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“A Tale of Two Restaurants”

Mandarin House Chinese
Ranked #27 of 119 Restaurants in Opelika
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We have a standing joke that started with an old Checkers commercial from a few years back, wherein the semi-popular eatery highlighted the rivalry between the crews that manned their right-and-left side drive thrus. Ever since then, "Left or right side drive thru" has become shorthand for comments pertaining to the duality of some institution. One such place is M-House. The right side drive thru is generally frequented by broke college kids, belly-busters, and young families with children of less-discriminating tastes who desire a dining experience "closer to the fishies." It's all you'd expect of a lo-cost Chinese buffet: fried stuff, American stuff nobody likes, a few Chinese and Thai dishes, and weird syrup-y canned fruit, or when it's in an unnatural hue, froot.

As he has in a number of places around town, our own Junior Musclechest has earned himself the dread Lifetime Ban from the right-side drive thru and I'm unclear as to whether this applies to the left side as well. He claims that this one was not his fault- He reached for something and the tabletop, not well-secured, hurtled through space. The right side booths take a lot of abuse. And cannon-balling. Stick to the left side, which is a classy, old-Asian style of place with very acceptable grub. If you are buffet-inclined, there are better options nearby.

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Thank Flex M
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Had dinner here on a Saturday with spouse for first time in several years. My good memories were really tested. He chose the chinese buffet, where the chicken (in several presentations) was overcooked/dried out) and egg rolls greasy. I chose sushi (2 rolls) and while presentation was lovely, the fake seafood filling (crab?, was supposed to be snow crab) was way too salty, and my wasabi looked and had the texture of an old eraser. And the prices were too high for the quality now. The decor has also seen better days--peeling paint, wobbly tables, worn flooring. This was the best chinese restaurant years ago; I will not return now.

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1  Thank knittermom
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Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

This place is the dank! Don't be cheap. The people that complain about this place eat on the buffet side for $9.99.

Fresh food cooked by someone who cares and the very best service in Opelika/Auburn. Owner always ensures the highest standards in food prep and quality.

1  Thank Wurlitzer420
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Established resturant near the Opelika/ Auburn line. Very good buffet , can order off Menu for more authentic Asian cuisine , Sushi bar also. Great family owner/ operators.

Thank Keithowen
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The restaurant was clean & staff was pleasant. The buffet was extremely limited and they did not replenish the buffet when the food went down so you had nearly nothing in the pans. The food was cold and had no taste. It was not worth the $10.95 we paid for our meal. The restrooms needed to be modernized and cleaned up.

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Thank SLACR4
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