If you've ever wondered how a Chinese buffet can survive in this economy, the Great Fortune in Cockeysville might give a hint. Their answer seems to be to raise prices and lower quality. We have eaten there several times in the past and found the food average, but acceptable. On a recent vist, however, we found the place almost empty at six on a Friday night. That should have been a red flag.
The Friday night buffet came to $25 for two people, a little on the high side, but within reason. The food, however, was a disappointment, and might have been sitting there since lunch. They had coconut shrimp, but it was only lukewarm and of several different shades of light brown. The string beans managed to be both cold and overcooked, but the climax was the egg drop soup, which seemed to be not so much cooked as congealed. Globs of sludge-like yellow goo clung to the spoon and seemed to say eat at your own risk.
Great Fortune seems to be in a spiral of declining quality causing lowered patronage causing more declining quality and the serving of leftovers. I can only hope they can somehow get back to where they once were. Until then, we will wok away.
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