Ye Wei Guan Chinese Buffet

★★☆☆☆

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Seeing the lack of love here, I want to stick up for the Ye Wei Guan. Their dishes are actually delicious, and hold their own in quality against any other Chinese buffet in the area I've gone to. Their problem, as a buffet restaurant, is that food tastes best when it's hot and fresh, but they've never become a busy location. So they'll put out great food - but there aren't enough customers to eat it fresh. Then someone will wander in to try the place out when some of the food is cold and stale, leading them to spread bad word of mouth that the food is "awful" - stopping others from coming. It's a trap that, as a buffet, it's very hard for them to escape at this point (needing to be popular to become popular) - I'm surprised they've held on as long as they have.

If you want to give their food a fair shot, here are a couple of suggestions: *Come during regular mealtimes, not off-peak hours. Unfortunately, I've never seen the place really hopping, but during normal meal hours, the food should be fresh enough. Off-peak? They make the best pork chops I've ever had - but my last visit, I came during a dead time, and the leftover chops had cooled off and dried out. If that had been my first taste, I would not have been impressed. *Use the hibachi grill. They intended the hibachi to be one of their selling points, but I don't see it getting used as much as they had probably hoped. However, it'll get you food that's cooked up on the spot. *If they offer to cook up fresh trays, take them up on it. With their level of business, by a certain point in the evening (and maybe even between lunch and dinner), it doesn't make sense for them to refill trays with mountains of food that are probably just going to sit out getting cold. But they're friendly in letting latecomers know that if they're interested in a particular dish, they'll cook it up. (On another occasion, I saw them ask a regular who came in right after the start of dinner hours if he wanted anything, and he had them make up a fresh batch of a tray that still had leftovers.) Rather than being reluctant to impose, or grousing about having to ask, look at it as an opportunity to get food that's piping-hot fresh. *Consider a non-buffet order. Like most Chinese buffets, they do have a non-buffet menu, even if most people never use them once they've tagged a restaurant as a buffet. But it's a way to get their food at its best, and you get to doggy-bag leftovers, so if you're a light eater, you may not come out that worse off.

I hope you'll check them out - if the pork chops are hot, you won't be disappointed!

(This is probably already TL;;DR;;, but - "If they're so great, why aren't they more popular?" I wonder myself, but speculating: *Frankly, I think they should have picked a different name, rather than an alien-looking one that many Americans aren't even sure how to pronounce. *Probably the biggie: they're up against a rival Chinese buffet that is well-entrenched at this point, so popular that you never have to worry about the food being fresh, and good enough to keep people from looking for or expecting to find a "better" Chinese buffet. *Their initial concept apparently was that they would be a "classier" buffet, whose high quality, Oriental decor, and hibachi grill would justify charging a little more for their buffet (though the "other restaurant" subsequently raised their lunch price to match). They've recently pared back their prices to the local norm (meaning their lunch price is now lower than the "other place"). *This economy is not a good time to launch a new restaurant; I think people want to "play it safe" with their dining dollars right now, rather than experimenting with new restaurants.)

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★★★★☆

Seeing the lack of love here, I want to stick up for the Ye Wei Guan. Their dishes are actually delicious, and hold their own in quality against any other Chinese buffet in the area I've gone to. Their problem, as a buffet restaurant, is that food tastes best when it's hot and fresh, but they've never become a busy location. So they'll put out great food - but there aren't enough customers to eat it fresh. Then someone will wander in to try the place out when some of the food is cold and stale, leading them to spread bad word of mouth that the food is "awful" - stopping others from coming. It's a trap that, as a buffet, it's very hard for them to escape at this point (needing to be popular to become popular) - I'm surprised they've held on as long as they have.

If you want to give their food a fair shot, here are a couple of suggestions: *Come during regular mealtimes, not off-peak hours. Unfortunately, I've never seen the place really hopping, but during normal meal hours, the food should be fresh enough. Off-peak? They make the best pork chops I've ever had - but my last visit, I came during a dead time, and the leftover chops had cooled off and dried out. If that had been my first taste, I would not have been impressed. *Use the hibachi grill. They intended the hibachi to be one of their selling points, but I don't see it getting used as much as they had probably hoped. However, it'll get you food that's cooked up on the spot. *If they offer to cook up fresh trays, take them up on it. With their level of business, by a certain point in the evening (and maybe even between lunch and dinner), it doesn't make sense for them to refill trays with mountains of food that are probably just going to sit out getting cold. But they're friendly in letting latecomers know that if they're interested in a particular dish, they'll cook it up. (On another occasion, I saw them ask a regular who came in right after the start of dinner hours if he wanted anything, and he had them make up a fresh batch of a tray that still had leftovers.) Rather than being reluctant to impose, or grousing about having to ask, look at it as an opportunity to get food that's piping-hot fresh. *Consider a non-buffet order. Like most Chinese buffets, they do have a non-buffet menu, even if most people never use them once they've tagged a restaurant as a buffet. But it's a way to get their food at its best, and you get to doggy-bag leftovers, so if you're a light eater, you may not come out that worse off.

I hope you'll check them out - if the pork chops are hot, you won't be disappointed!

(This is probably already TL;;DR;;, but - "If they're so great, why aren't they more popular?" I wonder myself, but speculating: *Frankly, I think they should have picked a different name, rather than an alien-looking one that many Americans aren't even sure how to pronounce. *Probably the biggie: they're up against a rival Chinese buffet that is well-entrenched at this point, so popular that you never have to worry about the food being fresh, and good enough to keep people from looking for or expecting to find a "better" Chinese buffet. *Their initial concept apparently was that they would be a "classier" buffet, whose high quality, Oriental decor, and hibachi grill would justify charging a little more for their buffet (though the "other restaurant" subsequently raised their lunch price to match). They've recently pared back their prices to the local norm (meaning their lunch price is now lower than the "other place"). *This economy is not a good time to launch a new restaurant; I think people want to "play it safe" with their dining dollars right now, rather than experimenting with new restaurants.)

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I recently went for my first and last time with a friend. We went late at night and the food was so gross. It had been sitting out for quite some time.

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★★☆☆☆

I recently went for my first and last time with a friend. We went late at night and the food was so gross. It had been sitting out for quite some time.

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The restaurant has been under new management several times and it still is the same. They didn't honor their advertised special of kids 99 cent Tuesday. We had to ask for more food to be put on the buffet because many trays were out. It was our last visit there!

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★★☆☆☆

The restaurant has been under new management several times and it still is the same. They didn't honor their advertised special of kids 99 cent Tuesday. We had to ask for more food to be put on the buffet because many trays were out. It was our last visit there!

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The food here is the worst I have ever had! The service is OK but they are far to "touchy-feely" with my kids. The atmosphere is decent but it doesn't make up for the lack of quality being offered at the buffet!

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The food here is the worst I have ever had! The service is OK but they are far to "touchy-feely" with my kids. The atmosphere is decent but it doesn't make up for the lack of quality being offered at the buffet!

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