I know what you’re thinking when you see this all you can eat Chinese buffet across the street from Lakeforest Mall. Lakeforest Mall, I mean, I just drive past it on my way to Costco, I would never shop there. And that Chinese restaurant right next to the bus stop. I’m sure it’s full of overweight black people who are loudly and greedily stuffing themselves with lemon chicken, egg rolls, and fried rice. No self-respecting Chinese person would be caught dead in that so called Chinese restaurant.
What, you don’t think that? Well, I did, but one day a friend was in town who likes “American” Chinese food, and I thought, I’m hungry, what the hell. And you know what, I was wrong. The food is good, and the selection includes many items that are surprisingly authentic. The best time to go is around 3:45, just before the dinner items are brought out. Then you can pay the lunch prices and eat the dinner food. Pretty clever, eh? Eh?
The mussels and fish dishes are good, the fried tofu and chicken dishes are also excellent. I would stay away from the shrimp though, as I know someone who was violently ill after eating the shellfish. The most surprising thing is that after asking around, I actually know a lot of Chinese people who eat at City Lite. It’s not actually lite food by the way, and you should resist the urge to overeat, and there are usually large Hispanic families present if that kind of thing bothers you (it shouldn’t), but it’s a darn good deal. For fifteen bucks two people can eat to their heart’s desire. The waitresses are actually Chinese too, which is a rarity these days. Oh City Lite,how could I have misjudged you, you were a diamond in the rough, I’ll never prejudge an all you can eat Chinese restaurant located by an ethnic mall and a bus stop ever again. You have made me want to be a better man. There’s ice cream for the kids too.