Writing about Chou's Buffet made me remember one of Columbia's better Chinese restaurants called Peking. It was located about half way down the East side of Ninth St. and it served many wonderful and tasty Chinese dishes. You paid more for the quality of the food but I feel you got your money's worth compared to the buffet type restaurants. Even though they have reopened I still feel it deserves a place in my blog.
Once you walked in the door you noticed all the red and gold colors that was everywhere. The Chinese find these colors very auspicious as they bring "luck" and "wealth" so they use them whenever possible. One of my coworkers Mary C. remembered the place as "elegant" and for Columbia I believe that to be true. The dining area was spacious and I believe I remember stairs in back that went up to a private party area.
But thinking about the food I hit a wall, I cannot remember anything outstanding that otherwise blew my mind. I do remember paying more for what I felt was less (remember I love buffets) but I do not have any bad remembrances of their food. Peking closed for reasons unknown to me but reopened some years later in a much, much smaller location on Green Meadows Rd. As much as I hate going to South Columbia, I will make a trip to eat there at this new location. Some of the same decor of the Ninth St. location is there and the owners are nice. The food is excellent so if anyone gets a chance give it a try. Until next time.