Dorothy and I recently returned to the City of Industry’s Golden Corral to indulge in their incredible buffet again. We first enjoyed Golden Corral buffets in El Paso so were thrilled to find one had located closer to us than Bakersfield or Hesperia. But we learned a lesson from the last time we ate here. Don’t go on weekends or for dinner hour unless you have lots of patience.
After enjoying a night at the Disneyland Resort, we drove over the hill from Anaheim to City of Industry specifically to arrive in early afternoon. While they were busy, they weren’t crammed like they can get on a weekend or holiday. As the Golden Corral buffet gives fantastic value for the money, it’s not surprising that they are populr. And for seniors, they even have a discount on top of their low prices.
Senior Lunch Buffet, $7.99
32 Oz fresh brewed iced tea, $2.49
Root beer, $1.99
We ordered a buffet each plus a couple beverages. Here’s a tip for people like me who love drinking fresh brewed iced tea. Pay $.50 extra to get the takeout cup. You can fill it up while in line to pay in advance for your buffets. The server will keep it refilled during your meal and again before you leave.
The Industry Golden Corral has so many choices that I’ll only cover a portion of what’s available and add comments to some of them that we ate.
- Cole slaw
- Tuna fish salad – good flavor
- A variety of fresh fruit: water melon, cantaloupe, oranges (I skipped these.)
- Salads – various lettuces and spinach, Julienne cut fresh carrot, sliced beets, raisins, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, tomatoes
- Deviled eggs
- Imitation crab seafood salad
- Carrot raisin salad
My favorites are their carrot raisin salad, broccoli salad and imitation crab seafood salad. They’ve change the recipe for the seafood salad since we had it last. We didn’t like it quite as much as previously but it is still really good. It might be that this Golden Corral served it with bigger pieces instead of shredded like it used to be. When it’s shredded, more of seafood got coated with dressing.
- Bbq (bone-in) chicken – delicious – it was thoroughly cooked while still moist; it had a delicious, sweet barbecue sauce
- Slice of pepperoni pizza – wonderful pizza with a thin crust
- Pot roast - it was tender and moist though I would have enjoyed it more had I taken some of the gravy.
- Breaded shrimp – as good as these are, they are very tiny shrimp At least the breading was just right instead of being super thick.
- Cornmeal breaded catfish – it was a nice piece of catfish with a light breading
- Cottage cheese (I didn’t have this.)
- Lasagna – Dorothy thought it was wonderful lasagna
- Fajita chicken
- Bourbon Street Chicken – this has been one of my favorite items on their buffet since we dined at Golden Corral in El Paso, Texas. The hospitality manager, Anthony, confirmed that this dish is really popular.
- Many more
- Deep fried breaded okra
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Refried beans
- Sweet corn kernels
- Cooked carrots
Golden Corral advertises their three fountains because they are very popular with diners of all ages though we saw children really fascinated with it.
- White Chocolate Falls – Dorothy didn’t find much chocolate flavor in the white chocolate; it tasted of sugar only.
- Butterscotch Falls
- Chocolate Wonderfall – Dorothy pointed out that the chocolate doesn’t dry and harden like the chocolate used to dip soft serve ice cream. We figure that it has to be more watered down so as to keep flowing through the fountain. Otherwise, Dorothy found she liked the chocolate best.
Treats to dip in the falls
- Rice Krispies Treats
Coconut macaroons – delightful cookies
Christmas tree sugar cookies
Various pies and baked goods
Ice Cream and Sherbets
- Butter pecan ice cream – I loved my scoop. It reminded me of Thrifty’s butter pecan ice cream, which I used to love.
- Mint chocolate chip ice cream – Dorothy found the teeny bits of chocolate in the mint ice cream delightful.
- Vanilla ice cream with butterscotch and chocolate sauce
I just wanted to give you a flavor of the items on their buffet. I doubt I covered 1/3 of the selections available. I recall Chinese dishes and Mexican dishes I didn’t mention. On the lunch buffet, I didn’t recall anything at the carving stations. But when we’ve been there for dinner, I’ve seen steak, ham and roast turkey being sliced and served.
When you want to experience an awesome selection of dishes to choose from, the City of Industry Golden Corral is worth the drive over the hill from Anaheim or anywhere in north Orange County. The food is really good and the staff works constantly to ensure you are satisfied. However, it is a really popular restaurant so try to go at a non-peak time.
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Golden Corral #2597
17635 Castleton Street
City of Industry, CA 91748
Golden Corral Website
- Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 14.8 miles via S. Harbor /22.0 miles by CA-57 N
- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 14.3 miles via S. Harbor /21.9 miles by CA-57 N
- You’ll have to call the restaurant as the Golden Corral website doesn’t list hours.
- America with various ethnic dishes