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“Wok away” 2 of 5 stars
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Great Fortune Buffet Rstnt
10026 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 683-6200
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Easton, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Wok away”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

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.
We didnt.
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.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Don't stop!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

It was one of the worst I have ever had. It was the middle of the afternoon and it was not busy. Food did not have much of a taste and it didn't seem fresh. I will not be going there again.

Visited July 2012
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Parkton, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“This place has gone downhill”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We used to eat here a lot. initially the food was quite good for a buffet. There was a wide variety of Chinese stir fry foods, simple sushi and some simple dim sum. There was also a vegetable and fruit section of the buffet. I particularly liked their fresh orange wedges. When we went with the whole family the wide selection enabled everyone to get things that they liked. They have a variety of desert items including soft ice cream and little pastries. You could eat healthy items or sugary fatty items depending on your choices.

However, over the years, this restaurant started to cut corners. They did not refresh the hot items as often and so they could be tired and limp. Once we found a large cockroach in my son's Sprite. If the drink had not been clear, he might have swallowed the thing. When we showed them the roach in the drink (It was near the botton of the drink) they simply replaced the drink and did not offer us even a partial refund. We did not go for a while after that but later we decided to return. That time some of the beef had an "off" taste that made me wonder about the freshness of the meat. I dumped that plate and told my kids not to eat any of the beef. After that I stopped going there because I worried about whether the food was safe to eat.

Visited July 2011
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Boca Raton, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Nothing spectacular here, average to below average chinese buffet. Not a lot of items, but they have the classics. Quick and easy for lunch. Service is very good.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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