This column offers a sampling of dining experiences in the area. It is not intended as a review of the restaurant other than to provide the reader with one diner's experience. It also appears in The Herald's Friday entertainment section, "Ticket."
PORK 'N' MORE RESTAURANT
LOCATION: 122 N. Congress St., York
HOURS: Breakfast served 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday; hot lunch buffet served 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday; and hot dinner buffet served 5-9 p.m. Friday only
AMBIANCE: Family country-style cooking
I've driven past the bright yellow Pork 'N' More Restaurant with the smiling pig on the front sign for years, and finally, made the time to stop in for lunch.
The first thing to grab me was how wide open and spacious., white-walled country-style restaurant felt, and the friendly, welcoming staff who greeted us. Then I couldn't miss the huge blue marlin hanging on the wall. Odd for a barbecue house, I thought.
But, once I had the menu in hand, it didn't seem so strange. All this time, the pig on the front sign and the "Pork" in the name had me thinking this place specialized in barbecue. Fact is, there is a barbecue sandwich on the menu, but that's about it.
The popularity of this place comes from the "More." In fact, the hot buffet, along with breakfast served all day, is the biggest draw, our waitress told us. So while my friend looked over the menu, I checked out the buffet spread of salad and dessert bar and the large hot lunch buffet in a room by itself. The lunch offerings included fried chicken, tuna patty, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, little cocktail weenies and peppers, meatballs, rolls and more. It was a hodgepodge of homecooking. But, there wasn't any barbecue.
The hot lunch buffet ($7.34) is open 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday (for $7.94). A hot dinner buffet is open 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays with the advertisement of "New seafood buffet."
I easily filled up my plate with samplings of everything and was amazed the tuna patty came out to be my favorite. But best yet was the homemade cake with sweet frosting and banana pudding and chocolate mousse.
If you're not a buffet person, the menu includes burgers, sandwiches and plates -- which my friend had the York Grilled Chicken Cheese Steak ($4.25) a big, messy tasty sandwich -- and daily buffet special items, too.
And, one of my other favorites of all time - breakfast served 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday with recommended omelets ($3.75-$5.25), breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and French toast, and all the sides like gravy and biscuit, grits, hash browns and more.
There's something for everyone here. No wonder Pork 'N' More has been named Best Place for Country Cooking and Buffet/Salad Bar, and the service is great, too.