Budget dining on the Gulf Coast–Gulfport’s Golden Corral

After our recent experience in Moss Point at Barnhill’s Buffet, we were a bit leery of restaurants, but today, we went off on an adventure.  We needed to do some research, I wanted to play in the water of the Gulf, and just hang out on the beach for a little bit.  Ultimately, we ended up in Gulfport.

We had had a quick lunch at a Waffle House, which is far from fine dining but is almost always decent coffee, decent service, and decent food.  They are also usually very clean, and you CAN see where your food is being produced, which took away from my fears (and the imaginary vision of the Barnhill’s Buffet kitchen that had been dancing in my head all week.)

Having exited the interstate (I-10) at 35B, we were headed north as if we were heading to Hattiesburg, and in search of a place for dinner.  We passed numerous fast food establishments, and then appeared my nemesis…another Barnhill’s Buffet.  I was not interested in repeating my previous experience and glared at GM over his joking remarks about stopping.  Just up the road appeared a Golden Corral with a sign advertising baby back ribs.

I’d not stopped at one in a long time, and they have certainly changed…for the better, perhaps.  The restaurant was clean, well lit, and had a massive food bar.  The floors were sparkling clean, as were the tables and chairs.  Everything sparkled and the food smelled wonderful.  That’s before we even sat down.

The food was delicious, despite the fact we arrived only 40 minutes before closing.  There was even steak, cooked to order, on the buffet.  There was also a full salad bar, potato bar, and dessert bar, in addition to all of the other delicious and beautiful offerings displayed to tempt the appetite.

It’s about $10 per person, plus drinks and tax.  (Drink water and save $1.75 per person!)  The food quality was superb, the service was excellent, and the restaurant appeared to be sparkling clean.  Despite paying more than some of the low-budget buffets charge, I felt that it was a justifiable difference in price with the quality of food and the facility in which it was served.

It is north of the interstate, out of sight to the casual traveler just exiting from the interstate, hardly an ideal location for  catching the travelers’ eyes, but its worth the extra drive for family dining.   I highly recommend this Golden Corral as a restaurant worth visiting.

About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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