Best Buffet in the Midwest!!?
It is hard to think that there could be more buffets in any part of the United States than in the good ol' midwest. I wanted to challenge you to come up with the best buffets around.
My vote is Charley's Buffet, in Missouri run by mennonites, opened only on Friday and Saturday nights from 4:30-8:30, $8!!! and not on the way to anything, which is the only reason it isn't already on this site yet, my body was saying no more food long before I got to the desserts and not because I eat like crazy when I go to a buffet, but because everything was the some of the best food I had ever had, and I wanted to taste it all.
The non-dessert food was a smaller amount than the desserts, so I will describe them in these catagorys. The non-desserts included mashed potatoes and two kinds of gravy, chicken and noodles, fried chicken, roast beef, ham, sweet potatoes, green beans with bacon, and some other things you would expect from a home-cooking buffet all were very very good homeade down to the gardening and I would have been very happy and satisfied with just this, but then there was the desserts.
There were truly 25+ different desserts and we may have missed some since we got there late, 8. There were lots of pies from all the fruits gooseberry, strawberry rhubarb, blackberry, cherry, blueberry, peach, apple, etc.. and then the chocolate mouse, chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter, then it all gets fuzzy on the different chocolate types coconut cream, lemon merange etc.. then there were the cookies, the sugar, peanut butter (the best with a little chocolate on the top of it) chocolate chip etc... three cobblers, sweet breads, cinnamon rolls, Robert Redfort and some other different non-categorical desserts. Each new dessert we tried was great excitement for the mouth, those I was with were completely silent except for the mmm's and exclaimations of goodness.
The meal was a true delight for me and I was awe of the cooks who I am sure had cooked all day if not the day before as well, if not the entire week. I beleive that many of the women of the community ranging in all ages were all working together to make the feast for the surrounding areas in Missouri.
Directions, 'cause without them you would never ever find this place it is really out there. The address is Rt. 2, Box 326 - Lincoln, MO
From Sedalia Missouri-- take hwy 65 South to Hwy 52 east, then to Cole Camp, then take Hwy. B, 9 miles south
From Warsaw, MO -- take hwy 65 n. to hwy. 'H', go approx. 9 1/2 miles from Hwy. W. Make a left on 'W' go approx 4 miles, turn right on Hwy.B.
From Versailles, MO--take hwy. 52 west through Stover, approx. 4 more miles to Hwy. W Make a left on W and go approx. 9 miles to Hwy. B. Make a left.
Tip don't eat much the day you go, don't drink during the meal to save room in stomach
Ever tried Three Friends at 26th & Prospect in KC? It's what I guess many would call "soul food" and there's plenty of it. Think ribs, fried chicken, catfish...with all of the trimmings (mac & cheese, greens, mashed potatoes, dressing) and generally pies & cobblers. I don't believe the variety of desserts is comprable to your entry but thought I would toss it out to stimulate some conversation.
It's been a while since I've been there so I had to do a little research before responding to ensure it was still there, still had the buffet option, and (most importantly) still good.
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I just tried Charley's this past weekend. AMAZING!!!! The food is put out in small pans so it's constantly being replenished with fresh. It's good ol' fashioned, just like grandma made, comfort foods. Small buffet stations prevents bottle necking, very well thought out. Make sure you are starving and then pace yourself. DO NOT pass up on the bread and dinner rolls or you'll be sorry - the best and freshly baked, served with both real butter and honey butter, just don't over do it.
Now, on to the desserts...you may even want to start with them first. I chose to reduce the size of the portions put out so that I could sample several things. Everything I sampled was fabulous. They cater to those requiring sugar free as well. I've never seen such a selection of sugar-free desserts available. The dessert bar was just plain incredible.
It's certainly worth getting off of the beaten path for this gem. Located at the corner of Hwy W and B on the outskirts of Lincoln MO. Follow the directions above with an empty stomach. Beautiful, picturesque, drive.
The prices have gone up since the original post: children's prices vary depending on age, Adults 10.99 + tax.