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Restaurant lunch highlights:

Golden Buddha

Golden Buddha

Little authenticity, overcooked veggies = average lunch

By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent

Editors Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.

This was check-out-a-restaurant day for GLOB Editor Mike Sanford and myself. Our mission was the Golden Buddha Chinese restaurant close to the corner of NW 16th Ave, and NW 5th St.

Where in China is Golden Buddha, and this cuisine located? You couldn't tell what region of the People's Republic my lunch reflected.

GoldenBuddhaLOGOI've noticed this little yellow building across from my mechanic Phil at Gator Garage while dropping my truck off for repairs. Now it was time to see how the food was.

Upon entering, I noticed the lights were a bit dim for me. On the table was a fork and spoon, no chopsticks, I had to ask for those. Also missing were smiles.

There was a bottle of soy sauce on the table that was, 'made in America'. The problem with American soy in my opinion is it is too salty.

So much for cuisine authenticity.

Golden Buddha was run by an older gentleman helping with cooking, seating customers, taking lunch orders and attending to the cash register. He was assisted by an employee who was the chief cook. That prior statement might explain why smiles were missing until it was time to pay the bill.

The GLOB Master and I chose our entrees from an extensive list of $5 lunch specials.

Mike ordered the Pork and Chinese Vegetables, and I ordered the lo mein (noodles) with chicken, vegetables, brown rice and a spring roll.

For lunch starters, I had a bowl of spicy soup. The soup needed a little more spice. My lo mein tasted like it was all cooked together. The vegetables were overcooked, and the chicken was real little. I could only taste the spice the noodles were cooked in.

One thing I learned about food while living in Hawaii is that you should always taste all the ingredients that comprise the meal. There was no crunch in the vegetables, and trust me, I know vegetables. They don't need to be cooked to be good, and the Golden Buddha vegetables were overcooked.

For lo mein, the noodles should be cooked and the vegetables steamed. THEN you add them together. Mmmmm good!

That's a little something I learned from a cook in Kealakekua, Hawaii. When you cook the noodles, they'll cook the vegetables when they are added together. There's still excellent 'Chinese crunch and you don't lose the taste. And taste is what it's all about.

Maybe I was expecting more than others after living on the 'Big Island', but the food at the Golden Buddha would rate only 2 1/2 stars in my Far East grade book. My lunch was not filling, or satisfying. But for $5, it's a good meal – even if the food is not that good.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Golden Buddha:
Golden Buddha + indicators: Good soup and fried rice, excellent price
Golden Buddha - indicators: Over cooked vegetables, GB is lacking authenticity.

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Golden Buddha.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Last modified onMonday, 26 May 2014 19:32

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 372-4282
  • Address: 613 NW 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: NW 16th Avenue
  • Latitude: 29.66623
  • Longitude: -82.331254

1 comment

  • Molly
    Molly Friday, 11 February 2011 10:34 Comment Link

    +Really good lunch specials, not a place to "eat in" but delivery is good, best spring rolls in town.

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