Parma, OH

This Buffet in Parma, Ohio Remains as Great as Ever

Isla Chiu

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I love buffets (perhaps a little too much if you ask my dentist and doctor).

During the pandemic, I saw too many great local restaurants close their doors, and I worry about the future of some of my favorite places. I especially worry about the future of my favorite buffets, which the pandemic has been especially unkind toward.

Fortunately, Kumo Japanese Seafood Buffet, one of my favorite places, is still open and, as I saw on a recent visit, still offers unlimited amounts of great food.

The other week, I went to Kumo with a friend and got the dinner buffet. Due to these trying times, the food selection was slightly smaller than in pre-pandemic days, but I still saw many of my favorites: lo mein, mussels, clams, spicy tuna rolls, and of course, those crab legs.

The seafood was as fresh and delicious as ever. I filled up on a ridiculous amount of clams, mussels, sushi, and of course, those crab legs.

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But if you don't care for seafood, Kumo has great non-seafood dishes as well. I stuffed myself with their vegetable lo mein, which was just as good as any Chinese takeout place and better than the noodles you get from food courts at malls; mango chicken, which was a tasty mix of sweet and savory; Chinese donuts covered in sugar; pot-stickers; plantains, et cetera.

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Although I was beyond satiated with savory food, I, of course, had to have dessert. I had a scoop of mint chocolate chip and a scoop of superman ice cream (so what if I'm a little thing called lactose-intolerant and too cheap to buy Lactaid pills? By the way, Lactaid, I'm open for sponsorships! Call me, maybe?), a slice of a Japanese-style cheesecake, and cream puffs.

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I should have stopped there, but I couldn't resist going back for a few more pieces of sushi.

Not only is the food at Kumo still great, but the staff at the restaurant remain friendly and attentive as well. My glass of water was refilled often, and our empty plates were frequently cleared away.

If you're hungry and you feel like eating a lot, you can't go wrong with this place.

Kumo is located at 1975 Snow Rd, Cleveland, OH 44134.

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