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New Chinese Buffet

N Topcus | May 28, 200605:58 PM

If you go to an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet you are looking not for Michelin stars but for value. On that scale, Buffet Palace, 3026 N Ashland (next to Graceland Post Office, at Wellington), open three weeks, is a winner. I don't know what the $6.99 lunch includes but the $11.99 dinner today (a Sunday) had the following: dozens of hot Chinese-type dishes, four soups, a dumpling bar, a sushi bar, a salad bar, a pastry bar, a soft ice cream machine, a fresh fruit bar, and a Mongolian barbecue (where the griller will also carve you some very tender roast beef or grill you a New York strip steak). Shrimp was offered in about a dozen preparations and there were also mussels, frog legs, and Alaskan crab legs, all of it ad lib of course. The fresh fruit was extraordinary: watermelon, honeydew, kiwis and oranges cut in eighths, mangos cut in thick slices, and fresh lichees. Price includes hot tea (in a real teapot) or soft drinks. The place is family-owned and service was prompt and kind. BTW this week's Chicago Reader has a coupon giving a 20% discount; coupon is good through June 30.

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