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Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed May 4, 2022

I had the blueberry pancakes. They were full of delicious blueberries. Very hardy meal. My friend had the omelette and thought it was the most delicious thing he had ever eaten. We came back the next morning because he insisted I needed to try it....The place was packed and only one server so we left. We came back in the evening and I tried the omelette. It was very good, but I think the blueberry pancakes were even better. The restaurant seemed a little understaffed. The waitstaff were working hard but also efficiently. I was in the area for several days and this was the best restaurant we found. I am not sure if that compliments the Apple Barrel or disses the other places. It is just that we found the Apple Barrel surprisingly good.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Food came out hot , and was pretty good! Waitresses seemed pre-occupied , to say the best , chatting with a local up front of having family visit them while working ,,,,

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2021 via mobile

I ordered the chicken fried steak it was soooo chewy like leather eggs not over med more like over easy my moms cheeseburger wanted in well med nope little burnt fries were cold the waitress never checked on us asked for xtra napkins never got...them they need a new cook bc this one sucked no tip sorry do betterMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 10, 2020 via mobile

I had rib tips , fries and corn . Everything was great. Karen was my waitress. She did a outstanding job

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed October 23, 2019

I ate tonight at 615 PM I had the meatloaf it wasted worse I have ever had it was cold the mashed potatoes were so cold it wouldn't even start to melt the butter I suggest if they can't do any better they should close...it has steadily gotten worse in the past year my suggestion is to stay awayMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2019 via mobile

Our booth was dirty. Cup rings on table and sugar granules at the bottom of creamer dish. I'm not usually too harsh but this was a disappointing visit. Besides the neglected booth, the food was very basic and not too great. It's better than going...hungry, I suppose.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2019 via mobile

My cousin and i ate here very good and tasty love the steak very tender juicy def coming back soon well she had the steak i had the breakfast eggs bacon and toast

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed June 1, 2019

Super service...Kim is a great waitress with outstanding customer service skills. We were a party of 6 who ate at the Apple Barrel almost every day of which Kim was on duty by herself. She did not miss a Beatty in ensuring our orders were...right and we had everything. The food was excellent.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

food comes out hot as ordered, by pleasant waitress. quiet and relaxing atmosphere while i was here on a weekday mid morning just nothing that sends it above average, that would warrant another visit.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Quite possibly the worst food that I have ever been charged for in my entire life. The pancakes were completely tasteless and they even had fresh blueberries in them. The hashbrowns were some awful kind of thing that I had almost no flavor and smelled...like a dirty wet dog. I will say that the sausage links in the fried eggs were OK but it’s pretty hard to screw those up. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give them a -3More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 4, 2018

my eyes saw, 'buffet', and I said OK, but that didn't last long. I'll give everyplace a chance, after all I'll eat almost anything. However, this was one of the worst buffets I have been to. The worst was Stevie B's in Jacksonville FL just...before they closed. In this case the flavor, or the lack of it was the problem. The biscuits were good, but the sausage gravy had no sausage and was pasty due to much flour. The eggs were instant. The breakfast link sausage hade no flavor. The breakfast potatoes were pale and flavorless. The worst thing though for someone who lives in the south, the fried chicken had no seasoning what so ever and tasted like it was cooked in old oil.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2017

This cafe shares a building with a Burger King and Subway plus its a gas station with a store. We wanted a sit down cafe with servers so we chose Apple Barrel. We had their daily special of spaghetti and meatballs. The salad/soup bar was...included with the lunch. Food, salad bar, service were perfect. Price was fine.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Wow a perfect place to stop! Good food, great bathrooms and pie just like my mom use to make. This was a gasoline stop that turned into a lunch stop. The women's restroom is quite the surprise. Heated seat with bidet. It's only is in...the women's restroom. The Sapp brothers know how to make a girl feel special. We decided to eat during this stop and ate at the restaurant. The waitress was a little short at first but after a little bit she Loosened up was very enjoyable. My burger was delicious and the fries were quite tasty. She filled up my husbands coffee before we left and was very sweet. We got pie to go because we heard it was homemade I got coconut cream and my husband got pecan. We ate it about a hour later and wow it was wonderful. The crust was marvelous. Also, we bought a small loaf of banana bread and ate it the next day and it was delicious! We got a map of where the Sapp Brothers have other locations and we definitely will look for their other locations. On a side note we stopped again on the way home. I found a wallet in the restroom and was happy to return it to the owner. She and her family thanked me over and over.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

Yes good food kids eat free. Right off highway located in a truck stop. Very well maintained. Large assortment of gifts.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

We had good lunch, however the Philly sandwich and the Patty Melt were a little on the greasy side. Kids loved the CowPoke breakfast on the kids menu.

Date of visit: January 2017
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