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Seafood Buffet/Khoury's or Cafe Sierra???

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Looking to see which one chowhounds prefer better, regardless of the drive. Real chowhounds don't mind the drive as long as it's to a "worthy" place. In need of my seafood/lobster fix.

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  1. I haven't been to Cafe Sierra but I Khoury seafood offerings are whole Maine lobster, shrimp, salmon and on Sat nights, crab legs for $40 a person.

    1. I've never even heard of Khoury's, but I've been to Cafe Sierra for brunch. Lots of cold (sushi, crab, salmon, pate, oysters, caviar, etc.) and hot (shrimp, salmon, dim sum) seafood.

      1. what part of town are these places in?

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        1. re: carln

          Khoury's is located in Long Beach and Cafe Sierra is located in the Hilton Hotel in Unviversal City.

        2. OMG, seriously RUN away from Khoury's - this place is godawful. When I first moved to LA in 2001 I did not know any better and trusted the opinion of Merrill Schindler on his restaurant "review" radio program and went to Khoury's on his recommendation- NEVER AGAIN! The lobsters were as tough as rubber and the other food was awful as well. The place just screams low class and it turns into a "club" after a certain hour. I am not a snob but this place was completely trashy and disgusting. Granted I haven't been there in years, but I can't imagine they've improved the quality of the food or the environment much since then.

          1. I've heard that the buffet at the Universal Hilton is killer...I went once many, many years ago and remember it being very good..some of these "seafood" buffet places require some serious picking and choosing for seletions...I rarely find good lobster at any of them (file under the "you get what you pay for" category)...I like Todai for the sea urchin and salmon caviar, (buffet crabs legs are too salty for me), and their udon noodle soup is great!

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            1. re: cimero

              So would U folks say that the "Cafe Sierra Spread" is "Todai-ish"?