Gimmie Chinese Food

I’m trying to eat healthier this year. I really am. But there are days (especially the dark rainy ones) where you just wanna dive into something that is absolutely horrible for you.

Enter the Chinese Buffet. When I lived ‘couveside, I had about four of these bad boys to choose from. Two were actually pretty good, and the other two were barely fit for human consumption. When I moved to Salem to go to law school, there were also a couple Chinese buffets. Neither of them were very good, but they hit the spot when duty called.

Now that I’m a Portlander, I have the culinary world at my doorstep. There’s a Thai joint two blocks to the north. A Japanese restaraunt three blocks to the south. A few blocks up on Hawthorne there are gastric delights from every corner of the world. Except for my low brow stand-by: the Chinese Buffet.

I can’t seem to find one anywhere in side PDX city limits. There used to be a pretty decent one in Chinatown, but it seems to have gone away. I’ve heard of one on Powell, but have also heard that it is beyond horrible. There are a couple out in Beaverton, but that’s a bit far away. However, if the urge hits, I may just make the drive.

In the meantime, I will continue my quest for unlimited Hot and Sour Soup, Kung Pao Chicken, and the always (well, usually) reliable General Tso’s Chicken

11 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    Not the culinary masterpiece you are looking for, but for $5.95, it can’t be beat: Golden Dragon Buffet on SW 3rd by Camaron’s bookstore.

    Don’t expect any more than what one should expect for $5.95. They do have plenty of options though.

  2. divebarwife (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:31 am

    I’ve got two really good ones for you….but they’re both in Idaho, I mean Gresham…The Lucky Buffet on NE 242nd & Stark and the other on Burnside at about 207th….

  3. Becca (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    Oh, I miss the one in Chinatown so much! Above the Ginsing Family Plaza. Being from San Francisco it was the closest thing to the food there.

    Depending on what side of town you are one, this one might be closer than Beaverton. There is one on SE 82nd, by the Walmart and Dollar Store. Super King Buffet? something like that. It’s pretty good. The Izzy’s of Asian foods.

  4. morty (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    Gotta agree with Dieselboi.
    Golden Dragon isn’t going to get any love from the foodie crowd anytime soon, but $5.95 for all you can shovel is a bargain.
    Just budget time to take a nap or a long walk after you’re done.

  5. Ethan (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    I have a weekly hankering for the Vegetarian House lunch buffet… greasy, filling, and accompanied by the Supreme Master Television.

  6. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

    Super King on 82nd is pretty good if I remember. It is just north of Fred Meyers where Organ Grinder use to be. Ahh, the memories.

    One thing to note – the prices are different on the weekends. I believe it is $9.95 on the weekdays which is appropriate, but on the weekend, it jumps to $12.99 which is too much for what you get.

  7. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

    Organ Grinder!?!? Holy crap flashback time!!! Whoa. just remembered how happy I was when I got one of those monkeys there. ahhhh…life was so simple then.

  8. Nolando (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    Haha – Super King was the name Bender assumed as a superhero on Futurama (tho’ later wanted to change it to “El Zilcho”).

    Gotta go w/ divebarwife on the Gresh-ham locations, tho’. Fantastic stuff, even with decent sushi. Lunch is about $7.95 – $11 depending where ya’ go.

  9. JBJ (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

    Hey y’all — what about Dim Sum??

    My wife tells me that I need to try Dim Sum, but the places she used to go are no longer in existence.

    Are there some places for good quality Dim Sum?


  10. ben (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

    fong chong dim sum in chinatown is pretty good.

  11. chris (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

    wow.. golden dragon… I haven’t subjected myself to that place in over 10 years. It always felt like the setting for an great kunk-fu movie though.

    Now that cold weather is here… I always have my weekly dose of Pho noodle soup. Always seems to burn cleaner than most chinese.

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