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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

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September 3rd, 2009
6:11 pm



September 3rd, 2009
6:18 pm

I love how all the sudden there are 5 posts by “different” people for the same crappy restaurant. They all have simple names like “Sarah, Jim, Bob”… hahahaha. I don’t blame people trying to support their company, but why do we have these blogs? They are never accurate.
4 people in a row said “Stevie B’s Pizza”, lol, I’ve never even heard of this place. I live in ATLANTA… none of these places are even in the perimeter. I would have to agree with the Farmer’s Market buffet, even though it’s by the lb… still cheap. What other buffet do we have besides foreign buffets? (I do like Bombay) … We need a good American buffet in the perimeter.


September 3rd, 2009
7:04 pm

PaPa’s in Conyers is great not fansy but good food.


September 3rd, 2009
10:12 pm

so there are no good ayce in Atlanta?? Almost everyone mentions restaurants a half days drive away. How about the Soup Garden on Acres Mill Road – Cumberland Mall area – fantastic soups, salads, banana bread, corn bread, deserts, are you hungry yet?? And it is HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ernest T Bass

September 3rd, 2009
10:54 pm

Lady and Sons in Savannah, B&J’s Steaks and Seafood in Darien and Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle.


September 4th, 2009
7:48 am

Hey Alan Golden Coral is a business just as well as your doctor. I am sure he didn’t cut his sugery charge for your operation so why should golden coral. Keep in mind a buffet offer a variety of food designed to offer something for everyone. People forget or ignore the fact that no one can eat everything on the buffet but you can have a wide selection. Eat a little or eat a lot same price.

Miss Billie

September 4th, 2009
8:25 am

John Boy’s on Canton Road in Marietta preceded Donny’s on Hwy. 92 and remains the best, in my opinion. You’ll wait a while to get a table there on Sunday between 12 and 2 pm.

They Don't Clean their shrimp

September 4th, 2009
8:59 am

I’d have to disagree about the Asian Buffet in Stone Mountain. They don’t clean their shrimp. Their buffet is horrible.

I haven’t found a place here yet that can get down on the buffet. But I will have to check out the ones mentioned here.

Sense Common

September 4th, 2009
9:09 am

Blue Willow gets my vote if it was so expensive. But food and price considered I would have to go with Buckner’s. But there are many listed here I have never tried and will need to explore. Especially those in the Macon area since I’m down there often.

As to small town hotel chains, someone defended the resturants as well as they should. Holiday Inn doesn’t own the resturant, they lease the space. Out of metro Atlanta, but for a good southern breakfast buffet try the Holiday Inn in Tifton.

Sonny B

September 4th, 2009
9:15 am

Baby Jane’s in McDonough is excellent and when compared to the pricing of those already mentioned, it’s a steal. $6.49 including your drink.


September 4th, 2009
9:22 am

REDD HOUSE in Jefferson. As Al said, unbelievable food in the middle on NOWHERE. One trip there and it will be the Buckners on the Northside.


September 4th, 2009
9:35 am

As read in the VENT years ago: Buffet stands for bIG uGLY fAT fOLKS eATING tOGETHER!


September 4th, 2009
9:37 am

First, OK Take-Away IS a buffet. You can dish it up, then sit down right there and eat it. It’s “good grub.” My favorites are the Bullock House in Warm Springs and Katie’s in Columbus.


September 4th, 2009
9:40 am

Geez Alan, what a unique concept, a business in it for the MONEY???

If you do not like what GOLDEN CORRAL serves you do not have to eat there.

Sunita Noronha

September 4th, 2009
9:43 am

Depot Country Station in Covington, GA is the best. The food is delicious, service is excellent and it’s a wholesome experience. Buckner’s is second.


September 4th, 2009
9:46 am

Our Way Cafe in Decatur. The mac&cheese is heavenly.


September 4th, 2009
9:47 am

Easy answer for me…DeKalb Farmer’s Market! It’s ITP – so very little driving if you live intown. You pay by the weight – so you don’t overeat. And, it is a great place to sample new dishes from around the world. Bring a sweater and don’t expect much ambiance.


September 4th, 2009
10:03 am

Journey’s End in Loganville. Owned by the same people & same recipe as Blue Willow In in Social Circle


September 4th, 2009
10:05 am

My favorite is Shirleys in Newnan. You feel like you are part of their family!


September 4th, 2009
10:22 am

Matthews in Tucker.


September 4th, 2009
10:40 am

S&S cafeteria in Macon.


September 4th, 2009
11:30 am

The Redd House in Jefferson is the best hands down. It’s a family owned business and they know how to throw down on the southern food!


September 4th, 2009
11:34 am

Sweet Tomatoes… Lots of salad options, pasta prepared to order, and a variety of soups and bakery items!


September 4th, 2009
11:38 am

Buckners is an awesome place to eat. You don’t visit a buffet that everyone else stands over; they bring the buffet to you. You sit at a table with a lazy susan and feast on the food in front of you. We go all the time, and we meet people from a variety of places-rarely ever local. Buckners is such a great place, that people know of it and come from all over to eat there-mainly from the southeast. I have met people from Florida to North Carolina, everyone knows about their fried chicken. The food is delicious and the people working there are polite. If you like down home cooking, this is the place for you.


September 4th, 2009
11:39 am

Guy’s come on,Have anyone heard of Big Daddy’s in Riverdale, Ga. Some of the best food is there.. Try it you will love it.


September 4th, 2009
11:46 am

Garfos in Kennesaw – All you can eat Brazilian Buffet! Amazing people, awesome food! It costs about $8 for lunch. We eat there as often as we can.

Jimmy B

September 4th, 2009
11:56 am

West Family Restaurant in Cleveland is the best. The food is wonderful and reasonably priced. Best fried chicken in Georgia. They make you feel at home and the service is great.


September 4th, 2009
11:57 am

Whole Foods, Any Whole Foods. expensive but good and not processed

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

willie b

September 4th, 2009
12:06 pm

try a new place in forsyth.Gracies Home Grill located next to Red Dog safety outfitters. Excellent country cooking.


September 4th, 2009
12:36 pm

If you’re not looking for an atmospheric place…but simply “delicious food,” I’d like to suggest the “Fried Green Tomato,” buffet. It’s located in Powder Springs, Georgia. And, the price for this
wonderful southern food, is a mere $6.31! You can’t beat it! Weekly menu of food being offered.
Each day, different meats/veggies. Closed one day out of week. Give them a try! You won’t be
sorry…merely FULL!!!!


September 4th, 2009
12:36 pm

Jackson? Warner Robbins? The question was: Where is the best buffet in ATLANTA? Do those who frequent buffets in area codes beginning with 7 have diminished reading comprehension skills?

Keep It Real

September 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

PELICAN POINT in Darien Ga… Best seafood buffet…


September 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

Louise’s in Griffin,GA…home cookin at its best!

King of Stone Mountain

September 4th, 2009
12:59 pm

Many of the blogger’s choice locations are located OUTSIDE OF METRO-ATLANTA. Did anyone read the header by any chance? ;-/ Either Donnie’s location 1) on Hwy78 or 2) Steve Reynold’s @ Beaver Ruin Rd. is highly recommended, for the price.


September 4th, 2009
1:01 pm


are you kidding me? you better call PAPA!

$7.50 at PAPA’s Buffet in Morrow at the old Pilgreens. I am talking a mini-CHOW BABY SZECHUAN grill, cooked to order a Southern fest, 8 flavors of REAL ice cream, about 10 cakes and pies, mouth watering fresh fruit and veggies bar. Great Chinese selections including soups, egg foo yong, rice dishes, crab ragoons and check this out SUSHI!!!!!!!!!
Also top notch To boot $1.00 beers
how you duin!


September 4th, 2009
1:09 pm

The best you will find anywhere is “Dukes Bar-B-Q buffet in Ridgeland, South Carolina. For $8.00 you can eat till you POP. The tastiest veggies anywher.


September 4th, 2009
1:12 pm

No Ryan’s on the list??? Their Mexican items are the best in the state!!!

I just wish McDonalds would start a buffet


September 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

Havelli in Marietta. Great flavored North Indian food.


September 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

Stevi B’s Pizza has the best buffet!


September 4th, 2009
1:39 pm

Ignore the haters folks…moderation is the key. If you arent going every week you are probably ok.

Of most mentioned here that I have been to, I have to put in another vote for Buckners. The chicken, tea, and cobbler are one of a kind, and they really know how to make vegetables.

Ive been to Kasey’s too……they are probably the best value, but not quite in Buckner’s league. I’d bet good money that Buckner’s is a major player in the restaurant industry in North Central GA, at least along 75.

How can you call


September 4th, 2009
1:49 pm

Cardog10@6:18, Stevie B’s is a pretty good place for AYCE pizza if you want variety.. Thye have flavors that other pizza joints don’t have..It’s not the greatest place, it’s just vairety that makes it good..That, plus if you want a certain kind of pizza and they don’t have it, they will make you a whole pizza and bring it to your table..Cost is about 6.00 per person..Be aware though, that if you have young kids, they have a few games that give out tickets for them to trade in for junk…


September 4th, 2009
2:06 pm


You are right about Stevie B.’s, but don’t forget Cici’s.

People need to understand that chains are the best by definition. If these one of a kind places were any good they would open more locations and be chains too!


September 4th, 2009
2:15 pm

The dining hall at Kennesaw State University. all you can eat.


September 4th, 2009
2:22 pm

Blue Willow in Social Circle

Stevi B's is Great!

September 4th, 2009
2:23 pm

I agree…Stevi B’s is the best Pizza Buffet in Atlanta!!!!


September 4th, 2009
2:36 pm

Pizza hut shaw tay!


September 4th, 2009
2:38 pm

Good call, Travis!

ARA runs most college dining halls. They are chain, so by definition they are good!


September 4th, 2009
2:39 pm

The Smith House, in Dahlonega Georgia


September 4th, 2009
2:44 pm

All the pizza pasta and salad you can eat. Who can beat that. Fast and friendly service, and a great price.