Vegas Seafood Buffet Fills Niche--But Does The Niche Need Filling?
Actually the recently opened first branch of Vegas Seafood Buffet fills a couple of niches. First of all it fills the void in the Chinese-Brazilian-Japanese buffet category. Secondly it's the only place in L.A. I can think of where you can walk in and have the feeling you've been whisked away to a second-tier buffet dining area on the Las Vegas strip. The buffet is divided into sections, though the Brazilian section is quite small, and on balance much of the food is what you would find in a typical pseudo Chinese-Japanese buffet like Hokkaido Seafood. The Brazilian dishes, steak, and bacon wrapped chicken, on long metal skewers and served to you individually, were probably the highlight, followed by the frozen yogurt bar. The food is not bad, but neither is it remarkable. Indeed I think the best items were the seaweed and the bacon wrapped chicken. As to the demand for something like this, there was a line out of the door when I left, but on the other hand the cavernous dining room was only half full. I'm not sure whether they're just making you wait like in Vegas or whether there was just a bottleneck. I didn't think I got my money's worth, but if you find items you like it could be worthwhile. During the grand opening period lunch is $12 (a dollar off regular price) and dinner is $20 (two dollars off). Vegas Seafood Buffet is in the Glendale Marketplace at 110 S. Brand. Bl. in Glendale, on the first floor.