There are a lot of buffet restaurants in South Florida, with Shinju and Kyojin leading the way with the most locations. But Chinese food is more my speed, and there's nothing better than going to a chinese restaurant with a big group and sharing 20 or so items.
The Dragon Gourmet Buffet has 200 items; for lunch it's just $8.99. It's not just a buffet; you can order from a regular menu or you can do the buffet. If you sit in the dining room in the front, you'd hardly know that there was a buffet going on in the rear.
As buffet places go, it's a pretty nice place. There are a couple of partially separate rooms with music playing low enough that you can't really tell what it is.jump-->
The girls who work here don't speak English too well, but they quietly dart in and out; grabbing dirty plates as you make your passes as the buffet. The service is kind of strange; they brought me iced tea without lemon and they give you a knife and a fork in a rollup. They carry chopsticks in their belt, but you have to ask for them. This is a pretty Gringo kind of place. Luckily they have lemon at the buffet.
The first thing you do is hit the buffet.
The buffet has 7 areas; 5 islands, a long dessert table along the side wall and the sushi counter in the rear. I started with some soup; a bit of hot and sour and egg drop.
The hot and sour was pretty good, not too hot or sour, but pretty good. The egg drop was a bit goopy; what's great about buffets is that you don't have to eat stuff you don't like. So it was on to get a full plate.
Green Beans, pepper steak, spare ribs, dumplings, bbq pork and fried rice. The rib wasn't that good, but everything else was pretty good quality.
So without going over each item, what I can generally say is that the food here is pretty good quality. They keep the buffet stocked and in good order, and the people here were pretty well behaved. They don't have nearly as much sushi selection as the japanese buffets, so I wouldn't come here primarily for sushi; the dim sum wrappers were doughy and not very good, and the egg roll was junk. But there's more than enough good quality items to make just about anyone feel like they got more than their money's worth.
One thing about this place is that they have a fairly extensive dessert bar; I tried the Red Bean Ice Cream and also some sugarless Coffee Fudge Swirl. The coffee was just ok, but the Red Bean was really good. As was the cream puff. The dessert table also has a lot of fruit; there were a lot of people eating watermelon; but I don't really think about fruit after eating chinese food.
You really can't go wrong here. The total for 4 plates of food, dessert and bottomless Iced Tea was $11.33.