UPDATE 11/14

The wait is over! Villa's Patio announced on their Facebook page that they have officially kicked off their daily lunch buffet! According to the post, the buffet is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. What will they be serving? A variety of enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, soups, deserts, and all the fixings! All that great food for only $9.99 per person. Villas also has the lunch buffet available at their location in The Fountains in Cedar Rapids.


It's not a secret that there are a plethora of Mexican restaurants to choose from in Eastern Iowa. Why, you ask? Because we LOVE Mexican food! I know that I can't get enough. In Marion, we have several great spots to choose from. But our family favorite sits just a few blocks from our home, and they recently shared some exciting news!

We our family goes out for Mexican food, we head to Villa's Patio. They are located at 433 7th Ave. in Marion. Holly loves their ceviche and Chase can't get enough of the steak quesadillas. I personally love their tacos and burritos. Speaking of tacos, their Taco Tuesday deal is hard to beat! Each Tuesday you can get beef or chicken tacos, hard or soft shell, for only $1 each! Yesterday Villas posted some exciting news that has fans of their food fired up! Can anyone say 'lunch buffet?'

Finally! Someone will be offering a lunch buffet! They used to be a bit more common at restaurants, especially prior to COVID. Who doesn't remember going wild at the old Pizza Hut pizza buffet? Well, what could be better than all the Mexican food you can eat? I certainly can't think of anything!

Villa's Patio
Villa's Patio

In the post, Villa's says that more details will be coming soon. What we do know is that the lunch buffet will be offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at least for now, only at their Marion location. The types of food on the buffet are also yet to be announced. I can't wait to head over for all the tacos and nachos that my body can handle. The lunch buffet is almost back! Thank you, Villa's!

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