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City Lite Buffet - 5 Reviews - 9679 Lost Knife Rd, Gaithersburg, MD - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (301) 948-8866

City Lite Buffet

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9679 Lost Knife Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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(301) 948-8866
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City Lite Buffet - Gaithersburg, MD
City Lite Buffet - Gaithersburg, MD
City Lite Buffet - Gaithersburg, MD
City Lite Buffet - Gaithersburg, MD

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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 Co...

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My family used to eat here fairly regularly. It got to the point where my siblings and I decided to boycott this place indefinitely because we were eating here way too much. I was...

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Probably one of the better all-you-can-eateries 10/1/2006

My family used to eat here fairly regularly. It got to the point where my siblings and I decided to boycott this place indefinitely because we were eating here way too much. I was also concerned that as "regulars", it was kind of disturbing to actually recognize that obese woman who had her husband inject her full of insulin right there in the dining room. And it's just sad when the only time our family gathers together for a sit-down meal is at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. But apparently, plenty of families do this every week. City Lite is really popular among Asian folks, which is always a good sign if you're looking for "authentic" Chinese food. In the past, Bamboo Buffet used rein as the supreme buffet in my parents' eyes, but no longer. City Lite has your regular Chinese-American dishes, and they also have seafood, sushi, pho, and noodle soups. There is also a salad and dessert bar, along with soft-serve ice cream. And there's also dim sum, which I suspect is just frozen dumplings and har gow they just reheat. One day my mom said to us that we were going to eat dim sum for brunch. We got all excited until we realized that we were going to eat dim sum at City Lite Buffet. Now that's one of the main reasons why we've boycotted the place. You don't say "dim sum" to us and then take us to a buffet where they serve frozen dim sum. And now if my mom offers to take us to dim sum we warily ask, "Dim sum dim sum or dim sum buffet?" We aren't going to make the same mistake twice. Anyway, to take advantage of the price you pay, my uncle advised us to always fill up on seafood: "They take a look at you and know they will profit from you kids, but they look at Uncle and hate me because they know I'll eat three plates of crab legs." My first taste of sushi came from City Lite, and blech, what a nasty experience. It is made with warm/hot long-grain rice, which is not the way sushi should be made. And yet for some reason every time we've gone here, we would always grab a few sushi rolls every time we go up for seconds and thirds. The staff here are pretty friendly and do refill drinks and take away plates in a timely manner. If for some reason you wind up here and you don't want to feel like you've eaten the dingo and the baby by the time you leave, I would advise eating non-greasy dishes, such as the cooked seafood or maybe just the dumpling noodle soup or pho. Also, avoid the sweet fountain drinks and try water or iced tea (unsweetened). Otherwise, you are going to feel ridiculously sleepy and lazy when you get out. more

City Lite Buffet 6/21/2006

This is a typical Chinese buffet. The food here did the job, it was standard Chinese and Asian fare. I would never go out of my way to come here. The prices were reasonable but the food was not noteworthy. If you are looking for a low cost way to stuff a lot of food in your system then this may is a good option, but if you want very good Chinese then there are better options. more

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Passable.... 5/12/2006

So if you want to eat Chinese Buffet and have it taste half-way decent, then this is the place to go. Stick to the regular chinese type dishes and veer away from the Dim Sum. Even the sushi is passable, if you want to take that risk. I do just because I can't resist sushi. In general with regards to the chinese food, it's pretty authentic even though it may not be of the highest quality. My in-laws think this is the only restaurant at which it is worth going out to eat. more

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Popular Chinese Buffet 4/16/2006

This buffet is busy on most days. Due to the recent openings of nearby Chinese places, business at this restaurant has slowed in the last couple of years. The food here is very good, but pricey. It is popular with Chinese families as well as people of other ethinicities. The restaurant offers a wide selection of well prepared Chinese food, and also offers sushi. Be careful of eating raw fish that may be sitting out too long. A family friend became ill once soon after eating there, most likely it was the sushi. more

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City Lite Buffet - It's Better Than You Would Assume 4/16/2006

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. more
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  • Hours:

    Mon - Thurs, 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sun, 11am - 10:30pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Montgomery Village
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