Personally, I love this place. I've been there multiple times with about 5 different people and they all have enjoyed it immensely as well. Super cheap, but the food is great and the servers are all super friendly and attentive, generally have gotten our food in under 15mins. Guacamole is delicious, as well as enchiladas, portions are standard, but with the basket of chips I usually eat beforehand, generally have leftovers. The first time I went was in Nov. 2013 and I hear this was post-upgrade, so I would recommend giving it another try if you haven't in awhile!
I took my husband to Ryans for his Birthday August 5, and it was also my first time to Ryan's at all, but I must say it was Superb, that day. The staff was friendly, surely our waitress, she even song a B-day song for my husband. They all actually spoke. My husband is a truck driver and we've ate at plenty buffets. But they were on their game that day, cuz everything in the place was fresh and hot. Good Job Keep It Up and I'll Definitely will be Back!
One of my favorite places for dinner out! They are right on the Black Warrior River, so there is a nice view. The bread service is devine!! Delicious muffins I could make a meal out of, and home made rolls. They have wonderful fried crab claws. And as far as plates, I have never had a meal I didn't LOVE. Always great service.