I'm nervous that the folks in Springfield Illnois need to get out more because this place needs to be visited by the State Health Department STAT. I was in Springfield on business and when I saw Mongolian BBQ I jumped because it's one of my favorite foods and so hard to find! But wow, this place is scary. I feel that once this place did a bunch of business and somewhere along the way it lost itself. The sign is falling apart, which was the first red flag. The tables and chairs are out of date by at least 10 years, another red flag. Only a few lights were on, and those over the buffet were not and that is alarming - and the lights were not only old they were dirty and I am guessing having been cleaned in years - gross. And they are not on I am guessing to save electricity because as soon as they start cooking on the grill it got so hot I was sweating while I ate - I am guessing they keep the aircon mostly off to save money as well which is also very alarming since it's a buffet?!?! And it doesn' stop there...they offer beers but were out of everything. The waitress took us over to a very sorry and sad beer and wine cooler which was on its last legs that had mostly American beers and cheap wine. But the worse case was the actual food on the buffet - my gosh the ONLY reason i stayed was because I was with a colleague who didn't seem bothered and I didn't want to go anywhere else because we were tired and I figured the hot grill would burn off any stuff on the food. The food was kept in the bins in the buffet for way too long, most of it was sitting in its own juice and looked really not fresh - the sprouts were so not fresh they were sprouting, gross! The water chestnuts were brownish, clearly out way over their limit, the vegetables were soggy, limp and overall scary. The only thing that looked ok was the freeze dried meat and even that was not kept at the right temperature - because some of it was already not frozen - yuk. And the plastic bowls were sticky and stained! I tried a few and all were the same - this was the ultimate is grossness, they have not been replaced in I dont know how long and they clearly must be harboring something I am sure the health department would find if tested. And because they kept all the lights off, it was dank and dirty and dreary at the buffet. On top of it all after it was cooked even with the sauces, my bowl had no taste...I am guessing because everything I put in it was days maybe weeks old....stay away, not worth the money no matter how good the value might seem.
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