J.D. China Restaurant

Fayetteville restaurant has drive-thru, buffet and private party rooms

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 6 a.m.

Owned and operated as a family restaurant since 1985, J.D. China has hosted many generations of families throughout its nearly 30 years. The restaurant is known for consistent, quality Chinese and American fare and provides seating for up to 250 guests.

There are two banquet rooms that can be reserved for private parties. One of the rooms can accommodate about 60 guests, the other holds up to 75.

Daily Specials

$7.39

Includes 1 egg roll and

3 pieces of crab ragoon

Chicken Broccoli

Beef Broccoli

Kon-Pau Chicken

Spicy Chicken

Shrimp Fried Rice

House Fried Rice

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Fried Rice

Sesame Chicken

Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken

Spicy Beef

LOCATION: 1740 W. Sixth St., Fayetteville

PHONE: (479) 442-5875

website: jdchinarestaurant.com

NICE TO KNOW: Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. All-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffet. Daily lunch specials served with egg roll and three crab rangoon. Dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru. Two banquet rooms for private parties. Full menu available. Open 7 days a week.

Guests that reserve the rooms typically eat off the buffet, however menu offerings and special request items are available, said co-owner Jennifer Lee.

The restaurant attracts a variety of parties, including wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, largely because of the quality, selection and price. Anyone planning a wedding knows how expensive it can be, but at J.D. China the buffet is priced at less than $10 a person.

"For the selection with so many choices and around $10 per person -- it's nearly impossible to find that anywhere else," Lee said.

The combination of quality and convenience is the cornerstone at the restaurant.

"Everything is freshly cooked -- not heated in a microwave," Lee said.

From the buffet line to the drive-thru window, all food is prepared and cooked in the on-site kitchen. The efficiency of the kitchen is one reason that J.D. China can manage a drive-thru lane, two banquet rooms and the bistro seating of the main dining room.

For customers who want even faster service, call-ahead orders are welcome and can be picked up easily at a designated time.

"That is especially helpful between 6 and 8:30 p.m.," Lee said.

The buffet occupies the center of the restaurant and provides four hot tables and two cold tables. Items are replenished frequently and offerings include seafood, sushi, vegetarian and a wide array of dishes from Moo Goo Gai-Pan to banana pudding.

There are familiar dishes such as General Tso's chicken, beef and broccoli, fried rice and noodles. The buffet also presents several specialty offerings, including tempura chicken with peanut sauce, braised brisket, fragrant chicken and seafood feast.

Desserts include flan, banana pudding, sugar puffs, Jello and rich, raspberry chocolate chunk soft ice cream.

A variety of condiments and accompaniments, from kimchi to cocktail sauce, is also included.

Although the buffet is popular and convenient, J.D. China has a long list of menu items that are cooked to order.

Customers often select a menu item because they prefer it "hot from the wok," Lee said.

The dinner menu boasts specialty items such as the baby-back ribs, crispy duck served with pancakes and pepper-salt jumbo shrimp.

The baby-back ribs are marinated and coated, both crispy and tender, and served with rice, green onions and sweet peppers.

The duck is marinated and deep-fried, served with Chinese pancakes, plum sauce and steamed vegetables.

The jumbo shrimp specialty is seasoned with salt and pepper, fried until crispy and served shell-on with rice and green onions.

Diners should allow up to 25 minutes for made-to-order preparation of the specialty dishes.

"Even the daily special is cooked to order," Lee said. "It is not fast food, but it is cooked at a high temperature so it is quick."

The daily specials are a dozen or more popular Chinese dishes served with an egg roll and three crab ragoon for $7.39.

Repeat customers are rewarded by a coupon loyalty program.

"We give the customer a coupon each time they pick up food in the drive-thru. With six coupons, they get a free meal," Lee said.

J.D. China is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

More information is available by calling (479) 442-5875 or online at jdchinarestaurant.com.

NAN Dining Guide Cover on 06/27/2014

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