Min Du Buffet [Chinese Buffet]
I’ve mentioned before that Min Du Buffet on Wisconsin Ave. just west of the Wisconsin and Richmond intersection is perhaps my favorite Chinese buffet in the Valley. Min Du is not the largest, the fanciest, nor the most conveniently located of establishments, so why would I say it’s my favorite? Many reasons. It’s consistently tasty; I’ve never had an ‘off’ meal at Min Du. The staff is super friendly; the same two or three people are working every time I’ve gone in. It’s never overcrowded; even the Friday night crowd is manageable. It’s also inexpensive; about $7 per guest.
Small But Reliable Selection of Food
Min Du is a very homey type of an establishment. I’ll be straight up in saying that they can sometimes get started late and run out of certain dishes, but they will put a rush on refilling specific trays if you ask. Also, there’s no ice cream for desert, which has caused me some degree of angst, but I’ve managed to work through it. The only other downside is that Min Du’s selection isn’t the broadest. There is a small buffet bar, desert bar, and a sushi table and that’s about it. If you’re looking for the stereotypical giant Chinese buffet, you’ll have to stick with the Crazy Buffets (Menasha) and the A&A Chinese Buffets (Fond du Lac Mall) of the world. However, if you can look past the limited selection and a very occasional wait for the good stuff, it’s hard to go wrong with Min Du for a quick and reliable Chinese food fix.
Try the Black Pepper Chicken
As you can see from the picture below, I go straight for the deep fried stuff whereas my more restrained cohort Melissa started things off with a more reasonable combo of egg drop soup and sushi. That aside, on my plate you’ll find that onion rings, sugared bread, chicken, potatoes, and crab rangoon make up the bulk of my late 3:00 lunch. However, tucked away on the left side of the plate is my favorite part of heading to Min Du: the black pepper chicken. It’s a blend of chicken and mushrooms heavily steeped in mixture of black pepper and sugar. It pretty much hits all of the taste buds at the same time: sweet, savory, earthy, and… uh… chickeny? I think you know what I’m talking about.
Min Du Buffet
1000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI 54914