Aj's Family Steakhouse
314 Blowing Rock Blvd, Lenoir, NC 28645
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The buffet was okay but the staff needs to pay more attention to cleaning the bar and changing the pans. Have been there several times and they had a lady that worked the salad bar, Tina, I think, who was excellent. Her salad bar ALWAYS looked like it was fresh and was always spotlessly clean. Her customer service was EXCELLENT! I am an invalid and my husband was having a hard time getting food from the buffet for both of us and she noticed. WOW! She came over and helped my husband and then when we went to get dessert, they were out of Peanut Butter cookies, so she baked a fresh pan and then brought them to us at our table. WAY BEYOND GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! Too bad she doesn't work there anymore. I looked forward to her great service and wonderful conversation.
The last time I went their cleanliness was on average of any other family-oriented restaurant, perhaps even a little better. Their salad bar has everything you expect a salad bar to have plus things you wouldn't. Their actual buffet items are surprisingly really good. (Mashed potatoes and the Mac n' Cheese is a must.)
The only down side I can find is that some of their sides do come from cans, but every restaurant does that in Lenoir. (Speaking as one that has worked or had family work for Fatz, Sagebrush, Wal-Mart Deli and Mayflower, expecting otherwise would be foolish.)
"STOP" DON'T EAT HERE! NASTY, NASTY,NASTY!!!! I am not a restaurant snob but I have a family of five and care about the cleanliness and health of my family and price this place is gross and pricy with the smallest bar and salad bar I have ever seen it had FLIES and everything was sticky and dirty and the BATHROOMS ARE HORRIBLE!!! the macaroni and cheese glowed it was so orange and what food I picked out tasted like it came straight out of a can . WE ALL LEFT HUNGRY A SALAD BAR OF 4 WAS $30 PLUS DOLLARS if you order a steak the salad bar doesn't come with it . hope this was helpful