Best Of 2001

Best Joint for Manly Chow: Hometown Buffet

It is said that the quality of food is best measured by its volume. No restaurant adheres to this truism more than Hometown Buffet, conveniently located at a strip mall near you. Hometown makes food just the way your mom does -- not exactly fine dining, but at least the supply never runs out. This is American chow at its best: ham, fried chicken, fish, potatoes, and the all-important gravy; a variety of vegetables made straight from the can; and an impressive salad bar featuring all the usual staples, plus an assortment of noodle and Miracle Whip concoctions. There's also a dessert bar to handle your sucrose needs. By pure volume, one night's feast could sustain a small Latin American nation for three years.