Chinese buffets, all you can eat, 6/14/99. Most important: do eat during peak hours, that's when they put out the fresh food. Also see the new buffet hints page.

12/01 - New name, no buffet, but ok lunch specials. The seventh also has its own review page. I've only eaten here once, but it should among the top three or four. It's the Bamboo Cafe, 12725 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250, phone 310-679-3831, fax or phone 310-679-4966.

1. I prefer the new China Buffet for the $5.99 Monday thru Friday Lunch. See its own review page. Lucky Star is second unless I wanted the pork at the third place Oriental Wok Restaurant.

2. 4/99 - Lucky Star, 1218 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena. Between Normandie Ave. and Vermont, just west of Budlong Ave. Some parking in front, with big parking lot in back and both front and rear entrances. Open seven days. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is $4.99 till about 3:30 p.m. and dinner is $5.99, both with a soft drink. There is a cold section with salad and fruit and jello for desert. Of the hot and sour and the egg flower soups, I've tried and liked the hot and sour. There are 16 hot items with rice, chow mein, egg rolls, wantons, etc. The main, hot items are their strong point, and they vary from lunch to dinner and from day to day. The dinner menu would have the more expensive items. Both BBQed chickens, the beef broccoli, and the lemon chicken were good. I don't care for chopped chicken dishes, but these were ok. The peel-your-own shrimp was ok, and the garlic egg plant was good but a bit too sweet. I didn't try the egg foo young. There was a vegetable dish, but I prefer to pick vegetables from the meat dishes. They do put out condiments, hot sauce, etc. Also available to go.

3. 4/99 - Oriental Wok Restaurant, 638 W. 6th. St., San Pedro. One door east of Gaffey St. with a parking lot. Open seven days a week. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is $4.75 till about 3:30 p.m. and dinner is $5.95, both with a soft drink and a 10% senior discount. I've only tried the dinner. They say they have different dishes for lunch and for dinner, but either always has the same dishes. That may limit how many times one wants to eat here. Their menu says they have over 30 items on the buffet. The cold section has many salad ingredients and fruit and jello for desert. I have complained about the soups, both the hot and sour and the egg flower soups. They let them sit on the buffet and they get overly thick and salty, but they say it's fresh. I've tried the hot and sour soup and it's ok if you thin it with some hot water and add a dash of black pepper. They have the usual steamed and fried rice, chow mein, egg rolls, wantons, etc. The best items are the orange pork chops and ribs, but the sauce is too sweet. And, the Chinese donuts are good for dessert. Most of the other dishes are chopped chicken and breaded or battered and fried things like sweet and sour pork and fish nuggets which I don't like. The beef broccoli and another beef dish were ok. I don't care for the squid or mussels, here or most places. Also available to go.

4. Tokyo Bowl and Fish Market, 21616 Figueroa* Ave., Carson. Northeast corner at Carson St., just east of the 110 Harbor Freeway. Lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. is $4.75, but they still had food after 3 p.m. when I went in to look. Had about nine hot items (mostly Chinese) and a small salad bar. I never ate there, but it looked ok, if a little tired after 3 p.m. *Their address is incorrectly printed as 21616 Carson St. on their menus.

5. Closed 2001. King's Restaurant, 2409 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. Just east of MacKay Ln. Lunch is $4.67 and dinner is $5.78, both with one soft drink. Look for coupons in the paper. I haven't eaten here for years, it was just ok with bland food. Don't remember they had very many items. Also available to go.

6. King Genghiskhan Japanese/Chinese Seafood Bar B. Q. Buffet House. I forgot this one. Some Chinese and other cuisines. It has it's own review page, but I have not eaten there yet.