Monday, September 19, 2011

Smorgasbord Showdown

You can't really argue that in the South, food rules.  Southerners love it, whether it's deep fried, grilled or baked.  And, the more = the merrier!

If you're from Southeast Missouri, you know you can get your fill at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, MO.  Watch for flying rolls as servers dole out the pass around extras: fried okra, fried potatoes, maceroni & tomatoes and black-eyed peas. 

If you find yourself in Mississippi, you have to make the pilgrimage to Paula Deen's Buffet at Harrah's Casino in Tunica, MS, no if's, and's or but's about it.  Thankfully, there's no limit on plates you can have!  Word of advice: if you hear the bell ring, you know it's hoecake time!!

Since moving up North, we noticed there's not really any places that can even hold a candle to  Southern over-stuffing.  Until now...

While in Pennsylvania visiting Brett's grandparents, we got a chance to check out Lancaster County.  The beautiful countryside is filled with some of the most fertile non-irrigated farm land. 

We also saw several Amish communities and had to watch for horse drawn buggies on the side of the highway. 

Plus, we had came across an Amish pickup game of that's something you don't see everyday.

But the best thing we saw was this "little" gem:

The Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Y'all, that entire building houses the Shady Maple Smorgasbord!  Inside is more than 200 feet of buffet and enough seating for 1,200 people, plus a 30,000 square feet gift shop!

As these two Cardinal's fans would say:  "Go crazy, folks...go crazy!"

Hungry, hungry Hamiltons
We hit Shady Maple during the breakfast buffet hours.  The dining area was huge, but we still had to wait in line to get a table.  So we spent some time taking in 3D Amish art...not captured very well on camera.  This picture actually moved with you as you walked.

We have to admit, Shady Maple is the first buffet we've ever been to that had a Gastric Bypass Policy.

Or a shoplifting policy.

Finally the restaurant found us a table...this was just one of probably a dozen rooms for seating.

Our group checked out the omelet stations, the waffle stations, the rows of donuts & sweet treats, the half-dozen or so different types of breakfast sausages, the cereals and the orchard fruit selections.

And after seeing all that, whadya think Heather came back with??  Her trusty favorite: biscuits & gravy!  (and for the record, she didn't finish it all...)

Ahhh....good stuff!