Sunday, January 15, 2012
La Nacional Mexican Buffet - Columbus, GA
This is the only real Mexican-Mexican restaurant for miles and miles and miles in any direction! Not Mexican American or American Mexican. A real Mexican restaurant, de veras! That being said the menu has been Americanized somewhat since my first visit in 2010. But only in that particular kid friendly items have been added (i.e. hard shell ground beef tacos). Parents & grandparents take note, Kids Eat Free with paying adult every Wednesday night. And I like the thought of gringo kids having exposure to real deal Mexican meals!
For more developed palates, fear not, there are plenty great Norteño classics at this one price ($6.99) - all you can eat buffet. The Mole de pollo & Tamales top my list but you'll find Chiles Rellenos, Chile Verde, Mixed Fajitas, Bistek Ranchero, Flautos, Quesadillas, Tacos, Burritos & Enchiladas, too. The salsa bar goes from mild to wild with plenty of limes for squeezing on everything! And everything made from scratch with the exception of the tortillas. I enjoy the Aguas Frescas, Horchata & Melon beverages that are produced in-house, as well.
Even the waitresses are 100% Mexicana and fully bilingual! So is the cook! Flavor permeates the entire location. It's a great fresh find in a land of chain restaurants and fry joints!
La Nacional Mexican Buffet
4403 17th Ave, Columbus, GA 31904
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