Asiana Grand Buffet is tops in WNC when it comes to piles of kung pao chicken and heaps of hunan pork.
Perhaps it's the sheer variety of food that's featured on that admittedly grand-in-size buffet that draws you. There's sushi galore, lo mein and fried rice in quantities to make Dr. Atkins roll over twice in his grave.
And there's this: according to Asiana's website, the restaurant was inducted into the Chinese Restaurant News Top 100 in the U.S. for their buffet.
Xpress found part-owner Steven Ar at Asiana south and asked how he felt about the restaurant winning top honors. "It's a big compliment," he says, noting that the wide variety the restaurant offers, the price and "unbeatable service" were the keys to Asiana's victory.
Perhaps the spectacle of the place helps, too: the south location seats about 400, says Ar, and the buffet features anywhere from 100 to 125 selections.
"We have a big sushi buffet with 24 different items. We have a mixed variety of Asian stuff, like the Thai barbecue grill and the teppanyaki grill where you come in and order your meat and vegetable and we cook it to your liking."
Ar also says there's an entire bar set aside for the buffet-goer in training with kid-friendly fare like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.
— Mackensy Lunsford