This chain of restaurants offers a different buffet depending on whether it is for breakfast lunch or dinner. Breakfast is from 7am to 11am on weekends only. Lunch is from 11am to 3pm and dinner is from 3pm to 10pm; lunch and dinner are offered daily.
We have usually eaten at Golden Corral for breakfast (when the motel did not offer a continental breakfast). The buffet is in two rows of warming trays and includes: Quiche (bacon or spinach), Pancakes (plain, blueberry or chocolate chip), Corned Beef, Chipped Beef, French Toast, Texas Toast, Waffles, Scrambled Eggs or Omelettes, Toast and butter or jam, Hash Brown, Potato Casserole, Sausage, Juice (apple, orange, passion fruit), Fresh Fruits.
The whole thing costs $7 and you can go back for seconds.
The restaurant is fairly open with high ceilings. They have the buffet counters and the cashiers in the center when you enter. Seating is in nice white tables with ladder back chairs situated in large alcoves to reduce the sound from one area of the restaurant into another.
There are staff that roam around and make sure you have everything you need and to clean up tables or answer any questions. They were quite pleasant and informative about what was in the area that might be of interest to tourists.
I'd recommend this chain for breakfast because you get a lot of food for a reasonable price and the environment was pleasant enough if you want casual dining.
If there is a restaurant franchise that is consistently good from state to state, I would say it was Applebees. They must have a book of rules and operations that they share among all their stores in order to guarantee quality food and service in a comfortable, low-key environment.
The restaurant is nice and clean and well-lit, with booths along the windows and tables nearer the bar and grill section. Dress code is casual. Waitresses are prompt and know the menu. We are very familiar with the menu ourselves and only look them over to see if they have added anything interesting.
I usually get one of their chicken and salad platters because I know it is nutritional and won't give me an upset stomach after or during a long drive. My wife eats a bit more hearty and likes the steak or ribs with a potato and maybe the soup of the day if it appeals to her.
They offer a seniors plate which is a bit smaller than the normal and just right for me.
The meal with drinks and entree and a shared dessert usually goes about $25 for the two of us (including tax and tip).
Believe me, for good American cooking at a decent price in a nice restaurant, you cannot beat Applebees.