This ubiquitous, family-pleasing, all-you-can-eat eatery is a familiar option for couples or groups who can’t agree on what should be for dinner. Because at Ryan’s, you can pick from an unmatched variety of pretty much everything.
There’s something to be said about a fresh salad bar, and this may be the part of the buffet where you can get the most bang for your buck. Pile your plate high with lettuce, veggies, fruits, nuts, dressing, and all kinds of other stuff. But the trick is to not fill up immediately, so pile wisely.
For entrees, choose one or more from options like Fresh-made Macaroni & Cheese, Hand-Breaded Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Baked Chicken, Baked Fish, Carved Meats, and other specialties. For sides, the staples are Mashed Potatoes, Rice and Gravy, Fresh and Steamed Vegetables, French Fries, Cornbread Dressing, Home-made Soups, and whatever else they have on hand.
The desserts, assuming you can exercise a little will power and save room, always include a selection of cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream sundaes, and other sweet goodies.
Depending on when you go, the vibe can be a barely-controlled mad stampede for the buffet, or a more relaxed one-at-a-time experience. Noise levels vary, and the dining room has tables and booths for seating options. They also have a private room in case you need to host a big function for people who like to eat all they can for one relatively low, fixed price.