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Apr 17, 2007 10:38 AM

best buffet or smorgasbord

visiting los angeles end of april. We are a group of 4 and often go to the chinese buffets when we travel because they generally offer something for everyone.

could someone please suggest some great places to eat at a cheap or reasonable price?

here are some criteria:

1. best dinner buffet

2. best dinner option at cheap price

3. best breakfast option.

we will be staying at a hotel near LAX.


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  1. Not exactly cheap, but the best dinner buffet in L.A. would be the Universal Hilton. Cost is just under $40 per person for Thursday thru Sunday night seafood buffet.

    If you have a car, you might want to drive out to the San Gabriel Valley for some good Chinese food. The prices are generally pretty cheap, unless you go to one of the upscale Chinese places.

    1. at a cheap or reasonable price, the breakfast option i would choose would be dinah's family restaurant.
      order either the german pancake, the baked apple pancake, the chile relleno omlette, or the swedish pancakes served with lingonberry butter.

      Dinah's Family Restaurant. 6521 S Sepulveda Blvd (at Centinela Blvd). Los Angeles
      California 90045. Phone: (310) 645-0456.

      if you like thai food, a good restaurant to have dinner 'at a cheap price' would be Ayara Thai cuisine
      Ayara is located just a few minutes from LAX.

      6245 West 87th Street
      Westchester, California 90045

      Telephone (310) 410-8848
      Fax (310) 410-8849

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      1. re: westsidegal

        Dinah's also has "all-you-can-eat" most nights... just call for what's being served up each night...

      2. Chinese buffets are much less common in the Los Angeles area than much of the rest of the country. That having been said, the best Chinese buffet I've had (not counting fancy hotel buffets like the Universal Hilton) anywhere in the U.S. is West Coast Seafood, 1655 S. Azusa Ave. in Hacienda Heights. Unfortunately that's probably about 40 miles away from LAX. Decent Chinese buffets that are closer to you include Buffet City, 11819 Wilshire Bl; New Panda Buffet, 5120 Rodeo Road near La Brea; and Downtown Buffet in the Baldwin Hills mall at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Bl.

        1. How about Buffetland in Koreatown?? I've never been there myself, but based on what I've read here, for a buffet, it's more than decent. I believe it's AYCE Korean BBQ and some typical vareties of sushi as well as your standard "Asian" buffet fare....

          1925 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles CA

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          1. re: hch_nguyen

            buffetland aka secret garden is not bad. but my gripe is that they need to scrub down the tables and seats cause they are so damn sticky. bleh! buffetland is serve yourself kbbq, sushi and misc. korean food like chap chae, etc. its a good place to go if you want to help yourself to the meats and not have to rely on your waiter to bring out add'l servings.

            since you are in the lax area, jerne at the ritz in marina del rey has a great sunday brunch buffet. if you are down for southern/soul food, aunt kizzy's in marina del rey has a sunday brunch buffet as well.

            1. re: wilafur

              the ritz carlton prices will be high, so call to confirm price before you actually set foot in the place.

              1. re: westsidegal

                serves me right for scanning vs reading. =)

          2. Given that I am on the outer end of LA, there are others on this board far better informed about the area near LAX, but what about Brazilian for best dinner buffet? Fogo de Chao in BH as well as other less exepensive and reasonably location-friendly choices seem to get good reviews on CH (with "reasonable price" tending to be a personal opinion in my view) . For "best dinner option at cheap price", Mexican food comes to mind - LA does have some killer places...