I'm not really a big fan of all-you-can-eat Asian buffets. For one thing, the food is usually pretty ordinary and for another, I don't really like to gorge myself when I eat...not even when it's "all you can eat." It never fails to amaze me how the human land yachts at AYCE buffets insist on getting enormously-piled plates for each trip up to the steam tables. I mean, what the hell? You can take as many trips up to the trough as you want - is it really necessary to take eight pounds of crab legs at a time? Oink-feckin'-oink, dude.
But enough of that tangent. What I really want to write about is how awesome the seafood is at the buffets around here. When I get a jones for oysters or clams on the half shell and don't want to spend a bundle to satisfy it, I go to one of the nearby Asian buffets. They all have very-good-or-better cherrystones and oysters (sometimes on the small side, but that's okay with me. When I eat an oyster, I don't want to feel like I'm swallowing a baby.) And peel-and-eat shrimp. And fried shrimp, and a couple of kinds of fish, and various squid dishes and preparations, and on and on. I'm perfectly happy to leave the average-quality lo mein, fried rice, and various incarnations of teriyaki alone and concentrate on the briny goodies.
Except for the aforementioned crab legs. I don't know what it is about snow crab legs that is such a magnet for gluttons but hey, if a pan of crab legs will draw 'em off the rest of the buffet then cool.