Waukegan’s New China Buffet has new location
By Tina Johansson For Sun-Times Media October 31, 2013 6:30PM
Local cellphone company employee Darryl Stroud of Chicago loads up on the offerings at New China Buffet.Tina Johansson/for Sun-Times Media
New China Buffet
Now located at 2617 W. Grand Ave., Waukegan
Updated: October 31, 2013 6:30PM
An eight-year-old Waukegan business has moved across town. Two months ago, New China Buffet relocated from Lewis Avenue to 2617 W. Grand Ave.
Situated in the Douglas shopping center, the place was formerly home to Kings Buffet. “It is almost twice as big here,” said Kim Lin, wife of Henry Lin who owns the place. “People say they like this location better,” she added about the bright sunny restaurant with enough seating for 200.
Henry, 39, was initially trained as a chef in China. After he moved to the United States, he worked in several eateries including one in New York. Though they come from the same southern province in China, the two didn’t meet until Henry started a job at a restaurant in Niles owned by Kim’s father.
While the move for New China Buffet has meant many new customers, former patrons continue to frequent the place. Waukegan resident George Breedlove a retired Navy officer is one of them.
“I started going to their other place when it first opened, and I went there every day,” he said. And while the new location isn’t quite as close to his home, Breedlove still makes it to New China regularly.
After being a longtime customer, the Texas native came to be close to the Lins. “(Henry) is the same age as my son, and (Kim) is the age of my daughter,” said Breedlove, adding that he also happens to like the food here. His favorite? “I like everything, but I really like the squid a lot,” he said.
There are so many dishes on the buffet every day, diners would be hard-pressed to try them all. “We have about 50 (different dishes), and more on Saturday and Sunday,” said Kim.
Some of the items to start out with are the delicious homemade spring rolls, egg rolls, crab Rangoon triangles, chicken quesadillas, and chicken on a stick. In fact, the chicken dishes, including chicken in peanut sauce, are prepared nicely.
Most of the entrees include fresh vegetables, which are colorful, crisp and tasty. There is seafood on the buffet during the week, but more of it on the weekends. There is sushi, salad, and three or four different types of homemade soups. The buffet includes coffee, tea, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Lunch is $7.99 and dinner is $10.99. All-day dinner on Sunday is $10.99.
Kim, 35, who attended high school in New York City, and Henry are U.S. citizens. They live in Waukegan and have two children Jenny, 10, and Steven, 11.