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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Pot's Has Bad Grammar, Good Food

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge All you can eat hot pot at The Pot's. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • All you can eat hot pot at The Pot's.

A deep love of correct grammar kept us away from The Pot's for the last few years, but we relented over the weekend as its shiny lights beckoned from the fog after the Outside Lands festival. Turns out that spelling was a bad reason to stay away from a quality all-you-can-eat hot pot experience.

There is a dizzying number of choices here. You have to choose from a dozen different broths (e.g. chicken wine, spicy miso, papaya and fish, pork bone) and then it's time to decide what to select from columns devoted to noodles, housemade meat/seafood balls and dumplings, veggies, and an intriguing "other" section that includes items like taro thread and "starch ball." Orders can be made individually or you can go for all-you-can-eat ($22.99 from Sundays through Thursdays, $24.99 on Fridays and Saturdays). The latter quickly becomes the better deal if you want more than, say, noodles and veggies in the mix.

You'll order so many ingredients that a server will pull up a portable tray to accommodate them all. There's a portable stove on your table that takes up a lot of room and keeps you nicely toasty at the same time.

Even with so many options, the restaurant's dumplings and meat/seafood balls are a highlight, as good as any dim sum you can find in the Avenues. We felt compelled to eat way past the point of being full, both to justify the price and because we didn't want to stop experiencing so many flavors. It's a good bad place for gluttons.

The Pot's 2652 Judah (at 31st Ave.), 682-7889

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