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Mongolian Buffet Features Crab Legs, Oysters, and Chicken Feet

by Sheila Franklin
calicutta@hotmail.com

The Mongolian Buffet (4235 E. 12 Mile Rd. in Warren - 586-555-9015) boasts over 200 items on its tables. I didn’t count literally but I would not be surprised if that were the case. There is the usual standard fare, from appetizers to soup to entrees, and there is also sushi and dim sung and a Mongolian Grill (tip, please).

There is salad, pizza, and a table full of deserts (no almond cookies though), and if you catch them on the weekend, oysters on the half shell and roast beast.There is even a variety of cold food unlabeled, which is a good thing once you see that they sit among cold chicken feet.

My foremost rule when dining at such establishments is “go for the protein.” Tables in buffets are set up so that the first things you load up on are lo mein, fried rice and egg rolls long before you find the entrees you really want. In my case that would be the crab legs, pork ribs, and all things shrimp.

The first time I went to this restaurant I did my usual half-plate of protein so that I could catch the next batch of crab legs, this of course being the most popular item on the buffet. Lo and behold, I find a table in the back that is loaded with even more delectable treats, such as a very tender pork roast that you can serve yourself. It is for this reason that I prefer this one over the more traditional family places like the Old Style Country Buffet, where they won’t issue you a steak knife to go with your overly-cooked steak or turkey that actually looks like it is the conglomeration of left-over turkey parts rather than a breast.

I also must admit that I love the variety that buffets offer, but Chinese food is really meant to be savored and that means fresh. If the crab rangoon looks like it has been sitting there for hours, it probably has.

They also have a huge salad bar with plenty of veggies and fruit and a variety of sauces. It’s always fun to mix these to make your own sauce, as most of the entrees are lightly seasoned.

The service here is moderate, but then cleaning off plates of crab claws is not the most glamorous profession in the world. And we had to seek our own chopsticks, crab crackers, and extra napkins.

They offer carry-out by the pound, party platters, and children under 2 eat free. When was the last time your toddler ate chicken feet?

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