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Anne, JM, John, Nichole and the kid ate the buffet.
The bill was $10/person, plus tip.
JM gave Journey Sushi & Seafood Buffet a C; Anne, John and Nichole gave Journey Sushi & Seafood Buffet a C- (see our grading rubric).
Buffets in Madison tend to be in mostly the same class. Some are a little more clean, others scary, still others tend to remind us of better places. The Journey, located in the old Damon's by the east side Target, was a little of all three.
First, though, Journey is popular and almost inexplicably so. With the closure of China Buffet on East Washington, this may be due to the lack of East side buffets Chinese (though QQ still exists [edit: nope]). The place is a barn, and yet when we were there for a Saturday lunch, lots of tables were full.
The food was decidely just OK. There were lots and lots of varied dishes, and bubbling water underneath the steam tables conveyed freshness, but the food never did. Some tasted old and some tasted a little underdone. No dish out of the more than three dozen we tried was something that we wanted to share with someone else or recommend to someone on another trip around.
It did have some unqiue stuff, like whole flounder and other fish, and did have lots of sushi rolls constantly being refreshed by guys behind glass. But nothing was really drool-worthy.
The price is, as they say, right and the place doesn't give off the dank vibe Jade Garden did back in 2007. But still, there's better version of each of these things less than 5 miles away in any direction. Just not all under one roof.