind. Eat healthy, live longer…but hmmmm I may try Blue Willow soon in since it has been mentioned by many.

Terri

September 1st, 2009
8:35 am

Blue Willow—–Social Circle

Rex

September 1st, 2009
8:37 am

As much as I love the DeKalb Farmer’s Market…it is not a buffet. By buffet they mean All U Can Eat. YDFM is a cafeteria, not a buffet. As far as buffets go, Manchurian Garden, off of Jimmy Carter and Kasey’s on LaVista are pretty good. I’m pretty much over buffets, though. Who wants to leave an establishment feeling uncomfortable?

Brenda

September 1st, 2009
8:39 am

Buckners in Jackson is hands down the best! Their chicken is adicting, and the peach cobbler is delicious.

wrl

September 1st, 2009
8:40 am

In downtown Winder, there is a place called The Magnolia Place. It is by far the best buffet in North Georgia. The vegetables are all fresh and home made, the chicken tenders are fabulos and the country fried steak and gravy is the best I’ve ever had. All the desserts are fresh and home made with the most fantastic banana pudding you’ve ever tasted. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them. Price is 7-10 dollars with tip, you cannot beat this place!