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Tokyo Seafood Buffet features plenty of choices

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

(May 22, 2015) Tokyo Seafood Buffet on 131st Street opened last Tuesday, featuring numerous items to choose from, happy hour all day and grand opening prices too good to pass up.

Diners have almost a dozen categories of food options, including barbecue, soup, salad, dessert, ice cream, a selection of sushi, but the crown jewel is the assortment of seafood including a raw bar, steamed blue and snow crabs, oysters and steamed shrimp. 

Included in the price of the buffet, employees behind a Teppanyaki grill will cook crab, shrimp, New York strip steak, peppers, mushrooms, chicken, calamari, onions and more to order.

“Everything is so fresh and it’s not a usual buffet,” said general manager, Jie Lin. “There is so much to choose from for everybody and we have the best chef from New York [Jack Chen] who has worked in five star restaurants.”

Take-out will be available for about $8.99 a pound with the buffet costing $18.95 on weekdays and $19.95 on weekends and holidays.

“We don’t know when they will change [the prices], hurry up and get in here, the food and quality is so good,” Lin said.

Tokyo Seafood Buffet opened its doors last Tuesday and had a decent opening weekend with the cruisers in town for Cruisin’ Ocean City.

“We didn’t see anything like this around here and thought, beautiful city, we need a beautiful restaurant like that here,” Lin added.

At the bar, happy hour is offered all day, every day with $4 house wines, $3 house liquors, $5 martinis and $4 margaritas. Bud Light, Bud, Bud Light Lime, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra and Miller Light bottles are $2.50 and selected drafts cost $2.

Happy hour food includes raw bar selections and $5 appetizers with choices including chicken wings, shrimp egg rolls and stuffed mushrooms.

The property is 15,000 square feet and seats 400 people, Lin said.

Tokyo Seafood Buffet took over the former JR Ribs property on 131st Street in March and plans to stay open year round if Ocean City residents continue to dine throughout the off-season.

The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 2-11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12-11 p.m.

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