Best Mexican Buffet - 2011
Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet
The buffet at this Mexican restaurant is a spectacular parade of chafing dishes swelled with just about every Mexican dish under the blazing sun: barbacoa; menudo; posole, one with pork, the other with shrimp; ceviche de pescado; tacos dorados; tinga de pollo; fried fish; enchiladas de roja and verde; fish and shrimp soup; costilla de puerco; nopalitos; a half-dozen salsas. At least three, maybe four dozen items vie for your attention, and they're all stupid-good. It could take weeks to eat your way through all of the opportunities, which means only one thing: Start now. And finish with the pig-snout tacos, succulent and salty (and thankfully devoid of nostril hairs), scattered with diced onions, cilantro and splashes of tomatillo salsa.
Holy crap! Where has this place been hiding all my life? Great food - and I'd recommend going during the busy mealtimes if you want the freshest possible, but it is more crowded, so sometimes the off times have their advantage. If you're an anglo non Spanish speaker, like me, and you go on a Sunday, just learn how to say "Excuse me" in Spanish*. It can get a bit packed. But then again, that's how you know it's good, in case your taste buds are on vacation.
*con permiso (cone-pair-me-so)