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“Great value”
Review of Cara Mongolian Bar-B-Que - CLOSED

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Cara Mongolian Bar-B-Que
Cuisines: Chinese, Mongolian
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Takeout
Springfield, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great value”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

You don't see a huge amount of traffic into this place, which can be misleading. The restaurant is larger than it needs to be so it appears rather empty at times. Also, the lighting is darker than most places, so the atmosphere tends to give off that gloomy feeling. However, the selection of food is really good. When you go through the buffet you can choose from three sizes of bowls and you fill any of them up as much as possible for one price. Its all cooked on a huge grill with your choice of sauces. The fresh mushrooms, the beef, the chicken, the shrimp, are all available in big quantities. It is truly one of the most unique and plentiful buffets I've ever seen. Soup and rice are brought to your table along with a drink. If its your first time, be sure and ask about pricing per bowl, and how to proceed through the line. They'll happily explain the process to you. I've always tipped the cooks, but it isn't required. At the end of the buffet line, they give you some recommended combinations of sauces. I would recommend following those closely. It really makes a difference in the taste. I've tried concocting my own blend, but it never tastes as good as the recipe they recommend for you. I've been there about a half dozen times and have always enjoyed the experience.

  • Visited June 2012
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English first
Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Excellent fresh food buffet”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

This is a food bar buffet that you visit, once, and then it's stir-fried on the grill. I love that you customize your meal.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank waterbearer69
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“Awesome!”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

One of the best restaurants that I have ever eaten at! The food was fresh, delicious and well-prepared.

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Park Forest, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not bad”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

It was pretty good, but not spectacular. The food was tasty, but overly fresh, we felt.

Visited April 2012
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Auburn, IL
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

I have never seen a restaurant like this anywhere. It probanly has a 30 foot bar of fresh meats, vegetables etc that you pile into bowls. At the end of the bar there are probably a dozen different sauces you can pick from to add to your bowl. You know exactly what you are eating because you put it in your bowl. then it is cooked in front of you on a giant round grill. it also comes with a bowl of soup and a bowl of white, or fried rice. One of my favorite restaurants in Springfield. We eat there at least every other month. The prices are very reasonable too.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank Chris L
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