By Brittany Llorente
VERO BEACH -- For years, Chef Lin's has been a place to go to for affordable an dinner that will delight the entire family.
No matter what you eat, prefer or crave, the bountiful buffet has something for everyone, whether it is steak, crab legs or sushi.
Chef Xiang Gan Lin, the owner and head chef, is the artist behind more than 200 dishes for dinners to choose from.
I have been going to Chef Lin's for years, each time making sure that I try something new and making sure that I hit all my favorites like the coconut shrimp, shrimp tempura rolls and crab rangoon.
To have an all you can eat sushi buffet is hard to find, let alone afford. Having the variety and ability to choose any sushi that I want and a rib-eye cut during dinner is unheard of.
But, not at Chef Lin's... You can even have the sushi chef create your favorite roll, pick and choose your own stir fry and have a scoop of ice cream to finish off your night.
Lisa Lueg is the manager of Chef Lin's and the bright and shining face that you see when you walk in.
She quickly led us to sit at our table, though almost as quickly, brought us to the buffet.
She explained all of the foods, from the cold bar, the sushi station, the dim sum area and the desserts.
I started with my usual, getting portions of the Peking duck, crab rangoon, coconut shrimp and a few sushi rolls.
The coconut shrimp is sautéed and coated in a creamy coconut sauce.
The Peking duck is tender and roasted to perfection.
On my second trip I tried the bourbon chicken, which had an excellent flavor.
I also sampled one of the dim sums, eating a meat filled noodle selection.
I had another one after that.
My companion is a lover of General Tso chicken, which he ate a generous portion of, and also had a rib-eye steak, cooked to order.
I finished my night with the almond cookies, a piece of coffee cake and a Chinese doughnut.
They also have several flavors of ice cream, including a pistachio and chocolate.
Mr. Lin's goal since opening has been to keep the prices affordable.
He does not skimp on the quality of food or on the service to customers. He believes in top quality across the board.
The service itself is excellent. The staff, all employees since the restaurant's opening, is quick and attentive, refilling drinks and clearing plates.
Ms. Lueng and Mr. Lin said that the restaurant would not be as successful as it is without the devoted customers that have kept them busy through a tough economy.
"We really want to thank everyone who has come in and eaten with us," Ms. Lueng said.
As a long time customer, I have always appreciated the happy smiles and excellent food I have come to expect from Chef Lin's.
As usual, I left full, happy and amazed at the low total on my bill.
Prices for adults are $7.45 for lunch, $11.95 for dinner and $11.95 on Sunday. For children, lunch is $4.45, $5.95 for dinner and $5.95 on Sunday.
Chef Lin's is located at 1850 US 1, Vero Beach, 32960. For more information and hours, call (772) 778-6989.