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2090 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
Times are a crazin! Prices of everything going through the roof. Fast food is getting boring, same chicken sandwiches, medium size restaurants charging ridiculous prices for basic foods and through it all, we are mildly satisfied just based on the fact that we went out to eat just to be out trying to be served like a king or queen.
Well, on Father's Day, although I am not a fan of buffets, my friend told me about a good buffet in Lancaster, PA. I'm in Bel Air, MD and within close proximity, there are no buffets around. Covid forced the last buffet to go out of business.
Now, think about this, you pay one price and get a variety of different foods. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what they had to offer. Now, in comparison, going to a regular restaurant, with an appetizer, and entree, the minimum per person would be like $ 50/per person. A family of 3 with a daughter's appetite, the bill would be about $ 150.00. The buffet at $ 18.95 per person would be about
It was a nice drive to Lancaster, Pa, and in 1 hour, we saw the sign of Manor Buffet. It was semi busy towards the tail end of the holiday at around 6:30 pm.
The place was very clean and well organized. The interior reminded me of being in a casino buffet. Grabbed a plate and looked around, mostly the standard foods but I particularly noticed a couple of traditional dishes. Fresh roast duck, salt and pepper prawns with shell on, steamed fish, mayo shrimp,
Since I know you can load up on carbs, I tried very hard to avoid carbs but it was so difficult, fried rice, lo mein noodles, sushi rolls but I was able to focus on an assortment of goodies. Yes, I was stuffed but what did I expect. In a buffet, it tough to control your appetite, you want to try everything.
In the final analysis, during these tough times, this buffet is well worth it, at $ 18.95 per person and senior $ 2.00 heaper, having an assortment of food was a delight. Now, once in awhile is ok and won't be returning any time soon.
The atmosphere was very clean, staff was very professional and service was top notch.
I highly recommend this place if your looking for a budgeted dinner meal.
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, I give Manor Buffet 10 rating. It was that good.
Chef Woo Can
Naughty Dogs Restaurant
2306 E. Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015
I haven't given up on going out to eat. For me, it's the last bation of freedom and relaxation.
Well, on Memorial Day 2022, my family and my daughter's friend joined us at Put Put Golf. It was freakin hot out, we wee thirsty and I guess the heat made us a little hungry.
On the way home, we decided to go to the Naughtys Dog Resturant off of Rte 22 in Bel Air, MD. Although it was about 4 pm and the dining room was empty, I was impressed by how clean the dining room was. Our waitress was very friendly and accomodating.
Now, one of my all time favorites is Fish & Chips and noted that they use white fish. It doesn't matter what type of fish is used only concern is the batter must be crispy and fresh. It was being served with fresh cut french fries. Not frozen but fresh and they were truly refreshly cut.
I was very impressed with my fish & chips. It was 4 medium size pieces of fish on a plate of french fries. Even the tartar sauce was or appeared fresh, not the packets most places give out. My daughter had the same fish & chips.
I also ordered the apple pear Candied Walnut Bleu cheese mixed salad and it was just fabulous. The fusion of the saltiness of the bleu cheese and the sweetness of the candied walnuts blended well together.
It was relaxing, everything was right and at the end of the meal, I felt relaxed and really enjoyed my meal.
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, I have to give the Naughtys Dog a 100 score. It was that good and I'd go back again and try another dish. Any recommendations?
Chef Woo Can
418 Constant Friendship Blvd
Abingdon, MD 21009
Ok, Let's look at things right now. Covid is suddenly disappeared, the world is unstable, gas prices are going crazy, food prices are insane, children are being killed for no reason at all and inflation is uncontrollable. We're bailing out a country that has been unrightly invaded with millions of dollars of equipment, Russia is destablizing the world, our own administratio doesn't know what they're doing. They're bailing out or cancelling student loans which when u consider all this, its impacting higher prices everywhere!
So, on a nice weekend I wanted to take my family out to eat, something different and I heard this place was supposely good.
Now, considering I know how to cook and have high expectation of what I expect for dinner, I really wanted this dinner to go well. Well, when I say go well, I expect whatever is on the menu, they should be fully stocked especially on a Saturday evening. I expect my appetizer and salad to be brought out before the entree. and finally when they show the ingredients on the menu, I expect it to be an uncut ingredient.
I know that restaurants are struggling right now. They have so many other expenses to deal with during Covid, prices of goods is expensive, labor is hard to get good help, overhead is showing no mercy but considering this, either downsize your menu, cut the square ft of dining area and implement training on the basics of what the customer wants and expects.
Well, we started with fried Calamari, it was ok, I would say it was a serving for 1. We were a serving of 3 which included a 13 year old who's always hungry. I also order a cream of crab soup, None "Ran out", and a caesar salad which never came only after I asked after my meal where is it. I order pasta with a lemon butter sauce with sea scallops. I'll tell you this much, the pasta was al dente but the sea scallops? where cut up in quarters and the sauce was pre made ahead of time, somewhat starchy!
My daughter had a steak, she knows next time not to order that. My wife ordered a salad and it was ok. and although the waitress was friendly, she didn't know what her customer ordered.
The meal appeared to me like no sense of pride was involved in the prep. The waitress actually didn't realize she forgot to give me my Caesar salad and when I got it, it was the blandness salad I ever had with a side of dressing and no grated parmesan cheese.
I work damn hard for my money and didn't get what I expected from Abingdon Grill. It was like everything was mechanical. Dip into the salad bag adn grab a handful of salad, or get the ready made pasta and pre-made sauce and refrigerated scallops and to look like I;m getting value, slice up the scallops.
As to running out of cream of crab soup? no excuse, a mark of a poorly run restaurant.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, I give the Abingdon Grill a -1,000, yes a -1,000.
Chef Woo Can