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I stopped going here after three visits when anyone who has ever worked in a commercial kitchen could tell the oil in the deep fryer was past its prime.
When the fish, fried chicken and other fried foods all have a similar taste you know...the oil is old.
The first time I thought, okay, it's just a rare occurrence.
The second time I was like "I don't know if I'll come back.
After the third time I said to myself, "OK, three strikes I'm outta here and I have been back since.More
My family and I eat here quite a lot. We have family dinners on Sunday after church and call in take out every week or 2. The buffet is a family favorite, but I absolutely love the grilled chicken salad. It is my all time...favorite!!More
Someone once told me, "Finding good food in a big city is no problem, Finding cheap food is no problem. But, finding good, cheap food is really a challenge."
It's even harder out in the country somehow. Due to my wife's health and my uselessness...in the kitchen, we eat virtually all our meals out. We are retired and enjoy a variety of foreign and American cooking styles. This means we routinely drive 10-35 miles from our rural home for lunch or dinner......anywhere from North Wilkesboro to Winston Salem. Our current "best value" is Mt. Olympus where we find really good food really cheap.
You cannot beat the luncheon buffet....all two people can eat for under $15 including iced tea or coffee. The fried chicken puts the Colonel to shame, the vegetables are like grandma used to make, and the cobbler of the day is always tasty. It's plain old country food done right every time. My wife can't figure out how a Greek cook can learn to do North Carolina home cookin' and do it better than most.
There is a full menu available, but the lunch crowd is sll about the buffet. There is a large salad bar, a rotating choice of entrees, chicken, ham, country style steak, fish, baked chicken on Tuesdays, fried chicken the other days, plus a variety of vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, soup and choice of two desserts
The service is provided unobtrusively by two busy waitresses who never let your drink get low in the glass. Rush hour seems to be 11:30 to 12:30 and you might have to wait a few minutes for a table then. Otherwise, they seat about 80 in the big dining room and have plenty of parking outside, so no lines. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about but the clientele are happy, hard-working and friendly people. After your second visit the waitresses will remember what you like to drink and the kind of salad dressing you like.
If you are coming down I-77 headed for Winston/Greensboro, skip I-74 near Mt. Airy and take Exit 82 (NC 67) towards Boonville. That route becomes Reynolda Rd., the main north entry to Winston Salem. East bend is right on the way.More
Before driving the 20-30 minutes from Clemmons to East Bend, we did our due diligence by reading the customer reviews in Trip Advisor. There are many glowing comments about the buffet and food. A couple of "one-stars," but anyone can have a bad night, right?...So...off we drove.
We arrived at 5:30 on Wednesday. Not many cars in the lot, which should have been an indicator. There were maybe nine cars, some of which belonged to employees. The tall billboard is faded and peeling and appears to harken to something deserted. On entering, we saw eight other customers. A table of four and two other couples. The buffet, which so many reviewers have lauded, was closed. The large dining room was quiet as a funeral home, with a just low conversations to be heard. Very solemn.
When we asked about the buffet, we were told that it was only on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Nice to know that in advance. The menu didn't even note that the buffet is on different days. But we were hungry and did not want to wait to drive back to Clemmons to eat. We asked about the fried chicken, but the server said that it "was not as good as buffet day." So this being Wednesday, a non-buffet day, her luke-warm response led us to pass on the chicken. My wife ordered a vegetable plate of collards, green beans, and hushpuppies. She received cabbage, instead of the collards. (We asked about cornbread, but none was available.) After correcting the order, my wife found the collards absolutely lacking in any seasoning, though the server brought a squeeze bottle of vinegar. The green beans tasted like they came right out of a can, again, with no seasoning that we could taste. No fatback or bacon, and no salt to speak of. My wife is a sweet country gal who will eat just about anything, if for no other reason than not to offend. But she could not finish the meal. In fact, I cannot recall when we ate out that she failed to finish or failed to take home what she could not finish. As for me, I was hoping from country cooking like meatloaf or country-style steak and gravy or pork chops or chicken and dumplings. None was to be had. I had recently had Italian the night before and fried chicken before that, so I was pretty much limited to sandwiches. (The surroundings and lack of customers led my to question how fresh and tasty the seafood would be). I had a double cheeseburger and fries, which I would rate as unremarkable in size, bun, meat, seasoning and unseasoned fries. They do have daily specials, but I recommend calling first to determine what the menu will be for the day. Overall, maybe this is one of those places that thrives on the weekends, especially the crowd after church. Maybe if our expectations (reading the other reviews) were not high, we would not have been disappointed. Honestly, I don't know how it stays in business, unless they have huge crowds all day on Saturday and Sunday. We are not "food critics", we are easily satisfied (as one can see from my other reviews), we can be satisfied with simple, country cooking, but Olympus just does not work out. This is our second mediocre experience at Olympus, the other being on a Sunday, and we will not be back.More
Mt. Olympus is a family-friendly place to dine. It's out in the country and everyone loves the buffet. Tuesday nights you get breakfast buffet. Or you can order from the menu. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner you'll see the locals who gather every day. The owner,...Pete, is a super guy and won't mind leaving the kitchen to talk to customers. You'll find that the food is good and the conversation is interesting, well, if you like country folk!More
I love chicken stew. Like a lot of people your mom's is usually better than anywhere else. In this case though the Chicken stew/soup is as close to my mom's soup as i have ever tasted. Rich and bold with chicken abound. They even put...it on the buffet. To go along with that I have yet to have a bad dish from there. I usually go during the week at lunch. The service is great. My glass is never empty!More
Food bar was good and the food was hot very good rolls however they st beside bar so not warm. The place is crowded on Sundays after church because of the food and cheap prices. The only thing I found wrong was it wasn't cool...in there and the chairs and tables could use an updateMore