I normally find myself reviewing hotels and restaurants I've encountered in my travels...not places a couple of miles away that I've been to for years. But I happened across the Trip Advisor rankings on this Old Country Buffet, was suprised to read all the negatives, and felt like it deserved another positive review from a regular and satisfied customer.
As the previous reviewer observed, this is not gourment food. It's a buffet, for heavens sake. But the variety should satisfy even the most picky child (as it did a great nephew when we took him several weeks ago) and will satisfy most adults. It clearly does... because almost every time we've been there, almost always on weekend evenings, we've had to wait in a line that sometime reaches out the door into the mall..
After twenty years living in the area we know what to expect in the restaurants we visit regularly, and the quality and price of the food at Old Country keeps brings us back. Where else can you get a great salad bar, a taco bar, all manner of seafood and chicken, steak grilled to order, a huge variety of vegetables and starches, dozens of dessert choices, etc. etc. for $12...and kids under 11 eat for half that or less.
I can't say the ambience terribly inviting. Like most buffets, it's a large space with lots of booths for couples and small families, and tables that often get pulled together for larger gatherings. It can be noisy. And then there are the tour busses. During spring break and the summer months the place does a booming business in tour groups. Time it wrong and there might be twenty folks in front of you waiting for a freshly grilled steak. But the line moves along nicely. Management and the help are top notch...bringing out fresh food even before the trays are empty and clearing tables regularly, unobtrusively, and always with a friendly smile.
As I've said, this isn't a five star dining experience, but for what you pay and what you should expect from a buffet, this Old Country should exceed your expecations, not be cause for getting nasty!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.