Food & Drink: The buffet of champions
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Buffet dishes are refilled at Golden Corral in Oxford. Photo: Trent Penny/The Anniston Star
Buffet dishes are refilled at Golden Corral in Oxford. Photo: Trent Penny/The Anniston Star
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I have always had a fond relationship with food.

Though I do keep in shape, my exceptional metabolism has done most of the work over the years, allowing me to eat whatever I want and not worry about the consequences. And with a high metabolism comes an appetite that is rarely sated for long.

For a man like me, the Golden Corral buffet is a wonderful place — a Narnia-like realm where unicorns frolic on diets of lollipops and rainbows, Keebler elves make free cookies for you on demand and water tastes like Cherry Coca-Cola.

The size of the buffet is not to be underestimated.

Even with a parking lot full of customers, access to the buffet’s many offerings is relatively quick and easy.

There is a grill that at any one time is producing steak, chicken, ribs or hamburgers. There is a section for seafood, for Mexican food, for Asian food, for Italian food. There is a plentiful salad bar and a section for various breads. The dessert bar rounds out this happiness factory with cakes, pies, ice cream and banana pudding, which will disappear within minutes and must be grabbed quickly.

But it’s at breakfast on Saturday and Sunday that Golden Corral really steps it up a notch.

To me, an endless supply of bacon, waffles and scrambled eggs just proves that the United States’ status as the world’s most powerful country is still secure.

And to top it off, a cook will prepare a fresh omelet to order right in front of you.

So try the buffet out if you get the chance. Or don’t.

You will just be leaving more food for the rest of us.

— Patrick McCreless, Star Reporter


Buffet

1. Golden Corral, 201 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-241-9282, www.goldencorral.com.

2. Western Sizzlin’, 600 S Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-238-1448; 200 Hamric Drive E., Oxford, 256-835-2500, www.western-sizzlin.com.

3. Porterhouse Cafeteria, 1409 Hamric Drive E., Oxford, 256-831-7470.

Overall grocery store

1. Winn-Dixie, www.winndixie.com.

2. Walmart, www.walmart.com.

3. Dorsey’s Super Market, 601 Main St., Oxford, 256-831-5504.

Grocery prices

1. Walmart, www.walmart.com.

2. Winn Dixie, www.winndixie.com.

3. Food Outlet, www.shopfoodoutlet.com.

Health food

1. Friends Natural Market, 655 Creekside Drive, Oxford, 256-835-9557.

2. GNC, Quintard Mall, 256-831-5202; Oxford Exchange, 256-831-7021, www.gnc.com.

3. St. John’s Nutrition, 832 Snow St., Oxford, 256-835-9588.

Bakery

1. Bonnie Ray’s Bake Shoppe, 5818 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-847-7303.

2. Too Nice to Slice, 204A Grace St., Oxford, 256-403-5396, www.cakestoonicetoslice.com.

3. OMG! Donuts, 1620 Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-9187.

Butcher/meats

1. Thompson Meat Processing, 987 Halls Chapel Road, Alexandria, 256-820-3138.

2. Christian Corner Meats, 1002 U.S. 431, Anniston, 256-237-3518.

3. Big B Grocery Outlet, 3400 Choccolocco Road, Anniston, 256-741-8817, www.bigbgrocery.com.

Produce

1. Winn-Dixie, www.winndixie.com.

2. B&B Produce, 1000 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-3625.

3. Walmart, www.walmart.com.

Asian restaurants

1. Fuji Japanese Cuisine, 218 Davis Loop, Oxford, 256-835-8788.

2. Ono Grill, 2900 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-237-5859.

3. China Luck Restaurant, 503 Quintard Drive, Oxford, 256-831-5221, www.chinaluckrestaurant.com.

Bar/lounge

1. Heroes: An American Grill, 8896 McClellan Blvd., Jacksonville, 256-405-4366, www.heroesgrille.com.

2. Peerless Grille, 15 W. 10th St., Anniston, 256-237-1899, www.peerlesssaloon.com.

3. Smoking Moose, 1214 Noble St., Anniston, 256-741-9300.

Barbecue

1. Dad’s BBQ, 3105 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-238-4323; 710 S. Noble St., Anniston, 256-231-2459.

2. Brad’s Barbecue, 1809 U.S. 78 E., Oxford, 256-831-7878, www.bradsbbq.vpweb.com.

3. Betty’s BBQ, 401 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-1411.

Breakfast

1. Cracker Barrel, 220 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford, 256-835-6700, www.crackerbarrel.com.

2. IHOP, 1904 U.S. 78 E., Oxford, 256-832-3116, www.ihop.com.

3. Jack’s, www.eatatjacks.com.

Catering

1. Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St., Anniston, 256-237-5388, www.classiconnoble.com.

2. Heroes: An American Grille, 8896 McClellan Blvd., Jacksonville, 256-405-4366, www.heroesgrille.com.

3. Alexander’s the Great Events, 1405 Hamric Drive E., Oxford, 256-835-0560.

Dinner

1. Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St., Anniston, 256-237-5388, www.classiconnoble.com.

2. Garfrerick’s, 655 Creekside Drive, Oxford, 256-831-0044.

3. Longhorn Steakhouse, 301 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-832-0066, www.longhornsteakhouse.com.

Catfish

1. Top o’ the River, 3330 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-238-0097, www.TopOtheRiver.com.

2. The Ark, 13030 U.S. 78, Riverside, 205-338-7420.

3. Betty’s BBQ, 401 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-1411.

Pizza

1. Mata’s Greek Pizza, 1708 Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-3100, www.matasgreekpizza.com.

2. Pizza Hut, 322 E. Blue Mountain Road, Anniston, 256-237-3251; 202 Hamric Drive E., Oxford, 256-831-7721; 813 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-435-5202, www.pizzahut.com.

3. Papa John’s, 5818 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-820-7272; 1225 Snow St., Oxford, 256-820-7272; 702 S. Pelham Road, Jacksonville, 256-435-7272, www.papajohns.com.

Steaks

1. Longhorn Steakhouse, 301 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-832-0066, www.longhornsteakhouse.com.

2. Outback Steakhouse, 196 Spring Branch Road, Oxford, 256-835-4644, www.outback.com.

3. Lonestar Steakhouse, 171 Colonial Drive, Oxford, 256-831-7441, www.lonestarsteakhouse.com.

Sandwiches

1. Subway, 2301 Alabama 202 (inside Texaco), Anniston, 256-237-4848; 5560 McClellan Blvd. (inside Wal-Mart), Anniston, 256-820-3040; 1000 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-238-8222; 204 Grace (inside Texaco), Oxford, 256-835-5383, www.subway.com.

2. Peerless Grille, 15 W. 10th St., Anniston, 256-237-1899, www.peerlesssaloon.com.

3. Firehouse Subs, 151 Plaza Lane, Oxford, 256-835-4660, www.firehousesubs.com.

Ribs

1. Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack, 8464 Alabama 204, Jacksonville, www.cootersribs.com.

2. Dad’s BBQ, 3105 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-238-4323; 710 S. Noble St., Anniston, 256-231-2459.

3. Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 219 Colonial Drive, Oxford, 256-831-7933, www.sonnysbbq.com.

Milkshake

1. Cecil’s Place, 301 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-435-8909.

2. Sonic, www.sonicdrivein.com.

3. Jack’s, www.eatatjacks.com.

Romantic dinner

1. Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St., Anniston, 256-237-5388, www.classiconnoble.com.

2. The Victoria Restaurant, 1604 Quintard Ave., Anniston, www.thevictoria.com.

3. Garfrerick’s, 655 Creekside Drive, Oxford, 256-831-0044.

Overall restaurant

1. Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St., Anniston, 256-237-5388, www.classiconnoble.com.

2. Garfrerick’s, 655 Creekside Dr., Oxford, 256-831-0044.

3. Damn Yankees, 919 Noble St., Anniston, 256-236-7000, www.damnyankeesoysterbar.com.

Plate lunch

1. Betty’s BBQ, 401 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-1411.

2. Peerless GrillE, 15 W. 10th St., Anniston, 256-237-1899, www.peerlesssaloon.com.

3. Dad’s BBQ, 3105 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-238-4323; 710 S. Noble St., Anniston, 256-231-2459.

Take out

1. New China, 1540 Greenbrier Dear Road, Anniston, 256-835-1153.

2. Cecil’s Place, 301 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-435-8909.

3. Mata’s Greek Pizza, 1708 Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-3100, www.matasgreekpizza.com.

Chicken fingers

1. Zaxby’s, 3234 McClellan Blvd., Anniston, 256-237-3132; 91 Colonial Drive, Oxford, 256-832-4771, www.zaxbys.com.

2. Betty’s BBQ, 401 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-1411.

3. Jefferson’s, 230 Spring Branch Road, Oxford, 256-835-5858; 407 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, 256-435-3456, www.jeffersonsrestaurant.com.

Chicken wings

1. Jefferson’s, 230 Spring Branch Road, Oxford, 256-835-5858; 407 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, 256-435-3456, www.jeffersonsrestaurant.com.

2. Struts, 500 Forney Ave. N.W., Jacksonville, 256-782-0106; 88 Ali Way, Oxford, 256-835-8102.

3. Coop DeVille, 401 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-435-1818.

Coffee shop

1. Starbucks, 1011 U.S. 21 S., Oxford, 256-832-3820; inside Target at Oxford Exchange, Oxford, 256-231-2900, www.starbucks.com.

2. Java Jolt, 5 Public Square E., Jacksonville, 256-782-3222, www.java-jolt.com.

3. Solid Rock Café, 105 N. Center Ave., Piedmont, 256-447-1960.

Donuts

1. Lamar’s, 1781 Hamric Drive E., Oxford, 256-832-4353, www.lamars.com.

2. OMG! Donuts, 1620 Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-9187.

3. Donut Prince, 602 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-782-0707.

Fast food

1. Chick-Fil-A, Quintard Mall, Oxford, 256-835-1887; 1205 U.S. 21 S., Oxford, 256-835-6009; 700 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, 256-782-8123, www.chick-fil-a.com.

2. Jack’s, www.eatatjacks.com

3. Burger King, www.bk.com.

Fine dining

1. Classic on Noble, 1024 Noble St., Anniston, 256-237-5388, www.classiconnoble.com.

2. Garfrerick’s, 655 Creekside Drive, Oxford, 256-831-0044.

3. The Victoria Inn, 1604 Quintard Ave., Anniston, www.thevictoria.com.

French fries

1. McDonald’s, www.mcdonalds.com.

2. Jack’s, www.eatatjacks.com.

3. Wendy’s, www.wendys.com.

Fried chicken

1. Popeye’s, 1925 Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-236-4333, www.popeyes.com.

2. KFC, www.kfc.com.

3. Jack’s, www.eatatjacks.com.

Hamburger

1. The Rocket, 1500 U.S. 21 N., Jacksonville, 256-435-6516.

2. Cecil’s Place, 301 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-435-8909.

3. Jefferson’s, 230 Spring Branch Road, Oxford, 256-835-5858; 407 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, 256-435-3456, www.jeffersonsrestaurant.com.

Hot dog

1. Sonic, www.sonicdrivein.com.

2. Sneaky Pete’s, 1521 Greenbrier Dear Road, Anniston, 256-835-2626; 8076 Alabama 202, Anniston, 256-835-4663.

3. Tweeners, 1725 Broadwell Mill Road, Jacksonville, 256-435-0030.

Iced tea

1. McDonald’s, www.mcdonalds.com.

2. Sonic, www.sonicdrivein.com.

3. McAlister’s, 815 Hamric Drive E., Oxford, 256-831-0079, www.mcalisterdeli.com.

Italian restaurant

1. Olive Garden, 401 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-831-4911, www.olivegarden.com.

2. Effina’s Tuscan Grill, 501 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, 256-782-0008.

3. Carpenetti’s Pizza, 1021 U.S. 431, Anniston, 256-231-0000.

Mexican restaurant

1. Los Mexicanos, 500 Hamric Drive W., Oxford, 256-835-7795; 1936 U.S. 78 E., Oxford, 256-835-8700.

2. Mexico Lindo Grill, 550 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-831-9407, www.mexicolindorestaurant.com.

3. Baja California Grill, 1555 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-435-0075.
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