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Dec 9, 2007 08:05 PM

Benny Hannas?

My Mom speaks of a place she loved in Seattle called Benny Hannas, I might possibly be spelling it incorrectly, however this is how I recall it sounded. I heard it was a fun experience and great Chinese food. I cant seem to find anything on the internet--looking for a location, menu and to learn what your experience was. Thanks!

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  1. Try a search for Benihana.

    5th and University. Most known as a chain of mass-market-oriented Japanese teppanyaki restaurants. In Seattle, they have a very nice all-you-can-eat sushi buffet at lunch on weekdays for about $15, about the best deal on prepared food you will find in the city. No Chinese food that I know of.


      can be an entertaining show for a first-timer, food is nothing special and VERY greasy.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Just an FYI - The link you provided is not working. I even tried to access it through the link provided via a Google search and that didn't work.

        2. I go to Benihana fairly frequently. I love the fried rice. It's Japanese, not Chinese. And while it's not the greatest food ever, it's good and consistent. And it's always amusing to watch your food being cooked. I don't think it's expensive, but some people do, and it's a very popular special occasion place. I don't like going for birthday's because everyone does and you feel less special when you hear them singing to 5 other people while you're there. But, definitely try it and take her if she wants to go. Even if it doesn't wow you, it shouldn't give you buyers remorse. I've also never found it to be greasy. They do use oil on the grill, but in the dozens of times I've been, I've never felt ill (I'm a little sensitive to fat and sugars.)

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          1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

            It's ultra Americanized fake Japanese. Expensive, and not worth it. Perhaps go once in a lifetime to see them throw salt shakers and food in the air, if that floats your boat.

            1. re: Leonardo

              This reminds me of something I hadn't thought of in a while- there used to be a similar restaurant chain in CA called Tachibana, and when I was young my family took a few Japanese exchange students there for dinner. The students were very interested in the style of cooking (on the table in front of you), chefs throwing knives up in the air etc., and asked if this was a traditional American restaurant! They had never seen anything like it. Pretty funny.

          2. Go with Azizeh's opinion, and not Leonardo's. It's fun and delicious. Get the steak, and have the shrimp first course. I've never been there "on purpose," but when I find myself there as part of a birthday party or whatever, I love it - the dressings, the sauces, the juicy steaks. Fabulous! Sure it's a chain, but if you look at the pictures, you'll see celebrities such as basketball stars, movie stars, and John Lennon. Who are you going to believe: Leonardo or John Lennon? I rest my case.

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            1. re: AlbertaHound

              Wow sounds like fun at least, and thats what we are looking for a memorable moment for the older Great Grandparents (60-70's) as well as the younger ones who have never been, appreciate it! We want to make memories! Thank you.

              Oh and this was funny--- "if this was a traditional American restaurant!"

              1. re: Shanab

                You might check out Sakuras in Tacoma (3630 S Cedar St, not too far from the Tacoma Mall), since from your other posts it looks like you might be in Kitsap county and this would be a shorter drive. The atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired, but the food is good and the experience is fun. I think the prices are a little better than Benihana's, too.

                1. re: Shanab

                  Ah yes, I can picture the memories: "We had such a wonderful time together. Too bad the food was so terrible!"

                  My suggestion for "fun": Get a tatami room at Maneki, or even Bush Garden would be better than Benihana.

                2. re: AlbertaHound

                  I'll give you fun - but delicious? No way. The quality of the products they use are so low that there is no way to make it delicious.

                  1. re: Lauren

                    I disagree - the red meat is juicy and delicious. Maybe the lobster tails are frozen, but the red meat is excellent. Organic? Certainly not. But tasty? I'd say yes...

                    1. re: chefguy

                      How do you feel about the quality of the vegetables?

                      1. re: Lauren

                        what vegetables? the onion, a carrot and 1/2 a zuccini? they are ok, but you really shouldn't be at this place for the food. it is all about the flare. my kids love it.

                        1. re: bluedog67

                          My point exactly (see my previous post). I'm only responding to those who are claim it has good food.

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                  1. Appreciating all the opinions! We are still torn on Brunch at the Needle, here and a few others. I really wish the dinner train didnt go away! Are there any other dinner trains close to Kitsap/Seattle areas?

                    1. re: Shanab

                      This is starting to turn into a useful link for the worst food experiences in Seattle:
                      1. Space Needle
                      2. Benihana
                      3. Washington Dinner Train (RIP)