By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Restaurants | Issue: September 2010
The Buffet City family (L to R): Lucy, Hengyu “Teddy” Zhu, Ling Chen, Yu Ping, Xia Chen, Fei Di and Chang Fu Zhu.
It’s been a long, hot summer and everyone is ready for a getaway. While an exotic vacation may not be in the budget, you can enjoy a great meal with an Asian flair right here in Owasso.
Buffet City is celebrating its 5th anniversary during September, and owner Hengyu “Teddy” Zhu is giving his customers the gift of a 20 percent discount on the regular buffet price, no coupon required. “We just want to say thank you for supporting us,” Teddy said. “We have many customers who have been with us since we opened, and we have many new customers. We appreciate them all.”
The customers at Buffet City appreciate the beautiful décor, including the chandelier over the dining area, stained glass at each booth, and softly glowing sculpted ceilings painted a relaxing ocean blue. Steam rises from the appetizing dishes prepared by Chef Zhen Chen and his staff. Chef Chen has been with Buffet City for over three years, and he makes all selections fresh daily.
Buffet City is a combination of many things in one: a super buffet, Mongolian barbeque, and a sushi bar and grill. They serve Chinese, American and Japanese cuisine. From traditional offerings such as shrimp, pork, beef, and chicken to specialties including salmon, mussels, crab and dumplings, only the freshest ingredients are used. A complete salad bar with soup, appetizers, fresh fruits and ice cream is available as well.
Buffet City has over 160 items on the buffet. You can stick with your favorites or make it a point to try something new each visit. Teddy says they keep the menu items consistent between lunch and dinner so that when you find something you like, it’s always available.
Buffet City offers healthy options that are steamed and contain no oil, MSG or corn starch. They are served with white rice and a choice of brown, garlic or white sauce on the side. If you don’t have time to eat in, there are many chef specials and special combinations to choose from on the extensive carryout menu.
Although the restaurant is a buffet, the staff puts a premium on customer service, and customers are greeted at the door with cheerfulness, as dictated by Chinese custom. Ling Chen, Teddy’s wife, explains that visitors are treated as welcome guests. Teddy and Ling live in Owasso with their son, Andrew, and new baby, Gavin. “We like Owasso very much, and we are proud to support our police and fire departments and be involved in school and community activities.”
A beautiful private meeting room is available for small groups (between 20-30 guests), and Teddy offers a 10 percent discount for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. “We have groups that meet here each month and enjoy the buffet while they do business,” says Teddy. “It’s also a great place for parties, rehearsal dinners, and church and community groups. With so many choices, there is sure to be something for everyone, and we clean up the mess.”
Buffet City is located at 96th Street North and 129th East Avenue between Walgreen’s and Home Depot. The lunch buffet will be a great bargain during September at $5.20, and is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The dinner buffet will cost $7.19 through the end of September, and is served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday buffet is available all day from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Children under 4 eat free, and there is a discounted rate for children 4 to 10 years old.