Carolina Buffet

All-You-Can-Eat | Buffet | Meat-and-Three
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | June 08, 2018
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Anyone in search of a restaurant in a beautiful location with charming ambience and suave service should go somewhere other than Carolina Buffet. It’s located in an extraordinarily drab strip mall; there is virtually no decor in the bare-bones dining area; service is perfectly polite, such as it is, but it’s really not an issue because the meal is serve-yourself from a buffet line. Dishware and utensils are disposable.

On the other hand, those who seek expertly-crafted, time-honored southern lunchroom fare, from chicken ‘n’ dumplings and collard greens to cornbread, biscuits, and fried fatback, should put Carolina Buffet at the top of the must-visit list. Although it is without frills, the array of serving dishes is beautiful with its pans of freshly-made food constantly coming from the kitchen throughout the lunch and dinner hour. Customers pay (under $10) as they enter the restaurant and are entitled to as many trips through the line as appetite demands.

Fried chicken is available every day, and it is very, very good. It doesn’t ooze juice, but that’s okay. It is moist and tender, and its crisp, brightly-seasoned coat is as joyful to eat as bacon. Baked chicken is available Wednesday and Thursday. It is juicier than fried, and while it lacks the wanton thrill of all that golden crisp surface, it delivers waves of succulence in every bite. Other available entrees include pork chops and chicken pot pie on Tuesday, fried quail Thursday night, catfish and BBQ Friday, and full-bore dinners of ham, turkey, pot roast, etc. every Sunday.

Side dishes are all good: such Dixie delights as stewed okra, butter beans, corn custard, candied yams, and black-eyed peas. Thursday’s fried squash is brilliant: discs of sweet vegetable enveloped in a shattering crust that is seasoned to a fare-thee-well. Cool banana pudding and warm peach cobbler always are available for dessert.

What to Eat
Carolina Buffet, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Must-Try
Fried chicken: not the juiciest, but among the most flavorful
Carolina Buffet, Baked Chicken
Baked Chicken
Must-Try
Super succulent baked chicken: Wednesday & Thursday only
Carolina Buffet, Fried Squash
Fried Squash
Must-Try
Vividly seasoned crisp-fried squash is a must-eat.
Carolina Buffet, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Must-Try
Dense, fresh banana pudding is the right balance of fruit, cookie, and custard
Carolina Buffet, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Crisp & chewy skin atop mac 'n' cheese
Carolina Buffet, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Peach cobbler contains big hunks of fruit.
Carolina Buffet, Breads
Breads
Fluffy biscuit and pan-fried cornbread: must eat both!
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No

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