Trails End Buffeteria
Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Resort
Lunch Buffet - August 2004
Sometimes Two Wrong Choices Do Make a Right
After walking up the boat ramp and into
the small commerce area that is nestled on the shores of Bay Lake we
quickly located Pioneer Hall, which is home to both the Hoop-Dee-Doo
Revue and the Trail End Buffeteria. The doors to the restaurant were
lock so we wait patiently on the wooden porch seeking a little shade
on this hot August day. I was not certain exactly what time lunch
would be served but I felt it was getting close, as the few guests
that were waiting with us quickly began to grow into a small crowd.
With sudden and loud “Hoody Doo” a cast member swung open the double
doors and invited us all in for some “fixins”. I took that to mean
that lunch was being served so I wandered in and quickly found a
Our server Phyllis was quick to take our drink order and give us the
green light on the buffet that was waiting for us. As I looked over
the buffet I had two thoughts concerning its offerings. It had the
interesting characteristic of being both modest and substantial.
Although the overall number of offerings was not that impressive the
items that were presented allowed you to feel that you would not be
There was a reasonable salad bar that included fresh fruit and soup
bar that offered chili, New England Clam Chowder and both corn bread
and biscuits. Further on there was a tempting meat loaf and mashed
potato combination, as well as a fried chicken dish available. For
the veggie lovers in the crowd there were both broccoli and mix
vegetables. If lunch is best defined for you by a sandwich you would
have had three to choose from, including BBQ beef on a bun,
Southwestern turkey wraps or a ham and cheese sandwich. For the kids
there was Macaroni and cheese and pizza.
The stand outs were the fried chicken that was moist and lightly
breaded and the chili with the side of corn bread.
There were several things that made our lunch excursion worth the
trip across Bay Lake. The price was certainly right which for three
adults only totaled around $30.00, (beverages are included in the
price of lunch). Also, the simple fare offered enough diversity to
satisfy everyone in our group, and finally the service and
atmosphere was both friendly and comfortable.