If you like small, family-owned and operated pizzerias, then Brother Doug’s Pizza is for you. It offers the great qualities you’d expect of such an establishment, with friendly service and community involvement being the most obvious ones. Brother Doug provided a great example of his community involvement during my visit by providing us with pink cookies to raise awareness for a women’s issue. Plus, they have a Pizza Forward program providing free pizzas to worthy causes. In my opinion, this far outweighs any of the negatives that come with this type of restaurant, such as somewhat limited seated.
Brother Doug’s $6.95 buffet is what brought me in the door. Aside from a small salad bar (which I never let distract me from pizza at any buffet), this was much different than any other pizza buffet I’ve encountered. Brother Doug’s has six pizza selections plus cheese strips on a warmer, and you are served whichever of these options you request. It’s actually only three pizzas divided in halves to create six selections, and I could see them potentially falling behind if hit with a rush. I like parts of this method, such as always knowing the options. There is nothing worse than waiting on a new pizza to hit the buffet, and it ends up being a taco pizza when you wanted cheese only. I also see how it makes complete sense for the business as well, because it makes the customers think about what they want, and makes them not likely to be as gluttonous since they have to interact with the staff to get more pizza. Still, change is hard for me, and I missed the surprise of the unveiling of a new pizza on the buffet, and I didn’t necessarily like that the staff may judge me when I’m truly on a roll and devouring some pie.
While it may not have been preferred buffet style, the pizza Brother Doug’s serves on theirs is above typical buffet quality in my opinion. The dough is made from scratch daily using a recipe Brother Doug developed over 20 years, and it created a strong base for slices much heartier than you’d expect on a buffet. I really enjoyed the cheese and meats on my pizza. Again, there was more of both than on pizzas at other buffets. I would also be remiss if I didn’t point out that the cheese strips were likely my favorite offering at Brother Doug’s buffet. They were smothered in garlic butter and also had some nice seasoning on them.
Overall, I’m happy I went to Brother Doug’s Pizza Café, and I’d be interested in dining there again. I’m not completely sold on their buffet process though, and too many of their options had vegetables on them in my opinion (four of the six pizzas). Therefore, I’d likely go and order my own pizza, with some cheese strips of course. They also serve wings, sandwiches, calzones, and salads for any non-pizza eaters who accidentally stumbled upon my site.
What I Ate: Various Pizzas on the Buffet
Brother Doug’s Pizza Café
11005 Allisonville Road
Fishers, IN 46038