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I'll be up in Tampa in a few weeks and my friends want to go to a great Chinese Seafood Buffet. I've heard about 2 of them in Tampa: Vari-Asian Crazy Buffet and Todai. Has anyone had any experience with either of these 2 places and if so, which would you recommend. Also, are there other ones around that are better?

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  1. Todai closed about a year ago. I liked it in it's heyday but towards the end it started getting a bit run down and dirty. Crazy Buffet is still open and busy. Sometimes it's really good, sometimes just OK but they have a big variety and it's nice.

    1. Crazy Buffet is definitely where you should go if you're not a local, and have to get it right the first time... It's usually very good... 2 outta 8 times it won't be 'as' good, but the odds are in your favor... And it's a beautiful place... Go! --- It's a scene man!
      Cheaper than Crazy Buffet, and not quite as fancy, is 'China Buffet' on Fowler Avenue a couple blocks east of I-275...
      A lot of good food--- and a very nice selection of very decent tasting Sushi...
      Lotsa rolls, and they taste good!
      Salmon and Eel are abundant too... They are much cheaper than Crazy Buffet... After you feast, you'll be amazed when your $8.00 bill arrives!
      Crazy Buffet is $15.00 - $20.00... Totally worth it tho!

      Todai was talked-up by my brother and aunt in California, but when they opened up here, I went 3 times... Each time the items---all of the items---looked good but tasted BLAH!
      Bad news! So I'm not surprised to read just now that they're outta here...

      1. Yap ! Todai has been closed for long time. I am not surprised. Terrible food !!
        I heard Todai ( at California ) is much much better. anyway,
        I just wondering, how come you guys want to go Chinese buffet here ?
        Some of place is just OK but most place are unhealthy BAD BAD food.
        I have no idea where do you coming from but we have a lot of
        great seafood restaurant and other great restaurant in this area.
        You will be able to get Chinese buffet anywhere so why don't you
        get real "Floridian food "

        1. My fav Chinses Buffet is Hoa Wah on South Dale Mabry, just north of Bay to Bay Blvd.

          1. i've never had a chinese buffet that i would go back to. Both of the ones on Fowler are an utter waste of time. If you want Chinese food, check out China Yuan.

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            1. re: andy huse

              funny when i read this post of mine recently, i thought I was a little harsh on Chinese buffets. Then i went to Crazy Buffet a few days ago and it all came rushing back to me.

              The sushi was stale and all the flavor was gone, or at least all of the appealing flavor. Pho broth was salty and noodles were dried out rubber.

              The Chinese food itself was the same as i remember from all the other buffets. Chinese food, which is meant to be served fresh from the wok, simply does not translate well at the buffet. everything tastes the same. sodden noodles. rolls mushy on one side, crispy on the other. my appetite vaporized. I wasn't event interested in the hibachi. at least the check was about $10, but i just can't bear Chinese buffets. More power to those who can.

              I enjoyed the Ginza buffet recently, mainly because the sushi was decent and the Korean specialties didn't suffer in the steamers.

              1. re: andy huse

                We got there at opening time on a Sat about a month ago and the sushi was great, as was the duck. That was all I really ate though. I don't usually eat the hot food. I am going to go to Ginza again soon. I was there for lunch about 6 months ago and it was good.

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                Ginza Restaurant
                2215 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, FL 34639

                1. re: rhnault

                  i got there at noon. just not my bag.

            2. I you must eat Chinese buffet, then Crazy Buffet is my rec. Because of their monthly $10 off coupons the place has a LOT of business, thereby keeping the food constantly fresh. Nice looking place too.

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              1. re: ElGimpo

                Whatever you do, don't eat at the chinese buffet that replaced the don pablos on waters right by the veterans. Unless of course, you want to spend the remainder of the day cursing and crying in the bathroom... then you should eat there immediately.

                1. re: askdrtodd

                  You're exactly right!
                  I went there once and I thought it was the worst Chinese buffet I've been to in a long time... It's a shame, the building is nice and it's a big operation with a lot of food, but nothing tasted good---- and I can usually find happiness at most any Asian buffet...

                  I really like the big place at Hillsborough Ave. & Sheldon Road, across the street from Pho Quyen...
                  It was Jumbo Buffet but it changed ownership and now it's New York Buffet I believe...
                  Lunch is very good, and cheap---- but 4:00PM starts dinner and they put out a lot of fun stuff... $6.99 / $12.99 I think... Robbery...

                  Salt & Pepper big meaty frog's legs, clams in a broth with cilantro, snow crab legs, oysters, 'big' cold shrimp w/good cocktail sauce, crawfish, S&P Fried whole flounder sections, basic sushi, marinated baby octopus, and Mussels...
                  TONS of stuff, and everything tastes really good...
                  Not Yummy House authentic, but aces for what it is I think, and it's right around the corner!

                  Yeah, they know me...

                  1. re: Mild Bill

                    Really, it's safe? I have always been scared to go there! I was just thinking they changed the name after they were on dirty dining.

                    1. re: rhnault

                      Whaddaya want for $6.99!?

                      I'm only kidding...
                      Everything seems fresh and pristine up front, with an effort to have the food taste good...

                    2. re: Mild Bill

                      haha I always eyeball that place when I'm sitting at Pho Quyen, it'd be hard for me not to go to Pho Quyen though if I'm right there at Hillsborough and Sheldon! I love those make your own rolls :)

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                      Pho Quyen Restaurant
                      4749 66th St N, Kenneth City, FL 33709

                      1. re: askdrtodd

                        me too! We almost always get those. I love their quail and also the shrimp stuffed squid in curry sauce.

                        1. re: askdrtodd

                          Thanks to this post we went today and had make your own rolls, salt n pepper squid, and vietnamese coffee. Yum.

                          1. re: rhnault

                            niiiice. Funny you mentioned the stuffed squid, that was the other thing we ordered last time we were there for the make your own rolls :)

                            Can't go wrong with their squid vermicelli tho, that plus a healthy portion of sriracha is a recipe for a smile & a food coma

                            1. re: askdrtodd

                              I like the bun with the grilled squid as well. I make Bun all summer at home. It's such a good summertime dinner.