Ordinarily, I am not a buffet person, but Joy’s Home Cooking on Riverside Parkway keeps things so fresh and steamy that I can make an exception.
You may remember the dozens of restaurants that were in this space before, across from Hooter’s. Not much has changed in appearance other than the addition of the buffet tables. The staff is very friendly and helpful and customers always look very happy -- and that’s always a good sign.
The menu changes nightly but the price stays at $7.95 for one soup choice, six meats, 11 sides, a small salad bar and dessert.
We came on a Monday night when the soup was chicken and rice, with beef tips, spaghetti, fried chicken, baked chicken, country fried steak and hot wings as main dishes. Sides on Monday include fried green tomatoes, pinto beans, mashed potatoes, green beans, collard greens, corn, yams, squash, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, okra and tomatoes, and broccoli casserole. The fried green tomatoes were the very best of everything, with the perfect thickness and a crunchy coating that stayed put.
Tuesday’s soup is vegetable, with fried chicken livers, fried chicken, baked chicken, country fried steak and gravy, sauerkraut with weenies and meat loaf for entrees. Sides include squash casserole, french fries, brussels sprouts, lima beans, mashed potatoes, green beans, collard greens, corn, yams, rice, cabbage, mac and cheese and candied yams.
Wednesday looks like an especially good night to go, with chili, turkey and dressing, grilled pork chops, fried chicken, baked chicken, Salisbury steak, fried pork chops and black eyed peas.
Thursday offers chicken and dumplings, barbecue riblets, fried chicken gizzards and ham with fried okra, peas and carrots, green bean casserole and rutabagas.
On Friday they serve up fried whole catfish and whiting, baked tilapia, salmon patties, hush puppies, pinto beans, collard greens and green bean casserole. On the weekends, they have much the same menu, featuring spaghetti and chicken tenders on Saturday and turkey and dressing and fried green tomatoes on Sunday.
The second night we visited they had peach cobbler for dessert, which was a little mushy but very tasty. Both times we visited we had a great time in this cozy little place with unlimited good food. Don’t expect it to be glamorous or fancy, just super clean and pleasantly filling. This place will be around for a while.
Joy’s Home Cooking
Address: 103 Riverside Parkway, Macon
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $7.95
Rating: 2.5 stars