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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

An Observation

September 1st, 2009
8:42 am

Has anyone ever noticed that the majority of the people heading into a restaurant that serves an ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet look like they are the last people on earth that need to go to an ALL YOU CAN EAT place???

These places need to have a nutritionist at the door or have a scale and if you are a certain percentage over weight you can come into the restaurant and order off the menu but not be allowed to do the ALL YOU CAN EAT option. I know people would be screaming that it would be in violation of their rights, but it might help to reduce the obesity within the State of Georgia. ALL YOU CAN EAT places, know matter how good the food might be, seem to only add to the problem of obesity. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I just don’t see a lot of thin people eating at these buffet restaurants.

Harald

September 1st, 2009
8:44 am

I think Chick-fil-a on Peachtree has a good buffet…and any McDonald’s…their Sweet-tea is the best!

Truth Seeker

September 1st, 2009
8:44 am

Disgusted and William….do you proof read anything before you post it? Disgusted you are probably not from Georgia as you can’t write a sentence without throwing out the f*** bomb, how sad. I will take fat any day over rude, uneducated, arrogant and self centered (by the way you fit all of these).So why don’t (see there is a right time to use an apostrophe!!!)go move in with William. He is as big a moron as you appear to be. William….CHEEP??????? How about cheap. Try that spelling on for size. But wait there is more…

Caramel

September 1st, 2009
8:45 am

BLUE WILLOW INN HANDS DOWN!!!!

SheShe

September 1st, 2009
8:46 am

Sweet Tomatoes!

Eastcobbmomm

September 1st, 2009
8:49 am

From a true Georgia peach born right on Peachtree: If you don’t like it here – go home – Delta has several flites daily to wherever you came from. We don’t go up North or to the Midwest and tell you how to do your thing. We like us, the way we are, and our food. And, having a Yankee husband, I know from personal experience food always tastes better with the Southern hospitality that’s always served with the food.

Becky

September 1st, 2009
8:49 am

You can eat (fairly) healthy from a buffet..But most people don’t..This is why we don’t go to them anymore..Not all people that eat at a buffet are fat though..

Bill

September 1st, 2009
8:50 am

John Boy’s on Canton Highway in Cobb is the very best in quality and price ! Golden Carrol is right near the top on Barrett Parkway. This big fella needs to check out this Donny’s !

hunter

September 1st, 2009
8:53 am

WOW!!!! I cant believe you guys have heard of BUCKNERS!!! It is hands down the best. you sit at these tables with other people unless you have a big group with you. also in the middle of these tables are big lazy susans with everything you need and i mean everything. and yes the fried chicken is the best you’ll have anywhere even the blue willow. we would go there straight from hunting camp and everyone in there was wearing camo..lol i mean a bunch of hungry hunters. get fried chicken and pour honey all over it.OH MAN!!!! Mashed potatoes,corn bread and black eyed peas!!!! make you slap yo’ mama!!!!!

Liz Caldwell

September 1st, 2009
8:53 am

I agree Kacey’s on Lavista. We were at Emory for 3 weeks before we could find a veggie bar. No one there could tell us where one was and we just happened to run up on Kacey’s the last week we were there and every time we come up and have time we will go eat lunch there.

Also, I have eaten at the Holiday Inn in Forysth while there for training and their buffet is very good. So don’t knock the Hotel food until you try it.

s

September 1st, 2009
8:54 am

bucky o'neil

September 1st, 2009
8:56 am

Daddy’s in Acworth. Best fried chicken and good vegies.

rl

September 1st, 2009
9:04 am

Blue Willow in Social Circle…fried green tomatoes, peanut butter pie, cream corn, and okra. mmmm…..it don’t get much better…oh, and a tall glass of sweet tea!

Rick Day

September 1st, 2009
9:07 am

Believe it or not, the best buffet in Atlanta is at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference at 800 Spring @ 5th Street. Under $10.00 including drink,deliciously cooked entrees, fresh vegetables, never canned. Sandwich station and an action station serving up burgers, pizza or the specialty of the day. Themes daily, including southern, Jamaican, Italian, French, etc. Great staff. I eat there at least 2 times a week. Breakfast buffet is to DIE for! Let’s not even talk about the daily dessert selections, including freshly baked cobblers.

I’m going to go have some breakfast now! Don’t forget your Midtown Alliance card for an additional 10% off!

JIMBOB

September 1st, 2009
9:08 am

Ydfm is good, haven’t been to Kacey’s in a year or so, but it was surprisingly good, even the fried chicken was crisp and not too greasy/heavy, the Palace at Holcomb/Ptree Parkway has a great lunch buffet, and Ms. Linda’s in Alma, GA was excellent (when I was last there, in 1997).

Blue

September 1st, 2009
9:09 am

For those of y’all getting on the girls case that mentioned the OK Cafe . She specifically mentioned the “takeout” at OK Cafe” which is of course a buffet .
Blue Willow has seen it’s best day come and go.

Hey, Gainseville Ray!

September 1st, 2009
9:12 am

I don’t know about the food at West Family, but they sure must be good folks. When my Uncle passed away the day after Mothers Day, they sent the biggest funeral wreath I have ever seen. (My Aunt and Uncle were regulars)

Union City

September 1st, 2009
9:13 am

I have to agree with Buffet Champ, Historic Green Manor is the best in the metro. Its running close to Blue Willow, but the Peach Punch takes it over the top. I dare you go to go anyday monday thru friday or sunday.

Eric

September 1st, 2009
9:14 am

The truck stop off I-75 at Unadilla.

B.

September 1st, 2009
9:15 am

Grand Buffet II 2625 Piedmont Rd Hot, Fresh and all you can eat

LB

September 1st, 2009
9:16 am

John Boys on Canton Hwy. in Marietta. It is great, down home cooking!

Foodie

September 1st, 2009
9:17 am

No one mentioned JohnBoy’s in Marietta. It is like Donny’s, but better. I have eaten at most of the posted restaurants everyone has mentioned, but BUCKNERS is still the crown jewel of the state. Remember to list BUFFETS not restaurants.

Terri

September 1st, 2009
9:19 am

BLUE WILLOW DOES NOT SUCK IT’S THE BEST HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick Day

September 1st, 2009
9:20 am

Oh and I am 6-8 and 235#. I eat a buffet once or twice a week. Fat, I am not. Those who offered examples outside the Atlanta area (Macon? WTF?) are obviously all graduates of the public school system.

Comprehension issues.

Those who are Nutri-Nazis obviously are conservative christian republicans. They seem the only ilk who like sticking their noses into other people’s private choices.

Here, have a plate of humility.

Paddy

September 1st, 2009
9:20 am

If the Dillard House qualifies then it is #1. If not, it has to be Blue Willow in Social Circle. At Dillard you don’t go to a buffet line but you can’t possible eat all the great food put in front of you.

PillsburyDoughGirl

September 1st, 2009
9:25 am

Ryans……. always works for me.

Paddy

September 1st, 2009
9:25 am

An Observation…..you ain’t from around here, are you?

peanuts

September 1st, 2009
9:26 am

Oh, quit lecturing about obesity, gluttony, etc. It was a simple question and I’m sure it was intended to evoke fond memories of occasionally pigging out. Spare us the lectures on healthy lifestyles and join in the fun or wait until another topic comes along. (Maybe – where to go to get a healthy, cheap meal.) In the meantime I’ve got to vote for Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah. Yes, I know it’s not technically a buffet because it’s served family style, but it’s got all the variety of the a good buffet and it’s all you can eat. I take 50 eighth graders there as a part of a field trip and they rave for days about how good it is.. If you have a chance eat the turnips or collards, They’re the best I’ve ever put in my mouth.

BANDITDAWGG

September 1st, 2009
9:26 am

plaintation buffett in athens just iff the premeter.

Mr Mr

September 1st, 2009
9:26 am

I have to comment about all the votes for BLUE WILLOW in Social Circle…I am originally from the SOUTH but not from GA…if this is what you guys consider GREAT, then God bless you…Upon moving here, all I heard about was Blue Willow…rave reviews…so me being a ‘foodie,’ I gathered some friends and made the trek down to see what the fuss was about…TALK ABOUT A LET-DOWN…the fried selections were greasy, only some of the vegetables were good…I can say that the dessert table was better, but overall I was not pleased….BE CAREFUL if you are seeing all the votes for this place and decide to go and eat GREAT food…it is OK southern standards at best

Buffet Fan

September 1st, 2009
9:28 am

If you are in Atlanta, check out Old Times Country Buffet in Warner Robins on Russell Parkway. It is amazing and a LOT closer than the Valdosta location. Will only take you about an hour and 15 minutes to get to this little slice of heaven! Rutabagas on Sundays, seafood buffet on Fridays and Saturdays. Yum!

brett

September 1st, 2009
9:28 am

Without a doubt..Lady and Sons in Savannah. It’s absolutely worth the 3 1/2 hr wait everytime! Paula Deen didn’t make it famous for nothing.

Seth

September 1st, 2009
9:28 am

RuSans is great for Sushi buffets at lunch.

Ray’s on the River as an amazing Sunday morning buffet

I have heard great things about Swampna Indian buffet on Cobb Parkway, but I haven’t gone yet.

Red Neckerson

September 1st, 2009
9:28 am

CarDog10 – get out of the backseat from time to time. They don’t ship the food in from the home office at Holiday Inns. Most are locally owned and cook fresh. try before critiqueing.

Phil W.

September 1st, 2009
9:29 am

Rick Day, going through life big and stupid must have been tough on you and your family.

SICK

September 1st, 2009
9:29 am

I have to say that Southern food rocks, but I would never eat at a buffet. I am a Food Safety Instructor and know that restaurants can’t control guests 100% of the time and buffets are one of the most unsafe food environments. I would eat food dropped on the ground with more confidence.

Amanda

September 1st, 2009
9:33 am

I love Blue Willow but for something closer to home, Panahar on Buford Hwy has an amazing lunch buffet during the week and on weekends.

dude

September 1st, 2009
9:34 am

don’t waste your time at Journeys End in Loganville. You can count the selection on one hand and the quality is nothing to crow about.

Now, Buckner’s in Jackson, Ga, that is top of the line. We stop there on our way to the races in Daytona every time. My only complaint, they aren’t open on Monday’s for the return trip feast.

Deke

September 1st, 2009
9:35 am

Paco’s in Mableton. They offer a Mexican buffet that is second to none. Mexican wings, melted queso, along with build your own burritos/tacos/fajitas/salads, etc. Their service is impeccable, and the food is DELICIOUS.

Stiffback

September 1st, 2009
9:36 am

The Green Manor, hands down. Union City’s finest. That hamm and fried chicken is kickin’.

Slowmo

September 1st, 2009
9:37 am

Has the buffet at the Bellagio in Las Vegas been mentioned? It’s pretty good. After that I would vote for Fogo de Chao.

midtown mom

September 1st, 2009
9:40 am

Jim,
OK Cafe has a separate section in the back of the restaurant with a buffet for take out. Check it out before you go assuming! It’s very pricey but worth EVERY penny.

Melody

September 1st, 2009
9:41 am

DeKalb Farmer’s Market

Red Neckerson

September 1st, 2009
9:41 am

Cincinatti Bowtie – your Skyline Chili on spaghetti sucks.

deejay

September 1st, 2009
9:41 am

Hey Katherine, thanks for the tip about Indian Buffet at Sri Krishna Vilas in Alpharetta. Indian food is the best and its healthy too.

sr citizen dawg

September 1st, 2009
9:43 am

Blue Willow and Buckners.

Edward

September 1st, 2009
9:44 am

No doubt those here complaining about others mentioning the severe obesity witnessed at the buffet tables are the very people being pointed out. You know you’re obese, you do not have a “glandular problem”, you’re just a fatty. If you don’t like being labeled a fatty, do something about it: learn to eat properly and lose the flab.

Now, as to a really good buffet, the Sydney’s International Seafood & Grill http://www.sydneysbuffet.com/web/index.html

is a great buffet, especially in the evenings when the steak and korean bbq and noodle stations are operating. A huge variety of delicious items, and the steaks are cooked to order and done exactly as you like. A great value.

deegee

September 1st, 2009
9:46 am

Those steam tables at the buffet establishments remind me of giant petri dishes filled with food borne bacteria just waiting to find a host. I would rather eat cat food that is cooked to order than buffet food that has been reheated countless times and sits in a steam table insert for hours.

Liz

September 1st, 2009
9:47 am

Captain Billy’s Fish House in Stockbridge is awesome!

Fernando

September 1st, 2009
9:49 am

Whenever I go to Atlanta, I go to Maru Sushi! Service and food can’t be beat.