A daily struggle for me is figuring out where to go for lunch.
Working through this usually requires a run through of Baytown’s vast cuisine Rolodex.
Since the city offers everything from Asian, Indian, Tex-Mex, Italian and American cuisine, to name a few, the decision can be a difficult one to make.
But on Monday I had an epiphany that led me to Hibachi Grill and Buffet. This brilliant idea allowed me to feed my cravings all at once.
When I arrived I was seated promptly and ordered a glass of iced tea. After my server showed me where I would be chowing down, I followed step one of the unwritten rules of buffet-ing and did a full sweep.
Lo Mein and spring rolls immediately caught my eye, and after a proper rundown, I grabbed a plate and embarked on the food hunt.
With Lo Mein and spring rolls sitting pretty on my plate, I gave myself very generous portions of spicy Hibachi chicken. Steamed broccoli was a last minute addition before I went back to my seat where tea awaited.
The spicy chicken was succulent and sweet, not terribly spicy, and I would recommend it to anyone.
The chicken spring roll was crispy, steaming hot and downright delicious. With my side of broccoli and Lo Mein, I had a great balance of food.
Once it was gone, I removed my fork and returned the buffet for more and I grabbed some General Tso’s Chicken, barbecue beef balls and sautéed green beans.
After polishing off plate No. 2, I had to focus my efforts on dessert.
To be honest, my favorite dessert there are the cookies that are similar to sugar cookies, which I loaded up on. I also got some banana pudding and orange slices.
After plate No. 3, which satisfied my sweet tooth, I was ready for a nap — an indicator of a successful food outing.
If you have trouble deciding what to eat, always consider Hibachi because it never disappoints.
And anytime you visit a buffet, follow these guidelines to maximize the visit:
• Always do a full sweep of the restaurant before picking up any food
• Avoid carbs—they will only fill you up
• Avoid sugary drinks. Those are just extra calories you could be using for actual food.
• Don’t forget about dessert.
• And just accept that you may be in a food coma afterward, you can always workout tomorrow.
Hibachi also offers a buffet on the go, which is $4.99 per pound.
The Hibachi Grill is located at 3703 Garth Road. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.
Christopher James is a reporter for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at email@example.com.