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Mar 28, 2007 10:08 AM

Any AYCE order-off-the-menu places?

Not a buffet, but order-off-the-menu all you can eat. Are there such places in LA?

Only one I can think of is Happy Family in San Gabriel.

Are there others?

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  1. Is that place any good? We used to love it but just started going to other places instead. The one in Rowland Heights closed.

    1. never heard of this concept. what type of food is Happy Family?

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      1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

        Happy Family is Chinese vegetarian.

        And to answer jkao1817, it's still pretty good, and same as before when it was in its old location up further west on Valley Blvd. by the bowling alley.

        Happy Family Restaurant (新欣園素菜館)
        8632 East Valley Blvd., #E

        1. re: ipsedixit

          oh ok i know where this is. it's next to U2 Cafe in that ex-bowling alley plaza. i've always wondered if it was good.

          1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

            No, the U2 Cafe was its old location.

            Happy Family is now down further east on Valley, a little past Walnut Grove.

            1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

              There's Vege House next to the bowling alley on Valley, if that's what you're talking about.

              The Happy Family in Alhambra moved (from just south of the 10 on Atlantic, to Atlantic near Garvey).

            2. re: ipsedixit

              I'm pretty sure the one on Valley is newer than the one on Atlantic (or the old one in Rowland Heights). IIRC, the one on Valley is owned by someone else, but someone who's related to the owners of the other ones.

          2. Robin's in Pasadne has AYCE Fish and Chips on Weds and Fri. The may have one other selections on the other nights, not sure, and I couldn't find their menu on-line. I have had th Fish there, it is ok. Not the best but ok. I don't particulary like their BBQ, I prefer Canyon City.

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            1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

              Yeah, that's right.

              Robin's also has unlimited smoked links on Tuesdays and pork and beef ribs on Wednesdays.

              I suppose you could throw in Tony Roma's as well for their AYCE rib deals ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I would call Robins to confirm this. About a year ago I noticed AYCE had vanished from their menu and asked the manager (owner?) He said the nightly AYCE specials had been discontinued.

                If they've been restarted I would love to know.

                1. re: Alimentary My Dear Watson

                  I was there less than 3 weeks ago and had the AYCE fish and chips, the menu said every wednesday and Friday. I was there on a wednesday.

            2. Midori Sushi in the Valley

              1. Spaghettini's (Seal Beach) has something like that for their Sunday brunch. They have stations, I believe, and then you can order anything you want off of their menu.

                I also believe I saw an ad for a hole in the wall across from Lincoln Plaza hotel in Monterey Park (something Fat is the name) that has an all you can order and eat. It's Chinese.

                There is also a place across from San Gabriel Supermarket/Shun Fat on Valley Blvd. in the same plaza as Red Ant. It's a hot pot place, that a bit on the oily side for me. But, you order off a list for hot pot and it's all you can eat for a certain price.