There are days when the only thing that can cure your hunger is some good ol' country cookin'. Those are days to visit Cloverleaf Restaurant in Warner Robins. I was very impressed with its friendly management and even friendlier prices - $6.95 a person for a taste you'll never forget.
Partners Mike Hess, Jimmy Green and Steve Brown have definitely made their mark. The restaurant business is very competitive, and Cloverleaf takes the gold in Middle Georgia. With restaurants in Cochran and Dublin and 25 years of experience, Cloverleaf aims to serve the area.
All branches are open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., open Monday-Sunday, but only the Cloverleaf in Warner Robins is also open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Right now Cloverleaf is offering an "Early Bird Special" for anyone interested in an early dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3-4:30 p.m. Dinner is $6.75 including beverage and tax.
Lunch can get pretty crowded, as the restaurant appeals to the masses. The place was very senior-friendly with low amounts of salt in its food and a handicap accessible dinning room.
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Ordering was easy; here's the drill:
Step 1. You pay as you enter, and the welcoming staff is more than grateful to help you with any questions.
Step 2. Find a place to sit in the vast dining room; each area had its own decorating theme. The waiter will approach you and you order your drinks.
Step 3. Take a hit at the large buffet filled with everything country.
Step 4. Eat up and enjoy. Feel free to revisit the buffet at anytime, if you can handle it. The buffet had a hefty amount of fare to it. It was packed with everything from fried okra to black eyed peas and baked chicken to beef tips. The green beans were cooked well with a low amount of salt, as were the lima beans, corn and squash. I'm more partial to baked chicken than fried, but both were cooked well when I tried them. Something I didn't really enjoy was the chicken pot pie, but the Brunswick stew made up for that considerably. The barbecue and gumbo were mediocre compared to the rest of the food.
The buffet also offers a salad bar for all the lettuce lovers out there. As for the desserts, after major deliberation the verdict is in: Banana pudding has it hands down over the peach cobbler and strawberry shortcake, not to say they didn't put up a good fight.
All in all, lunch was a hit, and I'm sure that I'll visit again. Smiling faces and a pleasant environment make a restaurant even more than just a place to eat. Cloverleaf has it all right on mark. Sit back, fill your belly and, just like their slogan says, "Taste the difference."
1224 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday
Kids menu: No
Payment: All forms
Latest health rating: 89
Noise level: Low