When the word “buffet” is uttered, most foodie types cringe. Buffets conjure up memories of poorly prepared foods cooked hours in advance and kept warm with bright heat lamps shining on the dish (which ultimately dries the meats or poultry out – to the point of it being inedible.) So when a friend suggested I try a mediterranean buffet near the neighborhood I grew up in, I was reluctant to say the least.
Capers Mediterranean Buffet & Bistro is located at the corner of 63rd & Meridian, a location that – my entire childhood – was a Catfish Cabin. Upon entering, I found the restaurant very clean and inviting. The decor is minimal but bright and cheerful. Like many buffets, the cashier will ring up your tab before you are seated. A server will escort you to a table where you will get your first eye on the buffet. This is NOT your ordinary buffet.
The start of the buffet is like appetizer central. It begins with a large pan of fresh hummus, followed by several salads, including Fettouch (chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and fried pita bread pieces dressed with a garlic vinaigrette- SO GOOD), tabbouleh, and couscous. All are fresh and flavorful – a perfect start to the meal. Also available are Baba Ghanoush and dolma (stuffed grape leaves).
It’s almost impossible to decide on a single main dish. The options are so varied and every one of them look appetizing, so you are forced to choose. Gyro meat is an easy initial option, but skip that and head straight for the baked tilapia or braised beef. I also enjoy the chicken thighs in a lemon sauce. If you’re a little less adventurous (or have small children) they do serve chicken kabobs or fried catfish (on certain days) that is perfect. Daily specials include Lamb Meatballs (which are AMAZING – and served on Fridays) and Egglpant Parmesan (perfect for vegetarians – served on Sundays).
The great thing about this restaurant is you can find something for everyone – and the price is VERY reasonable. Lunch is $8.99 and dinner is $11.99 for all you can eat. And for some REALLY good food, it’s an amazing value. Kids are only $4.49 and I guarantee you they will find something they enjoy with all the choices offered.
Be sure to save a small amount of room for dessert, as your waitress will offer you a piece of baklava to enjoy. Take her up on the offer- it’s wonderful.
The restaurant is open from 11am to 9pm daily. You can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Capers.Buffet.
If you’ve been to Capers, I’d love to hear your thoughts!