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King Buffet Opens In Hollywood

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Yes, I know new Americanized Chinese buffets are not chow worthy news items. Indeed, likewise for anything to do with Chinese food in Hollywood and environs. However, the combination of the two does warrant at least an honorable mention here. For some time I have been puzzled by the anomaly of the scarcity of Chinese buffets in Los Angeles 900__ zip codes. There are medium sized cities in the deep south (e.g., Gainesville, FL) that appear to have more Chinese buffets than in the LA900. I've racked my brain for an explanation, the most logical to me being the people in LA are more sophisticated as to Chinese food. But that doesn't explain fairly numerous concentrations of buffets in other parts of the area, such as the South Bay and Azusa-Covina-West Covina. Anyway, the opening of King Buffet reinforces the anomaly, as as far as I can recall you need to go almost 10 miles to find another Chinese buffet in the LA900 (Baldwin Hills, Highland Park). (Yes, I know there are some within closer range in places like Burbank and Glendale.) Any theories on why this is the case would be greatly and gratefully appreciated. As far as King Buffet itself goes, it's an average buffet, i.e., salty and greasy. Highlights are egg tarts, pepper salt squid, and magolian (sic) chicken. Would recommend this only to someone who was very hungry and didn't want to spend a lot of money, as weekeday lunch is $7.99, weekends $12.99. King Buffet is at 1375 N. Western Ave., just south of Sunset.

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  1. There's another Chinese Buffet, Union Buffet, in West LA at Wilshire and Granville.

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    Union Buffet
    11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    1. re: jsandler

      Yes, I eat at Union Buffet at least a once a week. (My Chow profile lists that as my favorite restaurant.) I think Downtown Buffet and New Panda, both in Baldwin Hills and Super Panda in Highland Park are geographically closer to King Buffet.

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      King Buffet
      204 E Hospitality Ln, San Bernardino, CA 92408

      Union Buffet
      11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    2. Hi... Isn't (or wasn't) there also some iteration of this buffet at the northwest corner of Barrington and Wilshire on the westside, replacing a former peruvian chicken joint? Don't know if the westside place had a royal lineage (as in 'King') but I'm fairly certain it had all the other landmarks for what is considered a buffet (for better and for worse)...

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      1. re: silence9

        I've been told that Union Buffet (a block and a half west of Barrington on Wilshire) is in the former site of the Good Earth Restaurant.

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        Good Earth Restaurant
        12345 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

        Union Buffet
        11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Yes it was the Good Earth previously.

      2. There's a Chinese buffet at Point Dume Restaurant, SW corner of Hoover & Fountain near Kaiser. Around $8. Pretty typical with a few nice touches -- home made pickled jalapenos, chicken potstickers (with black vinegar available), gin dui (deep fried sweet potato donuts). They get the Chinese tour buses, which probably keeps them a little more honest than the typical Chin-Am restaurant.

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        1. re: slwes

          Point Dume's selection is quite limited so I passed. However, I've never seen such an enthusiastic bunch of diners perusing the buffet items. They looked like medical workers from Kaiser or Children's Hospital.

        2. Another buffet worth mentioning is Carson Buffet, 888 Dominguez St., in Carson, opposite the shopping mall. Definitely a cut above King Buffet, Hokkaido Seafood, and Downtown Buffet (Baldwin Hills).

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          King Buffet
          591 N McKinley St Ste 100, Corona, CA 92879

          Carson Buffet
          880 E Dominguez St, Carson, CA 90746