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Chinese buffet?

I have some friends coming up from Mexico, and they want to know of a Chinese buffet. I think they want to eat a bunch of different things (that they aren't getting in Patzcuaro). What's the best?

I will also recommend Alborz' for the lunch buffet, Star of India for the dinner buffet, and Sunflower for just good food. Is Cannoli Joe's any good?

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Star of India
2900 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

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  1. If I'm eating Chinese buffet, I'm going to Buffet Palace... its generally pretty good.
    Personally, I don't like Cannoli Joes, but it provides a large amount of Americanized Italian at a reasonable price.

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    Buffet Palace
    4608 W Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

    Cannoli Joe's
    4715 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78701

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    1. re: shan

      I like Cannoli Joes for what it is.. The desserts, salads and grilled items were standouts. The pastas and other items run the gamut. But I do dig their meatballs. For out of town guests from small towns, particularly those who want to try a lot of different things, it's a great deal.

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      Cannoli Joe's
      4715 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78701

    2. North & South China in Cedar Park is good and fresh. There is also a huge buffet on I-35 where Spaghetti Warehouse was. can't remember the name just now but it's gigantic and has made to order wok stations.

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      North & South China Restaurant
      12300 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin, TX 78750

      Spaghetti Warehouse
      117 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

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      1. re: amykragan

        I think maybe rather than the location of a Spaghetti Warehouse, it was the location of the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, but I don't know the name of the new Chinese Buffet there now either.

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        Spaghetti Warehouse
        117 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

        1. re: sighmesigh

          It's the Fujian Grand Buffet. Has a Mongolian bbq station for those who prefer it to the pre-cooked choices.

          1. re: sanmiguel

            I can't recommend the Fujian, it was pretty awful, but it's been a couple of years since I went.

            1. re: hnewburn

              Despite work colleagues claiming otherwise, I found the food and Fujian to be awful. The place was also filthy when we visited. And, despite the huge dining room they had over half blocked off so that everyone was crowded in to a packed area (complete with screaming children hurling food and too close tables). AWFUL!

      2. i have head very good things from reliable folks about Fortune's buffet in the Chinatown Center. I have had Dim Sum there which was excellent but never did the buffet

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        1. re: mkfoodie

          They put some of their dim sum on the buffet, including shui mai and some of our other favorites from there, making it an incredible lunch deal. The food is excellent. The service was terrible though, so be prepared.

        2. I'd go for Sea Dragon's lunch buffet. It doesn't have the extensive selections of the other places (no sushi or mongolian grille), but the selections they do have are way above average. They also have some Vietnamese stuff on the buffet.

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          Sea Dragon
          8776B Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

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          1. re: brattpowered

            Sea Dragon has been my standby until Fortune opened.

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            Sea Dragon
            8776B Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

          2. it's not necessarily a buffet, but when we have a group, we always end up at Din Ho. It's family style and for WELL under $10pp you can get a lot of different dishes and the quality is sooo much better than a buffet.

            1. I've had the Fortune buffet, and I thought it was very good. Dishes range from the typical fried rices and sesame chickens to pot-stickers, steamed dumplings, pork buns, and even chicken feet. The food is fresh and the buffet itself is well-maintained.
              I've done the Indian buffet roulette in N. Austin, and I would not give Star of India my highest marks (few choices, food dries out before it's replaced). I'm not so sure about dinner, but at lunch, I've had good luck w/ Sarovar, on Burnet, just around the corner from SOI. Would your friends mind vegetarian? Madras Pavilion on Research might be another option. Not amazing or anything, but I've been impressed by a daal or two there, and I think the chutneys are tasty.

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              Madras Pavilion
              9025 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

              Star of India
              2900 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

              1. Oh for god's sake don't do this!
                I have yet to eat at any Chinese buffet where the food was worth eating. It's mostly crap that is churned out with the expectation that the customers won't know any difference.
                There are a few decent non-buffet Chinese places in town - go to one of those instead!!

                1. The only ones I'd recommend are Buffet Palace down south, China Palace on Airport, and Mandarin House on N. Lamar (the latter two so you can order the good food off the menu instead of the buffet). Fujian is terrible.

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                  China Palace
                  6605 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

                  Buffet Palace
                  4608 W Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745