My wife wanted to go to Golden Corral for Mother's Day. We normally go to the one in Clermont but, being in Leesburg, decided to try the one here rather than make the long drive to our usual Golden Corral.
It was around 5pm and the place was wall to wall people with a waiting line out the door to get in. Despite that, everyone got their drinks, paid, and were seated right after paying. The organization was amazing with tables cleared as soon as people left and runners telling the person by the cashier when a table was available and where.
Even with this onslaught of humanity, all the food bins remained full, the hot food was all hot and the cold food cold, and everything was delicious. What surprised me was the surf and turf I treated myself to. The fried shrimp were the large ones rather than popcorn and the steak, usually something to dread at buffet chains, was as good a piece of meat as I have had in any restaurant in a long time. It was tender, flavorful, and had practically no fat or grizzle. Even the coffee was above par. My only complaint would have been that the advertised special of endless chicken wings was nothing special.
What surprised both of us was the service. Our waitress was really cheerful and had something nice to say to everyone in her station from commenting on my wife's jewelry to making children give her a smile before giving them their drink refill. More importantly, she was very efficient as our drinks were never once empty before being refilled, dirty dishes always removed as soon as we finished one, and, as I said earlier, tables immediately cleaned and ready for the next customer.
The only reason I did not give it an excellent is that it was not quite as clean as it should be. But, it was Mother's Day and with a plethora of children there, many making messes, the employees were trying their best but just could not keep up. Kudos to the management for having good cooks that put out good food and hiring a wait staff that makes you want to return.
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