I just do not understand some of the reviews that I read here on Empire Buffet. Johnson City, TN is a long ways from China Town in San Francisco. For American style chinese food it is pretty good. For the value it can't be beat, neither in Johnson City nor most anywhere else for that matter. It would be fair to say that there must be well over a hundred items on the buffet. I have eaten here many times over the years and the few times that I have found any problem with anything on the buffet the staff have immediately removed the offending dish, cooked another pan of it, and brought a plate of the fresh stuff to my table. This is not exactly what you would except to see at a dirt-cheap chinese buffet. The hibachi grill alone is worth the price of the buffet. I can not speak to the sushi as neither my wife nor I care for sushi. I personally have always found the restroom to be clean when I used it. I do not feel that you could possibly find, nor ask for, a more pleasant staff. I do believe that my wife and I have tried every chinese buffet in Johnson City and none can compare with Empire Buffet in terms of the variety of dishes and the value you get for your money. The only con to the restaurant is it is well aged. The booths are in definite need of recovering.
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