Seafood Hokkaido Buffet, 5900 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Baileys Crossroads, VA, 703-845-0888 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Yelp]
Huge, cavernous, and culturally unidentifiable despite the Japanese name. They serve sushi, kimchee, 1950s style cafeteria food with roast beef and jello, dim sum, crab, salt and pepper frog legs, ice cream, something resembling Texas barbecue, and much much more. $18.95 a pop, $11.95 for lunch, with cheap drinks. It’s packed and it mixes immigrants from all over the world. Too bad none of it tastes good, but for people-watching it is A+ and the place is a fun concept to think about. Of what I sampled, the crab was best.