Shady Maple Smorgasbord

★★★★★
  • 129 Toddy Dr

    East Earl, PA 17519

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  • 717-354-8222

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WARNING!!! Ignorant about gastric bypass surgery not to mention they were extremely rude about it. I visited Pennsylvania with my husband and kids and decided to try Shady Maple Smorgasbord on 7/18/13. I had gastric bypass surgery not too

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WARNING!!! Ignorant about gastric bypass surgery not to mention they were extremely rude about it. I visited Pennsylvania with my husband and kids and decided to try Shady Maple Smorgasbord on 7/18/13. I had gastric bypass surgery not too

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food was dry service not the friendly she must of had a bad day price to high nothing like the old days all food was home made now i could have got a tv dinner for $2.00 and saved the gas or gone to yoders just down the road from there i

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food was dry service not the friendly she must of had a bad day price to high nothing like the old days all food was home made now i could have got a tv dinner for $2.00 and saved the gas or gone to yoders just down the road from there i

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Do you like fresh food? Do you like hot food? Do you want to be able to pick from over 20 different beverages including slushes to go with dinner? Do you like food made to order? Do you want a FREE birthday meal on your birthday? Then you

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Do you like fresh food? Do you like hot food? Do you want to be able to pick from over 20 different beverages including slushes to go with dinner? Do you like food made to order? Do you want a FREE birthday meal on your birthday? Then you

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We've been going to Lancaster, and have been to many other buffets, but this, by far, is the best! We had a party of 14 and were expecting a long wait because of the sheer number of cars in the lot, but the wait wasn't bad at all (they opened a section of the banquet area to accomodate the customers, the wait was just twenty minutes!)

This place is absolutely spotless, has clean restrooms, and the staff is very accomodating and attentive.

The food is absolutely top notch, fresh and delicious. I've never seen the quality, freshness, and selection this place offers, it's well worth the price and the trip!

What impressed me the most was their price scale has two senior citizen discount levels, a child and teen discount, and a generous veteran's discount. This shows they care about working families.

I could go on, but all I can say is I've tried the rest and this is the best!

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★★★★★

We've been going to Lancaster, and have been to many other buffets, but this, by far, is the best! We had a party of 14 and were expecting a long wait because of the sheer number of cars in the lot, but the wait wasn't bad at all (they opened a section of the banquet area to accomodate the customers, the wait was just twenty minutes!)

This place is absolutely spotless, has clean restrooms, and the staff is very accomodating and attentive.

The food is absolutely top notch, fresh and delicious. I've never seen the quality, freshness, and selection this place offers, it's well worth the price and the trip!

What impressed me the most was their price scale has two senior citizen discount levels, a child and teen discount, and a generous veteran's discount. This shows they care about working families.

I could go on, but all I can say is I've tried the rest and this is the best!

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I love going to shady Maple! I always over eat because there is such a huge selection to choose from. So make sure to go there hungry! Sometimes there is a bit of a wait but it is worth it.

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★★★★★

I love going to shady Maple! I always over eat because there is such a huge selection to choose from. So make sure to go there hungry! Sometimes there is a bit of a wait but it is worth it.

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I ate with my daughter here on Friday. I went to get a cup of coffee from the machine by where they make you stand for a booth. There was a bug in my coffee. I told the woman working that side and even showed her the bug on a napkin and she acted like I was nuts and told me to just go get another a cup of coffee!! Well if there is one bug there are probably 100's more. She should have at least had the machine cleaned out. On top of that you can't leave a complaint on their website-it bounces even though you think it went through. And their phone systems is a joke trying to reach someone! We eat here all the time and the food and service are usually excellent....but lately it hasn't been.

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I ate with my daughter here on Friday. I went to get a cup of coffee from the machine by where they make you stand for a booth. There was a bug in my coffee. I told the woman working that side and even showed her the bug on a napkin and she acted like I was nuts and told me to just go get another a cup of coffee!! Well if there is one bug there are probably 100's more. She should have at least had the machine cleaned out. On top of that you can't leave a complaint on their website-it bounces even though you think it went through. And their phone systems is a joke trying to reach someone! We eat here all the time and the food and service are usually excellent....but lately it hasn't been.

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The food here is wonderful - always fresh and delicious. Breakfast is my personal favorite meal, but the food at all meals is excellent. My husband and I try to eat here as often as we can when back in PA to visit family.

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The food here is wonderful - always fresh and delicious. Breakfast is my personal favorite meal, but the food at all meals is excellent. My husband and I try to eat here as often as we can when back in PA to visit family.

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ALERT ALERT.....Please be forewarned.....I went to this Shady Maple with 2 of my business associates two weeks ago....Two of us got very sick from eating there....When we finished eating we noticed there were hundreds of flying insects around the dessert buffet table....It was so horrible and nauseating to see...The management did not seem to care when we complained.....We respectfully asked for our money back and they outwardly refused....They are the absolute worst there and treat their customers horribly....I would never ever recommend eating there unless you wanted to become ill as 2 of us became....The worst, absolute worst thing about this whole nightmare was the management DID NOT EVEN CARE IF WE GOT SICK !!!!!! Please stay away from this place....its really not worth it......Thank You

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ALERT ALERT.....Please be forewarned.....I went to this Shady Maple with 2 of my business associates two weeks ago....Two of us got very sick from eating there....When we finished eating we noticed there were hundreds of flying insects around the dessert buffet table....It was so horrible and nauseating to see...The management did not seem to care when we complained.....We respectfully asked for our money back and they outwardly refused....They are the absolute worst there and treat their customers horribly....I would never ever recommend eating there unless you wanted to become ill as 2 of us became....The worst, absolute worst thing about this whole nightmare was the management DID NOT EVEN CARE IF WE GOT SICK !!!!!! Please stay away from this place....its really not worth it......Thank You

Pros: Convienent to shopping

Cons: BUGS,,,everywhere on the dessert table

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On Monday we were advised by a saleman to have lunch at Shady Maple. (We are out of town people). We did and were delighted with the recommendation. The food choices were excellent: beef, chicken, fish, vegetables and desserts were delicious! In fact everything from the salad to the desserts were outstanding. We are now commited to having lunch at Shady Maple everytime we travel to VFO in Reading. The 15 mile side trip will be a wonderful addition to our 2 hour drive from home. The neat, clean, courteous and pleasing atmosphere was very much appreciated as well. Many thanks!!
Jan Kroemmelbein

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★★★★★

On Monday we were advised by a saleman to have lunch at Shady Maple. (We are out of town people). We did and were delighted with the recommendation. The food choices were excellent: beef, chicken, fish, vegetables and desserts were delicious! In fact everything from the salad to the desserts were outstanding. We are now commited to having lunch at Shady Maple everytime we travel to VFO in Reading. The 15 mile side trip will be a wonderful addition to our 2 hour drive from home. The neat, clean, courteous and pleasing atmosphere was very much appreciated as well. Many thanks!!
Jan Kroemmelbein

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This place has only changed is size over the 24+ years i've been going!!!!!! I remember going and waiting in line for over an hour, and every second was worth the wait. This is a place I went to when I was a kid and now take MY children and enjoy the looks on their face when they see all the wonderful food. There is no other place that compairs to the polite staff and wonderful food.

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★★★★★

This place has only changed is size over the 24+ years i've been going!!!!!! I remember going and waiting in line for over an hour, and every second was worth the wait. This is a place I went to when I was a kid and now take MY children and enjoy the looks on their face when they see all the wonderful food. There is no other place that compairs to the polite staff and wonderful food.

Pros: Wonderful food. and every day has a different special.

Cons: Too much to choose from.

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This place is so full of great food you can't even begin to sample the stuff you will enjoy before you are fuller than you ought to be in the first place--but there is still so much you want to taste.

I have been to buffet restaurants and mostly the food that sits on a steam table is not very good.

This place has 4 separate grills always cooking with german sausages, fajitas, marinated chicken breasts, a couple kinds of fish, and whatever else they can fit on all that massive grilling surface. You have stuff that is fresh and hot.

Of course, the selection of freshly-fried foods like butterflied shrimp and hush puppies will bloat you, and the vegetable table is usually very good. Hot entrees are quite good, and there is always a variety of authentic Penn Dutch food on the buffet, not just pork & kraut or shoofly pie.

Shady Maple is also a bakery. The apple bread is a house specialty. Get a little cup of apple butter to dip in.

The desserts are mostly mass produced. Apple pie is quite good, and Turkey Hill softserve is right there. But you should be full before you ever think about dessert, so no need for disappointment at the dessert bar.

I guess I'm down on Penn Dutch dessert because I don't care for shoofly pie--it's some mixture of brown sugar, molasses and sawdust I think. But if it says Turkey Hill on it it's probably yummy.

Go on your birthday and eat free.

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★★★★★

This place is so full of great food you can't even begin to sample the stuff you will enjoy before you are fuller than you ought to be in the first place--but there is still so much you want to taste.

I have been to buffet restaurants and mostly the food that sits on a steam table is not very good.

This place has 4 separate grills always cooking with german sausages, fajitas, marinated chicken breasts, a couple kinds of fish, and whatever else they can fit on all that massive grilling surface. You have stuff that is fresh and hot.

Of course, the selection of freshly-fried foods like butterflied shrimp and hush puppies will bloat you, and the vegetable table is usually very good. Hot entrees are quite good, and there is always a variety of authentic Penn Dutch food on the buffet, not just pork & kraut or shoofly pie.

Shady Maple is also a bakery. The apple bread is a house specialty. Get a little cup of apple butter to dip in.

The desserts are mostly mass produced. Apple pie is quite good, and Turkey Hill softserve is right there. But you should be full before you ever think about dessert, so no need for disappointment at the dessert bar.

I guess I'm down on Penn Dutch dessert because I don't care for shoofly pie--it's some mixture of brown sugar, molasses and sawdust I think. But if it says Turkey Hill on it it's probably yummy.

Go on your birthday and eat free.

Pros: Astounding variety, much better than average smorgasbord.

Cons: Lots of ground to cover. This place is huge.

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The food here is the best cooking, next to mine, that I have ever tasted. Pure down-home from breakfast to dinner. The extent of the items is inexhaustable. I have never found any item to be substandard. PERFECTION is the name of the game. TASTE, unequaled. If great tasting hardy food is for you, this is the PLACE. What else can I say except A+A+A+A+A+++. The prices are very reasonable for the smorgasbord that is yours to select from. The old saying "Soup to Nuts", does not even come close. Please do yourself a favor. TRY IT. Just a little added touch. The drive and scenic beauty of the area is lovely. The GOODS Store and the Shady Maple Market, all on the premises, are an added bonus and delight. Make it a day you will cherish. Call for times of the Goods store and Market. Some days they close early. I believe around 5:oo, You do not want to miss any of this. Also, I almost forgot. the beautiful gift shoppe, below the restaurant. All of this in addition to the A+A+A+ food, will give you a wonderful day in Pennsylvanis Dutch Country. ENJOY!

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★★★★★

The food here is the best cooking, next to mine, that I have ever tasted. Pure down-home from breakfast to dinner. The extent of the items is inexhaustable. I have never found any item to be substandard. PERFECTION is the name of the game. TASTE, unequaled. If great tasting hardy food is for you, this is the PLACE. What else can I say except A+A+A+A+A+++. The prices are very reasonable for the smorgasbord that is yours to select from. The old saying "Soup to Nuts", does not even come close. Please do yourself a favor. TRY IT. Just a little added touch. The drive and scenic beauty of the area is lovely. The GOODS Store and the Shady Maple Market, all on the premises, are an added bonus and delight. Make it a day you will cherish. Call for times of the Goods store and Market. Some days they close early. I believe around 5:oo, You do not want to miss any of this. Also, I almost forgot. the beautiful gift shoppe, below the restaurant. All of this in addition to the A+A+A+ food, will give you a wonderful day in Pennsylvanis Dutch Country. ENJOY!

Pros: ALL THUMBS UP A+A+A+A+

Cons: NONE - The only one I can think of is that I do not live closer.

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We drive over 3 hours just to eat here. We have planned vacations around a trip to eat here. If I lived any closer I'd be 300 pounds!! This is by far the best smorgasbord anywhere.

PROS: the price includes meal, tax and tip.
CONS: you can only eat so much

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★★★★★

We drive over 3 hours just to eat here. We have planned vacations around a trip to eat here. If I lived any closer I'd be 300 pounds!! This is by far the best smorgasbord anywhere.

PROS: the price includes meal, tax and tip.
CONS: you can only eat so much

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Can be extremely busy. Long lines just to get in. Food iv good, though. I feel it is a little expensive.

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★★★★☆

Can be extremely busy. Long lines just to get in. Food iv good, though. I feel it is a little expensive.

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Good, Pennsylvania Dutch style foods on two huge smorgasboards. They have desserts, breads and burgers. But unless you are totally unadventerous, go for the chicken and beef main courses. Stuffed chicken breast is wonderful. As one child pointed out, "you can go back for slushies as much as you want!"

PROS: tons of variety of local foods
CONS: kinda pricey, but you get what you want.

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★★★★☆

Good, Pennsylvania Dutch style foods on two huge smorgasboards. They have desserts, breads and burgers. But unless you are totally unadventerous, go for the chicken and beef main courses. Stuffed chicken breast is wonderful. As one child pointed out, "you can go back for slushies as much as you want!"

PROS: tons of variety of local foods
CONS: kinda pricey, but you get what you want.

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Shady Maple is known in the Berks/Lancaster area as the place to go for a buffet meal. The breakfasts include all the favorites plus an omlette and waffle station. Dinners are excellent too. I am a big fan of Tuesday's seafood night. You can dine on everything from fried fish to seafood newburg. I especially love the great salad bar and fresh baked breads.

PROS: Seafood night
CONS: long wait

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Shady Maple is known in the Berks/Lancaster area as the place to go for a buffet meal. The breakfasts include all the favorites plus an omlette and waffle station. Dinners are excellent too. I am a big fan of Tuesday's seafood night. You can dine on everything from fried fish to seafood newburg. I especially love the great salad bar and fresh baked breads.

PROS: Seafood night
CONS: long wait

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This is the best smorasborg i've ever been to. For one price you get to eat all you want. The selections available are overwhelming and everything is extremely delicious.

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This is the best smorasborg i've ever been to. For one price you get to eat all you want. The selections available are overwhelming and everything is extremely delicious.

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If you want some good food then i recommend you make the drive here. I have only tasted their breakfast but from tasting that im sure all the food they serve is good. The cook and bake everything from scratch. Its so good it worth getting up at 6 in the morning to make the drive there to get there before the big lines.

PROS: everything
CONS:

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★★★★★

If you want some good food then i recommend you make the drive here. I have only tasted their breakfast but from tasting that im sure all the food they serve is good. The cook and bake everything from scratch. Its so good it worth getting up at 6 in the morning to make the drive there to get there before the big lines.

PROS: everything
CONS:

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I have lived in Lancaster most all my life and this has to be by far the best restaurant and all you can buffet I have ever found. The food is all homemade and oh so delicious. I highly recommend anyone to come here. But do bring your appetitie because you are sure going to need it. A+ class all the way.

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I have lived in Lancaster most all my life and this has to be by far the best restaurant and all you can buffet I have ever found. The food is all homemade and oh so delicious. I highly recommend anyone to come here. But do bring your appetitie because you are sure going to need it. A+ class all the way.

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Everyone that knows me knows how much we love this place!
We go to Lancaster County, PA. quite often and ALWAYS have one of our meals at ShadyMaple! (going again next week too! lol)
They have the most mouth watering selection in the largest buffet in Lancaster County and I'd have to say of anywhere I've ever seen too!

Their prices are really good, considering that everything is included, from drinks, to food and dessert and even the tip is figured into the price of each person at about a rate of only 8%-so there is NO TIPPING ALLOWED at the tables!

Our favorite day to go there are Wed. because that is their Prime Rib night and for around $14.95 per person you get all the fresh-carved just for YOU, most delectible, mouth-watering Prime Rib we have ever had!
And the dessert buffet bar?...Oh my, DO leave room for that!!

There is so much available there that I could never fit it all in here in 2000 characters! lol

But to put it simply, if you want buffet style, all-you-can-eat genuine PA Dutch cooking(and more!) then by all means GO to ShadyMaple Smorgasbord! You won't leave dissappointed and you sure won't leave hungry!!

PROS: Reasonable prices, GREAT FOOD, everything included for 1 price!
CONS: NONE!!!

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★★★★★

Everyone that knows me knows how much we love this place!
We go to Lancaster County, PA. quite often and ALWAYS have one of our meals at ShadyMaple! (going again next week too! lol)
They have the most mouth watering selection in the largest buffet in Lancaster County and I'd have to say of anywhere I've ever seen too!

Their prices are really good, considering that everything is included, from drinks, to food and dessert and even the tip is figured into the price of each person at about a rate of only 8%-so there is NO TIPPING ALLOWED at the tables!

Our favorite day to go there are Wed. because that is their Prime Rib night and for around $14.95 per person you get all the fresh-carved just for YOU, most delectible, mouth-watering Prime Rib we have ever had!
And the dessert buffet bar?...Oh my, DO leave room for that!!

There is so much available there that I could never fit it all in here in 2000 characters! lol

But to put it simply, if you want buffet style, all-you-can-eat genuine PA Dutch cooking(and more!) then by all means GO to ShadyMaple Smorgasbord! You won't leave dissappointed and you sure won't leave hungry!!

PROS: Reasonable prices, GREAT FOOD, everything included for 1 price!
CONS: NONE!!!

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I have been going to Shady Maple Smorgasbord since I was a little girl. It offers an amazing selection of food for a very reasonable price. Whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can find an amazing array of food including Pennsylvania dutch specialties and the most delicious baked goods you have ever eaten in your life! This is a "must do" in the Pennsylvania dutch country. The food is excellent!

PROS: excellent food, reasonable price, nice atmosphere
CONS: not open on Sundays

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★★★★★

I have been going to Shady Maple Smorgasbord since I was a little girl. It offers an amazing selection of food for a very reasonable price. Whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can find an amazing array of food including Pennsylvania dutch specialties and the most delicious baked goods you have ever eaten in your life! This is a "must do" in the Pennsylvania dutch country. The food is excellent!

PROS: excellent food, reasonable price, nice atmosphere
CONS: not open on Sundays

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My family travels a couple of times a year from New York, to relax and fill up on some good food. We found Shady Maple and it has quickly become one of our favorite places. Before, we thought Miller's Smorgasbord was the best, but since they have become so expensive we were looking for someplace to replace it. We found it.

First, the price. You can't beat it. The buffet is about $12.00 average, depending on the night. Breakfast is even cheaper. They are both great.

The selection beats just about any other buffet in town. Miller's pales in comparison. The selection of meats, veggies, desserts, everything is even somewhat overwhelming. You really have to scope everything out before making selections.

My only complaint is that the staff can sometimes be a little abrupt, but that may because they have to deal with the crowds that are always present.

Enjoy.

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★★★★★

My family travels a couple of times a year from New York, to relax and fill up on some good food. We found Shady Maple and it has quickly become one of our favorite places. Before, we thought Miller's Smorgasbord was the best, but since they have become so expensive we were looking for someplace to replace it. We found it.

First, the price. You can't beat it. The buffet is about $12.00 average, depending on the night. Breakfast is even cheaper. They are both great.

The selection beats just about any other buffet in town. Miller's pales in comparison. The selection of meats, veggies, desserts, everything is even somewhat overwhelming. You really have to scope everything out before making selections.

My only complaint is that the staff can sometimes be a little abrupt, but that may because they have to deal with the crowds that are always present.

Enjoy.

Pros: Value, Selection, Delicious

Cons: Crowded, Get there early

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Now THIS is a true taste of Lancaster County cooking. Shady Maple is about as true to sitting at my grandmother's table as any restaurant could be in the area. Also, the staff is hospitable, helpful, knowledgeable... I HIGHLY recommend a stop here. Plus, they have an incredible gift shop on their lower level. Sure, they have the usual touristy trinkets but the larger percentage of their products is quality items. It is well worth your wait in line!

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★★★★★

Now THIS is a true taste of Lancaster County cooking. Shady Maple is about as true to sitting at my grandmother's table as any restaurant could be in the area. Also, the staff is hospitable, helpful, knowledgeable... I HIGHLY recommend a stop here. Plus, they have an incredible gift shop on their lower level. Sure, they have the usual touristy trinkets but the larger percentage of their products is quality items. It is well worth your wait in line!

Pros: Great value, Excellent choices, Clean

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Great food at an extremely fair price and friendly atmosphere

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★★★★★

Great food at an extremely fair price and friendly atmosphere

Pros: Great Variety, Clean, Reasonable Price

Cons: To crowded, To Noisy

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It is usually a short wait. When you get seated, you just get up and go to either of the two line that feature the same features. It has a wide variety of foods. Every day it has at least 5 meats and 14 vegtables and a variety of deserts. it features a fast food resturaunt and a gift shop on the lower floor.

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★★★★★

It is usually a short wait. When you get seated, you just get up and go to either of the two line that feature the same features. It has a wide variety of foods. Every day it has at least 5 meats and 14 vegtables and a variety of deserts. it features a fast food resturaunt and a gift shop on the lower floor.

 

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