These are comments we've received in recent years via email, online surveys, etc.

Always the best!!
— Apr 2017 via our online survey
Yearly we make a trip from MD to come for lunch or dinner. we love it here. We always take minced bbq back with us to freeze for future eats.
— Feb 2017 via our online survey
EVERYONE was friendly and wonderful. Will definitely recommend your restaurant and come back again.
— Jan 2017 via our online survey
We really enjoyed stopping in. This was my first time and my fathers second time. We enjoyed the lunch Buffett. Great prices and clean. Come to manteo! we are stopping everytime we either go or come from Virginia for a trip to the doctor or for fun. The bar bque-to die for. Thanks for having a great clean restaurantwuth reasonable prices. Great waitstaff. We really appreciate the good cooking.
— Dec 2016 via our online survey
The lady who takes place care of the food tables, does a great job. It always looks good and clean. She keeps everything filled and hot. We eat there every time we past.
— Oct 2016 via our online survey
AWESOME food, staff, and price! Can’t wait to go back!! I had the buffet, and EVERYTHING I got I LOVED! Barbecue was PERFECT, chicken delicious, baked beans wonderful, hush puppies had to go back for seconds and thirds! Salad bar, everything imaginable, desserts looked great, but too FULL! BEST FOOD I’ve had in a LONG, LONG Time!!
— Oct 2016 via our online survey
You do have the best fried chicken.
— Oct 2016 via our online survey
I truly enjoyed the food and the staff was awesome!
— July 2016 via our online survey
everything is always good when I dine here and the fried chicken and barbecue is on point. Almost like eating my great grandma Marie fried chicken, God rest her soul.
— May 2016 via our online survey
We stop at Southland every year at the conclusion of our vacation to the Outer Banks. The breakfast buffet is a family favorite. The staff could not be any friendlier, and the food is excellent! Our server - a very cheerful young lady with blond hair whose name escapes me (I can’t find our receipt!) was efficient and worked hard to ensure we were tended to at all times. My husband and I are locals, so we will be back to try out the fried chicken. In the meantime, keep up the terrific work!! Thank you! I provided my e-mail address in case you wanted more details of our absolutely fabulous experience..........
— April 2016 via our online survey
Great Mom and Pop place to eat.
— January 2016 via our online survey
We regularly drive from Chesapeake to visit. Food is fresh and “real” and service always friendly
— January 2016 via our online survey
Your food is great. Everything was wow fantabulous.i had the buffet.my dad had the oyster dinner.every thing was just great. The waitress was so nice. She really was right on the money being pregnant didnt stop her waiting on all her tables with a nice smile. I could tell she was a little tired.but it didnt stop her taking care of me and my dad. We will be back new years day. Thsnks for great food and wonderful services.
— December 2015 via our online survey
Server was very patient, food took a few min but well worth the wait. Then the bill came and I was surprised at the value for the taste!!
— November 2015 via our online survey
everytime I walk out I’m fat and happy thanks all
— October 2015 via our online survey
I was a part of a bus tour that ordered our “dinner to go” so I don’t have an answer to many of the questions, but the food we received was over the top of what I had expected as a “to go dinner”. I ordered fried chicken and it was absolutely delicious - still warm from the kitchen and nice and tender. If and when I come to that area again - I will be a repeat customer.
— October 2015 via our online survey
Hubby enjoyed the buffet! The chicken really is the best and the staff warm & inviting! Thanks C ... the service was splendid!
— October 2015 via our online survey
Best fried chicken we’ve had in a long time. second to none
— September 2015 via our online survey
Good fresh hot food
— September 2015 via our online survey
Great food and great service ! Wish I could order some BBQ and have it shipped.
— August 2015 via our online survey
We came when Bar not open but have been here many times for the bar and always delicious. We stop here all the time on our way to Nags Head!
— July 2015 via our online survey
Great and clean place
— July 2015 via our online survey
Restrooms extremely clean. Food was delicious and service was outstanding. We will definitely stop again.
— July 2015 via our online survey
best BBQ I have ever had.
— Apr 2015 via our online survey
As always everything was delicious and our server, ...... was excellent. Thanks to all!
— Apr 2015 via our online survey
Only a stone’s throw from where I live in VA and love the country atmosphere, friendly service and great food
— Mar 2015 via our online survey
Always a great meal with a great experience!! Whether Breakfast, lunch or dinner, the food is amazing!!
— Mar 2015 via our online survey
Excellent fried chicken, collards, potatoe salad , hush puppies!!!!!!! Service unmatched!!! DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!
— Mar 2015 via our online survey
I visited for the first time last night. Everything was AMAZING. The buffet was not the biggest, but it had a good amount of choices. I would have to say that this is one of the best if not the best buffets I have ever had. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the service was great. The food was all fresh. I don’t care for fried chicken as much as some, but even this was good. I have passed this restaurant for years on a daily basis and never thought to stop in. I will definitely be going back. Maybe even tonight. This is definitely a hidden treasure.
— Feb 2015 via our online survey
We love Southland and come as often as we can.
— Feb 2015 via our online survey
Great Restaurant and outstanding food.
— Jan 2015 via our online survey
Every time I come this way I stop here for lunch or dinner
— Jan 2015 via our online survey
Have been to the snack bar 3000 times for the Hog Wild Wednesdays. Stupendous. Anyway, last night we decided to go to the restaurant for the buffet.....OMG I want to go everyday. I absolutely love the fried chicken and banana pudding. I have been telling all my co-workers about the wonderful experience all morning.

My question is.......is there a dinner buffet everyday?

thanks for a wonderful experience and I look forward to many more.
— Jan 2015 via email
It is our “go-to” place for a breakfast rendezvous when I get off the mid shift and she is going to work. When we have visitors at work we bring them to the buffet and whenever they come back they want to know “When are we going to Southland?”
My husband and I came to eat at your restaurant last weekend on our way back from Nags Head. The food was fantastic, and we especially loved the fried chicken on the buffet. I also wanted to take a moment to say how friendly and welcoming the staff was, especially Kelley, our attentive waitress. I was impressed with the teamwork in your establishment, keep up the good work! See you next year! - The D...
Our family has been enjoying your Thanksgiving Buffet for the last five years and this year was the best yet. Always good but for some reason this year was extra special. Thanks the M...... family.
Wonderful place to eat and relax....always excellent...
I have stopped in to eat at your establishment about 4 times over the past year. I was there last Saturday the 19th. It was the best it has ever been. The food was awesome and the service was fast and professional. I will be eating there much more after last Saturdays experience. I could tell it was more busy than usual but everybody was cool, they didnt panic, and I was impressed. I figured I would email to let you guys know to keep up the good work. Give your staff a pat on the back because they sure deserve it. Thanks for a great dinning experience. I will be back !
We live across the border in VA and my parents live in NC so we meet for dinners at Southland Restaurant. The chicken is outstanding! I haven’t had a meal there that I didn’t enjoy. Friendly, fast service and clean, quaint surroundings at a super price make this a frequent choice of ours. We stop in for breakfast on the way to the Outer Banks, too! Keep up the great service and super cooking and we’ll keep on going back for years to come!
Just wanted to say, we stop in at the snack bar several times a month on our way home from Manteo but tonight, we decided to actually go into the restaurant and sit down to eat. It truly was one of the best meals I’ve had in a LONG time! The bbq was AMAZING, the chicken and dumplings were perfect and hands down, the BEST hush puppies I’ve EVER eaten in my life. Our waitress was curteous and even spoke to the chef. We will DEFINITELY be back and hopefully very very soon!
Best fried chicken anywhere!
Our server ... was very pleasant, helpful, efficent, and courteous. She filled our cups with hot coffee and came back to check if all was okay. We enjoyed our Sunday lunch even more with such a nice, pretty, smiling server.” All of Southland “it was a good experance for the whole family
I am a twelve month a year saturday and sunday morning breakfast customer. I travel the 30 mile one way trip from virginia beach twice each week for breakfast. Your food is consistantly great, and the servers are wonderful. I would especially like to mention ..... as I feel she is the best of the best.
I always enjoy coming in to eat at the restaurant. The food is good and the service is great. I haven’t met a waitress or waiter that wasn’t friendly and helpful.
My husband and son-inlaw both love your bbq sandwich, we drive 30 min just for that. It is the best.
We love this better than Cracker Barrel. Love the atmosphere and the people. Always so friendly and smiling and warm. Change nothing!
My wife and I are in VA Beach on our honeymoon (from Wisconsin) and we went to North Carolina today just so we could say we’ve been there. We did not expect to find such a wonderful restaurant with friendly people and such great food. We were very pleased all around!
It was the best hand pulled pork barbecue ever.
My husband and I stopped in on our way to Outer Banks. We were immediately greeted by hostess and seated. Our waitress (very nice girl, Jennifer) was as sweet as can be and made sure we were taken care of through entire meal. She did well with many other tables to wait on as well. I love the barbecue and rolls. I will recommend Southland Restaurant to friends and family. Thanks for the wonderful experience.