This past Friday, my parents and I coordinated a belated birthday in Clarksville, Tennessee. They told me I could choose any restaurant I wanted but of course like most Asian parents, they will often speak their minds and told me they wanted to eat at either Charlie’s Steak House or China King Buffet. Seeing how I already wrote a review about Charlie’s, I went for the latter.
I’ve been to China King Buffet before, but it has probably been at least 6+ years ago. My parents regard it as the best Chinese buffet in the world. In reality, they don’t eat hardly anything on the buffet except the seafood. In particular, they eat plates of the spiced calamari, raw oysters in a half shell, and the snow crab leg. They claim it’s the best value for the money.
On Friday night, China King Buffet was packed with available seating of up to 300 people. Never before have I seen a Chinese buffet so busy… an obvious indicator that there is a reason for the popularity. China King Buffet claims that they are voted one of the “Top 100 Chinese Buffets in America.” While that’s a fairly bold claim, I do know that it is one of the better Chinese buffets I’ve visited.
With over 180 items on their buffet line including a sushi bar, hibachi grill, and dessert bar, China King Buffet has a little bit of something for everyone. The food ranks high on quality. All the items on the buffet were fresh, tasted great, and were constantly refilled on a normal basis. I really liked the snow crab legs, which were well salted and always available. I would have liked more of a Chinese cuisine selection (such as Kung Pao Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, and Seafood Delight). Perhaps the reason for omitting them is for their “something for everyone” philosophy, in which those who don’t like Chinese food can partake in the dining of foods like roast beef, chicken tenders, fried shrimp, and pepperoni pizza.
What’s also exceptional is the concerted table-side service. With my parents eating seafood and I eating snow crab legs, you often have to get a 2nd plate or reuse a dirty plate to place your shells. As we were discarding the shells from the crabs and oysters, several waiters and waitresses other than our own would take the filled plates and give us new ones. Very nice.
Being a Chinese cuisine lover and avid seafood devourer, I would definitely recommend China King Buffet in Clarksville. There is a variety of fresh food and the service is great. As for pricing, I haven’t been to a Chinese buffet for dinner in quite a while so I’m not sure how China King Buffet relates to other Chinese buffets for dinner. My mother mentioned it was around $13 per person. That may seem a little steep but keep in mind that price is for dinner and also includes the sushi, hibachi, and seafood offerings on the buffet lines. For snow crab and raw oyster lovers, that price would be quite a steal. It is possible that they have non-seafood pricing, but I would call to make sure.
|China King Buffet
2088 Lowes Dr
Clarksville, TN 37040