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For years, image wraps stickered to the windows of King Buffet on Pine Avenue in DTLB taunted visitors with a much-needed cuisine: Mongolian-style BBQ, all eat-til-your-heart-is-content.
Now, King Buffet is open, with its massive space—nearly a half-block long between 4th and 5th Streets on the east side of Pine—being able to take in hundreds of guests in its 11,700 sq. ft. space. For foodies, fear not: it’s not just about its main star of BBQ but sushi rolls, sashimi, desserts, and salads.
Even better? Pretty reasonable prices: $11.99 for the lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11AM to 3:30PM; $16.99 for the dinner buffet Monday through Friday from 3:30PM to 9:30PM; and $17.99 for All Day Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays. Children ages two through ten years old? They’re amusingly charged by the year: $1.10/year for lunch, $1.60/year for dinner, and $1.70/year for the weekends.
The opening marks the transformation of the former City Place retail center into what is being dubbed “The Streets DTLB” by developer and property owner Tony Shooshani of Shooshani Developers. It’s a welcomed move that we’ve heralded as a turning point in urban design for Long Beach—and one which investors and business owners are attracted to.
The Streets will be host not just the buffet and nearby Pie Bar (scoring massive online success and promotion) but will be welcoming India’s Thick Shake Factory, BurgerIM, Romeo Chocolates, Saints & Sinners Bakery, Creative Crepes, poke, and more.
As for King Buffet, well, the Chinese joint has already garnered its first fan by way of Mayor Robert Garcia: “This place is awesome. Such a different vibe and style and it reminds me of all the authentic buffet places I love in Monterey Park and Chinatown.”
King Buffet is located at 560 Pine Avenue in DTLB.