As 'NCPirate' said in his review from last week, it's easy to miss this place as they still have an old sign up at an abandoned location. If you continue past the old building, you'll find the new location a very short distance along the same road, between Captain D's and Las Salsas restaurant.
Abele's has one of the largest buffets I've ever encountered; they have a soup/salad/fruit bar, as well as a hot vegetable bar which includes cornbread. If you wish, you may also choose one of 10 types of meat to accompany the hot veg bar, or the hot veg bar + soup/salad/fruit bar.
In addition to the buffet bars, there is also an extensive à la carte menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options. The cuisine is primarily Southern American fare, although they had some other unexpected options such as Jamaican jerk chicken and wild Alaskan salmon steak. The portions are very generous; the slice of coconut cream pie I received was gigantic!
Our server was very polite and attentive. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. The restaurant is quite large and has an interesting, maze-like layout; although there were many other diners present, the twists and turns of the layout kept the noise level to a pleasant hum. There is also small country store attached to the restaurant, selling things like candy, and locally-produced honey, jams, etc.
My only complaint was the restroom: it was in dire need of a cleaning (and looked to have been this way for some time). It was so bad that I turned around and left as soon as I opened the door. Everything else appeared to be quite clean, so I was very surprised to find the restroom in such a terrible state.
All in all, though, it was a good experience, and each family member said they would be happy to return again next time we're in the area.
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