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Saturday September 23rd 2017

Garcia’s Brings Their Mexican Tradition to Cache Road

I had decided that I was going to check out Garcia’s Mexican Buffet, but every time I drove by there was no one in the parking lot.  This didn’t give me the best confidence that this place would be any good.  Boy was I wrong!

When I pulled into the parking lot, mine was the only other vehicle.  But, I was going to be brave and give them a shot.  The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the sign on the door that read, “All You Can Eat Buffet – $8.99 or $4.99 per pound”.  I walked through the second set of doors, and was immediately greeted and shown to my table.

While I waited for my soda to arrive, I looked around the dining room.  It appeared that the new owners had given it a facelift so that I couldn’t recognize that Asian cuisine had been served previously.  Bright colors on the booths and walls made for a nice dining environment.  The seating arrangement looked to have ten or so tables and about the same number of booths.  Running down the middle of the dining room is a buffet which was doing its job filling the restaurant with delicious smells of Mexican food.

When my drink arrived, the server told me that I could help myself.  On my way to the buffet, I walked past an ice cream machine with vanilla, chocolate and twist flavors.  At one end of the buffet there were desserts – I knew that I would have to try the blueberry banana pudding.  As I arrived to the middle of the buffet, there were several fried options to choose from.  Here is where I found the sopaipillas along with taquitos, quesadillas, chile relleno, tortilla chips and taco shells.  On the warming end of the buffet, I hit the jackpot.  There were soups of different kinds – one had fish and looked pretty spicy, the other had shrimp and was delicious.  There were two types of beef enchiladas, two types of chicken enchiladas, and five types of cheese enchiladas.  It was then that I realized my plate was too small.

Everything that I tried was delicious.  Not too spicy, just right actually.  The food from the warming end of the buffet was perfectly seasoned – I didn’t even use salt.  I tried to get a little bit of everything so that I could see if their food was good across the board.  I was pleasantly satisfied.

On the second trip, I tried the pork tamales, so I could report back to my mom – they’re great, by the way; I also tried their fajita mix which was made with beef and chicken along with the usual bell peppers and onions.  I tried a little scoop of the taco meat and found that it had just the right amount of seasoning, it wasn’t dried out, and there wasn’t an over abundance of grease.  The queso was pretty near perfect, too.  There were taco toppings available as well as jalepenos and guacamole.  I had a great dinner, with a large Diet Pepsi and my total was less than $10.  It appears that your drink is included in the price of the buffet.  When you consider what other restaurants are charging for a soda, the price of this all-you-can-eat buffet is very reasonable.

By the time I was leaving there were several other patrons dining at Garcia’s.  I was glad to see that.  It’s hard on any new business starting out, but I found something out that might interest you:  Before they opened Garcia’s Mexican Buffet, the owners ran Ay Mamacita Mexican Restaurant & Bar on Sheridan.  Give Garcia’s a chance and I’m sure that you’ll be a new fan.  I know I am.  – MAT

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