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Nov 21, 2011 10:02 AM

Your favorite Japanese/Chinese AYCE?

It was Todai before it went downhill and closed. My favorite AYCE is Makino's in Las Vegas. Mr. Makino started the trend of AYCE two decades ago and was the original owner of Todai's in Santa Monica before he sold the chain to Koreans. He moved to Nevada and created Makino's with its two locations. One on Decatur Blvd. and the other at the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall. With the plethora of horrible, nasty AYCE places in Los Angeles, it's worth a trip to eat there when you are in Sin City. Makino' s still maintains the quality standards so lacking in most AYCE restaurants. The sushi is fresh and the hot food selection is also good. They have the cool chocolate fountain and cute desserts. Too many AYCE joints sacrifice quality over quantity. I haven't tried the Hokkaido Seafood Buffet which has now opened on the Westside, but I'm guessing it's not like Makino's. I noticed Makino's hasn't really expanded outside of Vegas. It's a smart move. Todai's expanded too quickly, the recession hit like gangbusters, and it's sayonara. I'd like to hear the experiences of my fellow Chowhounders on the good, bad and ugly of the AYCE world.

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  1. My favorite is Union Buffet in West LA, but that might be due to my personal tastes. After that it would be Osaka Seafood (Hacienda Heights), Yummy Yummy Seafood (El Monte) and Carson Buffet (Carson).

    Carson Buffet
    880 E Dominguez St, Carson, CA 90746

    Union Buffet
    11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    1. The AYCE option at Happy Family Restaurant on Atlantic Blvd. in Monterey Park.

      1. It's been a while, but I remember enjoying Onami (locations in Torrance and Lake Forest). Sushi was fresh, and changed out quite frequently. Hot food was also good. And the green tea ice cream was excellent.

        Onami Restaurant
        1925 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

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        1. re: attran99

          I still believe Onami in Torrance is by far the best in LA. Quality has gone down a little but it's still on top of the heap which includes Grand China Buffet in Torrance and Hokaiddo in Long Beach.

          Onami Restaurant
          1925 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

          Grand China Buffet
          22901 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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