Maddox is a HUGE local favorite for some good reasons. The #1 draw for most I know is the rolls -they are fabulous, and they keep comin' with raspberry butter as long as you say you want more. Another specialty is the house-brewed root beer and sarsparilla. I recommend sarsparilla to the more adventurous - it's like root beer, but more potent with licorice flare. Maddox has rich homemade soups. My favorite main course item is the fried chicken. It is like no other for one very distinguishing reason - no greasy skin. As a chicken skin hater, I rejoice in being able to actually enjoy the crispy coating! Losing the skin does not sacrifice moistness - it's divine! Maddox desserts, including pies, cheesecake and homemade ice cream are praiseworthy. I've read bad reviews on the seafood cocktail, complaining about imitation krab - but I argue that it's really good - if you like imitation krab. Sometimes I add the optional chilled shrimp for a little extra. The green salad's good.
Now that I've raved as many locals do, I'll give you proper warning on a few things to expect or avoid that aren't so favorable....
Don't get a steak here - any cut. They just don't do 'em right. Get the chicken, turkey steak, halibut, or, at lunch hours, roast beef. Expect to pay more. It's a lot of food. Don't expect quiet, elegant romance. It's a big, family-oriented ranch house. Expect noise and crowds. If you go on a Friday or Saturday (not recommended), expect to wait at least 30 minutes, unless you go earlier than 6:00. If they are particularly busy and you have a large party, they may suggest quicker seating at the neighboring Lodge. DO NOT accept the offer! The Maddox Lodge is the pits! They herd you into a huge, noisy banquet hall, give you a different menu with limited offerings, and have two waitresses try to serve your party as well as the neighboring giant party of noisy high school prom-goers. Gratuity is included at the Lodge, of course.
Pros: Heavenly rolls, delicious and hearty comfort food, unique drinks.
Cons: Crowds/wait, out-of-the-way location, noise, mediocre steaks.