The Buffet at Monte Carlo

In Vegas, they say it’s all about the buffets. Indeed most casinos on the strip have one, and you can walk right in and eat without gambling. In fact many are comped right to your room. Such is the case with The Buffet at Monte Carlo. Most used by the guests of the hotel itself the place has a plethora of options it serves for lunch and dinner. Of course, this casino was created by MGM as more of a budget option for the strip. You’ll find the buffet matches. In quality, not price.

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Song’s Sushi

While it’s only been open a little over a year, Song’s Sushi along Airway Road east of Dayton has already drawn considerable praise as an under-appreciated new gem in the city. With a captive audience in nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the dive serves up Korean and Japanese food — and fast, to keep up with those tight lunch break routines. The rapid-fire service might lead you to think this is a no-frills place, but in reality, it’s great food served from a tight ship. This kind of efficiency is sure to impress by itself, but the food backs it up.

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CJ Fusion Express

The latest take out spot to open in downtown Dayton, CJ’s Fusion Express replaces another former take-out spot and is one of the few Chinese food options in downtown Dayton. Not authentic, to be sure, but the spot does offer something that is unique to downtown, in food that is fast, a-la carte, take-out ready and very convenient. It’s got a niche and an audience, and I think the place should not be ignored as an option for downtown.

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Peking Garden (Kettering)

A Chinese takeout option serving south Kettering in Dayton, Peking Garden is an option for Chinese food for most of the suburbs of southeast Dayton. It’s not a fancy operation, in fact it’s sort of tucked away in a strip mall in the suburbs that is almost impossible to find unless you know where you’re looking. Still, the Chinese food this spot offers is hit and miss in terms of what I liked and didn’t like. As with many of the spots in town, this one has specialties.

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Kabuki Korean & Japanese Restaurant

Kabuki has an exquisite menu of sushis, ranging from some fairly basic varieties commonly found in local grocery stores to some of the tastiest rolls I’ve ever tried. Forgo the simple California roll completely- it would be a waste of an opportunity to try some really delicious sushi. From the sweet and textural crunch munch roll, to the spicy and flavorful TNT roll, the different varieties are certainly a home run. I have always preferred the simpler sushi. No more. These rolls are filled to the brim with crab, tuna, salmon, shrimp and caviar. Some are fried after that. If there was ever a great sushi place I would recommend, this would be it.

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China Garden Buffet

Right along the major Graceland Boulevard shopping district in northern Columbus, the China Garden Buffet sports a huge set of options for a lunch and dinner buffet of all kinds. The place is fairly straightforward; lunch is $6 and dinner is $9 for access to at least a hundred options of various kinds. You name it, it’s here, this place has quite a wide range of selections and I can’t imagine a more well rounded menu. For all of the options, I’m not sure anything stands out as particularly outstanding.

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Tsao’s Cuisine

A small dive along the Colonel Glenn Highway, it’s easy to miss Tso’s Cuisine, wedged between shops at a major intersection. But this place has a firm grip on local business. Right across the street from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as well as Wright State University, Tso’s Cuisine caters primarily to the patron looking for a quick bite. Its small but diverse buffet has a lot of different kinds of menu items, many of which are fried or stir fried in a very good sauce. It’s a very humble little business which I suspect has been a well-kept secret for locals for quite some time.

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China Max

There are lots of places to eat at the Kenwood Towne Centre, and the mall’s food court has seen numerous businesses come and go over the years. Most of the stalls in the court are large chains but a few are genuine small-scale operations. Max Oriental has been a mainstay in the court for years, in a stall between two major food chains near the back of the dining area.

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Grand China Buffet

Located within Athens’ tiny city mall, the Grand China Buffet gives a generous and delicious variety to the Chinese food buffet. Many of the entrees on the line are good enough to stand on their own. The buffet offers the largest selection in town, and at a reasonable price ($6.00 for lunch, $8.00 for dinner) and with such dishes as peanut butter chicken, stuffed shrimp and many classic Chinese foods, Grand China Buffet has it all. Even a sizable line for vegetables and sushi, though these foods aren’t particularly high quality so I wouldn’t recommend them.

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