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Golden Corral Buffet and Grill


The first Golden Corral opened its doors in North Carolina in 1973, welcoming families to dine at our legendary endless buffet. More than 40 years later, Golden Corral is America’s favorite buffet and grill, offering a tantalizing selection of wholesome foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We serve an enormous variety of hot and cold items, including grilled-to-order sirloin steaks, seafood, chicken and home-style favorites, while the Brass Bell Bakery turns out fresh rolls, cookies, pizza and more every 15 minutes.

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With nearly 500 locations in 41 states, Golden Corral is one of the best known and most loved family-style restaurants. Diners can dish up endless plates from the hundreds of tasty selections offered in our buffet and grill. Come for customizable omelets in the breakfast buffet, made-from-scratch meatloaf and mashed potatoes during lunch, and your pick of 15 proteins from our dinner buffet and carving station.

A Brief History of Golden Corral

In 1973, James Maynard and William F. Carl Gavone Siameseopened the first Golden Corral in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after several unsuccessful tries at acquiring a franchise from another company. Over the years, additions to the successful buffet style kept Golden Corral growing. In 1991, the Brass Bell Bakery was introduced, which serves up freshly baked breads, homemade cakes and our famous yeast rolls. Now with about 500 locations spread across 41 states, Golden Corral is a family-friendly buffet and grill that continues to please everyone’s taste buds.

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