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The Real Chow Baby

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(76 Reviews)

1016 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

(404) 815-4900

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Today: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
14
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IN BUSINESS
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Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, diners club, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Home Park, Northeast Atlanta
AKA

The Chow Baby

Real Chow Baby The

Categories
Mongolian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Buffet Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free, Valet

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible, Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Cuisine: Pan Asian

Price Range : Below Average

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Services: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

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Atlanta Restaurant Market

10/21/2011

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Overall
Date Night!

Chow Baby now has date night on Thursday nights! 1 appetizer, 2 stir fry's and 1 dessert for $30. The stir fry is unlimited trips so you can fill up! $30 is a great deal for 2 people eating out!

MarkKrickus

10/02/2011

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Overall
Wow :)

This place is great! I read some of the reviews and was skeptical... but, WOW! Great food at a great price :) I'm from DC, and I know everyone there would LOVE to have a place this reasonable. I tried Ghengis Grill and hated it. This is much better.
To be honest, everytime I visit Atlanta I'm amazed at the stupid things Georgians complain about. Reality check people: Dinner is only $12 for all you can eat! Why are you expecting Ritz Carlton treatment? And, yes, you do have to pay for parking in the city... so, free valet at any restaurant like this one is worth waiting for!
Pros: Fresh, healthy food and fun place for a date
Cons: Impatient clientelle and limited patio seating

cchat555

10/01/2011

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Overall
bad customer service

We met friends we have seen in years with their children for dinner. The meal was good especially since were with children everyone was satisfied because they were able to create their meal.
After we paid for our meal and was having meaningful conversation. The manager kept coming to our table without even saying excuse me to get empty glasses, refill the soy sauce, etc. There was no one on line there were not customers waiting to be seated it was 9:30 p.m. the children were well behaved. The manager Wes then appeared with broom and started sweeping around us. We paid our bill at 9:05 p.m. (we were not eating just catching up on each others lives).
A few minutes later Wes came to the table and said "" we are going to have to ask you leave we have a couple waiting"" and clapped his hands. I walked around the restaurant and there were empty tables for large and small parties. This was rude and waitress service was less than attentive. Although, the food was good I will never go back because of the way we were treated.

alex9014

03/24/2011

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Overall
Don't Bother

Went there on a recommendation from a friend. Got there and parked across the street at the building material recycling place ($2.00). I ws not impressed with the neighborHOOD. Got it no problem after the wait staff explained the concept, we joined the line to get started. It is a build you own stir fry, the problem is that people are undeceive and this make it somewhat of a pain to get thru the line. The food was OK (had worse). as for value for $$$ not bad 12.99 less drinks.

The service was marginal at best.

Overall I would not go back, was not impressed.

d09m

02/28/2011

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Um...what happened?

I have been going to the real chow baby since 2005, so probably since it opened. When I first went it was a great time, and it was always nicely filled, but not crazy packed. But then of course people got wind of it, and by 2008 it was stupid packed for dinner. Thusly, I would not recommend going on a Sunday, because that after Church crown makes sure there's no breathing room in the restaurant.

The food is really good even though I always make the same bowl. Chow baby use to be really unique, and you could make it a wrap or a soup, but now the soup option is gone and the wrap is extra.

Lastly, I want to add that sometimes certain selections aren't available (like in my experience the Calamari) so if you are going there make sure they have your meat at the end of the line so that you know whether you even want to eat there or not.

Good luck! Oh and try Genghis grill, they have a great location in Buford and are opening one in a few days in Buckhead...I'm so excited!!

alexasmom

02/11/2011

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Overall
Good but parking garage area not safe

Food was good we enjoyed it. However, if I can be in a restaurant for 45 minutes and have my car broken into along with 2 other cars it's not worth it. They busted 3 car windows all in the same row. Nothing of real value taken but having to deal with replacing a car window is a little much. What's even worse is that a maintenance worker was in the garage and said the restaurant has been asked a number of times to install cameras and the building would connect them to their system but refused. he said the happens all the time. Police came and said the same thing it's very common. What can you do it is what it is. However, I think if the restaurant is aware there is a problem they should try and do something. I know things like this happen and there's nothing you can do about it. But when you hear it's a common problem? They really should care more about the safety. One of the other men whose car was broken into said what if we came down while they were breaking into the cars? I had my young daughters with me. There are other parking lots right around there and they have security. Just wanted to share.

SandyLinginfelter

01/17/2011

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Overall
Don't Bother

We've been looking for a Mongolian Barbeque place and were excited to hear about Chow Baby. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. There was no parking unless you wanted to wait 5 minutes for their ONE valet attendant to take your keys. Both employees at the front door were extremely rude and the place was freezing. The food was just so-so and definitely not worth the money unless you are one of those people who will stand in the 10 minute line several times and truly eat all you can eat. Good try but, next time invest the money for a decent location with room for parking and an ample number of employees to service the customers.

suezbee

10/10/2010

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Overall
Yummy yummy in my tummy

After hearing many mixed reviews from our friends and co-workers we headed out to Chow Baby this last Saturday night. I must say I understand what the fuss is all about. Our friends (though we kind of knew already) are shut-ins. They wouldn't know a good time.
GREAT music, fun servers, awesome selection of food to stir fry. We were very impressed. The crowd of people huddled around waiting to sit down somehow kinda made the experience unique. Definitely a place to take anyone wanting to kick back and have a good time. We will return... even though u dont take reservations ;)

meatrules

09/12/2010

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OK. Not Excited

I like the concept, but it is poorly executed.Too much of a chain feel. It was fresh, but just not great. Very disorganized.

Robin Gallowglass

08/22/2010

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Mixed

My girlfriend and I met some friends at The Real Chow Baby on 8/21 and I have to give it mixed reviews. The quality of the food and the prices are good, leaning towards excellent. However, the restaurant was very crowded and noisy, between the crowd and the music that they turned up the volume on in an attempt to make it audible over the crowd. This distracted us from the atmosphere, so instead of enjoying the food, we felt claustrophobic and rushed. Instead of a pleasant evening of conversation over food with friends, we ended up having to yell across a small table.

They need better traffic control on the line as well. The first time through the line, it took 20 min before we were able to put our bowls down to be cooked. The second trip was even longer, close to 45 min!!!

We also have a problem with their policy of adding an 18% gratuity based on the number of tables your party occupies, not the number of people in the party. There were 5 of us in our party at two tables (one seating 4 and one seating 2) pushed together. So when they added in the 18% gratuity because we took up 2 tables, none of us gave any additional tips. We did not feel that a party of 5 warranted that kind of policy. The service was acceptable, but not exceptional, warranting an extra tip over and above the 18% we were required to pay.

On another note, the bathrooms were disgusting. I would have rather used the porta-potty down the street at the construction site.

rbuckley12

07/20/2010

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It was a wonderful experience for me and my friends !

My friends and I were planning to have a good dining experience and we found one ! Good thing my friend Danny suggested your restaurant . It was very good experience . thank you so much ! See you soon i guess :-)

Bianca101

07/17/2010

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No longer Chow Baby. It is now called Big Chow Grill.

The restaurant is trying to be a Chow Baby dupe. Be warned, it's not. The restaurant changed overnight from The Real Chow Baby to Big Chow Grill. They claim to be ""just like Chow Baby"" but is not even close. The restaurant looks the same but the food is not even close. Waste of money.

Heath Vicrost

07/11/2010

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It's good, but we've experienced better

We dropped by to this restaurant to pacify our hungry stomachs. The first thing we noticed was the type of service this restaurant had to offer. We were not really happy with the wait staff as they were not attentive and made us wait a long time. But the food was excellent. It was thoroughly prepared. If it was not for the food, I will definitely give it 2 stars.

rainewest20

07/01/2010

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service not up to par

The line can be long but the food is good. I just had a problem with the wait staff - they were very rude and took a long time to refill our drinks. We had to keep waving to get their attention.

TheAMGroup

06/27/2010

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The Best

I had a great time enjoyed my server as well as the food this is a must attend resturant as the ratings say run daont walk you will enjoy...

RockinGordo

03/27/2010

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The worst dining experience...EVER

A friend suggested this place, and though I have tried the concept before and was not impressed, i decided to give it a try anyway. The bad treatment began immediatly upon our arrival at the restaurant. The hostess was rude and hostile. The wait staff was careless and annoyed by our being there, and the manager was an arrogant jerk. We waited forever for a table, stood in line for 45 minutes to choose our food, and then were rushed through the line and interrupted several times by waiters cutting in line. Then, we had to wait another 30 minutes to get our food cooked. To make things worst, the jerk manager kicked us out so he could flip the table before half our party was even done with their meals. He did not ask us to leave. He began clapping his hands and was yelling at us to leave. He was rude, disrespectful, and arrogant. This was a humiliating experience, the food was not very good, and the prices are outrageous for what you get. Do yourself a favor and avoid this dump like the plague.

Adam Johnson

02/23/2010

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If you don't like it, it's your own fault!

Chow Baby is one of those unique places that everyone should try at least once. The process of piling up ingredients and waiting in anticipation to find out what your creation is going to taste like is definitely the highlight. What you're bound to discover once the food arrives is there is most likely a reason you aren't an Executive Chef for an Asian fusion restaurant. But not to worry, if you screw up too bad just get back in line and follow one of the recipes posted on the wall - that is, if you don't mind waiting in line one more time.

To really enjoy Chow Baby, you've got to be in the right mindset. Don't take it too seriously, and again, be ready to wait in line.

David W.

01/28/2010

Overall
Chow Down Baby

The Real Chow Baby is always packed with a line out the door for the a-la-carte items that are steamed and cooked into your own chinese style creation.



While there seems to be a feeling the specialty drinks need to kick it up a notch, your creations leave you completely satisfied and very full.



Very lively local intown crowd. If you want a laid back atmosphere, you might want to head to another local place. Theres plenty to choose from in the Westside Area.



David Wilson, Midtown Atlanta Real Estate Agent 678-404-2852

WishYouWereHere

08/11/2009

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Overall
ro*ches replace lo mein?

My experiences at this restaurant get worse with every visit. Last time I was there I saw 3 co*kroa*hes and they weren't serving lo mein anymore. WTF???
I had to wait in the buffet line for like 20 minutes.

wic

08/03/2009

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Overall
Try another stir-fry restaurant in town

If you don't like poor services, loud music, burned food at Chow Baby, try HOT BOWL in Roswell. You'll be happy. Similar concept with all fresh ingredients. Excellent services, friendly & helpful staffs, cheaper $6.95 for lunch, $8.95 dinner, kid is $4.95 with soup & dessert included.

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