Did you figure out what buffet restaurant was reviewed last week? It was Best Buffet & Grill, 615 Wesley Drive in Wood River. It features a large variety of hot and cold food for every taste, and lives up to its name.
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My dining companion and I walked into a large building on a cold night. Parking was plentiful and close by. As soon as we entered, we were intrigued by the display of pictures and artifacts that showed why the establishment came to be at its current location. As we came to the main area, the kitchen was to our left. We looked over the menu carefully and were pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices. We both had trouble deciding what we wanted. Finally, we ordered Pick Three specials. I had catfish strips, bacon-broccoli bites and a large soft drink. My friend ordered a boneless barbecue rib sandwich, onion rings and a drink. The Pick Three special is 25 percent less than if the three items were ordered alone. Fried pickles, breaded shrimp and spinach-artichoke Rangoon were also available.
Orders were taken at the bar, which is separate from the kitchen. While ordering, I kept hearing a bacon sandwich call to me, so I added it on. Then my friend ordered fried okra. If we had turned it into a Pick Three, we could have gotten another soda free, but figured we didn’t need it. The total came to just under $20.
The main room was L-shaped and enormous. I counted nine flat-screen televisions, five arcade games, sixteen blue-felted regulation billiard tables, a jukebox and a dart game. There were plenty of square tables and several high, round tables, so plenty of seating was available. A showcase displayed billiard and dart paraphernalia for purchase.
It wasn’t long before our food was ready. Everything was tasty and hot. If the bacon sandwich had a big slice of ripe tomato, it would have been a BLT on a bun. The barbecue rib sandwich was similar to a McRib, but on a round bun. The onion rings were thick and crispy. I had heard that the hamburgers here were very good, but when I saw the other menu items, I forgot all about hamburgers.
I found the restrooms were clean, well-stocked and spacious, but cold. Fortunately, there was plenty of hot water, so that helped. Children younger than 16 are welcome up until 9 p.m. I enjoyed the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and plan to return when the weather warms up.
Overall – 5 stars
Service – 5 stars
Cleanliness – 5 stars
Food – 5 starsAre you able to guess what establishment this is? Check out the next issue of AdVantage News to see if you are correct!
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