Sunday, February 14, 2010
China City Buffet, Trotwood (NW Dayton)
I worked up quite an appetite this morning doing some work on the basement of the house we'll be moving into soon, so afterwards we decided to try out a Chinese Buffet that isn't too far away - the China City Buffet in Trotwood. (near the southeast corner of Clayton)
When entering, it really doesn't look much different from a lot of other Chinese Buffets I have frequented. That's probably a good thing, I guess, since visitors get what they expect. I did notice a couple of TV's mounted on the wall. Thankfully, the volumes were turned down, so it wasn't too intrusive. One TV was showing a basketball game the entire time, while the other was originally showcasing a variety of Kung Fu type moves, giving their names & such. Eventually, it also switched over to a basketball game, so if you are a basketball fan, and you've been looking for a spot to eat a big variety of food while watching a game, this might be your place.
Right away I noticed that the lunch buffet prices were very reasonable. An adult only pays $5.95 for the lunch buffet - most of the other Chinese buffets I've visited in the past year or two have raised their prices to $7 or more. They offer senior citizen discounts, and kids 6-9 eat lunch for just $2.95. (2-5 year olds are just $1.95)
When browsing the buffet for the first time, I noticed that this restaurant has a larger section of dessert items, as well as more meat in their buffet dishes than I am used to for a lunch menu. They had at least 4 types of shrimp, for example. Some of the Chinese Buffets I've visited before reserve this sort of variety for their supper menu, which of course makes me curious about what this place serves in the evening. I'll have to go back to check that out.
I tried out something called a "vegetable ball", which I wasn't greatly impressed with. It had a slight taste of corn, but other than that I couldn't tell just what vegetables were supposed to be in there. On the other hand, I highly recommend the stuffed shrimp. How do you stuff a shrimp? I still don't know the answer, because the shrimp was really on the inside, while there was a sort of stuffing mixture surrounding each of the shrimp. Anyway, it tasted very good, and I went back twice for more of those. The crab rangoon tasted good, but I am used to having a little more filling in each, so these seemed on the small side to me. One item which I really liked was a long, slender type of eggroll they called a "chicken roll". The filling seemed to be a sweet type of chicken salad - very tasty, and I highly recommend you give those a try.
I also saw that they had kimchee available. I really LOVE kimchee, but most of it is far too spicy (pepper hot) for me. In fact, only once have I found a truly mild kimchee to enjoy without burning my tastebuds. Alas, this was also too hot for me, so my search continues.
For those who don't need an unlimited number of trips to the "trough", China City also offers 30 lunch selections ranging from $4.75 to $5.45.
China City Buffet, Trotwood (northwest Dayton area)
address: 5589 Salem Rd. (Consumer Square Shopping Center, just south of Olive Rd.)
hours: Sun. - Thur. 11AM - 10PM Fri. & Sat. 11-11
lunch served 11-4, supper served starting at 4 PM