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Sam's Original Restaurant

390 East Interstate 45, Fairfield, TX - (903) 389-7267
Posted By Shiree Schade on 11/24/2013 9:36:00 AM
There is in fact a menu at Sam's Restaurant, but I've never once looked at it. As soon as you get a gander of the buffet on your way to your table though, you'll completely understand why. Why pick a single piece of candy when you can have the whole store?

Sam's excels tremendously at what so many roadside buffets attempt to present and fail - a cornucopia of perfectly prepared southern home cooking. Trust me: everything is so delicious that you'll find yourself doing math to fill your gut - especially when you realize you have to leave room for pie!

Sam's does a brisk business pretty much any time of the day you arrive (lots of locals - always a good sign) and as a result, food items are replenished frequently, preventing the curse of past-their-prime offerings suffered by so many well intentioned buffets.

The buffet begins with an absolutely huge salad bar, one of the best I've ever seen. It has actual green leaves aplenty, but it also boasts a wide variety of prepared salads and delightful add-ons like watermelon pickles. Be modest in your selections, however, because there are seriously tasty side dishes and a changing rotation of show-stopping entrees just ahead - including mahogany rinded BBQ, thick slabs of country ham, crisp chicken fried steak strips and golden fried bone-in chicken.

As if all those choices weren't mind boggling enough, the waiter will come by to ply you with freshly baked bread from heaven as your eyes fall on the cobbler buffet right next to the island of pie.

My suggestion is to bring a second stomach - you're going to need it.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Gravy worth tasting, slabs of country ham and masterfully smoked brisket - just a few of the tasty options.
"Gravy worth tasting, slabs of country ham and masterfully smoked brisket - just a few of the tasty options."
Shiree Schade





Road food nirvana - perfectly prepared bone-in fried chicken.
"Road food nirvana - perfectly prepared bone-in fried chicken."
Shiree Schade


I warn you - do not forget to save room for pie!  Sam's makes 13 different kinds.
"I warn you - do not forget to save room for pie! Sam's makes 13 different kinds."
Shiree Schade



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