Asian buffets are aplenty in Tucson, from the most grandiose to the more subtle. Below are 10 Asian buffets offering copious amounts of chow mein, crab rangoons, oysters, and sushi. But before you enter the Asian food abyss, here are a few things to know.
- Check the times. Most buffets refresh their supply at dinner service. This means that as the sun goes down, silver trays of the freshest beef broccoli and other asian specialities will begin ushering out of the kitchen just for you.
- Prepare your stomach. Now I don’t mean starve yourself 24-hours in advance. Instead, hydrate yourself. Trust me when I say, water is your friend.
- Give yourself plenty of time. A buffet is not a place for a quick bite. Cancel your plans because your going to want a few hours to really get to know the buffet and your eating capabilities.
- Pace yourself. Unless you are a competitive eater, start out with small portions. Sample everything before committing yourself to one outlandishly large portion of orange chicken.
- Enjoy the experience. Take a break between plates, walk around, and absorb your surroundings. You may be surprised by how often you will want to return.
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Asian Super Buffet (UPDATE: Closed)
4629 E. Speedway Blvd.
Living up to their name, Asian Super Buffet offers a large variety of options, including a sushi bar and hibachi grill. There is a nice variety of vegetable dishes, including spicy garlic eggplant, crunchy green beans and garlic bok choy. Bring the entire family to enjoy endless food and comfortable private booths.
For more information, visit Asian Super Buffet on yelp.
400 N. Bonita Ave.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, Dragon’s View offers an elegant dinner along the Santa Cruz River. Menu items include a whole fried rock cod tossed in sweet and sour sauce, Peking duck with steaming buns, and lobster with ginger and onion. Lunch buffets are offered Monday through Friday, 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. and offer a variety of seafood, meat and fresh vegetable dishes.
For more information, visit Dragon’s View.
75 W. River Rd.
East Buffet offers Chinese and Japanese cuisine with an array of seafood including salt and pepper prawns, shrimp in lobster sauce and sushi. There is even a scoop your own ice cream and soft-serve station. Beer, wine and sake are also available. Buffet is from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, visit East Buffet.
2854 E. 22nd St.
Known for its great takeout, Golden Phoenix also offers a daily lunch buffet with fresh salad, fruit and sampling from their menu. If you are in the South Tucson area, make sure to check out a few favorites from their menu including salt baked pork chop, roasted duck with black mushrooms, and black pepper steak.
For more information, visit Golden Phoenix on Facebook.
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1690 W. Valencia Rd.
Grand Buffet may just be the big kahuna of Asian food, with a lively dining room filled with people and more than four stations of Chinese specialties, sushi, fruit, salad and desert. Expect a line around lunch time, and bring an appetite because you are going to need it. Buffet offerings include egg rolls, chow mein and a few american favorites, such as french fries and pizza.
For more information visit Grand Buffet on Yelp.
New China Super Buffet
1160 N. Wilmot Rd.
You may come to New China Super Buffet for their warm interior with open skylights, but you will stay for the food. Their all day buffet hosts a variety of unique sushi offerings, fresh seafood and a hibachi chef on command. Favorites include calamari salad, chili steamed crayfish, and beef with broccoli. If buffeting isn’t your style, they also offer take out options.
For more information, visit New China.
Panda House Stir-Fry
3725 W. Ina Rd
Healthy food may not typically be synonymous with Chinese buffets, but Panda House Stir-Fry is the perfect place for the health conscious individuals. Choose between a plethora of vegetables, meats and tofu to stir-fry on their in-house Mongolian grill without a single drop of oil. Menu favorites include, pad thai, coconut curry, and egg flower soup.
For more information, visit pandahousestirfry.com.
6970 E. 22nd St.
A quaint lunch spot perfect for a midday break from work or school, Peking Palace offers a lunch buffet until 2 p.m Tuesday through Sunday. Chef specialties include deep fried chicken tossed in a spicy orange sauce, sauteed shrimp with green onions in a rich white sauce, and squid with shredded vegetables.
For more information, visit Peking Palace.
U-Like Oriental Buffet
5101 N. Oracle Rd.
Don’t let the exterior fool you, U-Like Buffet is the ultimate buffet experience. As you walk in, you will be confronted with life-size boats filled with endless varieties of Asian specialties. Favorites include their unique sushi offerings, an extensive hibachi grill, and a diverse dessert station. Don’t forget to try the fresh pastries, chocolate cream bars, and an Asian buffet classic, chocolate cake layered with mocha cream.
For more information, visit U-Like Oriental Buffet on Facebook.
Wok & Roll
3000 W. Ina Rd.
Wok and Roll is new to the buffet game but is certainly packing a punch with flavor. Their diverse menu offers fresh oysters, muscles, roasted prime rib and pillowy Chinese doughnuts. The interior is warm and clean and is the perfect place to hang out and enjoy a plate of vibrant sushi rolls from their extensive sushi bar.
For more information, visit Wok and Roll.
If were missing one of your favorites let us know. A few have closed shop, including China Star of Tucson on 4790 E. Grant, Mandarin Buffet on 5005 S. Campbell Avenue, May Flower Chinese Restaurant on 6462 N. Oracle Road, and Phoenix Village on 2750 W. Valencia Road.
China Olive Super Buffet on 1354 West Irvington Road is currently closed for interior renovations until further notice.