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Chow Town Grill & Buffet

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1668 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL
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Description: Just opened last week-end. Next to TJ Max & Home Goods American...
Just opened last week-end. Next to TJ Max & Home Goods American, Chinese, Sushi Bar.etc. Full choice buffet
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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The Mongolian BBQ sets it apart

Overall Chow Town is just what it sounds like: A big buffet that has a wide selection of foods. Overall it's a pretty good place; the food quality is better than the average buffet, and their selection is good. The real gem though is the mini-Mongolian BBQ in the back by the Sushi bar. Here you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2014
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Overall Chow Town is just what it sounds like: A big buffet that has a wide selection of foods. Overall it's a pretty good place; the food quality is better than the average buffet, and their selection is good. The real gem though is the mini-Mongolian BBQ in the back by the Sushi bar. Here you can put together the... More 

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Alabaster, Alabama
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Don't go after 8PM or EVER I'd say after my experience. The service was awful from the get-go. The rude hostess was more concerned about letting us know what time they were going to close than anything else. The hostess also refused to let me pick the seat I wanted. They rushed us in the door and also out the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I went to Chow Town tonight to get some dinner. It was father's day and they were offering Lobster as a special. It was considerably more expensive than usual and after I decided I would stay and eat, they ran out of Lobster. I finished my dinner and then got up to pay. Considering that I was paying more for... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Love this for large group & kids. Something to eat for everyone & all is VERY, VERY good. Love the grill area to get exactly what you want, but that's not hard to find in the large variety of items on the buffet. Always clean, friendly, polite & drink refills just keep on coming. Lunch, dinner or late evening, try... More 

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Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The worst Chinese buffet food that I have ever had! My first visit was tonight, and it will definitely be the last! Food was lukewarm; the only positive thing about this whole dining experience was the sushi--not bad. What really started the visit off wrong is the following: An extremely rude manager(I assume that's who he was) I arrived at... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Chow Town is not worth it. For the first time ever I'm taking the time to write a review in the hopes of preventing others from having the same terrible experience that I had. Don't be fooled by the pictures on the website or the fake comments probably made by the employees. The food was horrible, the service was rude.... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

In Birminham it is on eof the better chinese buffets, but they are pretty much the same. The low cost is a big factor in attracting customers and they have a good array of chinese food with about average taste for this type of buffet. Their sushi selection has dwindled some but still a good spot to start. And as... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Me and my 1 year old Son went there to eat for lunch, The Crew Asked me what to Drink and I said " 1 glass of water and 1 Soda" , we start and eat after a while Chinese Crew inform me that " they are not going to refill my soda drink, because my son taste my soda... More 

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Alabama
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I LOVE Chinese food. I LOVE sushi. I LOVE chinese style veggies. And I LOVE buffets! Too bad. Chowtown is pretty new and was a major disappointment. Thre are plenty of quite good Asian restaurants in this area (including a local storefront that serves authentic, real Chinese food), so don't bother to try this one. I am still trying to... More 

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Hoover
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84 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

One good one poor--you would think the Hoover one would be the same--its not--bland food--One item I will mention as I love Hot and Sour soup--spicy and good in Irondale (close to work) Hoover close to home--its bland and blah--2 tries for Hoover--will never go back. Will recommend the Irondale/Crestwood location especially after 4pm for dinner

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1668 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Hoover

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Just opened last week-end. Next to TJ Max & Home Goods American, Chinese, Sushi Bar.etc. Full choice buffet

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