It seems that there is an unofficial guide to how small towns are designed. First you add in the municipal buildings (city hall, library, police and fire department etc), then you add Wal-Mart and other shops and finally you add the customary restaurants, which include Subway a Mexican restaurant and of course an Asian buffet. It may sound hilarious to many folks, but visit enough small towns and you will find that this is the prescribed pattern for how they are built. Recently this examiner found a gem of an Asian buffet in the small town of Stilwell, Oklahoma, and found that despite its size, it offered a buffet that was big on taste and innovation.
One day while this examiner was passing through Stilwell, he saw a place called Golden Garden. Since he is a big fan of Asian buffets he decided to stop on in. The restaurant itself has a decent dining room with the ability to seat at least 50-75 people. The buffet itself only has three tables set up. While that does not seem like a lot, one has to remember that it is not necessarily the size of the buffet that matters, but the items that are on it. This buffet serves the classic dishes like Beef and Broccoli, Sesame Chicken, and the usual Egg rolls and fried food (the only thing that this buffet lacked was Seafood Delight, but you can't have everything). So how does the food taste. The food itself tasted fine, and this examiner would definitely return.
Wait, did someone mention big innovation? Yes. Now for those internet savvy shoppers this will not seem like a big deal, however keep in mind that many Asian buffets are strictly mom-and-pop outfits that are lucky to even have a Facebook page. What Golden Garden has done is to set up a website complete with the ability to place online orders. Customers sign up for a free account and can then place orders for pick up and dine in (sorry folks no delivery). Another unique design is the ability to reserve a table online. This way you don't have to worry about standing around for a table.
If you are looking for an Asian Buffet then you have to look no further than your hometown. If you are looking for an Asian Buffet that stands out above the rest, than take the time to visit Stilwell and try this unique restaurant.
Golden Garden is located at 1116 N. 2nd Street Stilwell, OK 74960. 918-696-5698.
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