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Title: Ryan's
Post by: littlebit on March 09, 2007, 12:32:22 AM
We ate at a Ryan's for the first time in the early 90s in Virginia when my husband was in the Army.
We were extremely impressed with them. When we heard they were coming here we were ecstatic.
The first month or two they were open, the food was great. It seems to have gotten worse fairly recently.
Now we rarely go.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: watson on March 09, 2007, 03:59:24 AM
Me, mom and brother use to go there all the time, like once a week at least but the last time we went was for breakfast and I just didn't care for it at all.  Then in the evenings I work so that lets that out and on the weekends at night I am so tired just don't want to go anywhere.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ctmom20 on March 09, 2007, 05:07:49 PM
It is nothing like it used to be.

My first bad experience: My husband, our sons and my mother-in-law were dining there. Our drinks stayed empty for quite a while. We were close to the coke machine so my husband got up and started to refill our drinks himself. A lady approaches him and tells him he can't do that. He informs her that he WILL do that until his server gives him good enough service to refill his drinks! I'm not sure what position this lady held but she wasn't a server. I think she may have been a mgr. but I'm not positive.

I understand Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year. I am a server at another local restaurant. I do know what days are busy and what days aren't. But all I ask is to keep my drink filled.... especially when ALL you have to do is fill my drink and clear the dirty plates. When our server FINALLY refilled our drinks this past Mother's Day, she didn't add any ice to them. I had NO ice because I had ate it all waiting for my refill while she and another server stood over by the drink area laughing and cutting up. While she is walking off I catch her and ask for more ice. I don't like hot tea. I order ICED tea for a reason.


At Christmas time my Grandma gets all her kids and older grandkids Ryan's gift certificates. She is unable to leave the house so I pick them up for her. She buys over $200 in g.c.'s every year. The manager had to sell these to me because I received free ones (buy $50 and receive $10 free or something). I'm still not sure why the cashier couldn't do this ...but oh well. After waiting 18 min. for the mgr. to bring my gc's, he finally approaches me with a paper I must complete. I ask him why he wants this info (my name, mailing address, PHONE NUMBER, etc..). He looks at me as if I'm a moron and says "WELL FOR YOU FREE ONES!!". I fill out my name and address but won't give him my number and tell him that I am not providing such info. He seems mad. I really don't care. I shouldn't have given him the info I did. I just feel that if I am buying over $200 in gift certificates I should be treated a little better. I'm leaving and I don't even get a thank you from this guy!!!!!! I turn back around and say, "Oh, can I get some envelopes for these". He says "no" and I just give him this "are you serious" stare. He says "I can only give you 2"...... Hmmmmm....... Then he turns around and goes back towards the kitchen. Needless to say, I told my Grandma what happened. She informs me that next year she'll be buying over $200 in Cracker Barrel gift certificates.

So last week my husband, two sons and I go back to Ryan's. While our drinks sit empty our server is at the empty table right next to us filling her sugar caddies, napkin holders, etc. After I suck on the straw of my empty glass to make the "hey, my drink is empty over here" noise she continues to finish her table top work. This really bothers me. As a server, your tables come first... NOT sidework! My husband turns around and tells her we need refills. Our server says "I know. Hold on." Ahem..... WHAT????????? HOLD ON? She rolls her eyes, lays down her tray and then comes to refill our drinks.

Let me leave you with a piece of advice: If you want good service ask for the server named "Tonia". She has been the ONLY good server we've had in the past two months. She was working the other night when we went in but she was serving a private party and could not take anymore tables. :(
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Janice on March 10, 2007, 02:58:12 AM
I know we have had bad service in the smoking section- seems they stick you in there and just forget you.. We went the other night and had to wait on the drinks and the rolls didnt come until we were just about finished.. Gonna be a long time before we go back.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: dmk911 on March 27, 2007, 09:44:43 AM
ask for the server named amy, she's great
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: GM2006 on March 27, 2007, 10:52:23 PM
we didn't care for the food that much
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ck2boys on March 28, 2007, 03:56:41 AM
It's dirty. 
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on April 04, 2007, 09:07:32 PM
That's funny.  I don't go there anymore for the same reasons...but it seems like it would be fun to just go in as customers and take over waiting on yourself (HA) then clean up after yourself.  Then when the server looks at you, give yourself a BIG tip!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ~Vanilla Princess~ on April 23, 2007, 07:34:55 PM
I have to agree this place is awful.... OOOOO and don't ask for the rolls they act like you have commit ed a crime!!!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Princess_KA on May 29, 2007, 04:00:00 PM
When did Ryan's quit taking checks???  I have always written a check in there.  Sunday, the Star was closed AGAIN (another gripe for another page) so I took the kids to Ryan's to try out there breakfast bar.  After standing there ordering food and drinks for everyone, with my check book ready to write, the dude tells me they don't take checks there.  I said, 'Since when???', but didn't give him time to answer, just took my group of five and said, "Let's go" and spent our $$$ elsewhere - Wal-mart - so I could go BACK home and cook breakfast for everyone.  The day was a complete downer from that point on. 
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: watson on May 30, 2007, 12:20:37 AM
Thats a good question......we have always wrote a check there also.....hmmmm.....sure hope everyone reads this.....
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Kristi Marie on May 30, 2007, 06:12:14 AM
I don't go out and eat much any more~ if I do it's usually to the Oasis truck stop, just as easy to buy it and cook at home~
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: watson on May 30, 2007, 10:52:12 AM
Its probably just as easy but I am not a cook...therefore it is much easier to go out and eat to me....
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ~kathy~ on May 30, 2007, 02:38:32 PM
When did Ryan's quit taking checks???  I have always written a check in there.  Sunday, the Star was closed AGAIN (another gripe for another page) so I took the kids to Ryan's to try out there breakfast bar.  After standing there ordering food and drinks for everyone, with my check book ready to write, the dude tells me they don't take checks there.  I said, 'Since when???', but didn't give him time to answer, just took my group of five and said, "Let's go" and spent our $$$ elsewhere - Wal-mart - so I could go BACK home and cook breakfast for everyone.  The day was a complete downer from that point on. 



 
It has been posted on the doors since i know of November, And states right on the door they no longer take checks.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ghost_of_notsniw on May 30, 2007, 04:13:20 PM
What are these "checks" you speak of?
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: watson on May 30, 2007, 04:41:18 PM
Personal checks to pay for your meal Winston..... you are no longer allowed to do that..... ^^^^
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Lepard LLC on May 30, 2007, 04:53:24 PM
It was how people paid for things in the horse and buggy days. Watched a film on the history channel about it.

What are these "checks" you speak of?

Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: watson on May 30, 2007, 05:11:12 PM
It was how people paid for things in the horse and buggy days. Watched a film on the history channel about it.



 !!!@#$%^ !!!@#$%^ !!!@#$%^  you caught me off guard on this one.......your funny......have a great day...
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: COWBOY on May 31, 2007, 04:59:30 PM
They must read this board because they have cleaned up their act.  Was there yesterday and really liked the whole cat fish,cat fish and one more cat fish.   Waitress was there with drinks and cleaning the table etc.  Was interesting to note that they only had maybe 60 customers in the whole building from 12-1;00, there were 36  when we left.  It was not a graduation day so most were locals.   The same was true of wal-mart the store was almost empty at 1:00
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: paloha2 on June 02, 2007, 01:32:17 PM
ate there on the 25th...enjoyed it...had no complaints!!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Rainbow on June 03, 2007, 12:46:49 PM
The one in Joplin is really good, if any of ya'll get down that way much.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: SHIRLEYKAY on August 17, 2007, 06:21:28 AM
the food taste the same watered down.  was good when first opened but went down hill.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: GreekMeadow on August 17, 2007, 08:03:53 AM
My whole family eats there quite a bit but I won't...I ate there once and did not like it....it tastes like cafeteria food to me.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: kbohon on August 17, 2007, 08:44:32 PM
I go there from time to time. Food's adequate (barely... I don't think they use any seasoning to speak of!) and service is inconsistent. Not my first choice, but at least it doesn't take long to get your food.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Steph on September 02, 2007, 02:21:10 AM
My family and I went to Ryan's tonight and I big a suprise in my food.  A piece of wire the waitress said that it was from a butter baster,  ^&*&^  right in taco meat.   I told her that I was concerned that a child could have choked on it and she said that she let the manager know.  Most places would have pulled that dish and made more. I know that they were busy, but safety and quality should come first and I did not get that feeling.  I will never go back again!!!!!   
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: GM2006 on September 02, 2007, 02:52:39 PM
WTH??? for something like that you should've gotten your entire meal free, that's dangerous!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Steph on September 02, 2007, 04:39:15 PM
I thought so to, but with the response that we got of not giving a %*#!  We just wanted to leave and never go back to that place.  I should have caused a bigger fuss.  I just hope that a child did not get hurt and that they finally removed that item, but I doubt it.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: GM2006 on September 02, 2007, 05:06:12 PM
yeah I probably would've walked out lol and not quietly either  >:D I'm glad none of y'all were hurt & hope no one else was either
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: 2manyhats2 on September 02, 2007, 06:18:17 PM
The Ryan's in Springfield has much better food and nicer people. We went a few times when they first opened and also stopped. Got tired of filling our own drinks too.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ctmom20 on September 18, 2007, 05:17:36 PM
We went back to Ryan's last weekend. The server Tonia that was always great to us is no longer there. :( We did get a server named Amy. She was wonderful! Food quality was great. They now have steak and shrimp EVERY night. I'm pretty excited about that. I am so glad they have improved.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: littlebit on December 21, 2007, 03:04:17 PM
We ate here last Sunday morning, and were extremely pleased with the quality, and selection.
Service was OK for a buffet.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ♣♥Young & Foolish♥♣ on December 21, 2007, 04:15:08 PM
What time does ryans buffet start & end? I have never heard or seen the times. I would like to try it!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: littlebit on December 21, 2007, 08:15:44 PM
I believe they open around 8 am for breakfast on the weekend.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ♣♥Young & Foolish♥♣ on December 22, 2007, 07:32:04 AM
Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: cayteaka on January 04, 2008, 05:43:41 PM
Yeah, well I ate there with my kids and for the third time it was terrible. It is off our list. Even my kids left hungry. The service as usual was good but the food was terrible. The rice was way overcooked and almost made me sick with one bite. My sons fish was rubbery and when he tried the steak it was way overcooked and dry. My daughter who is the least picky after choking on a half cooked doughy roll would only eat the fruit and vegetables from the salad bar.
I always give places at least three chances over a long period of time because every place has bad days. In our experience this place has just been consistently bad.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on January 04, 2008, 07:29:13 PM
Cayteaka, You are much too generous.  I did it ONCE and never again.  I never knew it was possible to make quiche without flavor!  Amazing.  I even got ripped off $1.00 when I paid.  So they got their tip anyway.

Yeah, well I ate there with my kids and for the third time it was terrible. It is off our list. Even my kids left hungry. The service as usual was good but the food was terrible. The rice was way overcooked and almost made me sick with one bite. My sons fish was rubbery and when he tried the steak it was way overcooked and dry. My daughter who is the least picky after choking on a half cooked doughy roll would only eat the fruit and vegetables from the salad bar.
I always give places at least three chances over a long period of time because every place has bad days. In our experience this place has just been consistently bad.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: cowboy on January 04, 2008, 08:19:49 PM
You think this one is bad you should try the one in Jefferson city.   They don't even clear the tables untill after you leave.  Never again for Ryans anywhere.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: julymorning on January 05, 2008, 12:47:22 AM
I used to love the Ryans in Jeff City, several years ago.  I went there last month with a friend and it was horrible.  The entry pans were mostly entirely empty when we got there at 1:30 on a Sunday, and were not being refilled. So there was very little to choose from. Some of what I tried tasted bad.  The dishes weren't removed from the table, like you said, nor were refills offered.
I wont go back there either.
The one in Sedalia was always good, but there are better places to eat in Sedalia anyway.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: cowboy on May 09, 2008, 06:50:54 PM
They have hit the bottom.  Was there with only 25 other people today.  Fish was swimming in grease and tough.  Its the only place you can bake salmon in a pan of liquid and make it dry.  Cookies were doughy. Haven't been there for 9 months thought it might get better but its not.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ♥♥♥Trena♥♥♥ on May 09, 2008, 06:54:27 PM
We haven't ate there in over a year, liked the variety of food they had, but who could choke it down?
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on May 09, 2008, 07:18:11 PM
Proves again, they are only here for the folks passing through.  They don't have to worry about coming back.  I drive by and it makes me shudder.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: bigedd on May 27, 2008, 05:40:17 PM
I finally have something good to say about this place.  The wife and I went there Sunday night, and the food was hot, plentiful, and good.  Now for the good part, I left my $120 sunglasses on the table.  I didn't realize it until Tuesday, so I called--guess what--THEY HAD THEM!!!  Thank you Ryan's and Kath.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: mandie_81z on May 28, 2008, 02:27:12 PM
I've been here twice recently and it has been delicious both times. At the steak bar I actually got a decent sized, decent cut of steak cooked just right. The buffet was full of food and everything was hot and fresh. There was a decent selection. Of course Joe starts work there today but I'm not biased because it took them over two weeks to get a hold of him so I figured they wouldn't call.
Anyway, back on topic, service was great. Refilled our drinks right when we needed it and trust me Joe can drink a glass every 20 seconds. I was impressed and happy with it which I hadn't been in a long time. Glad I gave them another chance.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on May 28, 2008, 03:15:35 PM
It's been way over a year for me.  The last time I went was the weekend they started up the breakfast buffet.  It is strange to hear two good reviews in a row.  Now I have to decide...do I or do I not give it one more try.....hmmm.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: mandie_81z on May 28, 2008, 03:22:32 PM
I hope if you do go that its good. I didn't want to go but Joe did and I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe new management or staff who actually cares. Maybe it was just three good days (because I went twice).
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: ~kathy~ on May 28, 2008, 10:42:45 PM
i know my family got together for mothers day and again  lastweek we all went and both times was good
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: RosesAreRed on June 22, 2008, 01:56:04 AM
I have been to Ryan's twice in the past month.  Both times the majority of the food on the buffet looked old.  The pizza looked like it had been sitting out there for hours.  The deserts were not great.  It would be nice if they would pre-cut the cakes and pies so that it wasn't just people digging into them.  I am unimpressed with the quality of food and service for the price. 
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: A_MARIE on July 06, 2008, 06:27:40 PM
A wire in your food omg! i wouldn't recommend Ryan's anymore went downhill for me months ago. I ate at a Burger King in Ohio a couple of years back found a bolt in my onion ring box unfortunately we were passing thru an were miles away when i found it. i check everything now before i leave that window!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on August 21, 2009, 09:30:33 PM
OK, we tried it again on Saturday.  Now you have to go get your own silverware out of the basket by the buffet.  Had to laugh.  The waitress asked if we wanted some rolls and I said yes, do we have to go back there and make them?  She didn't get it...oh well, you just have to prepare to be disappointed. 
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: sapperwife1976 on August 24, 2009, 12:52:54 PM
Didn't even stay after they rung us up. $60 for me, my husband and 3 kids.  Something didn't sound right, so we said forget it and left.  Sorry, Ryans is NOT worth $60.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Princess04 on August 24, 2009, 03:09:52 PM
 60 dollars!? Thats outrageous! You can eat at ruby tuesdays and actually be waited on for that!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: sapperwife1976 on August 24, 2009, 11:30:55 PM
We ended up going to Millers Grill and spent $38, including the tip.  Ya, $60?? I don't think so.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: julymorning on August 24, 2009, 11:48:57 PM
Buffets are getting pricey everywhere.  Even the lunch buffets are getting too high. 
We have started going back to the Ryan's in Jeff City but only for the breakfast buffet.  It's pretty good.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on November 23, 2009, 08:20:27 PM
OK...we said we wouldn't, but we tried it one more time Saturday morning.  We had the breakfast buffet and it was GREAT!!  We were so surprised at the hot and fresh variety of food items.  Not much fruit, but that's ok..who eats an apple at a buffet?  You can toast your own bread, order a nice omelet, the scrambled eggs were delicious...several different meats, grits, potatoes, cinnimon rolls, gravy and much more....The price was $4.59 each, so with 2 meals, coffee and tip was under $20.00.  Could it be new management?  Whatever it is, we will definitely be going back!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: igahmah at work on November 23, 2009, 11:56:35 PM
mmmmmm, grits.  Yum.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Eeyore on November 24, 2009, 04:43:40 AM
GRITS?!  Did someone say GRITS!?
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: CriTTer on November 24, 2009, 05:09:43 AM
i always get grits with my uncle hershels breakfast at cracker barrel  i do like the breakfasts there but not the other meals
 
the breakfast buffet at ryans is good as well as worth the price!
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: cowboy on February 16, 2011, 04:39:01 PM
Been there several times in past few weeks.   If it wasn't for the telephone company lunch there yesterday they would not have any business.   
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on February 16, 2011, 04:48:37 PM
Wonder why they put the sliced cantaloupe and honey dew melon on the steam table next to the gravy?  Why is there a galleon tub of peanut butter next to the toaster?  Why does it take 30 minutes for one omelet and it has to be the size of a football?  We agreed to never go back.  This time it's for real.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Hi on February 16, 2011, 05:20:40 PM
If you look at one of Kevins Press releases the whole kitchen staff can be found on one release.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: igahmah at work on February 16, 2011, 09:05:36 PM
If you look at one of Kevins Press releases the whole kitchen staff can be found on one release.


That is a good thing!  They are employed and not out causing trouble.  I have no problem with that.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: Coyote on November 28, 2012, 03:29:47 PM
Can anyone tell me if Ryan's is up to speed on health inspections?  I looked at the one at the Pulaski County Health Department in June, but no other restaurants have results posted, so I don't know how they rate.  I think I've been given bogus info and I would like to find out the truth.  Thank you all if you can help.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: littlebit on November 21, 2013, 02:45:56 PM
RIP Ryan's.
I am not and have never been a fan of buffets, but I hate to see a business close it's doors and their employees let go.
Title: Re: Ryan's
Post by: 2CardJohnE on November 21, 2013, 05:48:33 PM
Latest Rumor i heard is that the lease staed that if the owner got a better offer then the lessee had 30 days to vacate.  that was by a contractor who had been supposedly working inside the building