This is where we ate one of our veterans' reunion meals. Imagine 50 people or so standing in line waiting for tables all together. That is what we did; the other place that was supposed to take our group had a mix-up and booked two groups of people for the same set of tables... so we ended up at Charleys.
And believe it or not, they got us all in at tables adjoining each other. We had some 4-person tables with 5 people but it isn't the first time our group has had meals in close quarters (and no one was shooting at us this time). The waiters took over twenty minutes to get all the orders. Luckily I ordered soup and salad and ice tea so there was nothing to cook and my wife and I got served within 15 minutes. The people that ordered more complicated meals had to wait about 45 minutes to get served.
All in all, the restaurant did a great job to get everyone some food under one hour given the last minute arrangements that we had to make. The waiters were friendly and quick even though they were heavily overworked. "more tea sir?"; "how was your meal?"; "anything else I can get you?"... very nice and polite.
We were all so hungry from our travels and had a lot to talk about, so I don't think anyone was paying any attention to how good the meal was (my homemade vegetable soup was very good). We stayed for almost two and a half hours and the establishment did not mind at all. The waiters got a huge tip for their valient efforts.
I would definitely stop in here again for a meal with a much smaller group and really taste their specialty meals this time.
This is an old fashioned drug store with a soda parlor on one side.
We stopped in to have a look and ended up with an old fashioned rootbeer ice cream float and a super banana split/sundae.
While talking to the friendly sodacounter person we found out that her husband was on his way to Buffalo, NY for business one day ago and we may have passed him going in the opposite direction. Small world.
The store itself has all kinds of "penny" candy (not a penny anymore but sold by the piece or handful). There are knickknack items and a pharmacy and cosmetics and homemade jellies.
Just a lot of different stuff that gave the place its ambience.
So if you stop into Cordon, be sure to stop into Butts on Chestnut Street.
Combine a steakhouse where you get it your way with a buffet where there are more selections than you can eat.... and you have an idea of what Ryan's is like.
While you wait in line, they take your steak order, what type, size, how you want it done.
Then you pick up your main plate, a side plate and a bowl (for soup if you want) and head into three buffet sections. One section is fruits and veggies, one is breads and crackers/cheese and one is desserts. When you get everything to your table, a hostess asks you what you want to drink. While you are eating your salad, your drink and steak are delivered to your table.
Everything was delicious; do not come here if you are on a diet. You will definitely go home stuffed to the gills.
Favorite Dish: London broil with fresh salad (oil and vinegar) and plenty of veggies and fruits (I am not much into the potatoes and pasta but there were many of those to select from).