Best Bites: Bradley’s Royal Buffet

Royal Buffet in Bradley is open, and business is booming.

Some people shy away from buffets, but let me assure you, this one is exceptional. What makes Royal Buffet unique is that it closes its doors between dinner and lunch, when all food from the lunch menu changes to the dinner menu, so food is fresh.

The hot and sour soup was great with just the right amount of heat. The salad bar was attractive and the crab salad was delectable. The fresh fruit bar was amazing. Even the watermelon was cut in perfect triangles, the kiwis sliced individually and the loquat fruit was mouthwatering.

Seafood lovers will enjoy the large variety of seafood, which includes peel-and-eat shrimp, sauteed crawfish, frog legs, coconut shrimp and grilled salmon. The salmon was very tender, flaky and flavorful.

The spring rolls and crab Rangoon, which was stuffed with a nice portion of creamy crab, are worth a try, too.

Each chicken dish was prepared using only fresh vegetables. The vegetables were sliced evenly, cooked to perfection with just the right amount of seasoning. The chicken was tender, not dry.

Included on the hot food buffet was prime rib, baked salmon, steaks, ribs, shrimp scampi, potatoes, scallops and the best-ever crab cakes. They are made with real crab, crunchy vegetables (celery, peppers, onions) and then grilled to perfection.

The sushi bar had more than 15 selections of sushi and sashimi – caterpillar, dragon, Las Vegas, tempura, rainbow and more.

Royal Buffet also offers a great selection for children. There’s macaroni and cheese, pizza and other kid favorites.

For dessert, kids will enjoy the chocolate fountain and hand-dipped ice creams. Adults can sample luscious tiramisu, fruit cobblers or coconut macaroons, which can be hard to find.

I met Carol Vallos, of St. Anne, during my visit to Royal Buffet. She was enjoying dinner with her husband, Gary, and said this was their third visit to the restaurant. Both enjoy the food and the quality preparation.

Cost for the dinner buffet for adults is $12.99; lunch is $7.25. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is served from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 4:30 to 9 p.m.Sunday.

Royal Buffet is located at 910 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley. Check out their website, royalbuffetbradley.com, for hours, menus, pricing and a photo gallery.

I highly recommend it.

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The Thursday night buffet is back by popular demand at La Villetta at The Elks in St. Anne. It’s all you can eat fried chicken, barbecued ribs, pasta, potato, vegetable and salad for $14. New weekend specials will include steaks, seafood and more.

La Villetta at The Elks is located at 2283 Bittersweet Drive, St. Anne. Call 815-937-1228.

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La Villetta restaurant in Bradley has brought back its popular bread bowls filled with homemade soups. They are delicious, rich and hearty. My favorite is Zuppa Tuscana.

Thursday the restaurant offers German specials that include a variety of schnitzels and sauerbraten.

La Villetta is located at 801 W. Broadway Street in Bradley. Open seven days a week, hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Readers have been asking what has happened to Niro’s Gyros on Kennedy Drive in Bradley. The restaurant is moving to the building Doctor Donuts once occupied at 275 S. Main St. in Bourbonnais. Filling up the empty space on Kennedy will be Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits.

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For our readers who were inquiring about Schoop’s Hamburgers in Bourbonnais – as reported by The Daily Journal’s Lee Provost in his Heard It On The Streets column — it is closed for good. The property will be up for sale soon.

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Who do you think makes the best soup in the county and why? Best Bites wants your recommendations. I’ll need the name of the soup, the restaurant and its location, your name and your hometown. Send your favorites to bestbites@daily-journal.com.

Best Bites appears every Friday in The Daily Journal. Tinker Parker can be reached at 815-802-5101, at bestbites@daily-journal.com, or follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/TDJBestBites.

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