New Chinese buffet offers a diverse menu |

New Chinese buffet offers a diverse menu

Susan Wood
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Linda Lin, Lake Tahoe Chinese Buffet manager, sets up for the day's operation on Sunday.

A somewhat-familiar sight has returned to Emerald Bay Road north of the “Y,” with the opening of Lake Tahoe Chinese Buffet last month.

Before Brewbaker’s coffeeshop came onto the scene, the address was home to another Chinese restaurant.

That history hasn’t deterred the efforts of the Lin family, Manager Linda Lin said, as she prepared the buffet for her Sunday crowd at 11 a.m. Her brother Min, the owner and cook, invested $15,000 in a remodel and hired six family members and friends to run the place. The all-in-the-family environment has made the restaurant a fun place to work for Linda Lin.

“Sometimes we all speak in Chinese,” she said of the kitchen environment.

Apparently, the on-and-off again past of the site hasn’t kept the regulars away either.

Crystal Ice Co. truck driver Kurt DeCal from Sparks stopped by to eat on Sunday and brought his son, Devon.

“When I do this route, I eat here. The food’s really good,” he said. He usually orders chow mein.

The buffet features all the standard Chinese dishes averaging about $5 to $10 for the meals. They include kung pao shrimp and Szechwan chicken, along with soup, appetizers and fried rice in new serving islands. Party-size meals can also be cooked up for prices from $20 to $56.

The Lins, who also run a restaurant in Sacramento, installed new lights, floors, ceiling and booths. They also painted the walls.

The manager said the family is considering delivering meals, but they’re unsure if there’s enough of a market to substantiate the expense yet.

Feel like Chinese?

Lake Tahoe Chinese Buffet is located at 871 Emerald Bay Road and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can be reached at (530) 541-3888.

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