REVIEW: Thomas’ Country Buffet, Covington, Newton
Most of the time, we don’t go to really fancy places. We also don’t go to cheap food places either. Thomas’ Country Buffet is the exception to that rule. It’s about as cheap as it gets at $9 each including your drink, but their variety of Southern cooking will remind you of your grandmother’s house. Unless, of course, you’re from up North and then it’ll remind you of Melanie’s grandmother’s house.
Built in the old train depot in Covington, Thomas’s Country Buffet isn’t fancy but they make up for it with genuine Southern hospitality and a strong dose of country cooking that would make any native Georgian smile. If you are not a fan of country music, you’ll either hate this place or become a member of the Alan Jackson fan club by the time you leave.
You pay as you enter and credit cards are accepted. Begin your food journey at the far end of restaurant and pick up a plate, knife and fork. The first table is a great place to start. I went with a piece of baked chicken, green beans, broccoli and rice casserole and stewed tomatoes and okra. Melanie went vegetarian that night and had the pinto beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, boiled cabbage and the broccoli and cheese casserole. I’ll confess to having a second plate with fried catfish filets, mashed potatoes and gravy and another helping of broccoli and rice casserole.
They have cornbread muffins, hush puppies, sweet potato soufflé, fried green tomatoes and more than I could ever begin to remember to list. There’s plenty of salad items to choose from and dessert is normally banana pudding (Melanie says it’s excellent), apple or peach cobbler and cake but they also have a wide selection of fruit to choose from as well. There’s more food that you’ll want to try than is possible to eat.
If you are OTP east, Thomas’s Country Buffet is one of the few cheap eats that we recommend. The food is consistently good and it just might be the best deal in town. Guten appetit!