Chicken, Short ribs, Catfish
When I go to a place like this, I make sure not to get caught up in the fan fare. People get caught up in the feeling of being on vacation and eating at a restaurant with a famous cook's name on the building. That being said, here is my experience.
If you want a seat quickly, you need to participate in the call ahead seating. When I called, the hostess informed me they have call ahead seating up to an hour before, so I had to call back. When I arrived, I waited in line and told the hostess about the call ahead arrangement. I was seated within seven minutes. As I sat down, I noticed the tables were very large, and being my first time, thought it to be uninviting.
The waiter came by and took my drink order. I had the lemonade, as I was told it was freshly made. I also informed him it was my first time eating there. He was very nice. As I received my lemonade, I took my first drink, hoping to find that fresh, sugary, tartness in a refreshing swig. What I found was something that resembled a Kool-Aid mixture.
I was informed to pick 3 meats and 4 sides. I chose chicken, short ribs, catfish, greens, mac and cheese, candied yams, and green beans. I tried to order the pork with the gravy on the side. That was a no. I assume they cook a whole lot of it in a pan and wouldn't make it happen for me. When the food came, the portions were as if I had ordered a kids meal. I sat there thinking I would have to hit up a fast food joint afterward. Finally the waiter informed me it was an all you can eat format.
Great! I have just stumbled on to the most expensive buffet I had ever been. The only difference is the server brings more food. Let me save you some time and tell you the food was just a step above a buffet. My final analysis is that it was good, but not worth the wait. The good news for families is children eat for free at age 5 and under. To summarize, the food was good, not great, service was great, the wait is long, and its all you can eat. However if you want something special, you will not get it. For that reason, I have to give Paula a score of 3.8 out of 5.