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    Post #1 - January 7th, 2018, 8:21 pm
    Post #1 - January 7th, 2018, 8:21 pm Post #1 - January 7th, 2018, 8:21 pm
    Hey all!

    We are taking a family friend (per their request!) to a Chinese buffet for a holiday celebration. Of course, with buffets, each has their ups and downs, but scrolling through Yelp for the last hour has just left me frustrated and no closer to a decision!

    Does anyone know of a good buffet place that might feel/look a little nicer than your standard shop? We don't need anything too fancy, but these friends don't go out to eat much, and we would like to treat them to something a little nicer than they would otherwise go to :) Bonus points for one that might have seafood (although we plan to go on Tuesday, so we might be out of luck!)!

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  • Post #2 - January 7th, 2018, 9:13 pm
    Post #2 - January 7th, 2018, 9:13 pm Post #2 - January 7th, 2018, 9:13 pm
    Royal Buffet in Hoffman Estates is pretty much the only good Chinese buffet left in Chicago. it's very good, lots of seafood and lobster on Wed and Fri.

    31 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

    NOTE!!! There is a place in Downers Grove that calls itself Royal Buffet and has a VERY similar logo but it sucks so bad I would rather go to New China Buffet and just eat the leftovers off other peoples plates.
  • Post #3 - January 7th, 2018, 11:43 pm
    Post #3 - January 7th, 2018, 11:43 pm Post #3 - January 7th, 2018, 11:43 pm
    I am unaware of any Chinese buffets in Chicago. Interestingly, when I was in VA, there was a place I used to eat at all of the time for lunch and dinner off of the buffet.

    If you want a nicer place, not buffet, try GNR Chengdu Impression.

    If you want seafood, also not buffet, in Chinatown try GNR Go 4 Food.

    If they need an American accessible place that looks nice with decent food then do Moon Palace in Chinatown. This is also not a buffet.

    Whatever you decide to do, good or bad, let us know the details post-meal.

    Cheers,
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  • Post #4 - January 8th, 2018, 8:15 am
    Post #4 - January 8th, 2018, 8:15 am Post #4 - January 8th, 2018, 8:15 am
    I am unaware of any Chinese buffets in Chicago.
    oh...there's plenty-
    they live amongst us.
    For example, across from the Belmont Blue Line is a Chinese Buffet on the NorthSide of the street (just before Kimball/on the way to Jung Boo Market!)
    in Logan Square. Many are in strip malls, too.
    My issue is the quality- never beats the quantity/$$ ration.
    "Best" + "Buffet" is- IMHO- an oxymoron.
    Please take your friend to a great neighborhood place like- "Northern City" on 31st in Bridgeport for their weekday Lunch Special Menu.
    For an amazingly affordable $6.95- you will eat fresh, well presented N.E. Chinese food (Dongbei region) that will blow the socks off of any all-you-can-eat place.
    EggRoll & Soup & Rice & Fortune Cookie are included as well.
    Pluss- if Jack-the-Owner- is asked nicely- he'll turn ya on to
    his house-made- (w/ small slices of apple) -KIMCHI!
  • Post #5 - January 8th, 2018, 2:56 pm
    Post #5 - January 8th, 2018, 2:56 pm Post #5 - January 8th, 2018, 2:56 pm
    Octarine wrote:Royal Buffet in Hoffman Estates is pretty much the only good Chinese buffet left in Chicago. it's very good, lots of seafood and lobster on Wed and Fri.

    31 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

    NOTE!!! There is a place in Downers Grove that calls itself Royal Buffet and has a VERY similar logo but it sucks so bad I would rather go to New China Buffet and just eat the leftovers off other peoples plates.


    Should I admit this, but I love Royal Buffet. We found it once after a very good lunch at another very good buffet in that area, i.e., Godavari. We've gone several times now, and we've introduced others, who've all liked too.

    Is it the best cooking in the world or the best sushi.

    But it's all you can eat.

    Also, they make the stuff in small(ish) batches, so it has that over Panda Express.

    And, it's really interesting. My wife gets the chance to eat about five lobsters (you have to do it, one half of lobster at a time), and I eat spicy tripe (actually pretty good) and that cold jellied beef shank I always want to order but can't and kimchee and dumplings and fried calamari, and pig's feet, and a few variations of spicy fish, and then when I've totally pigged out, there's a few desserts I like and a few I really like.

    The market for this place is not Trump's America, and like I say, if you ever wanted to try chicken feet and snails and whelk and radish mutton soup; if you want to dip into a big bowl of stew that includes tripe and tendon and brisket, you can do all that and more. If something is gross or doesn't work, just move along. I mean my wife won't eat shu mai, and I'd love to gorge on some here, but they really make awful ones. I'll just try something else.
    Think Yiddish, Dress British - Advice of Evil Ronnie to me.
  • Post #6 - January 8th, 2018, 3:47 pm
    Post #6 - January 8th, 2018, 3:47 pm Post #6 - January 8th, 2018, 3:47 pm
    You didn't say where you were looking. There was a thread on suburban Chinese Buffets recently. Check back to the list in the November period.

    D.
  • Post #7 - January 8th, 2018, 3:50 pm
    Post #7 - January 8th, 2018, 3:50 pm Post #7 - January 8th, 2018, 3:50 pm
    Oops! Sorry I guess the title of your post should have been a clue on the location.

    D.
  • Post #8 - January 8th, 2018, 6:18 pm
    Post #8 - January 8th, 2018, 6:18 pm Post #8 - January 8th, 2018, 6:18 pm
    dodger wrote:Oops! Sorry I guess the title of your post should have been a clue on the location.

    D.


    Not really. Chicago is so big that without a little bit of specificity it is almost meaningless. If you are staring off in Rogers Park it is a pretty good bet that Evanston would be OK, but Hegewisch might not.
  • Post #9 - January 8th, 2018, 9:01 pm
    Post #9 - January 8th, 2018, 9:01 pm Post #9 - January 8th, 2018, 9:01 pm
    This is super great and helpful - and has made the cut! I'll report back tomorrow,
    but thanks everyone for your thoughts/insight! I love this forum!
    Vital Information wrote:
    Octarine wrote:Royal Buffet in Hoffman Estates is pretty much the only good Chinese buffet left in Chicago. it's very good, lots of seafood and lobster on Wed and Fri.

    31 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

    NOTE!!! There is a place in Downers Grove that calls itself Royal Buffet and has a VERY similar logo but it sucks so bad I would rather go to New China Buffet and just eat the leftovers off other peoples plates.


    Should I admit this, but I love Royal Buffet. We found it once after a very good lunch at another very good buffet in that area, i.e., Godavari. We've gone several times now, and we've introduced others, who've all liked too.

    Is it the best cooking in the world or the best sushi.

    But it's all you can eat.

    Also, they make the stuff in small(ish) batches, so it has that over Panda Express.

    And, it's really interesting. My wife gets the chance to eat about five lobsters (you have to do it, one half of lobster at a time), and I eat spicy tripe (actually pretty good) and that cold jellied beef shank I always want to order but can't and kimchee and dumplings and fried calamari, and pig's feet, and a few variations of spicy fish, and then when I've totally pigged out, there's a few desserts I like and a few I really like.

    The market for this place is not Trump's America, and like I say, if you ever wanted to try chicken feet and snails and whelk and radish mutton soup; if you want to dip into a big bowl of stew that includes tripe and tendon and brisket, you can do all that and more. If something is gross or doesn't work, just move along. I mean my wife won't eat shu mai, and I'd love to gorge on some here, but they really make awful ones. I'll just try something else.
  • Post #10 - January 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm
    Post #10 - January 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm Post #10 - January 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm
    Hombre de Acero wrote:
    I am unaware of any Chinese buffets in Chicago.
    oh...there's plenty-
    they live amongst us.
    For example, across from the Belmont Blue Line is a Chinese Buffet on the NorthSide of the street (just before Kimball/on the way to Jung Boo Market!)
    in Logan Square. Many are in strip malls, too.
    My issue is the quality- never beats the quantity/$$ ration.
    "Best" + "Buffet" is- IMHO- an oxymoron.
    Please take your friend to a great neighborhood place like- "Northern City" on 31st in Bridgeport for their weekday Lunch Special Menu.
    For an amazingly affordable $6.95- you will eat fresh, well presented N.E. Chinese food (Dongbei region) that will blow the socks off of any all-you-can-eat place.
    EggRoll & Soup & Rice & Fortune Cookie are included as well.
    Pluss- if Jack-the-Owner- is asked nicely- he'll turn ya on to
    his house-made- (w/ small slices of apple) -KIMCHI!


    I will 100% be checking out the lunch suggestion.... that sounds amazing! Thank you!
  • Post #11 - January 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm
    Post #11 - January 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm Post #11 - January 8th, 2018, 9:03 pm
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
    Octarine wrote:Royal Buffet in Hoffman Estates is pretty much the only good Chinese buffet left in Chicago. it's very good, lots of seafood and lobster on Wed and Fri.

    31 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

    NOTE!!! There is a place in Downers Grove that calls itself Royal Buffet and has a VERY similar logo but it sucks so bad I would rather go to New China Buffet and just eat the leftovers off other peoples plates.
  • Post #12 - February 22nd, 2018, 8:09 pm
    Post #12 - February 22nd, 2018, 8:09 pm Post #12 - February 22nd, 2018, 8:09 pm
    No truth has been more wisely spoken, or written.
    Octarine wrote:NOTE!!! There is a place in Downers Grove that calls itself Royal Buffet and has a VERY similar logo but it sucks so bad I would rather go to New China Buffet and just eat the leftovers off other peoples plates.
    Reading is a right. Censorship is not.

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