This type of dining, whereby customers fill their plates with raw ingredients and then hand them over to short-order cooks, is popular in many cities, including my own Kansas hometown. But it was a new concept when this Mongolian restaurant opened some years back and has been a smashing success. With an ethnic-inspired decor that includes sheep-skin-covered chairs, tribal weaponry, and rawhide lampshades, it has an all-you-can-eat buffet that lets you select fresh, raw ingredients including veggies, beef, chicken, seafood, sauces, spices, and even pizza toppings, which are then cooked and served on rice, noodles, or pizza crust. A good fix for hearty appetites on a budget.
- Beth Reiber