I ate waaaay too much at Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet in Warrenville.
But that's the nature of a buffet, especially one filled with all manner of down-home dishes like your mama used to make.
In addition to barbecue fixins of potato salad, slaw, pickles and beans, there's also green beans, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and a massive tub of banana pudding made as God intended, without meringue and none of that cheap, instant banana pudding filling.
But the star attraction, as the restaurant's name implies, is the barbecue. It comes shredded or pulled, already sauced, or you can season your own at the table. The sauces are thin but tasty, and the barbecue is smoky and not too fatty.
Bobby's is the only barbecue restaurant I've visited that has a chandelier, but there's nothing ostentatious about it. The main dining room is open and airy, with lots of tables but plenty of elbow room for diners.
There's a thin line between gluttony and overeating in the line of duty when you're reviewing restaurants, and I think I crossed the line here.
I filled two plates (hey, they're small) to try to sample much of what was available. And there wasn't a misfire on the buffet. Everything was kept appropriately hot or cold and fresh, no small accomplishment on a buffet.
Bobby's knows how to please.
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