11920 Metcalf, Overland Park | joywokkc.com
More is more at the Joy Wok, a giant suburban dining room decked out with every possible design element: faux-crystal chandeliers, etched-glass panels, mounted fish, silk-flower arrangements, hanging banners, and miles of polished brass tubing. The lavishly set buffet tables take the same cues from the interior design: lots of color, texture and cultural references. If you need to eat again three days after completing a meal at Joy Wok, it's your own damn fault. There are more than a dozen different kinds of sushi, two kinds of soup, pot stickers, egg rolls and crab Rangoon, and all of the top-40 Chinese-buffet hits, including General Tso's chicken, Mongolian beef, clams in black-bean sauce, "Hawaii" chicken, twice-cooked pork. Nowhere in sight are the more trashy choices filling up some rival buffets (pizza, taquitos, Jell-O cubes). The dessert bar has an array of lovely fresh fruit, but most patrons prefer the soft-serve ice cream.