In a word: It's not on the bad list, but it's not exactly a good place to take a date.
The specs: #0078
Address, hours & details via Isthmus;
Chad, David, JM, Kayla, Nichole, Rachel, and Renee all had the buffet.
The bill was $63, or $9/person, plus tip.
Rachel and Renee gave China Buffet a B; Kayla gave China Buffet a B-; Chad and JM gave China Buffet a C; David and Nichole gave China Buffet a C- (see our grading rubric).
When we drove up, Rachel and Renee started freaking out about similarities the motel next to China Buffet on East Washington Ave. bore to a certain horror movie.
Big crowds call for little editorial mucking about. Forthwith:
Chad commented that a lot of the dishes were cold, but fairly tasty - not enough veggie selections. An acceptable place to eat.
David sampled lots o' the chicken dishes and wrote that one pot sticker was a bit undercooked, and still pink. Eyeballs.* Questionable...very.
JM ate his usual one-two punch of appetizers followed by main dishes. Everything in the place struck him as warmed over but adequate. Definitely a typical buffet: something for everyone but nothing great.
Kayla said that it had a very Mom & Pop feel. It was late in the day (don't know if that is a factor), but the steamed fish was dry and only semi-hot. Wide selection of tastes.
Nichole also lamented the lack of veggie dishes. The time, more than 2 hours before closing, really shouldn't be an excuse for the cold food, but next time maybe she'll avoid the buffet.
Renee opined that the service was excellent, and there was a wide variety of foods (but somewhat cold).