Five Great Lunch Buffets to Keep You Away From CiCi's Pizza (Even When It's Free)

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Johnny's Hog Heaven Pizza
If you happen to be in the area Skillman and Northwest Highway, you may notice a bunch of hoopla over at a new CiCi's Pizza. This newest member of the chain is celebrating their grand opening, throwing a party with balloons, face painting -- the usual crap kids love -- including their pizza. As part of the promotion, they're also giving away free pizza once a month to the first 100 customers starting at 11 a.m.

Also, per the Lakewood Advocate, CiCi's promised to drop 100's of wallets "in the area" for residents to find a free coupon tucked inside. Imagine your palpitating heart when you find an orphaned wallet and think, "Payday! This is it!" and you get a CiCi's buffet coupon. That would just make me mad.

If you can't make it over nor do you find a wallet below in a hydrangea bush, consider yourself ... what's the word ... lucky? Instead, try one of these five buffet options, which are far more adventurous and, dare we say, yummy:

1. If pizza is what you're hankering for, try Johnny's Pizza House at 4145 Belt Line Road in Addison. Originally out of Monroe, Louisiana, the Johnny's Hog Heaven specialty pizza (photo above) should be all the inspiration you need -- it's loaded with ham, bacon, sausage, andouille and jalapeños. And the salad bar, for balance, is full of fresh veggies. Their lunch buffet is $6.99 for adults.

2. A couple of months ago, Whitney Filloon, who drew the shortest stick for being our Meatless Monday subject, wrote about Mumtaz's Indian lunch buffet at 216 W. Campbell Road in Richardson. Filloon swooned about the pillowy naan, expertly cooked rice pillau and "intensly tangy, neon red tamarind chutney and its emerald green mint counterpart." Plus, there are ample carnivorous options including, "chicken, chicken, goat and more chicken." The buffet rings in at $5.99 on Mondays and is two bucks more the rest of the week.

3. If you're into the old-school Dallas thing, Angelo's Italian Grill at 6341 La Vista in Lakewood is a quaint neighborhood spot and their lunch buffet will make you fat and happy. In addition to pizza, they always have lasagna, spaghetti and daily specials such as shrimp fettuccine or pork chops. Staples include Caesar and Greek salads, fresh fruit and desserts all for $8.69. Grab their lunch card and after six stamps, the seventh is free.

4. When talking about the old East Dallas joint Vietnam at 4302 Bryan Street, usually pho takes center stage. Their lunch buffet is also a great option. They carry traditional Vietnamese dishes, all made from family recipes.

5. When the weather is phenomenal, like it is today, then you should hit Kalachandji's at 5430 Gurley Ave. Actually, last time I went it was a sweltering hot summer day and I still loved it. This restaurant is tucked inside a temple and offers an opulent, peaceful courtyard to dine in. The people are wonderful and while they stick to strict vegetarian fare, you won't realize it because the food is great. The experience is like no other in the city. The lunch and dinner buffet varies and is updated on their site daily.


Location Info

Johnny's Pizza House

4145 Belt Line Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mumtaz Indian Restaurant and Bar

216 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX

Category: Restaurant

Angelo's Spaghetti House - CLOSED

6341 La Vista Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vietnam Restaurant

4302 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kalachandji's Palace & Restaurant

5430 Gurley Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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29 comments
domgear
domgear

They don't have a buffet, but the Gloria's Restaurant in Addison has great lunch specials, and they all have great patios.  

KB
KB

Went there today for lunch.  Was ok, not great.  Maybe better than say a Pizza Hut buffet.  If you want an outstanding pizza buffet go to Larry's Pizza all around central Arkansas

todd
todd

I ate lunch at Johnny's today and it was nothing to write home about.  Comparable to the buffet at Mr. Gatti's or Pizza Inn. 

van
van like.author.displayName 1 Like

Afrah in Richardson has a great Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine buffet for $9.99. Many items that aren't on the regular menu.

Robbie Hamilton
Robbie Hamilton

I could so go for Johnny's today... much better than CiCis!!

mybolognahasathirdname
mybolognahasathirdname

I'll take a coupon. Free food is free food. But I guess bitches gotta bitch. Peacici

anon
anon

Ali Baba's buffet is the shiz tho...

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Is Shiz good or not ?

anon
anon

oh the shiz is good... very good

anon
anon

Angelo's sucks now... an acquaintance of mine use to deliver for them and he'd actually eat the bread/marinara for customers on delivery runs(he ate whatever he thought he could get away w/).  I guess most of the people didn't notice or complain since they were starving, waiting over an hour for a delivery.  Still, kinda messed up... that's just how they run their business now.  Not like it was back in the day...

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

My last visit to Angelos will definitly be my last !

It must have changed hands or handed down a generation cause its not the same, and Im talking the regular dinner not the buffett

anon
anon

handed down a generation to his son, I believe...

Gp_1031
Gp_1031

CiCi's....more like FeCesIt's horrible

G_David
G_David

If you're in the Las Colinas area, Midori Sushi has a lunch buffet that's pretty good, especially for $12.  And it's available on Saturday as well.

And I second the Ali Baba mention. I can walk there, but find it kind of difficult to walk home.

twinwillow
twinwillow

I love Vietnam's delicious buffet!I won't go near a CiCi's. The Olive Garden of pizza!

Ed D.
Ed D.

I ate at CiCi's when it was $1.99 (and stuck with 'em at $2.99) since it was a cheap, cheap meal when that was what the budget allowed. It was never great pizza but it was a decent meal. But now they charge as much as the folks serving the good stuff so, no, I don't see why anybody still goes to CiCi's.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

I ate their in college just because it worked with my four dollar budget. We would order water, but get sprite instead. We actually got confronted about it once. They saw the bubbles from the carbonation. Get get anyting past them. 

LearnHowToSpell
LearnHowToSpell

So glad you learned the difference between "there" and "their" in "yer colledge daze."

Mewkins
Mewkins

Not surprising that someone who would consider a lost wallet their "Payday" would steal drinks.  

mark
mark

This is where someone else comes in and says, "we got a badass over here!"...maybe next year.

mark
mark

 watch out..

Aaron Barker
Aaron Barker

Dude, Ali Baba in Lakewood. $10.00 Mediterranean is to die for.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Cici's sucks ass. I doubt anyone that reads this blog ever eats there(except maybe Kergo). This is like saying, instead of Burger King, try ____________ .  I've never tried Jonny's, but I'll put that on my things to do list.

Jackson
Jackson

Vietnam's lunch buffet is a great option for Meatless Monday as well.

DaTruth
DaTruth

An entire country can not have a lunch buffet.

mark
mark

I was a little upset when I saw the press for CiCi's in advocate. That may be unfair of me as it is news. However, if they looked a bit harder they could find some much more worthy (IMO) news that gives notice to restaurants that need/ought to have more. I appreciate this article. Especially the mention of Kalachandji's. I've had takeout from Angelo's a few times recently. The delivery time plays a big part don't get me wrong, but I wasn't very pleased. Seems to me to be just another mediocre red-sauce and cheese "Italian" place. Vietnam's cool, especially on a budget. I had a banh-mi that was like 3 bucks, and it was excellent for the price. I love that they are very generous with the herbs and sprouts served with pho.

twinwillow
twinwillow

I agree with all you've said. Especially, about Angelo's. It's totally, meh!

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

Using "meh" with an exclamation point only affirms the ignorance of the poster. Delete their account and confiscate their children.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Ban all comments that incorporate "meh".......more annoying than fedora wearing hipsters !

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