Best Chinese in KC?
There are just so many choices out here. I want to know where the 'hounds go. It doesn't matter to me whether it's buffet or a menu place. The only qualification it needs is that it is the best.
My favorite is the Dragon Inn in Downtown Overland Park. It ain't the cleanest, but I really like the food. The sauces are darker in color and richer in flavor. I steer clear of Chinese buffets except for Tea Garden in Olathe. Its a small buffet with small portions on the buffet table that are replenished often. I'm not a big fan of the mega Chinese buffets with 100 items. I'll take fewer and fresher everytime.
I'm also a fan of Dragon Inn in downtown Overland Park. It's on 80th just west of Santa Fe. I've been going there since they first opened and that's been nearly 30 years now.
Richard Ling started out working there because his cousins own Dragon Inn but then he branched out on his own with Bo Ling's many, many years ago. I like many of the items at Bo Ling's and I'm especially fond of their dim sum offerings for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Not sure the offer dim sum at all three locations but I go to the one south of the Plaza in the Board of Trade building east of Main most often.
I've tried several of the Chinese buffets from time to time only because I have friends who like trough feeding and I find them all mostly mediocre though a few sometimes have specific items that are well prepared.
The ONLY buffet I make a point to go to is Ma Ma China on Raytown Road in Raytown. It's a relatively small buffet but certain items are terrific -- like their walnut chicken.
I also like the Dragon Inn and a couple of others:
The Fire Wok (on Johnson Drive a bit west of Mission Mall) and The New Peking in Westport (Mill St just north of Westport Rd).
And, if you're way out west, the Red Fortune in dowtown Bonner Springs (it's kind of a destination but, if you find yourself checking out Moon Marble Co., it's only a minute away and worth the stop).
Dragon Inn's food is good, but the decor is garish (do they still have those red and green flourescent lights on?).
A new, excellent place is the Fortune Wok on 135th St. and Metcalf. Well crafted dishes, plus a tasteful atmosphere. Their Mongolian Beef is the best around.