Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet
Aurora, CO 80010
At Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet on Colfax Avenue in Aurora (2011 Best of Denver winner), you’ll find barbacoa de borrego chivo -- a compelling dish of slow-roasted goat meat – among the enormous selection of Mexican dishes including menudo, posole, ceviche, and chicken, pork and beef tacos and enchiladas smothered in red and green chile. Guadalajara is no stranger to serving prepared pig parts, either, and pig’s ears, stomach and snout are par for the course here: The pig-snout tacos made Westword’s “100 Favorite Dishes” list in 2011. There’s also an in-store carniceria that sells carnitas, pollo, barbacoa and chiva by the pound, so there’s ample opportunity to get buffet-stuffed now ― and get meat-stuffed again later at home.
The Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet is very aptly named, as it is truly authentic Mexican food served in a buffet style. This is not your Old Country Buffet, but a true carnivores delight in the ways of preparing meats and seafood in many different traditional Mexican styles. I have eaten there now six times, both during the lunch and the dinner hours. Each time I have... More >>
The Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet is very aptly named, as it is truly authentic Mexican food served in a buffet style. This is not your Old Country Buffet, but a true carnivores delight in the ways of preparing meats and seafood in many different traditional Mexican styles. I have eaten there now six times, both during the lunch and the dinner hours. Each time I have been, I have notice the amount of people eating there has increased, as this is a fairly new restaurant. I have been coming to this same address for nearly a dozen years now, because it was a great little Mexican Carniceria and grocery store where you could buy all types of excellently prepared meats to go and they had a small restaurant inside too. This just eventually evolved to being the restaurant they have there now. The review that I am writing is about the preparations they had out this Saturday evening, March 5, 2011. Since it is a Saturday night, they put out more seafood dishes than you usually see during the week. There were a half dozen different soups available tonight, including Caldo de Res (beef soup), Caldo de Mariscos (seafood soup), menudo (a traditional Mexican hangover cure, tripe soup) and pozole (pork and hominy stew). There were at least three completely different and quite wonderful shrimp dishes, one in a creamy spicy sauce. That sauce was so nice that I was mixing it in with my other dishes so I wouldnt waste a drop. Mojarra (whole Tilapia fish) nice and crispy on the outside and hot, moist, flaky white meat on the inside. Done just right and available whole or halved. The crispy fried fish strips were pretty good when I dipped it in the creamy shrimp sauce. If you were to look in the back end of the ensaladas bar you would have found raw oysters on the half shell! Its not like you have to miss out on any choice Mexican style. Green chile? They always seem to have at least two versions: a more creamy New Mexican type with lot of tender roasted pork chucks and a more tomatillo and cumin based version with plenty of nicely roasted pork that just melts in your mouth. Green or red enchiladas. Soft or crispy chili rellenos. The choices go on and on. Personally, I do not eat beef, but their barbacoa (BBQ beef) looks and smells so good that Im going to have to try it sometime! The amount of beef choices at any time is quite a bit and is worth checking out alone if you are into the cow. I do eat most all the other meats though and the goat there is some of the best in town! I can say that because it was the goat that Ive been coming to this once meat market for a long time now. The Birria de Chivo of theirs is in a very nice, rich red chili sauce and is a treat to see every time that I been there. Not a bunch of bones like you might expect, but rather lots on nice chucks of tender, yummy goat meat! One of the things I really looked forwards to is their version of BBQ pork ribs. Im sort of a rib purist, not liking Texan or St. Louis style ribs, but more like what you find in the deep South USA, or in Asia or Africa where BBQ began. They have a nice pork rib where the meat falls off the bone and very little sauce, and nicely charred if you can grab them before they go! There are always large bowls of freshly made salsa available each day and it seems like they mix up what types of salsa they have that day. Plenty of chips and other items for dipping. There is a small ensaladas bar with your usual sliced cukes, radishes, pickled jalapenos, carrot and onions, and onion & cilantro, but they also have a Civiche (seafood salad), cubes of queso blanco (white cheese) and pico de gallo (a traditional salsa). The dessert section is worth checking out whether you like the Mexican cakey stuff, of which there are several choices. The fruit is always freshly cut and usually there is pineapple, mango, cantaloupe. There is homemade flan and rice pudding too! There are so many different items they served that I just can not go through them all in this review, but I promise that the next time I go there, I will bring something to take notes on. (Hopefully a new iPad2) But I can assure you that the amount of items on the buffet at any given time is just amazing and very satisfying. It is quite an amazing spread of food, all you can eat and only $9.99 not including your beverage. Same price lunch and dinner.
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