Friday Food Critics, 10/16/09

October 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm 4 comments

Tune in on Friday to hear the Food Critics, on KCUR’s Walt Bodine Show at 10:00 AM. That’s  89.3 FM, or you can listen on your computer at

The second half discussion will be about buffets–where to find the best ones as well as the wisdom of offering buffets rather than an a la carte menu. Though I am not one of the panelists this week,  I’ll give you my take in this space.

I’m typically not a fan of buffets. They usually stress quantity instead of quality, and I prefer to enjoy two superior dishes rather than 10 mediocre ones. One notable exception is Lidia’s weekend brunch buffet. A myriad of dishes are offered, all made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, and suggestive of what Lidia would serve in her own home.

Diners order an entree at the table, with options ranging  from eggs to salmon to pasta, while the antipasto, salads, vegetables and desserts are beautifully arranged on a buffet table in the middle of the restaurant. And, it’s only $22, which may seem high, but considering the quality and assortment (and the fact that it’s really two meals in one), it’s an excellent value.


Entry filed under: food.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brandon O'Dell  |  October 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve had some great brunches in some nice hotels, but one restaurant does “buffet” better than any other. Cinzetti’s at 95th and Quivira, or 91st and Metcalf, prepares everything in small batches which eliminates the worst problem about buffets, food losing it’s quality as it sits in the pan. They have a monstrous kitchen staff that prepares everything out in the open, placing the pan they cooked in on top of hot plates to keep them warm. They prepare the next pan while the customers empty the first out. The small batches make all the difference in the world. It’s the only buffet I know of where the quality is nearly as high as ordering ala carte.

    • 2. Mary Bloch  |  October 16, 2009 at 7:54 am

      Good to know. Thanks, Brandon, I’ll check it out!

  • 3. Jan Wilson  |  October 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

    On a recent trip to Italy the final night was titled a”buffet”. My heart sank after a week of fabulous food. My mistake it was dish after dish of the most varied, tasty food made with the freshest ingredients. It was my favorite meal because of the variety, flavors, freshness and authenticity. I guess the Italians have the right idea and it is not the same mindset as our line of food in steamers of pre-made overcooked and often bland offerings.

    • 4. Mary Bloch  |  October 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

      I so agree with you, Jan. And, unfortunately, in this day of fast food and supersizing, I don’t think we Americans are going to be emulating the Italian culture anytime soon!


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