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 volleyball...now 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 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.
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...)