Restaurant Name: Great Wall
Location:700 Sagamore Pkwy N Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: (765) 447-0606
Review: A Lafayette Eats reader pointed out that the Saturday buffet at Great Wall was not to be missed, so today I made a point to go out and test it out. I was not disappointed. Great Wall is on the east side on Sagamore Parkway. It’s not a big place, but when we pulled into the parking lot it was hopping. The lot was nearly full.
We found a spot and went in and were immediately greeted and seated. We ordered water and hot tea and then headed to the buffet. It was crazy. But crazy in a good way. The restaurant was crammed with people, going every direction around the buffet. There were four different “stations” for lack of a better word. Three were normal buffet type tables with heating elements keeping the food warm. Then there was another table in the back, just a long rectangular table, filled with cold dishes.
There were of course your standard Chinese/American type dishes. Egg rolls, soup, chicken with broccoli, fried rice. Then if you were a little more adventurous there were choices such as pig knuckles, pig ears, and tripe. I can say that I’ve honestly never seen those choices on a Chinese buffet before.
I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater, willing to try most things, but I couldn’t get past the pig knuckles. My husband had no such issues, and dove in with gusto. His report was that all of it was very good, though the pig ears were a bit chewy for his taste.
All the food I tried was really good, I especially liked the honey chicken, which is not something I’ve seen on a Chinese buffet before. The fried rice was very good too. For some reason, I notice that often the fried rice from Chinese buffets is neon yellow. I don’t know why that is, but the fried rice at Great Wall was actually brown, which I think is what color it is supposed to be.
It was really busy, but the food was really good, with interesting choices. I give it a definite thumbs up.
Kid friendly: Yes, if your kids will eat Chinese food. There were children eating there.
Price Range: Just under $17 for two buffets and a pot of hot tea.