Hong Kong Buffet has the gall to try the Valley mall

Posted: December 5, 2010 in Spokane Valley Dining
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If there was ever a new place that I was vehemently rooting for, the Hong Kong Buffet would be it. Since the Valley lost its last Oriental buffet at the old Sizzler’s location at the corner of Sprague and Farr several years ago, I have been lamenting that there is no local feeding trough featuring all that nummy stuff from the Far East.

But if there were ever a new place with long odds of success, the Hong Kong Buffet would be that as well. I have not been keeping close tabs, but it seems to me that there is a pretty high turn over rate throughout the mall and that the restaurant location across from Tilt, the game arcade, at the entrance by the theaters has been a particularly brutal battleground. When the mall opened way back when, that spot was occupied by a pasta joint if memory serves, but it was not there long and so my feeble memory did not get a firm hold. I could easily be mistaken. But I am sure there have been two or three attempts at that spot and I am even more sure none of them made it.

I think location is important with a restaurant but it is not paramount and I do not buy into the worn adage that says certain locations that have seen a succession of failures can never host a successful venture. People will flock to winner no matter where it is at. And that is what I am praying for here. Please support this place so that I can stuff my face there for the rest of my life and not have to be sad that I live in a community that has no Oriental buffets.

I am obviously not a connoisseur of fine food and I am not a trained restaurant critic, but I know good eating and good value and I have no problem begging and beseeching anyone who will listen to give this place a try. It really is a good buffet and I can guarantee that everyone can find at least a few things on the buffet line they will love. I found way too many things. It is one of those deals where I wish that I could magically have a barrel-sized belly just for an hour while I feasted like a drunk Viking on all the steaming hot dishes lying just below the old sneeze glass along the vast buffet line.

This place is a no-brainer, you-can’t-miss recommendation. I can say this unequivocally because I took my entire family there the Saturday after Thanksgiving. While the kids and I have different tastes, we are not uppity eaters. We all had no problem finding way too much to be ecstatic about. Elaine, on the other hand, is an uppity eater. She will not do Old Country Buffet or Timber Creek which baffles and befuddles the rest of us. But she will give an Oriental buffet at least one try and she certainly gave the Hong Kong Buffet an honest effort. And as we waddled out with our bellies bulging like little Buddhas, I rubbed mine and prayed  the gods would smile on this new establishment and bless the Valley with a great place to pork out.

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Comments
  1. Mike says:

    I didn’t know this place had moved to the old Wingers. Guess I am going to have to give it a second try.

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