Happy China

★★★★☆
38.682 -90.477
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314-878-6660

12921 Olive Blvd

Creve Coeur, MO

63141

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Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 9pm

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very excellent food. There is an endless variety of Chinese and american food. Service is good and the price is very reasonable.

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★★★★☆

very excellent food. There is an endless variety of Chinese and american food. Service is good and the price is very reasonable.

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Happy China is an AMAZING place to eat. It is truly the happiest place you can be if you love chinese food and relish nothing more than a huge buffet filled with boundless selections. Food on the line is refreshed constantly and is made with the greatest care. The service is WONDERFUL too, the family who owns the restaurant are wonderful people and are always striving towards keeping their loyal customers happy and filled. Prices for dinner are greatly more than lunch- dinner is very much worth the price still though. You will not be disappointed!

5
★★★★★

Happy China is an AMAZING place to eat. It is truly the happiest place you can be if you love chinese food and relish nothing more than a huge buffet filled with boundless selections. Food on the line is refreshed constantly and is made with the greatest care. The service is WONDERFUL too, the family who owns the restaurant are wonderful people and are always striving towards keeping their loyal customers happy and filled. Prices for dinner are greatly more than lunch- dinner is very much worth the price still though. You will not be disappointed!

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Really confused as to why anyone would not like this place. Unless of course you are used to eating at the cookie cutter frozen food restaurants that purchase their food already made and fry/heat it up. Happy China's food is made from

6
★★★★★

Really confused as to why anyone would not like this place. Unless of course you are used to eating at the cookie cutter frozen food restaurants that purchase their food already made and fry/heat it up. Happy China's food is made from

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The selection was ok, but every item on the buffet was cold - even under the lamps. The price was also high compared to others in the area. Service was typical - drinks brought out and plates picked up during the meal. But there was no

6
★★★★★

The selection was ok, but every item on the buffet was cold - even under the lamps. The price was also high compared to others in the area. Service was typical - drinks brought out and plates picked up during the meal. But there was no

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I really love the food at happy China. Great selection.But one thing I can't understand is why all that great food is in the smoking area! All that great food soaking up that nicotine all day long.

6
★★★★★

I really love the food at happy China. Great selection.But one thing I can't understand is why all that great food is in the smoking area! All that great food soaking up that nicotine all day long.

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RIVERFRONT TIMES voters have voted not only BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT but BEST BUFFET more than once. Lee and Jenny are wonderful people and will make you feel at home, sometimes Jenny is misunderstood by those that do not know her, but

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★★★★★

RIVERFRONT TIMES voters have voted not only BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT but BEST BUFFET more than once. Lee and Jenny are wonderful people and will make you feel at home, sometimes Jenny is misunderstood by those that do not know her, but

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I have been eating at Happy China for 25 years and absolutely love it. I followed their restaurant from one location to another...just to eat their food. Not only is the food awesome, but the service is great and the owners are wonderful

6
★★★★★

I have been eating at Happy China for 25 years and absolutely love it. I followed their restaurant from one location to another...just to eat their food. Not only is the food awesome, but the service is great and the owners are wonderful

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The food at Happy China is the best in St. Louis. Since it has opened, I have always enjoyed my experience at Happy China. The food is always fresh, hot, and delicious. It has a distinctive taste unlike any other Chinese restaurant.

6
★★★★★

The food at Happy China is the best in St. Louis. Since it has opened, I have always enjoyed my experience at Happy China. The food is always fresh, hot, and delicious. It has a distinctive taste unlike any other Chinese restaurant.

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I have to say that some of the reviews I have read must be from competators, either that or they wouldn't know good food when they ate it...I have been eating at Happy China since they opened and I can tell you that there are no finer

6
★★★★★

I have to say that some of the reviews I have read must be from competators, either that or they wouldn't know good food when they ate it...I have been eating at Happy China since they opened and I can tell you that there are no finer

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After reading some of the reviews about Happy China I'm left somewhat confused.\r
I have visited Happy China (Creve Coeur) for over 20 years, and not had a bad experience. I have always found the food to be very fresh and delicious. The

6
★★★★★

After reading some of the reviews about Happy China I'm left somewhat confused.\r
I have visited Happy China (Creve Coeur) for over 20 years, and not had a bad experience. I have always found the food to be very fresh and delicious. The

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Never Again. Some of the food was OK but most of it was dried up, over cooked, or just plain nasty. The only nice thing about this place is the Mr. Owner. He comes around and talks to people and tries to have a conversation. He walks

6
★★★★★

Never Again. Some of the food was OK but most of it was dried up, over cooked, or just plain nasty. The only nice thing about this place is the Mr. Owner. He comes around and talks to people and tries to have a conversation. He walks

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Some of the food there is OK but most of it is just plain nasty. Dirty glasses and silverwear. The only nice thing about this place is the Mr. Owner. He comes around and talks to people and tries to have a conversation but his wife that

6
★★★★★

Some of the food there is OK but most of it is just plain nasty. Dirty glasses and silverwear. The only nice thing about this place is the Mr. Owner. He comes around and talks to people and tries to have a conversation but his wife that

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this chinese lady chasing us outside and asking for a tip..said we forgot to tip..there's 10 of us eating for lunch and it's my friends baby shower..we handly give the tip to our very nice mexican waiter, because he deserved it and happy

6
★★★★★

this chinese lady chasing us outside and asking for a tip..said we forgot to tip..there's 10 of us eating for lunch and it's my friends baby shower..we handly give the tip to our very nice mexican waiter, because he deserved it and happy

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This place weirds me out. It isn't a bad Chinese buffet, but it is by no means the best. It seems to get a ton of good press and I just don't see why. First, the place feels like your in a basement. Everything just seems on and outdated...I guess it would be like going into an elderly person's basement that hasn't been touched in years...It is just dark, damp with no sunlight. Second is the lady that stands in front that cashes people out. She is rarely in a good mood and usually seems mad at something. Then as you are standing there, she yells something into a microphone. All the workers then come out and do something to the buffet. The food isn't bad I guess. Nothing is really labeled. There the standard buffet items that everyone knows, but they do have other dishes there that I have really never seen and they aren't labeled. No Chinese buffet has super friendly staff, but the lady in front just seems to be always mad at something...that, in turn, puts me on edge a little. I don't know...Just a creepy place that gets a ton of great press for some reason...

3
★★★☆☆

This place weirds me out. It isn't a bad Chinese buffet, but it is by no means the best. It seems to get a ton of good press and I just don't see why. First, the place feels like your in a basement. Everything just seems on and outdated...I guess it would be like going into an elderly person's basement that hasn't been touched in years...It is just dark, damp with no sunlight. Second is the lady that stands in front that cashes people out. She is rarely in a good mood and usually seems mad at something. Then as you are standing there, she yells something into a microphone. All the workers then come out and do something to the buffet. The food isn't bad I guess. Nothing is really labeled. There the standard buffet items that everyone knows, but they do have other dishes there that I have really never seen and they aren't labeled. No Chinese buffet has super friendly staff, but the lady in front just seems to be always mad at something...that, in turn, puts me on edge a little. I don't know...Just a creepy place that gets a ton of great press for some reason...

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i didn't really see the hype on this place, but the buffet is pretty decent and the service is ok... from my experience anyway, maybe you had better. i definitely got my fill though.

3
★★★☆☆

i didn't really see the hype on this place, but the buffet is pretty decent and the service is ok... from my experience anyway, maybe you had better. i definitely got my fill though.

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Are you all kidding me?? By far the best Chinese buffet in the area. As I say, Happy China makes me happy!! Their crab rangoon and pott-stickers are to die for. Who cares about the atmosphere! It's a buffet for god sakes! I used to go to a great place called China Castle on Olive that shut down many years ago and never thought anything could compare ... wrong. I love how I can pay $10, walk in here, and fill up a to-go box to the brim .. It gives me 2 days of yummy snacks. Well, gotta go, off to Happy China!

5
★★★★★

Are you all kidding me?? By far the best Chinese buffet in the area. As I say, Happy China makes me happy!! Their crab rangoon and pott-stickers are to die for. Who cares about the atmosphere! It's a buffet for god sakes! I used to go to a great place called China Castle on Olive that shut down many years ago and never thought anything could compare ... wrong. I love how I can pay $10, walk in here, and fill up a to-go box to the brim .. It gives me 2 days of yummy snacks. Well, gotta go, off to Happy China!

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Food truly mediocre. You feel as if you are a herd of cattle being shuffled around at a very bad reception. Even with the carry out orders they have given us the wrong order twice. Would definitely not recommend!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Food truly mediocre. You feel as if you are a herd of cattle being shuffled around at a very bad reception. Even with the carry out orders they have given us the wrong order twice. Would definitely not recommend!

Cons: food, atmoshere, parking availability

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This restaurant can get very crowded and you have to stay in line to get food. Also take a notice of people dipping their hands and sleeves in the food. The selection is quite good, though the food gave me GI problems everytime I ate there.

3
★★★☆☆

This restaurant can get very crowded and you have to stay in line to get food. Also take a notice of people dipping their hands and sleeves in the food. The selection is quite good, though the food gave me GI problems everytime I ate there.

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First off whoever rated this buffet good has obviously not eaten there in quite some time. The food was horribly, dried out, and most likely spoiled. The smell of the place alone should have made us leave before we ever sat down, But since it was after all voted best buffet by RFT readers, I thought we'd give it a chance, a saturday evening at 7 pm, you would think this is their prime time of business. All of the seafood was completely uneatable, And for $12 per person you would have thought that they might know how to cook anything on the menu, every piece of beef and pork was the fattiest, stringiest thing I have ever tasted. Even the sweet and sour chicken was nasty and over cooked. I don't think that I would feed this junk to my dogs! I highly suggest going to any china buffet BUT this one!

1
★☆☆☆☆

First off whoever rated this buffet good has obviously not eaten there in quite some time. The food was horribly, dried out, and most likely spoiled. The smell of the place alone should have made us leave before we ever sat down, But since it was after all voted best buffet by RFT readers, I thought we'd give it a chance, a saturday evening at 7 pm, you would think this is their prime time of business. All of the seafood was completely uneatable, And for $12 per person you would have thought that they might know how to cook anything on the menu, every piece of beef and pork was the fattiest, stringiest thing I have ever tasted. Even the sweet and sour chicken was nasty and over cooked. I don't think that I would feed this junk to my dogs! I highly suggest going to any china buffet BUT this one!

Pros: Absolutly none

Cons: Every thing about the place

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I use these online reviews to find new restaurants pretty often, but I've always been too lazy to actually post a review myself. However, after eating at Happy China tonight I knew I had no choice but to post. Wow. Never have I been so misled or felt so betrayed by what others have said about a restaurant; but that's the case with this place. How there is an average rating of 4 or 5 is beyond me. And best of CitySearch? Are you kidding? Maybe it was different a couple of years ago, like maybe they had somebody in charge of sanitation or bad smell removal.

The guy who greeted us was not friendly, and he seemed kind of unhappy that our presence meant he would have to work. The vinyl tablecloth was not clean. The buffet had a ton of selection, but it smelled bad and had clearly been sitting out for too long. None of the food was labeled in any way. I found a hair in the rice. My girlfriend couldn't finish anything she picked out, and that was before I told her about the hair. In the other, unused, dining room, there were several random heads of lettuce out on a table. I assume they were going to be chopped or used in some way, but they were just piled up on the vinyl - no plate or mat or container. To top it off, the bill for two dinners was $27. Way too pricey for what they offered.

Were there any bright spots? A man that I can only assume was the owner was making the rounds and seemed to know several diners by name. He was friendly, so that was nice. And the Dr. Pepper I ordered was like 40 ounces. Which is kind of good, in a this is why our country has a problem with diabetes sort of way.

After we paid the lady (who was shouting something into a PA mic) and left, we went right next door to 7-11 so we could get candy that would get the Happy China taste out of our mouth.

Overall, the place was gross and even a little depressing. I will never go back and neither should you.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I use these online reviews to find new restaurants pretty often, but I've always been too lazy to actually post a review myself. However, after eating at Happy China tonight I knew I had no choice but to post. Wow. Never have I been so misled or felt so betrayed by what others have said about a restaurant; but that's the case with this place. How there is an average rating of 4 or 5 is beyond me. And best of CitySearch? Are you kidding? Maybe it was different a couple of years ago, like maybe they had somebody in charge of sanitation or bad smell removal.

The guy who greeted us was not friendly, and he seemed kind of unhappy that our presence meant he would have to work. The vinyl tablecloth was not clean. The buffet had a ton of selection, but it smelled bad and had clearly been sitting out for too long. None of the food was labeled in any way. I found a hair in the rice. My girlfriend couldn't finish anything she picked out, and that was before I told her about the hair. In the other, unused, dining room, there were several random heads of lettuce out on a table. I assume they were going to be chopped or used in some way, but they were just piled up on the vinyl - no plate or mat or container. To top it off, the bill for two dinners was $27. Way too pricey for what they offered.

Were there any bright spots? A man that I can only assume was the owner was making the rounds and seemed to know several diners by name. He was friendly, so that was nice. And the Dr. Pepper I ordered was like 40 ounces. Which is kind of good, in a this is why our country has a problem with diabetes sort of way.

After we paid the lady (who was shouting something into a PA mic) and left, we went right next door to 7-11 so we could get candy that would get the Happy China taste out of our mouth.

Overall, the place was gross and even a little depressing. I will never go back and neither should you.

Pros: Plenty of parking, close to a 7-11

Cons: The place is not clean, the food was gross

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This place is dirty, I saw flys and mosquitoes all over the buffett counter. This restaurant looks old (back to the 80's) and the grease on the table doesn't make me feel better, either. The food.... is not fresh... It's not worth another visit. Trust me.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place is dirty, I saw flys and mosquitoes all over the buffett counter. This restaurant looks old (back to the 80's) and the grease on the table doesn't make me feel better, either. The food.... is not fresh... It's not worth another visit. Trust me.

Pros: Many selections (if you can eat them)

Cons: Old, dirty

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Ok, the manly lady that barks out orders destroyed the atmosphere for me the instant I walked into the restaurant. However, the food was tasty and there is a good selection. It is a little pricey, the rooms were large. Service is average, most of them either didn't speak English or were pretending that they can't hear us. That is until we had to pay ofcourse.

3
★★★☆☆

Ok, the manly lady that barks out orders destroyed the atmosphere for me the instant I walked into the restaurant. However, the food was tasty and there is a good selection. It is a little pricey, the rooms were large. Service is average, most of them either didn't speak English or were pretending that they can't hear us. That is until we had to pay ofcourse.

Pros: Selection

Cons: Service

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I tried this famous spot while visiting St. Louis over the weekend and really enjoyed myself! I love to eat and in Los Angeles, where I'm from, I am never fully satisfied with the Chinese fare.(Even in Monterey Park) This was a genuinely hearty, soul-satisfying meal. There were appx 35 different dishes on the buffet, quite impressive. From bbq steak, Chinese meatballs, brussel sprouts, green beans, fried chicken wings, 3 different kinds of rice to glazed bananas; I was truly stuffed and pleased. After a chat with Chef Pa, I learned that he began his craft as an apprentice at the age of 10! This was worth the trip.

5
★★★★★

I tried this famous spot while visiting St. Louis over the weekend and really enjoyed myself! I love to eat and in Los Angeles, where I'm from, I am never fully satisfied with the Chinese fare.(Even in Monterey Park) This was a genuinely hearty, soul-satisfying meal. There were appx 35 different dishes on the buffet, quite impressive. From bbq steak, Chinese meatballs, brussel sprouts, green beans, fried chicken wings, 3 different kinds of rice to glazed bananas; I was truly stuffed and pleased. After a chat with Chef Pa, I learned that he began his craft as an apprentice at the age of 10! This was worth the trip.

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This place is a one-of-a-kind and a real landmark in St.Louis. I've been going to Happy China for nearly a decade and there is a reason why I'm so loyal. The food is so good, and so satisfying. When I go to another town and try the Chinese food there, it doesn't stand up. And I love the owners. This is a mom and pop that are there day and night; a real friendly, sweet and hardworking couple! They just want to please! I like to order from the menu as well as eat the buffet, but I can be a little particular about how I want a dish, so I'll order it instead. It's terrific all around!!

4
★★★★☆

This place is a one-of-a-kind and a real landmark in St.Louis. I've been going to Happy China for nearly a decade and there is a reason why I'm so loyal. The food is so good, and so satisfying. When I go to another town and try the Chinese food there, it doesn't stand up. And I love the owners. This is a mom and pop that are there day and night; a real friendly, sweet and hardworking couple! They just want to please! I like to order from the menu as well as eat the buffet, but I can be a little particular about how I want a dish, so I'll order it instead. It's terrific all around!!

Pros: Variety, Friendly, Great Value

Cons: decor

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The setting is typical buffet - long table with food and lots of tables. Beyond that, though, all is excellent. Food is plentiful, fresh, and good. It is always fresh because it gets eaten quickly. Service is good - on the weekend there are 6-9 people that just pick up your old plate and fill the glasses. Lee Pa, the owner, spends much of his time wandering amongst the tables chatting with customers, some new, others from as long as 20 years ago. It's very kid friendly, and they have tables that accomodate up to 10, and have a curtain that can be closed for large groups also. Prices are in line with a full buffet, but because of what you get, the value is very high.

5
★★★★★

The setting is typical buffet - long table with food and lots of tables. Beyond that, though, all is excellent. Food is plentiful, fresh, and good. It is always fresh because it gets eaten quickly. Service is good - on the weekend there are 6-9 people that just pick up your old plate and fill the glasses. Lee Pa, the owner, spends much of his time wandering amongst the tables chatting with customers, some new, others from as long as 20 years ago. It's very kid friendly, and they have tables that accomodate up to 10, and have a curtain that can be closed for large groups also. Prices are in line with a full buffet, but because of what you get, the value is very high.

Pros: Excellent food, Very good service, Lots of tables

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This is a great place to eat. wheter you wanna take a great meal to go or impress a few friends from out of town, this is the place to go for Chinese food. Your friends will look hesitant when you pull up but once they are inside and see the emaculate interior, and i'm not talking about the decor. The food is amazing. Everything looks and taste great. I did not believe a buffet could be this good.

5
★★★★★

This is a great place to eat. wheter you wanna take a great meal to go or impress a few friends from out of town, this is the place to go for Chinese food. Your friends will look hesitant when you pull up but once they are inside and see the emaculate interior, and i'm not talking about the decor. The food is amazing. Everything looks and taste great. I did not believe a buffet could be this good.

Pros: fast, inexpensive , delicious

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I recommend Happy China. I really loved the food here! There was a lot to select from and it was a really great value. The crab rangoons were the best! It isn't the fanciest chinese I've ever had, but we were out for a casual fun night. We were all HAPPY and stuffed!! Forget it if you're on a low-cal diet or you don't like family restaurants.

5
★★★★★

I recommend Happy China. I really loved the food here! There was a lot to select from and it was a really great value. The crab rangoons were the best! It isn't the fanciest chinese I've ever had, but we were out for a casual fun night. We were all HAPPY and stuffed!! Forget it if you're on a low-cal diet or you don't like family restaurants.

Pros: Variety, Quick, Low Cost

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This place is like a second home. Simple, yes, but the food is tasty and satisfying, and a fantastic value. Though we're not talking about fine dining, the food is consistent and always fresh, with a wide array of dishes and flavors. The lunch buffet is a bit crazy, but I recommend going either then or at dinner time; peak hours. In between shifts, you can never guarantee that the food is as fresh.

By the way--there is NO! MSG used. I have a severe allergic reaction to it, so I always verify with the kitchen to make sure. I've never had a problem there, though that isn't the case at many other chinese restaurants! -David

5
★★★★★

This place is like a second home. Simple, yes, but the food is tasty and satisfying, and a fantastic value. Though we're not talking about fine dining, the food is consistent and always fresh, with a wide array of dishes and flavors. The lunch buffet is a bit crazy, but I recommend going either then or at dinner time; peak hours. In between shifts, you can never guarantee that the food is as fresh.

By the way--there is NO! MSG used. I have a severe allergic reaction to it, so I always verify with the kitchen to make sure. I've never had a problem there, though that isn't the case at many other chinese restaurants! -David

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I was in St. Louis again on business and ate at Happy China - one of the best Chinese resturants anywhere! The whole shrimp are huge, the beef and pork dishes are very tasty, and everything is fresh. As usual, the place is bustling but I was seated immediately.

This is my twenty-second time eating at Happy China and I just can't get my fill of their delicious food! Try it -- you'll be a believer too!

5
★★★★★

I was in St. Louis again on business and ate at Happy China - one of the best Chinese resturants anywhere! The whole shrimp are huge, the beef and pork dishes are very tasty, and everything is fresh. As usual, the place is bustling but I was seated immediately.

This is my twenty-second time eating at Happy China and I just can't get my fill of their delicious food! Try it -- you'll be a believer too!

Pros: Delicious food, Reasonable price, Prompt seating

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Lots of food and cheap prices. Tremendous eating potential but food is salty, greasy and saturated with MSG. Great for the American Chinese food lover but those who crave authentic should seek elsewhere. is

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★★☆☆☆

Lots of food and cheap prices. Tremendous eating potential but food is salty, greasy and saturated with MSG. Great for the American Chinese food lover but those who crave authentic should seek elsewhere. is

Pros: cheap, quick

Cons: quality, atmosphere

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The food is always fresh and hot and delicious, unlike many other buffet restaurants. It is overcrowded and the selection could be a bit wider, but you'll go for the food. The crab rangoon is the best in the city. Beware the checkout lady though, when you get the buffet to go she insists on looking inside your tray to see how much you've gotten, with a never varying sour look on her face.

4
★★★★☆

The food is always fresh and hot and delicious, unlike many other buffet restaurants. It is overcrowded and the selection could be a bit wider, but you'll go for the food. The crab rangoon is the best in the city. Beware the checkout lady though, when you get the buffet to go she insists on looking inside your tray to see how much you've gotten, with a never varying sour look on her face.

Pros: Good buffet

Cons: Crowded

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Inside, this is one big and busy place, especially during lunch, when nearby office workers stand elbow-to-elbow along the buffet in a mad rush for that last spoonful of beef 'n' peppers. Most all-you-can-eat buffets…

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