Farmers Family Restaurant
We have been here several times and the food is pretty good. The wait staff is very nice and always check on your needs. The fried chicken is really good and so are the sweet potatoes. The bread pudding is amazing. We had some type of chicken casserole that used corn tortillas, that was one of the best things we've had there but only saw that offered once. Farmer's needs to keep chicken and dumplings on their menu at all times, it is far superior to Crackel Barrel's but since they are next door, maybe they don't want to offend their neighbors. They have many other rotated dishes that are very comforting kind of like grandma used to make. Love the variety!!!
First time to the restaurant and as locals, were a bit shocked and disappointed in the "ambiance" of the restaurant. It was apparently christian concert night as they had a man there singing gospel music, a table full of various religious products, the usually "tammy faye baker and equally tacky looking male partner" duo working it but the real kicker, i think, was when there was a break in the music for the containers to be passed around for TITHE, lol!!! WTF was all I could think at that moment, immediately lost my appetite for the home-cooking I had soooo looked forward to. :( Yes, there several who hung out after the singing was over to get their snapshot with the singer, all of which were very vocal after each song with their praises, clapping, etc...not exactly a warm and fuzzy feeling, almost like I was awakening from a bad Rocky Horror Picture Show moment.
There is a place for everything and everything in its place, but a public, right off the interstate restaurant is NOT the proper genre for preaching, singing the gospel and particularly, collecting $$$ "donations" from the patrons for the music and "brotherly love" you don't expect to have to be subjected to, unless you go to church, and we don't, so...I won't be back. The food I did eat wasn't entirely worth bragging about, hence, the rant about being subjected to church - didn't feel so "familyish".
we thought we would try your restaurant because its new- the salad bar did not have a lot of choices-
the number one thing that got our disapproval was the buffet the fish was located right next to the chicken and i observed at least three people using the same tongs for both foods- this may seem like a small thing to you but to someone like me who has a hugh fish allergy it could have been deadly if i even got a small taste of fish on my chicken- fortunatly i saw them using the same tongs and passed on the chicken if someone were to go into antiphalactic shock because of this it could open you up to a lawsuit- so I think from now on we will go to the ponderosa and recommend our friends do the same- they have a larger salad bar and the chicken and fish are usually on seprate buffet tables seafood they are always separate from chicken. beef ect.
Have been there twice now, the food is wonderful. The quality and variety is fantastic and the staff is friendly. For the same price as a Shoney's buffet the food is miles beyond. A big problem though, this is a large restaurant with a tiny parking lot. There is no way they can fill the inside unless people park at nearby establishments and walk across the street. I've heard it every time someone talks about this place, "Oh, we tried to go there but the parking lot was jammed." Well dah, they simply don't have enough parking. Also, they have so many tables inside and they are so close together, that it's sometimes difficult to get to the food bars. I would say they have the food right but some logistics still need to be worked out. This is the third or fourth business in the same building in the last several years however this time they have done a major renovation and the building looks great. I like going there and hope they prosper and remain there a long time. Fix the parking and they will come.