10 Great Ramadan Buffets to Try in OC This Month

10 Great Ramadan Buffets to Try in OC This Month
Photo by Andrew Beeston

It's that time of the year again--Ramadan--when Muslims fast from suhoor (dawn) to maghrib (sunset) for a month (June 17 to July 17 this year), all in the name of spiritual cleansing. And beautiful deliverance comes every night in the form of the fast-break called iftar. Historically, Muslims celebrated iftar at mosques or at home, but given this is OC, nearly all Middle Eastern restaurants offer awesome Ramadan buffets that draw in the crowds. And don't worry, non-Muslims: these buffets are also open to you!

10. Cairo Restaurant and Cafe (Anaheim)

10 Great Ramadan Buffets to Try in OC This Month
Photo by Arnold Gatilao

Part-Egyptian and Mediterranean restaurant and part-hookah bar, Cairo Restaurant and Cafe is where you go to try Egyptian-style falafel and koshari (a fun mix of pasta, rice, lentils, chick peas, and chili sauce) while embracing your inner Caterpillar (yes, the blue one from Alice in Wonderland). There's that, and then there's molokhia (a vegetable dish normally served with rice), fatta (rice, meat, and tomato sauce), and so many other things to try.

10832 Katella Ave, Anaheim, (714) 999-8861; facebook.com/CairoAnaheim

9. Little Arabia Lebanese Bakery & Cuisine (Anaheim)

The open Ramadan buffet here goes for $17.00, which isn't shabby considering the amount biryani (mixed rice dish), chicken tiki masala, and crispy kibbeh you can consume. Main buffet courses change every day, so if you're the type who doesn't like surprises, keep tabs on their Facebook page below.

638 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, (714) 833-5760; facebook.com/little.arabia.restaurant

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