On one of my walks to the Riverfront Market last December, I poked my head into J. Farmers having never heard of or seen the place. What I saw when I walked in the door were two huge buffets – one hot and one cold.
Buffets are scary, yet compelling. It could be really bad, but the whole world is yours. The only reason I came back to J. Farmer’s is because on the initial walk through I spied sushi, tofu, snow peas, and sriracha sauce on the buffet – and a couple of Asian women running the place. I knew they had stuck some goodies on the buffet.
I brought the boyfriend with me on the return trip, because I knew I would need help sampling the hundred plus items on the buffet. These two plates only represent a smattering of what was available on the buffet, not to mention that you can order traditional breakfast, sandwiches (including a veggie burger and a veggie wrap), and fried sides from the grill counter.
My plate starting at :
Mac and Cheese – Very Stouffer’s.
Asparagus – Nice, but didn’t like gobs or dried oregano sprinkled on top.
Marinated Mushrooms – I love canned mushroom and marinated mushrooms. It’s my thang. These were in Italian dressing. Eh.
Veggie Sushi –
Hard Boiled Egg – Not many signs on the buffet. I thought these were deviled eggs. I love deviled eggs, but hate hard boiled eggs. Mayo works wonders!
Silken Tofu – I had to get the tofu even though I hate silken tofu. I knew no one in would eat it, and I didn’t want it to feel unloved.
Kimchi Radish – Yum.
Sesame Asian Greens – Yes, ma’am!
Chicken Salad – Need more signs. Cubed says potato salad to me; shredded says chicken salad. Oops.
Fried Plantains (center)– Can do no wrong.His plate starting 12 o’clock:
Rice and Potatoes – Don’t hate, but I forgot if I even tasted this.
Chinese Lomein – Greasy just like on Chinese buffet.
Mac and Cheese – Everyone’s doing it!
Avocado – Fresh.
Sushi - Avocado and fake crab.
Cucumber and Tomato – Yep.
Marinated Mushrooms – Again.
Date – Nice find.
Sesame Asian Greens – Great minds think alike.
Kiwi – Fresh.
Dolma – Sticky outside.
Spinach and Cheese Casserole (center) – Very Stouffers, but good.
I know. That was thrilling! By no means is J. Farmers a place I’d go out of the way to eat at, but if I were stuck downtown in one of the high-rise buildings, forgot my lunch, and was jonesing for a buffet (all things that will never happen), this would be my game plan …
Build a salad. It's light and $5.99/pound can get expensive fast. They had some fresh and interesting items on the cold buffet that you don’t normally see at salad bars – kiwi, dates, snow peas, asparagus, tomato and mozzarella salad, and a whole bunch of other goodies I can't recall.
Or, go Asian. Grab some steamed rice from the hot bar, then head back to the cold bar and pile on kimchi, sesame greens, snow peas, tofu, and sriracha sauce.
For dessert, get a few fried plantains.
Dude, someone needs to pay me for the investigative work I do!
809 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.